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First Steps

  • Contact your local library.
  • Do you want books on a particular subject available? Discuss this with your library contact. Allow 2-3 weeks for delivery.
  • Update bibliographies and resource lists you give to students. Remember library databases are as reliable as print resources.
  • Invite adult chaperones. The library recommends 1 adult chaperone per 10 students.

Prepare Your Students

  • Talk with the students about expected behavior.
  • Communicate with the library contact, students, and chaperones regarding the number of items students will check out, the use of library computers, and assignment requirements.
  • Encourage students to bring the written assignment with them.
  • Remind students to bring their active library cards if you want them to check out books or use computers for research.
  • Note that printing at the library costs money. Online resources can be emailed and printed for free at school if your students have email addresses.

At the Library

  • Encourage students to go to the Information Desk and ask for help during the visit.

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