Resources

Curriculum and Sharing Kits

Curriculum Kits contain 20-30 items on a topic. They include books, DVDs, audiobooks, a sample lesson plan, and resources. Jumpstart classroom activities with coordinating Pinterest boards.

Sharing Kits contain 12 items on a topic and can include books, CDs, DVDs, and toys. 

Curriculum Kits
Sharing Kits

Spark Labs

Spark Labs enhance STEAM skills and encourage students to be innovative while developing future job skills. With LPCPL’s mobile Spark Labs, the library’s instructors are able to provide students hands-on experiences with technology. Mobile classes available now are listed below in the classes section.

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Classes

Our librarian educators are available for classroom visits from September  through May. Fill out the  form below to schedule a classroom visit. You can schedule up to four visits per school year.

Please make sure to request all classes at least three weeks in advance. A classroom teacher must be present for classroom management. In order to maintain the best learning environment, classes are intended for a single classroom group unless otherwise requested. Please inform us in advance if classes need to be adapted for any special needs, i.e. hearing impaired or special education classes.

Grades Pre-K-2 (20-30 minutes)

Library Field Trip

Schedule a field trip with your classroom to any of LPCPL’s library locations for tours or research projects. We can’t wait for your class to visit!

Classroom Visits

LPCPL educators will visit your class and read a variety of fiction and non-fiction titles that support Indiana State Standards in reading foundations, literature, and vocabulary. Teachers can even request a theme.

Grades 3-5 (45-60 minutes)

LittleBits: Synth Kit

Build a synthesizer and experiment with manipulating sound waves. LittleBits are pieces that connect magnetically to teach students about pitch, amplitude, and timbre.

Squishy Circuits

Learn about electricity and how to build basic circuits with dough and LED lights. See how energy can be transformed into light and sound.

Our Solar System

Work together to build a scale model of our solar system and learn about the sun, moon, planets, asteroids, and comets.

Science Behind Superheroes

How does Superman fly? Why can Magneto control metal? Investigate the science behind your favorite heroes and villains.

Native Americans Of Indiana

Learn about the culture of the Northeast Woodland Indians through Native American stories, songs, games, and artifacts.

Daily Life during the Civil War

Learn about the daily life of a Civil War soldier. Handle a replica soldier’s uniform and haversack. Read letters written by Union Soldiers and play a “Civil War Slang” game.

The Underground Railroad

Explore the myths and facts of the Underground Railroad. Students learn the difference between primary and secodary resources.

A Hoosier Trip through Time

Experience Indiana’s history, culture, economics, and development. Learn how you can participate in Indiana’s bicentennial celebration in 2016.

Revolutionary War

Learn how the United States of America was formed and the events that led patriots to declare independence. Students will participate in a reader’s theater activity.

Poetry Mini-Workshop

Listen to poetry and identify the basic elements of a good poem. Students will be able to write their own poem using creative brainstorming techniques.

Library Resources For Research

Explore digital sources and learn how to determine which resources are reliable, how to avoid plagiarism, and how to follow copyright guidelines.

Library Field Trip

Schedule a field trip with your classroom to any library location for a tour or research project.

Grades 6-12 (45-60 minutes)

Civil Rights Movement

Learn how activists worked for equal voting, public spaces, and education. This session will cover life in the Jim Crow era and discuss how students volunteered to make a positive impact on the country.

Nazi Propaganda

Explore the use of propaganda and its impact on the Holocaust. Students will access an interactive online exhibit from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. This lesson does include graphic imagery used by the Nazi party.

Library Resources For Research

Explore digital sources and learn how to determine which resources are reliable, how to avoid plagiarism, and how to follow copyright guidelines.

Library Field Trip

Schedule a field trip with your classroom to any LPCPL locations for tours or research projects. We can’t wait for your class to visit!

BookTalks

Students become familiar with a variety of fiction and nonfiction books. Educators booktalk 4-6 books at differing reading levels. These can be tailored for current class topics.

Contact Us

Would you like to learn more about Libraries 360? Fill out the form to connect with our team. We look forward to answering your questions.

If you would like to schedule a class, please provide the following information:

  • Name of Libraries 360 class you would like to schedule
  • School name
  • Grade and number of students
  • Preferred dates and times (three choices please)
  • Your name and contact information
  • Any special considerations or requests

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Special Events

Teen Art Show Returning in 2017

Teen artists are invited to submit their original art piece to be on display. Visitors can vote for their favorite during that time. Art is judged in two divisions: People’s Choice and Best of Show.

Name That Book

Each team of four students will read fifteen books chosen by library instructors for their diversity and quality writing. In November, teams of sixth grade students compete to match statements with their corresponding book. This yearly competition promotes literacy across the county.

Teen Tech Week/Teen Read Week

The American Library Association celebrates teen technology education in March and teen literacy in October every year. La Porte County Public Library offers themed classes during these weeks for students in grades 6-12.

What Is Libraries 360?

It all began with a goal to fulfill a need to improve student and teacher access to the library’s resources and materials. Simply put, it’s a deepening of the collaboration between schools and the public library that leverages public library resources and materials to better meet student and teacher needs. Our vision is to provide La Porte County students with equal opportunity in education to achieve overall academic success.

What inspired Libraries 360?

It’s simple, libraries = education. Students access materials and resources for self-directed education utilizing our large and diverse collections. Library instructors provide high quality research assistance and instruction that includes classes, seminars, and workshops conducted throughout area schools. We provide instructive and enlightening experiences through community and cultural events, and partnerships.

How did Libraries 360 get started?

Since 2013, library administration has been in discussion with school administration, school librarians, and teachers to determine a new service model of school/library collaboration. We have visited other library systems and researched new models of service. The outcome of this preparation is seven principal points of collaboration where libraries and schools can partner to better leverage our collective resources. This is Libraries 360.

Is Libraries 360 available to all schools?

Libraries 360 is available to all school corporations within the Library’s service district. The Library’s district includes:

  • John Glenn School Corporation
  • La Porte Community School Corporation
  • Michigan City Area Schools
  • New Prairie United Schools
  • South Central Community Schools
  • Parochial, private, and charter schools

Please contact the library to find out if your school is in the Library’s district.

Points Of Collaboration

Library Card Registration for All Students

The primary goal is to make the library’s subscription databases, electronic content, and print resources available to students, both in school and at home. 24/7 accessibility of online resources expands learning opportunities for students beyond the standard school day. This process is simplified by the development of the school/library agreement for Shared Library Services which complies with the Family Educational Privacy and Rights Act (FERPA).

Educator Cards for School Staff

Libraries 360 Educator Cards give teachers and school staff access to our library’s suite of online research tools, curriculum kits, and full collection of print materials. If your school is not already in a Libraries 360 shared services agreement and you are an educator, you may obtain a card by applying in person at any location. Your Educator Card allows you to have extended loan periods, request materials, and are overdue fine exempt.

Classroom Visits

Our qualified library educators offer diverse standards-based classes in social studies, science, and language arts. In these classes the students may have opportunities to participate in hands-on technology, handle actual artifacts, and learn the area’s local history, all while meeting the curriculum requirements.

Shared Services

Combining the public library and school materials, database subscriptions, and ILS services streamlines the taxpayers’ costs and increases efficiency while greatly improving student access to resources.

Wireless Access at Public Libraries

With access to wireless internet a concern for some students, the public library is a perfect solution. There are no fees charged for wireless access. Students over the age of 14 can use meeting rooms for group projects.

Staff Training

All La Porte County Public Library educators are fully trained with Chromebook, iPad, and Google Nexus tablets in order to demonstrate our online services to our customers. We work with school IT staff to ensure that we are current with what teachers and students are using in their classrooms.

Media Specialist In-Service

Library educators will conduct general in-services to school media specialists and paraprofessionals to demonstrate our eBook access as well as highlight our electronic resources and professional development opportunities.

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