Group Visits to the Library

Scheduling a Visit

We want to make every group’s visit a great experience! Please call at least one week in advance (785) 776-4741 (ext. 400 for kids, ext. 300 for adults) and have several dates/times in mind. Librarians must schedule groups around library programs and staff availability.

Group visits usually last about 45 minutes or less. We ask that groups with kids have at least one adult per 10 children. Large groups may need to be split into two groups for tours or presentations.

Group leaders or adult sponsors are expected to stay with their group at all times and to handle behavior issues. We are happy to work with group leaders to cover specific areas of interest.

Groups may attend special events at the library, such as movies or parties. Please call ahead to let library staff know you are coming, so we will have ample seating.

During our Summer Reading program in June & July, you may want to sign up, so the tour group can earn prizes for reading.

Special Storytimes

You may request to have a storytime and/or tour of the Children’s Room presented by a librarian. Storytimes for group visits consist of 20-30 minutes of stories read aloud and are limited to one presentation per month. Let the staff know if you would like stories on a certain theme or topic.

Tour the Children's Room

Tours of the Children’s Room can include an explanation of the different kinds of books in the room and where they are shelved, how to use the online library catalog and information about what librarians do and how libraries work. Tours of other parts of the library are also available if scheduled in advance, such as the teen area, adult book areas, and the check-out desk.

Adult Tours

Tours for adults can cover general library collections and services or can be tailored to meet the needs of a specific group. We can also give presentations about the library’s online resources.