We are happy to schedule tours for K-12 school groups throughout the school calendar year. Teachers or administrators, please call well in advance (at least one month prior to desired dates) so that we can schedule staff to accommodate the groups. We will try to schedule the tours as close to dates requested as possible. However, keep in mind that we must work around our pre-existing library programs and staff availability.

We want to let you know a little about what you can expect during your visit, so that you can prepare your students accordingly. Below is a brief description of a typical tour experience for various grade levels. If you want a specific focus for your tour, or something additional you would like included, please let us know at the time of scheduling.

All Grade Levels:

Your visit will begin with a welcome in the foyer of the library. Upon your arrival, please have your group enter the library foyer quietly and form two lines along the donor wall (large plaque listing names of donors to your left as you enter from the parking lot doors). Someone will be there to meet you and welcome you at the scheduled time of your visit. If you arrive early, the bathrooms are located in the foyer and you may want to use the time to make any necessary pit stops.

Grades K-2

The children can expect:

  • A 10- 15 minute tour of the front wing of the library which focuses on the Circulation Desk, the Children’s Department, and includes other points of interest. At the Circulation Desk we will briefly talk about library cards, checking books out and returning them, etc. During the tour we will talk about the various types of materials you can find in a library, and briefly discuss topics such as book care, parts of a book, authors, illustrators, fiction and non-fiction, etc.
  • A 20-25 minute Storytime in the Freeman Storytime Room of the Children’s Department. The Storytime will include a combination of age appropriate books, stories, songs, activities and or puppet presentations.
  • A brief period for individuals to browse books in the children’s department and sit down at tables to read and look at their books in the library.
Grades 3-5

The children can expect:

  • A 30 minute overview tour of the whole library which includes both downstairs wings and the upstairs Local History Room, with special focus in the Children’s Department. During the tour we will talk about the location of various materials and collections, who uses the library and why, and a brief introduction to the Dewey Decimal System.
  • 20 minutes of introductory instruction on how to search library materials using the Public Access Catalog and Library Scavenger Hunt.
  • A 15 minute book/story presentation in the Freeman Storytime Room of the Children’s Department. The presentation will include a creative read aloud, storytelling and/or booktalking age appropriate books of interest.
  • 15 minutes to browse books in the children’s department and sit down at tables to read their books in the library.
Middle School Students

Students can expect:

  • A 30 minute overview tour of the whole library which includes both downstairs wings and the upstairs Local History Room, with special focus in the Young Adult and Reference Departments. During the tour we will talk about the location of various materials and collections, who uses the library and why, and a brief review of the Dewey Decimal System, and library organization.
  • 30 minutes of introductory instruction on the Public Access Catalog and Online Resources with a Scavenger Hunt.
  • 15 minutes to browse and read books in the library.
High School Students

Students can expect:

  • A 30 minute overview tour of the whole library which includes both downstairs wings and the upstairs Local History Room, with special focus in the Young Adult and Reference Departments. During the tour we will talk about the location of various materials and collections, who uses the library and why, and a brief review of the Dewey Decimal System, and library organization.
  • 30 minutes of introductory instruction on the Public Access Catalog and Online Resources.
  • Time for independent research for school projects.

We look forward to a visit from your class!

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