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Resources For Teachers

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From loaning to lesson plans, we've got you covered. 

Educator Cards

Educator Card Application FormAny educator currently working at an education facility in Perth County is eligible for an Educator Card.  This includes K-12 classroom teachers in public and private schools, daycare center instructors and homeschoolers.

To apply for an Educator Card, visit the library with the following items:

  • Photo ID (e.g., a driver's license)
  • Proof of current address (Proof can consist of a piece of mail addressed to the applicant, a checkbook or car insurance)

Educators are required to have a personal library card to be eligible for an Educator card.

Advantages

The Educator Card is designed to help make full use of the library's resources.

  • Check out most items for double the standard loan period
  • Renew most items 1 time (Renewal is unavailable if the item is reserved for another customer)
  • Pay no late fees (Payment is required for lost or damaged items)
  • Personal library card and educator card accounts are totally separate

Cards for Students

SPL is happy to provide personal library cards for your students.  Library cards arm students with access to information, build literacy skills and most importantly, promotes a love of reading. 

Contact Sally Hengeveld to arrange library cards for your class. 

Class Visits

Bring your class to the library so students can become familiar with the library space, our amazing staff and the resources we offer. Students may apply for library cards, borrow books, listen to book talks and stories, develop research skills, and learn how to use the library’s catalogue.  We are able to work with groups of all ages from preschool to grade 12. Please provide two weeks notice for planning.

Need something a bit different? We can always customize a visit to support your current project or class focus to meet the needs of you and your students. 

Please contact Sally Hengeveld to arrange your visit. 

MakerSpace Visits

The Makerspace is one of the newest resources offered by SPL. We have can provide "pop-up Makerspace" that we can set up in the auditorium to introduce kids to the maker movement. 
For grades K - 4, visits include a storytime and exploration at multiple stations; each station demonstrates a different maker concept and provides a hands-on activity.
Visits for grades 5 - 12 will include an introduction to the MakerSpace and a focus on a maker concept such as 3D modeling, coding of robotics, or virtual reality.

Please provide at least two weeks notice for a visit.  Visits are subject to space availability. 

Contact Sally Hengeveld for a grade K-4 visit
Contact Stephanie Park for a grade 5+ visit

Librarian Visits

We offer outreach programs to schools, including story times, book talks, theme presentations to support a focus on literacy and learning.  We can also provide demonstrations of databases and instruction on how to research or use the library's downloadable collections.

Our Librarians are happy to speak to parent groups or teachers on professional development days.

Please contact Sally Hengeveld to arrange a visit.*

* Please provide 2 weeks notice for planning.

Books to Go

We can gather books, DVDs and magazines that support your lessons in English or French*.  Call or email and we will create a booklist or set aside a selection of material on specific topics for pickup.**  

Our Public Service Librarians can also create BiblioCommons lists to support your curricula. For example, if you need good fiction reads by First Nations authors appropriate for grade 6 students, we can build you a menu of suggestions in BiblioCommons that we then share via email.

* Number of resources may be limited
** Please provide a minimum of 3 days notice

TIP: Keep check-out receipts.  They provide a ready-made list / bibliography for future use! 

Search the Catalogue

The library catalogue contains materials from all the libraries in Perth County.  Search and reserve materials, access to your library account, and track and rate your materials.  Fun idea - have a class make and share book trailers!

spl.bibliocommons.com

 

Databases

Online access from the Library, school, home or anywhere with an internet connection to a wide variety of Research Databases which provide countless full text articles from reputable and reliable journals, newspapers and magazines. All that is needed is a valid SPL Library card (unless accessing from inside Library).  Age specific resources are also available for students through Homework Help on the Kids and Teen pages of our website.  They contain links to databases and websites to assist in finding the information they need to complete assignments.

Digital Collections

downloadLibrary.ca
Downloadable fiction, fact, and technical audiobooks, ebooks and video. Titles automatically expire and never have any late fees. Perfect for those with iPads in school!

Flipster
Dozens of magazines, full colour, full text in all their glory. Titles include Macworld, Mental floss, Discover, The Economist, Newsweek, Wired, and many more.  With unlimited access, everyone in your class can read the same title and research at the same time. 

Kanopy
Kanopy provides streaming of classic cinema, top documentaries, and indie films on any device. All movies have Public Performance rights.