SCHEDULING A VISITWe want to make every group’s visit a great experience! Please call at least one week in advance (785-776-4741 ext. 125) and have several dates/times in mind. Librarians must schedule groups around library programs and staff availability. Group visits usually last about 45 minutes or less. We ask that groups have at least one adult per 10 children. Large groups may need to be split into two groups for tours or presentations so that everyone can see and hear well. Group leaders or adult sponsors are expected to stay with their group at all times and to handle behavior issues. We are happy to work with group leaders to cover specific areas of interest.
Many groups enjoy coming in more frequently during the summer months. We welcome you to plan library time in your weekly schedules. We will try accomodate your group during times when the library is not as crowded, so give us a call! Children in your group may join the summer reading program and keep track of their reading time at home and at day care/camp to earn prizes. Leaders may register their children online, or ask for paper registration forms.
STORYTIMES AND TOURSYou may request to have a storytime and/or tour of the Children’s Room presented by a librarian. Storytimes for group visits consist of 20-30 minutes of stories read aloud, and are limited to one presentation per month. Let staff know if you would like stories on a certain theme or topic. Tours of the Children’s Room can include an explanation of the different kinds of books in the room and where they are shelved, how to use the online library catalog, and information about what librarians do and how libraries work. Tours of other parts of the library are also available if scheduled in advance, such as the teen area, adult book areas, media collection (movies, audiobooks & music), and the check-out desk.
COMPUTERSThe Children’s Room has several computers with children’s game software and filtered Internet access. Children must have a valid library card with them to use computers. Printing fees are 10 cents per page (prepay using library card). Please be aware that other children in the library who are not with your group may also be signing up for the computers at the same time. Other computers in the library may be an option for research if needed.