School Visits to the Library
Tour the Torrington Library with your class! If you teach pre-school and elementary school and would like to take a tour of the Library with your class, please contact Jill, Children's Librarian, at 489.6684.
Advance notice is required.
Topics covered on the tour:
-How to use the automated card catalog to locate books in the Library;
-Fiction vs. Non-Fiction, Dewey Decimal System;
-Where to locate materials in the Children's Room/ Young Adult and Adult areas (when age appropriate);
-Use of reference materials, on-line databases, reQuest Statewide Catalog.
Have you assigned a project for your class? Please let us know! The earlier we know you've assigned a project, the more time we have to provide your students with the best material possible.
We will also be glad to reserve materials for your class to use in the Library.
Please fill out the form below and we will get back to you shortly!
3rd Grade Narrative: We will discuss what a narrative is, and students will get to create their own narrative and share it with their class.
3rd Grade Mystery: What Really Happened to Humpty Dumpty? We will discuss mystery vocabulary and get to the bottom what really happened to Humpty Dumpty in groups of 3 or 4 students!
3rd Grade Superhero Training Camp: Consists of building a character from the ground up. Students will work independently and in small groups for one week to build a Superhero and a Villain using their own imagination.
5th Grade Spy Ring: An interactive History lesson about George Washington's Spy Ring. They will walk throughout the school solving clues to make sure they can stop the British!
We are also open to discuss any topic we could turn into an outreach. The Children's Room Staff loves to make learning more interactive and fun! Want to schedule an activity with your class, please contact Jill, Children's Librarian, at 860-489-6684.
Book Bins for Teachers
Do you need some new titles to share with your students? Do you need more books to supplement a classroom project? We will be happy to put together a bin of books for you to use in your classroom. Advance notice is suggested to put together a Teacher's Book Bin. You will need a valid Torrington library card or your hometown library card to use this service.
Book Bins will contain a maximum of 15-25 titles and will have a loan period of one month. Teachers are responsible for lost or damaged items.
Doorway to Learning Initiative
Each Spring, the Torrington Library visits every first grade classroom in the Torrington School District.
During our visit, we read the class a story (they get to keep the book in their classroom as a gift from us!), we talk about the privilege and responsibility of having a library card, and we give each child a library card sign-up packet. In the packet, there is a library card application, which parents can complete and return to the child's teacher if they would like their child to have a library card.
After our visit to the classrooms, each first grade classroom visits the library for a tour! By the end of each visit, all students are familiar with the library and have the opportunity to obtain a library card. We mail the library cards to the students and their life-long library partnership begins.
Now in its fourth year, we are happy to say that we have issued over 800 library cards to first grade students.
This Initiative would not be possible without the continued support of the Torrington Board of Education, the Superintendent's Office, and the amazing first grade teachers!