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Service Center Resources for School Media Specialists

Children and Youth Services Page at the Connecticut State Library

Service Center Online Catalog  (check bottom of this page for instructions on how to reserve materials in our catalog).

Some of the resources available at the Service Centers:
Book Props are flannel board kits that include a book and the pieces that go with it. You can book them through us (not online) and we will get them to you by Connecticar. Look them up in our catalog using “Call No” starts with “Book Prop“.
Book Discussion Sets are sets of 12 paperback copies of one book. We book these for six weeks, longer by special arrangement. We send them to the public library you choose, via Connecticar. Links to discussion guides and other relevant online information may be available through this site.
Early Chapter Books. The Willimantic Library Service Center has a collection of beginning chapter books. Books in this collection target ages 7 and up, and have grade 2.0 to grade 4.9 reading levels, and can be borrowed by the bag. Look them up in our catalog using “Call No” starts with “EJ“.
Ellison Dies and an Ellison Machine are available at the Willimantic Library Service Center. You must come to the Center to use them.
Multiple Copy Board Book Sets are a set of 12 copies of one board book title. You can book a set for six weeks.
Puppets. The link to our puppet gallery is not working at this time, however you can look them up in our online catalog by searching “Call No” starts with “Puppet
Professional Collection. The Service Centers have large collections of library professional books – titles by ALA, Neal Schumann, Libraries Unlimited, and more.
Collection Support. The Service Centers have large collections of children’s books. If your school is doing a project and you need additional resources you can contact Linda Williams with the parameters of your project (e.g. you need 25 books on Egypt for grade 4, or grade 5 is reading historical fiction about the Civil War and you need 30 titles of varying reading levels) and a bag of books will be sent to the public library you choose. You can pick them up and return them. Our loan period is three months.


Go to the online catalog.

Click on “My Account” on the upper right, in the white area.
There will be a pop-up window that says “Please Enter Your Patron ID and Password
(get your patron ID by setting up an account with us – ask us what your initial password will be)
Click “Login
Close the pop-up window with your information on it by clicking the X in the upper right corner of the window.
Run your search:
example: to find professional materials, click the drop-down box next to “Search” and select “Call No
then “Start With” and put P in the search box – choose how you would like your results sorted.
OR click the “Advanced” tab on the right and search with more limits:
example: to find books on elephants for grades K-4 (“Elementary Grade“)
type “elephants” as a keyword search and choose “Elementary Grade” under “Audience
Reserve a book by clicking the “Reserve” button at the bottom of the book record. A pop-up window will come up and ask you to confirm this by clicking “Reserve” again.
To see what you have on reserve, click “My Account” again. Then click on the “Reserves” tab to see what you have on reserve.
Click on the “Loan” tab to see what you have checked out.

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