Visiting the Library with a Group
The Santa Cruz Public Libraries welcomes adults to bring groups of children to the Library for a scheduled visit. Library staff can offer tours, storytimes, booktalks, short classes on using the catalog or library databases, or help with research.
What kinds of groups can schedule a visit?
We have worked with public and private school classes, Girl Scout/Boy Scout troops, 4-H groups, Parks and Rec groups and homeschooling families. We welcome children of all ages...preschoolers to teenagers.
How long are group visits? What can we expect?
When you call a library branch to arrange your visit, the library staff will work out specifics with you. Visits usually range from 40 minutes to an hour depending on the age of the children and the goals of the visit. Library staff will arrange the date and time with you and discuss the various services your group might request: tour, storytime, booktalk, a short class, or research assistance on a specific topic.
What if the children in my group need library cards?
Processing library cards takes more time so we ask that library card applications be picked up well in advance of the visit and returned to the branch 1-2 weeks before the visit takes place. (You will be able to work out these details when you schedule your visit).
What are the benefits of scheduling a visit?
Scheduling a visit for your group ahead of time means that there will be library staff expecting you and ready to help you--and that the children will have a successful and fun experience. You will be able to count on having a storytime or a class on a database or extra resources on the topics you have requested. You will know that time and space has been set aside for your group.
How do I schedule a visit?
Call the library branch you want to visit and ask for a youth services library staff person. The youth services person will work out the details of your visit with you. We enjoy showing everyone what the library can offer. So don't hesitate...if you are a homeschooling family, a teacher, or a group leader...we are ready to welcome you.
Sat, May 25
Sun, May 26
Tue, May 28
- Preschool Storytime
- Branciforte Toddler Storytime
- Preschool Story Time
- Boulder Creek - After-School Crafts
- Aptos Youth Chess Club
- Tales to tails- Scotts Valley
Wed, May 29