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Teachers Welcome to the DeSoto Public Library!
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Free Library Cards for DeSoto Teachers!
(proof of DeSoto employment required) 

New Service: Assignment Alert!
Teachers help the library help your students by telling us about your upcoming assignments and projects.

Assignment Alert Form 

Tips for Successful Assignments:
  • Check with your Children's Librarian for resources available that can help you and your students (call 972.230.9666)
  • Keep topics broad
  • Accept the use of encyclopedias, library databases, and other reference materials for assignments
  • Ask students to draw their own illustrations or use photocopies of published materials
  • Accept alternate titles and authors when assigned books are not available
  • Consider the quality of the material, rather than the number of pages

Let Us Help You Plan a Library 
Visit with Your Class/Group!

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The library is a fun and educational place to visit, and we welcome child care groups, preschools, clubs, and classrooms to bring children to the library.

What we can offer you:
  • Storytime
  • Book Talks
  • Library Orientation and Tour
  • Research Assistance for Specific Topics
  • Summer Reading Programs

How to schedule your visit:
  • Call the library to make arrangements: call 972.230.9666
  • Let the librarian know if you want a special topic or service
  • If you want your students to check out materials during your visit, see the Bring Library Cards section below
  • Three weeks advance notice is required.

Bring Library Cards: (If your group plans to check out materials)
  • Students must have their library card on the day of your visit to borrow materials
  • Children who do not have library cards may have a parent or legal guardian complete a library card application.
  • Please have parents return completed applications to the library prior to your scheduled visit. A parent or legal guardian must be present to apply for a library card. Click here for more information on obtaining a library card.
  • Parents of children who already have a library card should call the library to make sure that there are no fines, overdue, or lost items on their child's account that would prevent them from checking out materials.

Ask Us About Visiting Your Classroom:
Our librarians are also available to visit your classroom, parent group, faculty
meeting or special event. Please call 972.230.9666 for more information.

Other Helpful Resources:
Education World 

The Idea Box 

PBS Teachers 

Book Lists 

Get a library card started online 

Online Databases - articles, newspapers, maps, and more 

Request an ILL 

Suggest a Purchase 

Library Catalog  

Learn-A-Test - access practice tests, Elementary School Skills Improvement, Reading Skills Improvement, Writing Skills Improvement, Teaching skills, ACT, SAT and more