Youth Services for Teachers

Teacher Units

Teachers in Black Hawk County have the opportunity to request books as “teacher units” from the Cedar Falls Public Library.  The Youth Department accepts topical requests and selects appropriate books from the collection.  Teachers also may also request specific titles from our collection.

Requests for seasonal and/or holiday subjects — e.g., back-to-school, fall, leaves, snow, Thanksgiving, St. Valentine’s Day, spring, etc. — may be limited in size, due to high levels of demand for such items.  We want to make books available to as many patrons as possible!

Teachers outside of the Cedar Falls Community School District will need to pick up and return their units at the library.  For Cedar Falls Community Schools teachers, units may be sent and returned on the school van. The van makes daily deliveries to the schools during the school year.

A teacher card is required in order to request a unit.  For more information about teacher cards contact the Youth Department by phone at (319) 859-3282 or by emailing us at

>Click here to submit your request online

Please allow at least 5 working days from date of request to date of delivery.

Book Discussion Kits

Multiple copies of titles are available for check out for classroom use.  Please request kits at least one week in advance. For more information contact us at or call the Youth Department at (319) 859-3282.

For teachers in the Cedar Falls Community Schools, kits may be sent and returned on the school van.  For other Black Hawk County teachers, kits must be picked up and returned to the library.

CFPL Youth Book Discussion Kits Rev. April 2019.

Traveling Tales

Our Traveling Tales program is essentially storytime in a box. Each box has a theme, such as Owls, and contains ten books and a few simple activities. A team of volunteers helps select which boxes go to the daycares and preschools signed up to participate. Please contact the youth department for more information.

Professional Development Resources

Social Justice and Equity in Education Series

The Social Justice and Equity in Education is a professional development series focusing on social justice issues and equity in education. Webinars will be hosted up to twice each month and will be delivered by local and national leaders in equity with a proven background in diversity, multiculturalism and racial consciousness. Learn more about this series when you visit the Iowa Department of Education website.

Project Ready

Project Ready is a series of free, online professional development modules for school and public youth services librarians, library administrators, and others interested in improving their knowledge about race and racism, racial equity, and culturally sustaining pedagogy. The primary focus of the Project READY curriculum is on improving relationships with, services to, and resources for youth of color and Native youth.