Parents & Educators

Your Librarians

Michele Patrick – Library Director – mpatrick@indianolaiowa.gov

Janis Comer – Children’s Services Librarian, Birth - 5th Grade – jcomer@indianolaiowa.gov

Alison Brown – Young Adult & Adult Services Librarian, 6th - 12th Grade – abrown@indianolaiowa.gov

Visits

Visit the Library

Schedule a time with a librarian for your class to visit the library! We can tailor presentations to suit your needs, including storytimes, database tutorials, and library skills workshops.

Classroom Visits

We can bring the library to you! We can bring the library services directly to your classroom, engaging students in interactive programming designed to fit with your lesson plans.

Summer Reading Program Visit

During the summer the library offers programs designed to keep kids busy intellectually and leisurely. Each year, as we gear up for summer, we would love to let your students know about all of the exciting activities they can be a part of at the library.

Technology in the Library

  • Public computers
  • Wifi
  • Printing
  • Scanning

Community Room Request Form

Resources

NAEYC - The National Association for the Education of Young Children is a professional membership organization that works to promote high-quality early learning for all young children, birth through age 8, by connecting early childhood practice, policy, and research.

Zooniverse - "You don’t need any specialized background, training, or expertise to participate in any Zooniverse projects. We make it easy for anyone to contribute to real academic research, on their own computer, at their own convenience. You’ll be able to study authentic objects of interest gathered by researchers, like images of faraway galaxies, historical records and diaries, or videos of animals in their natural habitats. By answering simple questions about them, you’ll help contribute to our understanding of our world, our history, our Universe, and more." - from the Zooniverse website.

Children And Families of Iowa - "Children & Families of Iowa is one of the top family services organizations in Iowa. Through its programs and services, the organization helps everyone from children who need a safe home to adults learning to cope with trauma. Children & Families of Iowa doesn’t just offer solutions for families and children in crisis. It offers hope when it seems like there is none left. It offers a chance to build better futures. It offers an opportunity to change lives." - CFI website.

Here to Help Booklists - Curated by the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, these lists include books about life's milestones and tough topics. Subjects range from bedtime to divorce, toilet training to self esteem.

Common Sense Media - "Get resources for teaching in the digital age. Expert-tested. Teacher approved." - CSM website.

The Six Early Literacy Skills - Children can start learning to read from birth by using the six early literacy skills. You will find them used during our storytimes at the library. Learn more about them here to begin using them at home.

Technology for Kids - Curated selection guidelines and apps for early learners and school age children from the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.

Kids InfoBits Educator Resources - How to use Kids InfoBits in your classroom, free lesson plans, database scavenger hunts and exercises, and more.

For Your Students

Volunteer

Are you in 6th - 12th grade? Want to help the library offer the best possible books and programs for you and your friends? Join the Teen Advisory Board, and put your ideas into action! To join, simply go to a TAB meeting, or email Alison at abrown@indianolaiowa.gov. Meetings are held the 2nd Thursday every month from 4:30-5:30pm in the program room at the library. See you at our next meeting!

  • Current TAB project - Teen Yule Ball, Friday, Dec. 8th 6-9pm.

Ages Preschool - 5th Grade - Programs & resources

6th Grade - 12th Grade - Programs and resources

Databases

Kids InfoBits - K - 5th Grade Research

Research in Context - Middle School Research

High School Research - Discover periodicals and reference book content supporting high school student research.

Other Library Databases

Library Cards

Need a library card? Need to renew the library card you have? Give us a call or stop by the library, and we will help you out! Learn how to get a library card, and read our policies online.