Parents & Teachers

DCL is proud to help you build bright futures for kids! We offer on-site and online services and resources especially for parents and teachers, bring programs directly to schools, and host your child's birthday party and Camp DCL! Sign up for our eNewsletter.


1000 Books Before Kindergarten

1000 Books Before Kindergarten

This national initiative encourages regular reading to babies and toddlers to increase their potential for school success.

Battle of the Books

This bowl-style trivia tournament all about books engages hundreds of young minds every year. Dozens of teams in grades 3-6 compete for the chance to become Battle of the Books champions.

Bark for Books

Bark for Books helps budding and struggling readers build confidence and self-esteem by reading out loud to trained therapy dogs without the stress of being judged.

Reading Buddies

This unique program matches trained teen volunteers to struggling readers, grades 1-3. Buddies meet weekly for two months to read and enjoy literacy-based games. Many thanks to our current participants! Ask our friendly staff about applying for an upcoming session.

Reading Levels

Looking for the right books to match your child's reading level and foster growth? AR BookFinder and Scholastic's Book Wizard can help.


Scholastic Teachables

Thousands of ready-to-go lessons, mini-books, activities and more for elementary grades.

Page to Stage

Page to Stage

Page to Stage brings literature to life! Every year, we bring a classic tale to schools across the county in the form of a traveling theater production especially for kids in grades K-5.
Epic Reads

Epic Reads

Library staff from your closest DCL branch will come to your school to recommend just-right books to your students in a fun and interactive way.
Book an Archivist

Book an Archivist

Got history? We do! Archivists and local historians from the DCL Archives & Local History can visit your school to talk about local and state history and how they keep track of it.

Educator eNewsletter

Our Educator eNewsletter comes out in January, May and August, helping you get ready for each new semester and for keeping students engaged over the long summer break.

DCL School Liaison

Did you know you have your very own DCL School Liaison? Get started by leaving a comment on our form along with your contact information. We’d love to visit your classroom!

Resources by Request

Resources by Request is like having a personal shopper at the library. We'll compile a set of materials for you on any topic, author or genre—all you have to do is come pick them up.

Library Tours

Library Tours are available to your class. Tours typically last 30 minutes, but may vary depending on the branch and services requested. Set a date to come see how things work!

Did you know we offer other services of interest for educators? Stream instructional films and lessons from Kanopy, find teacher resources from Educator’s Explora, and discover more great resources in our research databases!