Library staff will work with you to design a beneficial library visit.
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Types of Visits
Types of visits may include:
- Tours of the library.
- Research strategies and library skill demonstrations.
- Special group storytimes/programs focusing on age-appropriate content.
- Instruction on electronic resources.
What's a Group?
Groups are defined as five or more children or teens accompanied by an adult. We can best serve your group's needs by working together to plan a successful visit that will benefit your group.
Benefits of Library Visits for Youth
Young people who visit the library:
- Develop the library habit.
- Children and teens who regularly visit the library learn to use library resources and develop lifelong reading interests.
- Experience socialization.
- Regular storytime attendance helps children learn how to behave while visiting a public institution.
- Develop language.
- Children who participate in library programs may experience a greater development of language skills. Storytime attendance develops pre-reading skills.
- Experience cultural diversity.
- Our programs are designed to represent diverse cultures and literature of the world. In the collection you will find many multicultural materials.
- Learn research techniques.
- The library collection contains books, magazines, audio/visual, and electronic resources to support students in independent learning and classroom assignments.
For a Successful Visit: A Groupleader's Checklist
- Schedule your visit at least two weeks in advance. Check with the librarian at your branch, as more advance notice may be necessary.
- Discuss the specific needs of your group with the librarian before your visit.
- Call and cancel if you are not able to keep your appointment.
- Assist the librarian in maintaining order in the group. There should be enough adult chaperones with the students to adequately supervise their behavior at all times.
- Come to sessions specifically designed for your group rather than publicly advertised programs.
- Provide a positive role model by participating in the activities being presented.
- Obtain library card applications and agreement forms from the circulation desk prior to your visit.
- Return completed and signed forms to the library at least two weeks prior to your visit to allow adequate time to process.
Plan and Schedule a Library Visit
The Pima County Public Library youth services staff encourages scheduled visits by groups to the library. Planning will make each library visit a memorable and enriching experience.
Unscheduled group visits are difficult to accommodate. Advance notice assures that adequate staffing is available to give your group the attention they require.
Groups of 5 or more without prior arrangements may be asked to leave and reschedule if the group causes disruptions in the library due to inadequate supervision.
To schedule a library visit, please contact the location of your choice. Here is a list of our library locations.