Early Childhood Educators
Learn more about how the library supports early childhood educators.
The library is here to help early childhood educators! We offer a number of supports specific to early childhood work
Explore all the free services for educators that the library offers on this page and visit the Debra Fish Early Childhood Resource Library for access to additional materials including curriculum and more.
You can also connect with your Children's Specialist, library staff dedicated to youth. They can suggest titles, gather materials, arrange class visits, and visit schools. You can find them at all library locations. To find the library nearest your school, please consult this map of library locations and public schools.
Learn more about all the services the library offers for educators.
Educator Status Library Cards
Registering your card as an educator increases the number of books you can check out and the number of books you can place on hold. Connect with the Children's Specialist at your library to have your account set to educator status.
Supporting early childhood trainers, child care providers, and parents of young children, the Fish Library is part of Think Small and works with Saint Paul Public Library. Early childhood materials on positive guidance, play, developmentally appropriate practice, anti-bias education, nature, ethics, technology, family engagement, and more.
Library Cards for your Students
Request Learning Materials
Let our librarians gather books and materials on specific topics for your students. Place a Learning Materials Request.
Schedule a Class Visit
If you're interested in inviting SPPL staff to visit your class for a storytime, or would like to bring your class to the library, please schedule a class visit.
Homework Resources, Assistance, and Tutoring
Support for learners of all ages, including adults taking course for professional development and continuing education.
Homework Centers offer help from tutors, connection to resources, a space to study, and are always free.
Brainfuse HelpNow provides online one-on-one homework assistance (with a library card) in English and Spanish, from 1 pm to 11 pm daily.
Lists specifically curated for early childhood settings, including titles that have been selected to align with the National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC) Accreditation Standards and emphasize inclusivity, diversity, and equity.
Professional Development Materials
The library has a large variety of professional development materials available for checkout. Use the links below to visit the library's catalog and browse books, kits, and more to support your continued learning.
Online resources to support your growth and development inside and outside the classroom.