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Are teachers allowed to check out library materials for classroom use?
Teachers are welcome to use Lincoln City Libraries materials in their classrooms, and have the same privileges as other members of the community. Teachers follow the same guidelines for checkout periods and fees. Cardholders may have up to 150 items checked out at a time. Some types of materials have other limits.
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, leaving a few items for others to use, and returning or renewing materials on time. You can renew materials by calling any branch library and speaking to a staff member, by telephoning the automated renewal system at 402-441-8506, or by logging in to our catalog and renewing the materials yourself. 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.
How can teachers arrange for tours and visits at a library branch?
See our Tours and Visits section.
Are Meeting Rooms available for use by teachers?
Yes! See our Meeting 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 meeting room for a weekend or evening performance. Meeting rooms are available at Anderson, Gere, Eiseley, Walt, Williams and Bennett Martin Public Libraries. Rooms can be reserved by calling 402-441-8503.
Youth Services’ areas offer a variety of print and nonprint materials for children to meet and expand their individual skills and interests.
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:
Summer Reading Program
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.
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 Policy can be read here.
Youth Web Page
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:
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 402-441-8566.
Lincoln City Libraries provides sets of each school year’s Nebraska Golden Sower chapter book nominees. Each set contains approximately 15-25 copies of the same title. We make these bags available on a monthly basis to teachers to use in their classrooms from August through July. As with any book, we recommend that teachers read the book before they use it in their classroom to determine if it is appropriate for their needs. All public, private, and home school teachers with a Lincoln City Libraries card are welcome to use this program. Guidelines and a current listing of available titles is available here.