Central Library Field Trips for Kids and Teens: General

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What to Expect

General

  • Field trips are a great way for students to learn and explore. While each one is different, they all have the same three parts: Welcome / Orientation, activities (depends on your needs) and teacher / chaperone lead exploration.

Welcome and Orientation

  • Youth Staff contacts teacher ahead of each visit to confirm details and outcomes for the trip.
  • Youth Staff meets students/buses on Second Street or in the 2nd Floor lobby
  • Your group will enjoy a 15-minute welcome / orientation. 
  • Teachers can preselect from a variety of activities during the trip.
  • After that, your students/campers can explore the rest of the Library as your time and interest allows.

Pre-K to Age 12

  • Students from Pre-K to 2nd grade can enjoy a storytime as a part of our welcome.
  • Groups can pick up a Central Library Scavenger Hunt or an Exploration Guide.
  • Field trips range from 1-2 hours, depending on your time and interest. Visits longer than 3 hours should include outdoor exploration.
  • In the Children's Area & Tween Lounge students will find hands-on STEM activities, 24 computers, giant chess, board games, and over 60,000 books, graphic novels and movies.
  • Youth Staff can share curriculum support resources prior to the trip.

 

Teens Age 13-18

  • Teen Central has thousands of books & graphic novels/books for readers Grades 8-12
  • Teen Central also has 20 computers, including 6 Alienware gaming computers
  • Teen Central offers any-time use of their zine-making station, instrument library, and board game collection.
  • Upon request, your teens can enjoy one of several hands-on extension activities
  • Research Assistance is available for 8th-12th grades, as staffing is available
Seating and activities in Teen Central are reserved for teens 13-18.
In order to preserve this special place in the library that meets the unique needs of teens, chaperones will be asked to remain standing or wait outside the room during their visit. Students under age 13 are asked to limit their use of the room to browsing the collection to find books to use outside of the room.

Five Tips for Success

1. Escape from the Library!

Share our virtual Central Library Escape Room! with your students, parents, and caregivers.

2. Classroom Preparation

Allow classroom time for students to explore our catalog and online Virtual Tour.  Share assignments with Youth Staff ahead of time so we can pull resources for students.

3. Library Cards

If your group would like to check out books, please have students bring their Library card. Application information here.

Best Practice: Have teachers & chaperones collect and hold all library cards, and assist with checkout to minimize lost cards. 

4. Lunch

Lunch seating is all outdoors so plan accordingly. Outdoor lunch spots include the 1st floor Shoal Creek Plaza plus 3rd and 6th floor porches. We have about 20 seats in our 2nd floor food court. Schools can also reserve box lunches with Cookbook Cafe.

5. Computers

We have 24 computers for ages 0-12, and 20 more for 13-18 year olds. Larger groups will want to plan to rotate students through the computers available for their age group. Teachers will want to decide if computer use is a part of the visit prior to arrival.