Library & Class Visits

Three school children with books in a library.Would you like your students to learn about the many amazing resources their public library has to offer? Plan a class visit to any of our 13 locations or have library staff come to your school. We are available to groups from preschool through grade 12 and will help them get library cards, borrow books, learn about the library catalogue, develop their research skills, enjoy stories and listen to great book talks.

To arrange a visit, please fill out one of the registration forms. Keep in mind that our programming department is small (but mighty!) and usually requires at least three week notice to plan for a visit. We will ask you to provide the month you would like the visit to occur; GSPL staff will follow up with possible dates during the requested month to find a mutually agreeable date and time.

We strongly encourage classes and /or individual students to borrow library materials during their visit (although this is not mandatory). To accommodate this, we will provide you with an electronic copy of the Library Card Application Form once your visit has been scheduled. We ask that you print as many copies as required and send them home for parents to fill in; when you have received the completed forms, please send them to the library so we can prepare library cards for your students / group in advance of the visit.

Note that during the month of June, we are able to provide special visits to promote our Summer Reading Club.

Preschool / Daycare Groups (30 minutes)

These visits consist of an age-appropriate story time; an introduction to library cards and the concept of borrowing materials; and if your visit is at the library, a short tour. Time is also allotted to look at material in the kids section. If your library visit is planned during one of our weekly story times and we have sufficient notice to ensure capacity, we can likely accommodate your group at this activity.

Kindergarten to Grade 6 (30-45 minutes)

Visits for primary students provide an introduction to the many resources the library offers for academic assistance, but also for pleasure (including books, movies and music). A visit for students in these grades may include an introduction to online resources for younger children (Tumblebooks Library) or a quick discussion about our digital services (including databases, eBooks & audiobooks, streaming services for movies and music); a tour of the library and/or programming department (if you visit the Main Library) and other "behind-the-scenes" areas; a book talk about a recent children's title; oral storytelling and/or an age-appropriate story time or read-aloud.

* After the talk and tour, you are welcome to stay and browse the collection. Children may check out material (but it is not mandatory) and we can provide you with an activity to complete with your class, such as a scavenger hunt. GSPL staff will not be available for this portion.

Grade 7 through Grade 12 (30-45 minutes)

During visits for students in these grades, librarians can act as research coaches to students working on assignments. They can also connect kids and teens with resources about community volunteering; provide guidance on how to navigate online information; and of course, help students find their next favourite book. A visit may include a tour of the library and/or other behind-the-scenes areas; a live demo of our online resources; an introduction to research skills; and a book talk about (recent titles) for young adults.

*If you provide details about a specific theme/unit, the visit may be customized with resources that would provide the most assistance for your students.

Makerspace Visit

The Makerspace is located in the Main Library and is one of the newest resources offered by GSPL. We have developed a "pop-up Makerspace" that we bring to schools to introduce kids to the maker movement. These visits are intended to accommodate multiple classes from one school and include multiple stations; each station demonstrates a different maker concept and provides a hands-on activity.

School Library Card Project

This option offers you a way to obtain GSPL cards for each of your students without planning a library or class visit. We will provide you with an electronic copy of the Library Card Application Form; we ask that you print as many copies as required and send them home for parents to fill in; when you have received the completed forms, please send them to the library so we can prepare library cards for your students/group. GSPL staff will deliver the prepared library cards right to your school.

Transportation

Would you like to bring your students to the library but are in need of transportation? Would you like to introduce your students to our city's public transportation system? The Library and Greater Sudbury Transit have teamed up to create a program to bring classes to the library on a city bus at no cost to schools.

  • Transit passes will be issued for an entire school and will be valid for the school year; they can be used multiple times but GSPL must be notified before each use.
  • Transit passes may be used for up to 30 individuals at once. If you are bringing several classes, you may want to consider renting a school bus.
  • Transit passes can be used for a facilitated library visit or a visit that does not include programming.
  • If you do not require staff support and are planning a visit on your own, please confirm your visit with us so we can notify Greater Sudbury Transit to alert them of your pending visit.
  • On the day of your visit, arrive at the bus stop nearest your school at the scheduled time. The bus will bring your class to the bus stop closest to the library you are visiting, either on the same route or after transferring. Please be sure to show your driver your Transit Pass each time you board the bus.
  • Students will then walk to the library. If library staff are assisting with your class visit, they will meet you at the scheduled time.
  • Once the visit is over, students will return to the bus stop. The bus will then return you to the bus stop nearest your school.
  • If you must cancel your visit, please notify us at least 24 hours in advance so we can notify Greater Sudbury Transit.