Parent & Teacher Resources



Set asides

Phone the library at 832-6187 to have Children's Services staff pull three or four titles on a subject or by an author and set them aside for you to pick up. Please give as much notice as possible.


Assignment Alerts

Call the Children's Services staff to alert us of an upcoming study unit or project. Staff will familiarize themselves with library materials on the topic and create a booklist to ensure that students and families find available information on a topic.


Group Visits

Schedule a visit during the school year. A variety of literature-based programs are available for your group or class. Children's Services staff can provide an orientation to our section services and collections, and instruction on library resources upon request. Library staff will accommodate special requests based on the availability of staff. Time is allotted during the visit to check out materials.


Teacher Packs

Each Teacher Pack contains approximately 20-40 age/level appropriate items selected by the literature specialists on the children's staff as a courtesy service of the Appleton Public Library. They are a handy way to provide students and children with additional reading materials related to curriculum or just for fun. One Teacher Pack can be requested per month. The library loan period is 4 weeks and items can be renewed.

We will gather packs of materials in a subject area or by a specific author. We are unable to pull titles from lists provided by you, but would be happy to instruct you on how to place holds on specific titles.

What Are The Time Limits? -- Teacher Packs can be checked out for 4 weeks. Materials in the pack can be renewed at home, school or at the library on the Internet using the online catalog. All materials are subject to the normal fine policy. Loss and/or damage to materials are the responsibility of the borrower and the borrower agrees to accept full financial responsibility for lost or damaged items.

Due to the volume of Teacher Packs we anticipate preparing, we ask you to limit your requests for teacher packs to no more than one per month (if your site does not have a Library, exceptions can be made). You may request one to three topics per request and we will put a total of 20-40 books in your teacher pack. Depending on the availability and popularity of certain subjects and authors, staff may need to limit the number of books we give you.

How Do I Get a Teacher Pack? -- You must have a valid Appleton Public Library card (or a card from one of the other libraries in our system). Please use our online form to request a Teacher Pack; you may also call 832-6187 or e-mail children {at} apl {dot} org with any questions. We will need to know the types of books you want (subjects, fiction, non-fiction, etc.). Teacher Pack preparation requires one week; we will gather the books and notify you when the pack is ready. After we notify you, the books will be held for you at the Circulation Desk for seven days.



Chldren's Services offers a wide variety of programs for infants through school age children through 6th grade.



Special Collections

Our Children's Section serves children from birth to age 14. In addition to picture books, DVDs, fiction, and non-fiction collections, we also have many other special collections.

Teacher Collection

This collection brings together materials teachers use for child education (curriculum development, educational research, reader's advisory, and growth and development). This collection also includes picture books in which the subject, style, illustrations, and language are developmentally more appropriate for teacher use with older school age children.


Parent Collection

Educational material for adults on parenting issues and picture books of primary use to adults helping a child with social-emotional development.


Big Book Collection

A wide variety of books for check-out for childcare providers, schools and groups.


Early Readers

Fiction books written primarily for beginner readers (approximately grades K-1).


Early Chapter Books

Chapter books written for maturing readers (approximately grades 2-3).


Audio Book Collection

Recorded books in both CD and PlayAway format.


Music Collection

Broad range of children's music in CD format.


World Language Collection

Language learning materials for children learning languages other than English.


Spanish Collection

Both recreational and educational children's material for Spanish-speaking families. This includes bilingual and Spanish-only material in a variety of formats.


Graphic Novels/Comics Collection

Graphic novels and comics for children who are independent readers. A graphic novel/comic is defined as any work where the story is told through sequential, framed art, and contains a complex storyline similar to novels.


Video Games

Video games that entertain and teach; available in Wii, XBOX 360, and Nintendo DS and 3DS formats.



Our website provides access to many electronic databases ( Two of those that may be very useful to school librarians and reading teachers are Novelist and Teaching Books. You will need your library card number to access these databases from home.

  • Novelist is very useful as a reader's advisory tool to help you match the right book with the right child. You can search for books by age recommendation, genre, or lexile level. It is also a great source for finding read-alikes.

  • Teaching Books is very useful for finding discussion questions for books. It also provides audiovisual presentations of author interviews and book trailers. Additionally, you will find links to author websites and a really handy tool to help you pronounce author names.


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For more information please call 832-6187

Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made upon request and if feasible.

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