Supporting Learning at Home: Teacher Resources

Supplemental resources for teachers, parents, and other caregivers

Supplemental Lesson Plan Resources

Welcome Teachers!

Use the pull down menu on the tabs above to find Austin Public Library resources that will supplement AISD and DVISD resources for the 2020-2021 School Year (Belong to a charter school? Please Book a Librarian to see how we can incorporate your curriculum):

  • Each grade has its own page
  • Videos are in tabbed boxes - click each tab to view more videos
  • Resources are broken down by unit topic
  • Each unit has resources broken down into sections by type of resources available
  • Resources in Spanish are available here 

Help Us Help You!

Not seeing resources for your grade level or school? We will add more resources as we receive lesson plans -- use Book A Librarian to share your curriculum with us!

Instructional Videos for Elementary (click tabs for more)

Watch all 3 Videos by clicking the tabs above

  1. Captain Catalog: Learn how to use the catalog to search for a book
  2. Super 3: Learn how to get ready to do research for a school project
  3. Virtual Tutoring with Brainfuse: Learn how to use our virtual tutoring service.

APL Instructional Videos for Teens

Find the one book you need (instead of 9,000 you don't)

Study Hacks: Advanced Searching from Austin Public Library on Vimeo.

Watch More Tips by clicking the tabs above

  1. Advanced Searching: Learn how to use the catalog to search for a book
  2. Databases 101: Learn how to get ready to do research for a school project
  3. The Big 6The six steps to success on your next research project
  4. Virtual Tutoring & Writing Lab: Learn how to use BrainFuse for free tutoring daily 2-11 PM
  5. Virtual Library: How to access eBooks, eComics, Streaming movies and more!
  6. Faster eBooks: Long holds list got you down? Here are some hacks to get to the front of the line faster!
  7. eBook Etiquette: How to make wait times shorter for everyone
  8. eBook Holds: How to place a hold on Libby
  9. Creating a Schedule: learn this high school senior's tips for keeping on schedule
  10. Organized Notetaking: tips from a high school senior about keeping things organized

Teachers: Book-A-Librarian for a virtual class visit!

Got a Research Project? Databases are your new BFF.

Study Hacks: Library Databases from Austin Public Library on Vimeo.

Research project got you down? The Big Six can save you.

Study Hacks: The Big 6 from Austin Public Library on Vimeo.

It's way more than just eBooks...

How To Use the Virtual Library from Austin Public Library on Vimeo.

Number 58 on the holds list? This hack can help you jump the line.

Virtual Library Hacks: How to get eBooks faster from Austin Public Library on Vimeo.

Oh, so that's why they ask you if you want to return your eBook early...

eBook Etiquette: Return Your eBooks Early from Austin Public Library on Vimeo.

eBook checked out? Put a hold on it so you can get in line to read it next!

Virtual Library: Holds on Libby from Austin Public Library on Vimeo.

The Van Show

The Van Show!

Have you ever wanted to see a blue monster talk to your favorite author? Us too! Learn about the people and ideas behind your favorite books. Check out Van’s interviews with todays most influential authors. 

Latest Van Show episodes are on APL+ including the Author Studio Tour!

View past Van Show episodes here

Teachers guide for how to use these videos in your classroom or library available here.

Book a Librarian

Reserve a free 30-minute virtual visit with a librarian. We’re available by phone, email, and virtual visit.

For Youth Groups & Educators

  • Virtual visit for your classroom or youth group (eg: storytime, finding a good book, research tips, brief learning activities)
  • Fun presentation: All the amazing things you can do with your youth library card
  • Curriculum / Assignment resource support

Group Cards

We are issuing cards again! Teachers and educators can get a card with an extended check out period. Please call Customer Service at 512-974-7475 if you need assistance.

How to Use Curbside Check Out

Book Checkout and Returns FAQ

  • Curbside Checkout: The Library will provide curbside service at select locations (click here for a list of current locations - updated frequently). Locations will be added as health and safety precautions allow.
  • Book drops at most Library locations are now open. (except Southeast, Cepeda, Little Walnut Creek, Terrazas, Yarborough and Pleasant Hill)
  • RETURNED ITEMS WILL BE QUARANTINED and may remain on your account for UP TO 10 DAYS before they are checked in. Items will not be charged fines while in quarantine. Thank you for your patience.
  • Visit the Curbside Hold Pickup Service page for details
  • Sign up for a Library Card / eCard or renew your account here.

Finding Books by Reading Level

Did you know you can find the Lexile level of most books in our collection? 

You can also search for books in a Lexile Level reading range using the "Advanced Search" in the catalog, and scroll down and put the lexile range in the Reading Level boxes:

Personal Picks

Looking for another good book, but having trouble narrowing it down?

If so, let us tailor a custom list to your interests. Click the link and fill out the form. We will compile a recommended list and email it to you within a week. The more information you provide the better your recommendations will be! 

Personal Picks Request Form

eBooks for Students

eBooks in our library come from many different sources. In order to see availability across all apps, your best bet is to search our catalog (you can narrow results by eBook), and there you'll find out what books we have and where they are available -- often with much shorter wait times!

Publisher Resources for Teachers

Reading is for Everyone

This site from Capstone publishers has an expansive list full of learning resources and activities, with more resources updated often. 


Trailers and more for upper elementary through high school comic fans.


Bookflix: book trailers, author interviews, and more for elementary and middle grade readers.


Book trailers for elementary and middle grade readers.

Shelf Stuff

Videos, games, how-tos and sneak peaks on new reads for ages 7-12. From HarperCollins.