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The public libraries of Cullman County stand ready to assist in insuring
that every child in Cullman County has a great educational experience.
Our goal is to create a partnership between schools and public libraries
that will empower youth to be independent thinkers and learners. There
are numerous ways that we can help teachers, principals, counselors,
caregivers and others provide wonderful learning experiences for area
The Youth Services Staff encourages classes and youth groups to visit
Cullman County’s public libraries for a guided tour. Children
who are familiar with the building and staff are more likely to become
regular library users.
Possible group activities include:
Tours tailored to grade levels (PreK-Gr.8)
A brief tour of the physical layout of the library.
Brief, general orientation to library resources (Gr. 3 - 8)
A look at the available types of books, videos, databases, magazines,
Internet resources, etc.
Focused orientation to library resources that tie in with a classroom
unit. (Gr. 3 - 8)
Storytime or storytelling sessions (PreK - Gr. 8)
Booktalks to motivate reading (Gr. 1 - 8)
Library card registration (parental signatures must be obtained)
The public libraries of Cullman County are popular spots to visit! Arrangements
for group visits/programs/tours must be made AT LEAST TWO WEEKS
IN ADVANCE, due to staffing considerations and availability.
for preschoolers through 8th grade are arranged by Youth Services
School Resources Hotline at 734-4824 or email email@example.com.
application form for tours must be submitted.
tour application form in: MS
Word or Adobe PDF
In order to provide a quality experience for all concerned, group size
is limited to 30 students.
Special preparations are made for your visit. If you are unable to keep
your appointment, PLEASE CALL TO CANCEL, even on the day of the scheduled
visit. We appreciate your cooperation!
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Classroom Visits to the Library
A VISIT TO THE LIBRARY? Our staff looks forward to working with you and your students.
The public library can be a useful complement to classroom and
media center collections.
are some guidelines for you to
follow to get the most out of your trip:
Call in advance....Our librarians will be happy
to work with you to plan your class visit
to the library.
at least one
month in advance
to ensure we will be prepared to assist your
class or group. You may reach the Youth Services
collection is different from school libraries
... We can serve you best
by communicating about your needs and
our resources. While the collections of school media centers
are intended to
the public library is primarily designed
to serve individuals with a wide range of interests
ages. This means
we may not have
sufficient materials to serve whole classes
and rarely have multiple copies
If you contact us when you have an assignment
that involves using the public library,
we will work
with you to prepare
and, if necessary,
some materials aside. Please see our
Assignment Alert Form available online and at your local
money for copies and printouts...Copies
can be made for 20 cents per page.
are some Internet Access Terminals available for research--
up and may be given
a time limit.
Printouts are 10 cents per
page. Group tours suggested, supervision required...School
no more than 30, are
invited to visit the library.
Groups of 10 or more require
more than one adult supervisor. Adult supervisors must
assist the group
during the visit.
will conduct a tour in the
area of your interest. Visits may be geared to learn specific skills
or to work on
resources for assignments.
Students are encouraged to
the library after school hours to use the
a Library Card...Students should bring their library cards with
when they come to the
as well as on their own.
Students whose library cards are in good standing may check out
books at the time
visit. We will
only issue new
cards during a class visit
parental supervision is provided (parental permission
is required to provide
to person under
16 years of age). We have
found it is important for children to use the public library
with the knowledge
more information about
students a library card see Getting
COME TO THE LIBRARY? CLASS VISITS ARE AVAILABLE
The Youth Services staff welcomes the opportunity to visit classrooms
in Cullman County, public or private.
submit the request form to the Youth Services Department
days in advance to arrange a time and date convenient to
Classroom Visit Request form in: MS
Word or Adobe PDF
Subjects for presentations include:
Library services and resources
Library card registration (please discuss with staff)
Booktalks (general or specific)
Telling or reading stories
Summer Library Reading Program
Special programs and workshops
GETTING CARDED! LIBRARY CARD REGISTRATION
Getting a library card is an important part of any contact with
the Library. Getting your first library card is free! Cards can
used at all public libraries in Cullman County. More information about
getting a library
card is available at (insert link).
Groups may arrange to receive library cards through
the following steps:
Tours of the Library:
Once a date for your group visit has been scheduled,
Youth Services Staff will make arrangements
for you to receive
your group. Completed application forms, signed
by parent or legal guardian, and checked by
for parent/guardian signature
and current address, should be turned in at
least one week prior to the visit, so that library
use on the
day of your visit. Borrowing books on the day
of the visit makes the experience more meaningful
Visits by Librarians:
Youth Services Librarians can bring library
card applications for distribution
to students during
a scheduled visit
to your school classroom. Completed
application forms may be returned
for a library card by an individual student in person or
by a teacher.
by an individual
must be signed by a parent or legal
guardian in front of a librarian, and
current picture ID and proof of address
provided. Cards will be provided immediately. Forms returned
by a teacher
be checked by school staff
for parent/guardian signature and
current address. Library cards created from application forms
received by a teacher
sent back to the
teacher for distribution.
For more information, contact the
Youth Services Department: 734-4824
HOW TEACHERS CAN HELP THE PUBLIC LIBRARY
Avoid mass assignments where all your students need the same books
at the same time. We know this is not always possible,
if you notify us in advance with an ASSIGNMENT
ALERT form, we
reserve these materials and put them on the Temporary
Send the library a copy of your required reading list and curriculum.
Accept photocopies of articles and pictures rather than requiring
Call and ask if you are not sure that the library will have the
resources your students will
need to complete an
assignment. We will help and accommodate
you in any way we can.
If you have a question or problem that cannot be answered in your
at 734-4824 or ask your
school media coordinator.
the Youth Services collection is broad in scope it is limited in
terms of multiple copies. In order to ensure the best possible library
experience for your students we would appreciate advance
class assignments. Assignment Alert lets us know when
you and your students will need materials for research assignments
and large class
assignments. Alert the Library by completing the online
Assignment Alert form, pick up forms at the school or public
library checkout desks, or call and leave a detailed
message. Please return the completed form BEFORE the assignment is
given to students.
Should you need more copies of the Assignment Alert Form
or have any questions, please contact the School Resources Hotline
or the Public Services Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
your advance notice, the Youth Services staff can:
Assess the Library resources on the assignment and, if necessary, put
them on Temporary Reserve. This will prevent the first
few students from checking everything out and depleting the collection!
Use interlibrary loan or borrow materials from other libraries to enhance
the collection on the topic. Students will need to plan
to do their research in the Library unless we are directed by the teacher to
Reserve materials to check out.
By giving the Library advance notice of assignments students will have
greater success in their research, which in turn leads
to increased self-esteem!
you for your cooperation!
OTHER THINGS WE CAN DO
Back to School/Open House nights
Parent/Student Orientation meetings
Provide Good Books for Kids booklists and workshops
Classes on using “Homework Alabama”, the Alabama Virtual Library,
Learn-A-Test, NoveList, and “Cullcat”, Cullman County Library’s
Summer Library Program (HYPERLINK TO BELOW
After School Programs (HYPERLINK TO BELOW)
Outreach to Daycare Centers (HYPERLINK TO RAISING READERS
you would like a representative from the library at your event or
program, or for more information, please contact the Youth Services
Coordinator at 734-4824 or email email@example.com.
Designed for school-age and preschool children, the summer library
program features the family performances, story hours, crafts,
movies, special events,
contests, Junior Volunteer opportunities, Kids As Storytellers, teen
programs, and many other activities.
For detailed information go to the SLP web page (HYPERLINK) or pick
up a current SLP brochure from the library between June and August.
AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS
the Youth Services Coordinator to request a storytime program for
your after school group. Programs run from 30 -
60 minutes and
of activities such as storytelling, books, skits, poems, and participation
stories. There may be a handout or bookmark available for students
to keep as a souvenir of the program. Contact the Youth Services Coordinator at 734-4824 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.