The School Connection

Start Here with Your Library Card

Apply online to receive a Library Card Number that you can use immediately to access our eCollection and public computers. This card number is good for 2 years.  Visit any Memphis Public Library with your documentation requirements listed below to check out physical items. (Customers age 13 and up are invited to apply online.)

Educator Card: If you are a teacher, day care worker, or home-school teacher, you are eligible for an Educator Library Card. It allows you to check out 50 physical items instead of 25! You can also place multiple holds on the same title on our catalog.

Don’t have a library card yet? Visit our Start Here page for more details on obtaining a Library Card.

During COVID-19, you may contact us online HERE and we’ll upgrade your card number to an Educator account.

Tours of the Library

Memphis Public Libraries encourage visits by local school and classroom groups to Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library and all other city library branches. Children who are familiar with their local libraries are more likely to become regular library users. Submitting your request at least two weeks prior to your planned visit will ensure that we will be able to provide your students with a great learning experience. Visit HERE for more details.

outreach services

Is your school having a family/parent night or other community activity? Let us know and we can bring special activities and library card sign-up. Visit our Outreach page HERE for more details.

parent/teacher collections

The Parent/Teacher Collections are located in the Children’s Department at Central Library and at all of the library branches. These collections serve as resources for parents, teachers, day care center staff, librarians, and others who work with children. Each branch library has a Parent/Teacher collection containing items of interest to the community the agency serves. The most comprehensive collection is located in the Children’s Department at Central Library. 

The Parent/Teacher Collections feature: 

  • Reading/ Literacy resources for educators and parents 
  • Bibliographies of children’s literature 
  • Home schooling manuals and curriculum guides 
  • Curriculum guides for early childhood, elementary, and secondary education 
  • Storytime resources 
  • Arts and crafts projects for adults working with children 
  • Classroom issues resources 
  • Resources for educating gifted students; students with ADD/ADHD, and learning disabilities 

Click HERE for a list of titles and to search the collection. The “Parent Teacher” filter should already be set.

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Library Card required.  Sign up for one online and use it immediately.

Here are some courses specifically aimed at Educators:

Microsoft Teams Essential Training

Discover the core features of Microsoft Teams and see how you can bring together colleagues, create conversations and content, and collaborate more effectively. Author Nick Brazzi walks you through the essentials of using Teams, starting with basic setup, creating new teams, and joining existing teams. Nick covers organizing teams and members and shows how to conduct conversations. He explains how to create scheduled meetings or initiate impromptu meetings inside Teams, and demonstrates file sharing. Finally, Nick walks you through customizing user settings, and explains how to use Teams on mobile devices. Access the course HERE.

Learning Microsoft Teams for Education

Microsoft Teams provides a digital platform that can be used to streamline and centralize classroom resources and operations. This course helps you learn how to create a class, add class members, manage assignments, and engage in meaningful conversations with students. Access the course HERE.

Office 365 for Educators

Microsoft Office is a staple set of tools for educators, and now includes education-specific functionality such as classroom notebooks in OneDrive and educator-specific collaboration tools in Teams. In education, learning to use these applications can help increase learning, empower students, and save teachers valuable time.  Access the course HERE.

Grant Writing for Education

Learn how to write a grant proposal. Explore the process of finding, applying for, and being successful in seeking grant money for educational causes. This course covers the basics of grant writing, including understanding a Request for Proposal (RFP) or grant solicitation; finding grants that are relevant to your project from governments, foundations, and even corporations; and writing proposals in a way that shares the educational need and story. Access the course HERE.

Teaching Techniques: Classroom Management

K-12 educators: create a classroom culture that increases achievement and decreases disruption—without inhibiting your students’ creativity or desire to learn. In this course (our first with real kids in a classroom setting), Aaron Quigley shows you how to create learning-focused environments by minimizing off-task behavior and increasing student engagement.  Access the course HERE.

Educator’s Reference (gale Onefile)

Gale OneFile: Educator’s Reference Complete is a great resource for a variety of educators—from teachers and administrators to those studying in the field at the collegiate and graduate level. It seeks to provide full text for titles in the ERIC database and covers multiple levels of education and every educational specialty, such as technology, bilingual education, health education, and testing, and provides insight on issues in administration, funding, and policy.

Resources for students

We provide ample online resources to assist with student learning as well as self-guided exploration. Check out eBooks and eAudiobooks, access age appropriate research tools to access magazine/journal articles, browse a number of reference resources. Many of these resources provide links for teachers to build lesson plans and activities. Click HERE for more details.


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