Are you and your class getting ready to begin a new theme or study a specific topic in science or era in history? We can help streamline your planning by pulling print and audiovisual materials tailored to your curriculum needs. Just submit an online Themes- to-Go request at least one week prior to the time that you will need the materials, and the items will be pulled for you and waiting at the Merchants' Square Main Library. All you have to do is pick them up and check them out!
Note: All items are subject to availability. We will collect up to 20 items per request. This service is only provided to K-5 teachers who teach within Clay Township, homeschooling parents, and preschools or daycares located within Clay Township.
Because parenting and teaching are two of the most important and most difficult jobs in the world, we make every effort to provide resources to support our parents and teachers. Covering a broad assortment of issues and interests, some of the topics you will find in this section include child development, activities to do with children, early literacy development ideas for parents and teachers, curriculum tie-ins, lesson plans by subject or theme, unit guides, parenting special needs children, behavior management for home and school, and games to play with children.
Interfiled with our parent/teacher titles are picture books covering similar topics such as: emotions, starting school, new siblings, bullying, death, potty training, manners, and more. Titles for children have a light blue sticker over the spine label on the book.
Classroom Visits and Library Field Trips
Visits to classrooms by library staff are tailored to meet the specific needs of the class and focus on developing specific research or information skills. Motivational visits to promote library usage and a love of reading are also available.
Class field trips to the library generally involve a tour of the Kids Area and a structured storytime or specific research activity. While programs can vary in length and be customized to your needs, the approximate program duration is 60 to 90 minutes.
To discuss a classroom visit or schedule a library field trip, call the Youth Services Department at 317.844.3363. Please schedule your visit or field trip at least four weeks prior to the desired date. Class visits and library field trips are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis. However, teachers are encouraged to schedule their visits as far in advance as possible to ensure their first-choice date.
Presentations or Information Tables at School Meetings or Events
Library staff members are available to visit your school on planning days or during open houses. We're honored to have the opportunity to speak with teachers and parents. Teacher presentations generally last 20 to 30 minutes and provide an overview of the materials and services that we offer to teachers and students, but can be customized to your specific interest. During open houses, we are available to set up a booth and talk to parents about our services for families and students and to provide library card applications. To schedule, please call the Youth Services Department at 317.844.3363.