Outreach & Educational Services

The Youth and Family Services Department is happy to provide both outreach and in-house educational services for schools, daycares, and other student groups. We also try our best to provide helpful services for educators, to make their job in the classroom easier!

Teacher Cards

Teacher cards are available for teachers and educational providers in Bulloch County. Teacher cards are kept in the department, and allow teachers to use books and audiobooks in their classrooms for up to six weeks. Teachers are still expected to be responsible for damaged or lost books, but late fines can be removed upon return of books. You can apply for a teacher card at the Children’s Help Desk.

Book Selection for Teachers

With advance notice, teachers can request help selecting books on a specific subject matter. For assistance with book selection, please contact the Children’s Department at (912) 764-1344.

Field Trips to the Library

We are happy to provide your students with a special storytime at the library. Our typical storytime includes 30 minutes of stories, songs and movement activities. For groups with more time to spend, we can also add a behind-the-scenes tour of the library. We typically have a few themes to choose from, or we can create something based on what your group is currently learning.

Outreach Activities

Our librarians and children’s staff are available for educational fairs, special events, and classroom visits to schools and non-profit organizations in Bulloch County. At these events, we can usually provide:

  • Storytimes and read-alouds
  • Information for parents about literacy and learning
  • STEM equipment and activities
  • Book Talks (for grades K-6)

Please contact us to schedule field trip or outreach visit:

Cindy Hatchell, Manager of Youth and Family Services – cindyh@strl.info

Jen Schumann, Youth Programming Coordinator – jennifers@strl.info

 

Youth Programs at the Statesboro Library

The library offers a wide range of fun and educational programs for youth, ages 0-18. All library programs are free! Please refer to this month’s Youth and Family Services calendar on our library’s main page for updated program dates and times.

STORYTIMES:

The Youth and Family Services Department holds several different storytimes, for different age groups:

  • Babytime is designed for ages 0-2. The program uses stories, rhymes, songs and music to provide quality interaction time for babies and caregivers, and to build early literacy skills.
  • Toddler Time is designed for ages 2-5. Young ones and their caregivers can join us for a 30-minute session full of stories, songs, movement, and early literacy activities.
  • Family Storytime is designed for families and children of all ages. Stop in for exciting stories, followed by music, activities and/or crafts.

Note: Toddler Time and Babytime classrooms have limited space, so we ask that daycares or schools that want to attend a storytime at the library contact us to schedule their own event. See our Outreach and Educational Services page for more details.

OTHER PROGRAMS:

Breakfast with Santa

One of our largest events of the year, this program gives our young patrons and their parents a chance to eat breakfast, make crafts, and visit with Santa. Each child leaves with a free book, and photo opportunities are available. Space is limited for this free event, and sign up usually begins in early December.

 Eagle Time

Georgia Southern students volunteering with the Serve912 program will be on hand to help kids in grades K-6 with their homework after school on most Mondays and Wednesdays, from 3:30-5:30pm. See the calendar for a complete schedule.

 Homeschool Programs

The library works with a local Homeschooling group to provide space for homeschooled students to come together and learn. For a full list of what homeschool programs are currently planned, check out the current month’s calendar.

 Kids Programs

The library offers an ever-changing list of programs for ages 6-12, including STEM Days, Superhero Saturdays, Bingo, Lego Club, Art Night, Anime Day, Video Game Day, Family Game Night, and more. To see what is currently being offered, check out the current calendar.

 Reading to Rover

On the third Monday of each month, the Statesboro Therapy Dogs visit the library to give new and developing readers the chance to practice reading aloud. The dogs are well-behaved and very good listeners!

 Teen Advisory Group (TAG)

Teens in the Teen Advisory Group form our core group of young volunteers. They meet monthly to advise the library on which materials and programs are of interest to them, and often plan and lead programs of their own. Students who earn enough volunteer hours are invited to a special TAG lock-in each spring. TAG is open to students between the ages of 12-18, and meetings are held the first Monday of each month at 5:30pm in the Teen Activity Room.

 Teen Anime & Manga Club

Teens between the ages of 12-18 can get together twice each month to talk about their love of anime and manga. At each session, students enjoy a new anime episode, activities, and snacks. No sign up is required – new members can drop in to any meeting.

 Teen Makerspace

The library regularly hosts open Makerspace hours for teens to make crafts and use the Makerspace equipment. Staff members often have projects ready to go, or teens can pursue their own interests. Current equipment available includes:

  • 3D Printer
  • Silhouette Cameo (paper cutting)
  • Sewing Machines and Iron/Ironing Board
  • Lego Mindstorms EV3 and WeDo 2.0 robotics kits
  • LittleBits Invention kits (electronics engineering)
  • Snap Circuit and Snap Circuit Light kits
  • Anki Overdrive starter kit (robotic cars)
  • Sphero BB-8™ robots
  • USB-powered microscopes (200x)
  • Chromebooks
  • Craft supplies: paper, paint, beads, embroidery floss, yarn, fabric, etc.

Teen Talk

The library works with Safe Haven Outreach to provide a comfortable space for teens to talk about what’s going on in their lives. During these monthly sessions, friendly and knowledgeable staff from Safe Haven are available to answer teens’ questions and help guide them through any tricky situations they are facing in school, at home, and in their relationships.

Tutoring with Restoring the Breach

Free Math and English Language Arts tutoring is provided during the school year through the local non-profit organization, Restoring the Breach. Tutors are available on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, from 5:30-7:00pm. Parents and caregivers must remain in the library while students are being tutored.

Summer Reading 2019

2019 Schedule of Events click here for a list of this summer’s performances!

Summer Reading 2019: A Universe of Stories

The library’s Summer Reading Program is a combination of at-home reading activities, library programs, and special performances that are designed to encourage children to keep reading and improving their literacy skills throughout the summer. The main goals of the program are to:

  • Help children maintain their reading skills during summer vacation.
  • Keep children motivated to read for pleasure.
  • Help children develop positive attitudes about reading, books, and the library.
  • Make sure that children have access to engaging experiences that further their sense of discovery.

How can my child participate?

Children ages 2-12 can sign up for the Summer Reading Program at the library until June 14th. When you sign up, you will receive a welcome packet with a reading log, which your child will use to track the books they read throughout the summer. For young children who are not yet reading on their own, parents can keep track of the books they read together. As with all library programs and events, the Summer Reading Program is completely free. In addition, every child who signs up for the Summer Reading Program will get to pick out a free book to take home!

Once each week between June 6th and July 25th, your child can bring their reading log to the library to be “checked.” As long as they have read at least one book (at their reading level) during the week, they will get a sticker, a small prize, and the chance to add Legos to our Lego Sculpture. This year’s Lego Sculpture will be a Space Rocket!

Do we have to be at the library on a specific day or time?

No! We understand that summer vacations are packed with a lot of fun activities, so the Summer Reading Program is designed to work with your schedule. You can read at home, and stop by the library any time during the week to have your reading log checked.

When are the library programs and special performances?

When you sign up for summer reading, you will get a copy of the scheduled performers for this summer. Performances will be every Thursday morning at 10:00am, from May 30th through June 27th. We have all kinds of entertainment planned, including storytellers and magicians! In addition, we’ll have tons of fabulous activities planned throughout June and July – you can find those listed on our monthly calendars!