We would like to thank all of the educators in our community who use the library resources. We recognize that teachers who love books pass that love on to their students, and the materials that teachers check out are used by the children in their classrooms.
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Are teachers allowed to check out library materials for classroom use?
Yes! Teachers are welcome to use Lincoln City Libraries materials in their classrooms.
- Teachers have the same privileges as other members of the community.
- Teachers follow the same guidelines for checkout period and fees.
- Cardholders may have up to 150 items checked out at a time.
- Lincoln City Libraries does not limit the number of items on a particular subject that may be checked out. We do ask that you be considerate of others who may be interested in the same topic, and leave a few items for others to use.
- Lincoln City Libraries are distinct from school media programs, which exist to support the curriculum. School media centers often do not charge teachers for overdue materials, because the materials are being used to teach a curriculum.
- Library guidelines are not based on the intended use of materials. Many people use library materials in places such as classrooms, Sunday school classes, and non-profit training. In checking out materials, cardholders agree to their safe care and timely return, whatever use they intend.
- Lincoln City Libraries bases its guidelines on ensuring that materials are used by as large a portion of the community as possible. Allowing extended checkouts does not enhance this goal. Overdue fines help to ensure that materials will be returned on time, and available once again to others using the library.
- In short, by returning or renewing materials on time.
- Pay close attention to the receipt that you receive when you check out materials. This will list the materials you check out, and the date they are due.
- Renew materials on or before the due date. With the initial period of three weeks, and the additional renewal of three weeks (as long as there are no holds on any items), this should allow six weeks of classroom use. You can renew materials by calling any branch library and speaking to a staff member, by telephoning the automated renewal system at 441-8506, or by logging on to the library Web site and renewing the materials yourself.
- One renewal is allowed; items on hold may not be renewed. The overdue fee for adults is 35 cents per item per day, with a maximum fee of $7.50 per item.
- Notify the library BEFORE the materials are due if you anticipate problems in returning materials on time. In certain situations, a few days may be added to your loan period.
- Some teachers have found that it works best to keep all Lincoln City Libraries materials in their classroom, and not to allow their students to take these items home, where they may become difficult to track down.
See our Tours and Visits section.
Yes! See our Community Rooms section.
What kinds of materials are available for use by teachers?
See our Collections section.
What kind of assistance can Youth Services staff offer teachers?
See our Library Assistance section.
Any children’s group can schedule time for tours and instruction in the use of library materials and resources. Tours can often be tailored to particular groups or projects. Call the library nearest you for more information.
A librarian may be available to visit your group at your location. Call the library nearest you for more information.
Availability of tours and visits varies by location; please arrange as early as possible.
Can my students sign up for library cards as part of a library tour?
Yes! This should be arranged ahead of time because it is so time-consuming to have several children register for cards at one time. Teachers can arrange to pick up special library card registration forms at any library or can arrange to have them mailed. Then children fill them out, and the teacher returns them to the library three business days before the tour. The cards can be prepared and ready for the children when they arrive. You might want to anticipate that some children will have cards already, some children will have forgotten that they ever had a card, and some may have a previous card on which fines are still owed. We deal with these situations as they arise.
It is very helpful for the teacher to bring along a class roster showing names and addresses.
The registration form does not require a parent’s signature, but it does ask for a parent’s name, for information only.
Can my students check out books as part of a library tour?
Yes! Do budget plenty of time for this because children may have a difficult time deciding what to choose! Also, if you intend to have your children check out materials, remind them to bring their library cards. This speeds up the process considerably.
If your class prepares a play, musical, or other performance, you might want to consider using a library community room for a weekend or evening performance. Community rooms are available at Anderson, Gere, Eiseley, Walt and Bennett Martin Public Libraries. Rooms can be reserved by calling 441-8503.
Youth Services’ areas offer a variety of print and nonprint materials for children to meet and expand their individual skills and interests.
- Board Books
- Picture Books
- Reference materials
- First readers (including Rigby Readers)
- Beginning Chapter Books
- Young Adult Collection
- CD-ROM products
- Books and music on tape
- Books and music on compact disc
Youth Services staff throughout the library system are available to help with questions. Library staff can help in many ways: in person, over the telephone or via email:
- helping readers find books at the appropriate reading level
- finding a book on an unusual topic
- sharing expertise on how to use the automated catalog
- getting started on a research project
- finding the address of a children’s author or celebrity
- recommending titles for recreational reading
Each summer, Lincoln City Libraries, in partnership with Lincoln Public Schools, sponsors a reading program for school-age children. Children are encouraged to read a lot and to visit libraries and media centers often, so that they maintain reading skills and become life-long readers. School visits to promote the Summer Reading Program are made by library staff each spring.
Book Discussion Groups
Children are invited to join in the fun of our summer book group programs. Read Aloud Please — for first through third graders, Reading Together — for fourth through sixth graders and TeensRead! for middle school students, encourage children and adults to read together, discuss books and participate in book-related activities.
Filtered Internet stations are available at all Lincoln City Libraries for children 16 and under. Youth under the age of 17 must have a permission slip, signed by a parent or guardian, on file to use the unfiltered Internet stations. The full text of the Internet Safety Policy can be read here.
All library locations offer computer stations loaded with CD-ROM products for children. Specific programs vary by branch, but typically include entertaining and informational choices.
Youth Web Page
The library has a special web page for kids, their teachers, parents and caregivers. It contains schedule information on storytimes and other upcoming events, booklists, and links to great sites for kids.
Seasonal activities for families and children are offered throughout the year. Most events are “first come, first served.” Pre-registration is required for some activities. Special events include:
- Annual book sale
- Children’s Book Week celebration
- Teen Read Week
- Off-School Week activities
- National Library Week celebration
School Family Nights
These “Open House” evenings are arranged so students and staff from a particular school have a special night at their neighborhood public library. Activities can include: library scavenger hunts, storytelling, bookmark making, library card sign up and crafts. If you are interested in scheduling a School Family Night, please contact the library closest to your school or the Youth Services Department at 441-8566.
4-H Discovery Bags
Lincoln City Libraries, in partnership with Lancaster County 4-H, has created two “Discovery Bags,” one on arts and crafts, the other on wildlife. Each bag contains activity resources such as books, flyers and compacts discs. They are perfect for 4-H leaders looking to complete a project or for teachers, home school parents or other youth leaders wanting resources for educational activities.
These bags contain everything it takes to present a preschool storytime. They include: Books, flannelboard stories, fingerplays, poems and a puppet. Among the available themes are autumn, circus, colors, families, farm animals, size and shape and transportation. Bags are available for a one-week checkout to day care, home care and preschool teachers. These bags are housed at the Gere Branch Library, 2400 South 56th Street and can be arranged by calling 441-8560. A complete listing is available here.
Multiple copies of titles are available for classroom use. Each bag contains from 20 to 30 copies of a title. These titles include picture books, first readers, beginning chapter books, novels for elementary school-age children and titles of interest to Young Adults. Classroom Loan Bags can be reserved ahead of time and are checked out for the calendar month. Click here or call the Youth Services Department (441-8566) to receive a current listing of available titles.
These items are available on a first-come, first served basis. We won’t reserve them as we do the classroom loan bags, but the individual copies can be checked out for a three or six week period. Although a suggested grade level range is included as a guide, please use your judgment as to appropriate level for your class or group. You can find a book summary by typing the title under "Search Our Database" in NoveList K-8.