The front steps of the library are under construction and during this time the front driveway, front doors, and the book drop are unavailable. The St. Andrew Street and parking lot doors are open for library access. Materials can be returned in the library or to the temporary book drop at the Legion (207 St Patrick St.)

Resources For Teachers

You're not alone.
From loaning to lesson plans, we've got you covered. 

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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 home schoolers.

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 check book 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

Limits

  • An educator card expires June 30 and needs to be renewed annually
  • The card is non transferable: can only be used by the card holder for education purposes

Cards for Students

SPL is happy to provide personal library cards for your students.  A library card arms students with access to information, build literacy skills and promote a love of reading. 

Contact Wendy Hicks 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 services, 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. 

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. 

* Please provide two weeks notice for planning

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 resouces are also available for studnets 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

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Downloadable fiction, non-fiction, and technical audiobooks, ebooks & video.  The great thing about these titles is that they automatically expire and never have any late fees.  Perfect for those with iPads in school!

Zinio
Dozens of magazines, full colour, full text in all their glory.  Titles include Macworld, Mental_floss, Discover, The Economist, Newsweek, Popular Science, and many more.  With unlimited access, everyone in your class can read the same title and reasearch at the same time. Great for Civics, Business or Pop Culture topics.