Arapahoe Libraries loves helping children and teens learn! Educator Support Services are designed to help local educators, classroom teachers, and homeschooling parents by providing materials, facilitating visits to the library for students, or by coming to your classroom. Let's get started!
WHAT AGE GROUP IS THIS REQUEST FOR?
What should I do in advance to prepare for my class visit?
As you schedule your visit with the librarian, please indicate if there are any particular topics, themes, projects, or assignments you would like covered during your visit. If you have students who have library cards, please remind them to bring their cards on the day of your visit. For students who don't have library cards and would like to apply, please have their applications ready prior to your visit.
What should I expect during my class visit?
In addition to any specific requests you may have discussed while scheduling your visit, the librarian can give your students an introduction to library services and resources and register them for library cards.
How can my students borrow library materials?
Students can borrow materials with an Arapahoe Libraries card. To apply prior to your visit, students will need to fill out an application that will be sent to you via email. The completed applications can then be returned to your librarian. We don’t offer classroom or institutional cards, but students of all ages are welcome to apply for a card!
What can my students borrow from Arapahoe Libraries?
They can borrow books, magazines, DVDs, CDs, audiobooks, book/Playaway packs, programmable robots and more. They can also use their library cards to access eBooks and databases for a variety of age groups, such as Overdrive, Novelist and Academic Search Complete. Please note that some materials have a shorter lending period than others.
How many items can my students borrow and for how long?
Students can check out books and audiobooks for three weeks, and CDs and DVDs for one week. Learn more about borrowing. Children and teens may check out 60 items on their library cards. However, if you want your students to borrow a smaller amount, please discuss that with your librarian prior to your visit. All materials can be returned to any Arapahoe Libraries location. If they need materials past the due date, they can renew them in person, on the library website, or by calling 303-LIBRARY (303-542-7279). Arapahoe Libraries is fine free.
Where can students use their library cards?
An Arapahoe Libraries card can be used at any of our eight locations, including Koelbel Library, Southglenn Library, Castlewood Library, Sheridan Library, Smoky Hill Library, Eloise May Library, Kelver Library, Davies Library and our Library on Wheels as well as to access eBooks and databases at arapahoelibraries.org.
What else does the library offer?
Arapahoe Libraries offers a wide array of educational programs and services, from early literacy programs for babies and toddlers to summer reading programs, as well as the Makerspace and Recording Studios, and coding clubs and STEAM events for kids. There is also lots of technology available for check out and free passes to museums and state parks around Colorado. Your librarian can help you discover everything the library has to offer!