Parents & Teachers

For Parents

Check out our book lists created by our librarians that link directly to our catalog, or use Novelist K-8, a database for finding kids’ books and reviews by genre and reading level.

Fountas and Pinnell

We’re ready to work with your Fountas and Pinnell questions, and you can also review their Fountas and Pinnell Reading Level Characteristics-Parent Tips.

Museum Adventure Pass

Winnetka-Northfield Public Library card holders can receive free admission and discounts to many museum and cultural institutions throughout the Chicago area. Check on participating museums.

Off-hours tours for families with special needs

Winnetka Library is pleased to offer before or after-hours library tours by appointment for families with special needs. These tours provide an opportunity for patrons to comfortably familiarize themselves with library materials and functions at their own pace. Contact Head of Youth Services Sheila Cody ( for more information or to set up an appointment.

For Teachers

Classroom Visits

We welcome your classroom to the library! There are many ways that we can enhance your curriculum. We enthusiastically offer tours of the library, in-house storytimes, research consultation, and hands-on assistance in navigating our resources, whether it’s finding the perfect book, or taking advantage of our many helpful remote databases.

In addition to our in-house offerings, we’re also happy to take our show on the road! Our talented librarians are ready and willing to come to your classroom for a storytime, a book talk, or to help facilitate your book club.

Please contact Head of Youth Services Sheila Cody ( for more information or to set up your visit. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Educational Support Kits

Winnetka-Northfield Public Library District is pleased to offer a variety of educational support kits to aid your classroom curriculum. The contents of these kits have been carefully selected to complement popular lesson plans for preschool through second grade classrooms.

Each kit contains a number of thematic books and supplementary material including (whenever possible) a teacher activity book and manipulative objects for hands-on learning.

If your class is working on a subject that you do not see listed, please give us a call or fill out the assignment alert form. We would be happy to gather materials for you.

   Assignment Alert Form

Kits are for a three week lending period, and can be picked up at either the Winnetka or Northfield library. Please call 847-446-7220 for more information, or to reserve your kit.
All items found within the kits have been generously purchased with money provided by the Winnetka-Northfield Friends of the Library.

Available kits:

• Apples
• Body/Senses
• Caterpillars and Butterflies
• Insects
• Ocean Animals
• Safety
• Seasons
• Spring
• Transportation