If students from your class need specific library resources for an assignment, let us know in advance so that we can suggest a range of sources and provide the best service possible. Contact us at least 24 hours in advance when a single student needs information, or a week in advance for a class.
Bring your class to the Downtown Library, the Campus Library, or the Klondike Library for a field trip. Please schedule early for your choice of day and time. (We understand that schools might be limited on yearly field trips. Remember that we can bring a program to you.) Possible programs include:
- Special book themes (award winners, biographies, pioneers, etc.) as storytimes or booktalks.
- An introduction to library use.
- A tour of the Youth Room.
- A tour of the entire library.
- Browsing and Check-out.
- Introduction to library research.
- Group instruction on the library’s electronic resources.
- Feel free to contact us with suggestions for other services.
Some reminders for visits:
- Schedule at least two weeks in advance for your choice of time and day
- Thirty of fewer students per visit is preferred but we can accommodate up to 40.
- If you want your students to get library cards when they visit, mail or bring in applications 14 days before the tour date. Library card applications are available at all TCPL locations.
Teachers may borrow a collection of materials to supplement the resources of their school media center. The collection may be for recreational use, or it may be a subject collection related to a class unit. To request a collection, call two days (or more) ahead and let us know the following information:
- Subject(s) of collection
- Grade and reading level
- Number of items (You may borrow up to 40 items; only 20 per subject)
- Loan period--2 weeks or 4 weeks. 4 week loans must be designated at checkout time.
You should know that:
- Collections will only be filled Monday through Friday at the Downtown Library.
- You may request a collection as often as you wish.
- The collection may include compact discs, magazines, CD-ROMS, and videos/DVDs.
- Duplicate titles of the same title are not available.
- There are limits on holiday books and popular subjects such as insects, leaves, penguins, and science experiments.
Talks to Teacher/Parent Groups
We are happy to talk to teacher meetings, parent groups, or other adult groups. Your group might be interested in hearing about library services, new children's books, ways parents can encourage children to read, learning activities based on children's books, or technology and education. If your topic is not listed here, call to inquire.
Outreach services provides mobile library stops throughout the county. Please contact Outreach Services (429-0169) if interested in having a special visit from the mobile library. When scheduling permits, outreach staff are delighted to provide a "field trip" experience on the mobile library.
Teachers may request that materials on a given subject be reserved for in-library use only. This service will ensure that resources will be available if many students are researching the same topic.
We are pleased that you have chosen to introduce your students to the public library. By working together we can craft an effective field trip and build a class of lifelong library users.
The best way to promote the public library habit is for your students to obtain/bring their own library cards and check materials out during their visit. We encourage you to arrange your tour so that they can do this, though we recognize that it may not always be possible.
The operational tips below are designed to help your visit with us go smoothly.
Library Card Applications:
If you would like your students to have library cards, you can pick up blank applications when you schedule your visit. In order for us to make the library cards in time, you must return the applications 14 days before your visit. They will need to be delivered to the Circulation Staff. For more information please contact our Circulation Department at 429-0123.
Inform your chaperones of what their responsibilities will be during the tour. Here are some possibilities: If your students are checking out, it's a good idea to station an adult at the circulation desk to guide them back to the Youth Room or into line for the bus. Larger groups should plan to line up or organize in an area out of the way of other customers. We will be happy to help with this process
Browsing Time:Let students know what they can do during browsing time and how long they can browse. Because the multi-media computers are often busy, you should know that they may not be available during your visit. Part of our mission is to help every reader find the right book.
Checking Out:Decide in advance if you want to set any limits on what kind or how many items your students check out. Budget at least an extra 30 minutes if your class will be checking out (longer for groups larger than 30). Teachers using their own card for check-out are advised that they are responsible for the return of the materials.
Behavior:You are responsible for the safety and discipline of your students. All library users must follow our Building Use Policy. Library Staff are responsible for the library program during your visit.
Changes:Please feel free to call us in the event that changes become necessary. We can make tours shorter or add browsing or check-out time if needed. We are also happy to choose stories that reflect a current class interest.
Special Needs:If you or your students require special assistance, please let us know.