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Library Tours

on August 7, 2012

Tomorrow I have to do a tour for a local daycare/school and I was trying to search the net for blogs or websites that talked about what others do during their tours.  Since I couldn’t find anything, I figured I would write a post myself!  Maybe it will inspire others to write ones about their libraries as well.  I don’t know about you, but library tours can get a little  monotonousness for me.  I’ll admit they definitely aren’t my favorite.  Don’t get me wrong, I love teaching kids about the library, it’s just different when they are only coming here because the school is making them.  I do have to say that by the time they leave, even if they weren’t excited at first, they usually had a good time and are excited to visit again ( so I guess I did my job 🙂 ).  Even so, I would love to hear if any of you have any fun ideas or activities to spice things up a bit.  Here is a quick rundown of what I do:

We all gather in front of the reference desk at the entrance to the children’s area and I begin to explain where the kids area and adult areas are.  I ask them if this is their first time here and if they have library cards.  I walk them through the department pointing out and explaining things as I go.  Reference desk, librarian, self check, catalog, different collections, computers, and then we go into the storyroom.  I do what I can to break things up a little so it’s not just me talking and asking questions.  In our storyroom we have ceiling tiles that have moons and stars on them, so I usually point that out.  This is where I generally read a few books to them.  It’s usually a mix of ages so I like to pick books that I know will go over well with most ages.

I always end with I Took My Frog to the Library so we can discuss proper library behavior afterwards.  It’s a nice transition.  Then I ask them if they have any questions, which usually turns into comments hahaha, you all know what I mean.  So that’s basically it! Simple!  I’d love to hear if any of you do anything different, games/songs/activities!

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5 responses to “Library Tours

  1. Kim says:

    Hi- We do an annual Spooky Library Visit for the kindergarteners & 2nd graders from a nearby Catholic school. After the usual pointing out locations of items, they are paired up and sent on a scavenger hunt. This year we will be doing a bingo card, each area of the library (16) will have a hidden VHS box, inside the box is a sticker for the bingo card. When they have a 8 squares covered they are ready to return to the story rug for a prize. They love this and we look forward to it every year.

  2. Sara says:

    Hi Nikarella! I came across your post on Pinterest and wanted to share posts I’ve done about library tours (well, Field Trip ADVENTURES), because actually they’re one of my favorite parts of my job!
    Here’s a write-up I did on school age tours. I know usually take the kids around the room but touch on all the same things: http://brycedontplay.blogspot.com/2011/07/tour-it-like-you-mean-it.html
    Here’s my revamped preschool tour, based on “Dog’s Colorful Day.”: http://brycedontplay.blogspot.com/2012/01/everythings-better-with-dogs.html
    And finally this year’s (same concept) with “Pete the Cat and his Four Groovy Buttons”: http://brycedontplay.blogspot.com/2012/10/pete-cat-and-his-groovy-field-trip.html

    Hope these help anyone looking for a few different ways to do library tours!

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