Services for Classroom Teachers and Groups


The Children's Services department provides Custom Collections, a special service to classroom and substitute teachers, homeschooling families, parents, college students -- anyone needing children's materials. With one week advance notice, Children's Services staff will prepare thematically based collections. Please be prepared to tell us the theme, grade level, reading level, and number and types of materials needed. Custom Collections are not limited as to the format of the materials. These materials may be renewed after their three week checkout in person, over the phone, or through our online catalog.


The Juvenile Deposit Collection (jDC) program is a service for area childcare facilities that involves checking out a box of books to each participating center for use in the classroom. The boxes are delivered in the fall, spring, and summer. Each set contains 50 books that include concept books ("ABC's", colors, shapes, etc.), seasonal books, and storybooks that can be used in the classroom.

At the time that the books are dropped off, trained staff from the Children's Services department perform a thematic storytime for the children of the center, using a wide variety of techniques, such as flannel boards, participatory storytelling and fingerplays, to share the literature.


In addition to the aforementioned special services for teachers in Allen County, the department also provides various other services that teachers are encouraged to use with their classes.


Tours of the Children's Services department and/or the entire Main Library are available on a pre-scheduled basis. The tour of the entire Main Library includes all of the major public departments, plus the Television Studio when they are not in production. Areas of special interest can also be requested. In each department, major collections, technology, and points of interest will be covered. Length and depth of the tour depends on the age of the children. A complete tour of the Children's Services department and the Main Library takes approximately one to one and a half hours. We encourage teachers to allow time for students to browse independently and check out books after the tour.


Upon request, the Children's Services department will provide a trained storyteller to share this oral tradition with your students. If a specific subject for storytelling is desired, please make that inquiry when you schedule your storytelling session. Classes may visit the library and use these services, or a storyteller may be scheduled to visit your classroom.


Thematically based storytimes are a service provided upon request, and a wide variety of techniques are used to help the children experience literature. Trained staff use books, flipcharts, flannel boards, fingerplays, action rhymes, puppets, songs, props, and interactive digital technology to involve children in a 30 minute thematic storytime. If you wish to request a specific theme for a storytime, please make that inquiry when the program is scheduled.


Booktalking is a service provided by the Children's Services department for groups of children. Designed to encourage children to read, booktalks are often interesting "commercials" for books that entice the students to read the books themselves. Themes include: You've Seen the Movie, Now Read the Book; The Work of Patricia Polacco; Books to Tickle Your Funny Bone; and Biographies/Autobiographies.

For these and other services for educators, please feel free to call and schedule an appointment for your group. Please schedule with us by the 15th of the previous month for a desired date. (Schedule by June 15th for a July date, schedule by July 15th for an August appointment, etc.) We will happily schedule your group's special activity up to one year in advance. All scheduling is arranged as staff is available. Call the Children's Services department at (260) 421-1220.

Comments and suggestions can be sent to Mary R. Voors, Manager, Children's Services at
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