support & resources for educators   

We offer a variety of resources and services in support of our local educators, including downloadable lesson plans, special borrowing privileges, free online classes through Lynda.com from LinkedIn and more. 


Scholastic Teachables Educator Cards  |  Lynda.com  |  Big Books Plus  |  Sora App  |  Donate 


Scholastic Teachables — free with your library card 

Scholastic Teachables offers free printable activity worksheets, lesson plans, learning games, puzzles and more for pre-K through grade 6.

Learning activity sheets and lesson plans are available for virtually any subject from math and science to language arts and social/emotional skills.  



card.PNGEducator Cards — special borrowing privileges for teachers

Are you an educator? Educators may apply for a special Cuyahoga County Public Library Educator Card at any one of our branches. Educator Card benefits include: 

Borrow up to 150 items.
•Educator cards are exempt from overdue fines for most items.
•Renew items up to 20 times if it hasn't been requested by anyone else. 



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Lynda.com from LinkedIn offers a video library of engaging, high-quality courses taught by industry experts. Courses are available in K-12 education, e-learning, classroom management, professional development for teachers and more. New classes are added weekly.



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Our Big Books Plus bookable sets are designed to enhance the storytime experience for young learners ages 2–4 by building essential early language and literacy skills and encouraging social and emotional development.



In-Line-Web-Graphic-Sora.pngSora — eBook & eAudiobook access for students in a single app 

We collaborate with local schools to increase students' access to eBooks and eAudiobooks by combining our digital collections in a single app, Sora. Powered by OverDrive, Sora lets students borrow from their schools' eBook collections as well as from our juvenile and young adult eBook titles. Sora was named one of TIME’s Best Inventions 2019.

Students enrolled in school districts that use Sora can download the app through the Apple App Store and Google Play Store, and on Chromebooks that support the Google Play Store. It is also available for use in web browsers at https://soraapp.com on any computer. 

Sora also supports teachers by providing education-specific tools like achievements, exportable notes and reading progress to encourage individualized learning.

Sora is currently available to students in the following school districts: 

•Hawken Lower-Middle School
•Bay Village City School District
•Beachwood City School District
•Bedford City School District
•Chagrin Falls Exempted Village School District
•Garfield Heights City School District
•Maple Heights High School
•Mayfield City School District
•Orange City School District
•Solon City School District
•Warrensville Heights City School District
•Independence Local School District
•North Royalton High School
•Cuyahoga Heights Local School District

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We appreciate your support

These and other library resources for students are made possible in part through the generosity of individuals like you. We hope you'll consider making a donation in support of our work to ensure every student has access to the out-of-school-time resources they need to succeed in the classroom and beyond.