Teacher Connect

A teacher's guide to OCLS resources.

Connect with the Library!

Every Orange County Public Elementary School has a dedicated representative from the Orange County Library System as part of our Children’s Initiative. Liaisons can answer questions about library services and make school visits. Call 407.835.7323 to connect to your liaison or email us at youthservices@ocls.info.

Middle and high schools should e-mail Youth Outreach Coordinator Sarah Bates at bates.sarah@ocls.info with questions or requests for services.

Library Outreach Services

The library makes strides each year to promote literacy and create greater awareness of the services we offer. Invite the library to your next school/community event! Contact Sarah Bates, the Youth Services Outreach Coordinator at bates.sarah@ocls.info.

  • Storytelling
    Our professional storytellers are available free of charge to make school visits for large groups of students. They combine songs, stories, and popular books in fun sessions for all ages. Call 407.835.7323 to schedule a date for this popular service.
     
  • Middle School Book Talks
    Our recommended reading list for middle school students lists books that deal with issues important to young adults. Our staff conduct entertaining, interactive book talk sessions that will entice students to explore the books on their own. Each school year, OCLS offers book talk sessions to 7th graders at all OCPS middle schools. Contact Youth Programs Coordinator Erin Topolsky at topolsky.erin@ocls.info to book now!
     
  • Tiny Tales Workshop for Teen Parents
    In an effort to promote early literacy, the library offers a Tiny Tales Workshop for teen parents. The storyteller will demonstrate a Tiny Tales: Rhyme Time for You and Your Baby program especially designed for infants from birth to 18 months and their parents. The program introduces reading readiness and fine motor skills. The workshop can be scheduled at the library as well as an outreach. Contact Crystal Sullivan at sullivan.crystal@ocls.info to schedule the workshop.
     
  • School Visits
    Library staff can visit your school for family nights, open houses and more. Email youthservices@ocls.info or call 407.835.7323 to request a visit.
     
  • Dive Into Databases
    Provides an overview of library online resources useful for homework, test taking practice, and general subject skill building. Recommended for students in grades 4-12. Class size is limited. Call 407.835.7323 to schedule.

Field Trips to the Library

A field trip to the library is a great way to celebrate literacy any time of year. The Orlando Public Library offers several programs for your school to choose from including library tours, storytimes and database classes. Branch locations offer storytimes and general library tours as well as tours that may highlight a specific part of the collection. Tours of a branch are available by special arrangement with the particular location of interest. The best part is all library field trip services are free of charge.

  • Field Trip Request Form
     
  • Dive Into Databases
    Introduce students to library databases available from home with a library card. This class, which takes place at the Orlando Public Library, provides an overview of reputable online resources useful for homework, test taking practice, and general subject skill building. Recommended for students in grades 4-12. Class size is limited. Call 407.835.7323 to schedule.

Youth Outreach Coordinator

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Sarah Bates
Contact:
101 E. Central Blvd.
Orlando, FL 32801
407.835.7323

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