Please be aware the library is not responsible for and does not allow unattended children. See details in the Unattended Children Policy.
Tenga en cuenta que la biblioteca no es responsable y no permite que haya niños desatendidos. Ver detalles en política de niños desatendidos.
Family Visitation Brochure
Read our Visitation Brochure for recommendations, rules, and guidelines for family visits. Suggestions for activities as well as what is or is not allowed in the library.
Classroom Collections & Extended Teachers’ Loan Period
This service is provided to local teachers by the Jackson County Public Library to complement classroom and school media collections.
1. The maximum length of the extended teachers’ loan period is six weeks from the day the collection is put together by the library staff. Only books owned by Jackson County Public Library apply to the extended loan period. All other item types are subject to normal checkout time. Teachers may return or exchange the collection anytime before the six-week deadline. If materials are needed for more than six weeks, teachers have the option of renewing the books for an additional three weeks with no further renewals.
2. Please note that some requests may not be able to be fulfilled without 2 weeks of notice.
3. In order to receive the extended teachers’ loan period, collections must be arranged directly with the library staff; otherwise, the standard three-week loan period will apply.
4. Classroom collections may be checked out only to a teacher who has a valid library card. The teacher is responsible for all materials included in the classroom collection. Replacement costs and a processing fee will be charged for all lost and/or damaged books. Overdue fines are twenty-five cents per day per item.
5. Teachers may request specific titles or subjects; however, inclusion in their collection will be determined by the library staff based on availability and demand.
6. Staff will notify teachers through a message at school or home when a collection is ready.
7. Teachers will have one week (seven days) from notification to pick up their collection before it is returned to the library shelves. Collections will be placed in a basket labeled with the teacher’s name and the six-week due date.
8. All materials should be returned in their original basket.
Teachers may notify the Youth Services Department (522-3412, option 2), Information Services, (522-3412, option 3), Medora (966-2278), or Crothersville (793-2927) that a classroom collection is needed, or fill out an online application here.
Ellison and Accu-Cut Die Cuts
Ellison and Accu-Cut dies are located in the Kidz Korner workroom and are available for use by the public. However, the library does not provide the construction paper. Customers must use and bring their own paper. The Friends of the Library donate funds to purchase all dies. Click the link below for a list of available die cuts at the Seymour Library.
School Visits & More For Teachers & Students Kindergarten-12th Grade
Class Visits to the Library– With prior notice, class visits are welcome where library staff provide stories, songs, and library tours. The library may also set aside reference materials on special assignments to give your students easy access to the materials while working in the library.
Classroom Collections- A six-week check out period with an option of a three-week renewal. Materials available include audio kits, playaways, music CD’s, audiobooks, magazines, comic books, easy readers, chapter books, fiction, non-fiction, picture books and accelerated readers. DVDs are available for a one-week loan. Teachers may request a collection by visiting or calling the library, or by filling out a Classroom Collection form online.
Middle School Teachers
Class Visits to the Library– With prior notice, class visits are welcome where library staff provide library tours, book talks or stories and reference instruction- Instruction on using the on-line catalog or Inspire. Also with prior notice, library staff can set aside reference materials on special assignments to give your students easy access to the materials while working in the library.
Classroom Collections– A six-week check out period with an option of a three-week renewal. Materials available include audiobooks, magazines, comic books, fiction, and non-fiction from our Juvenile, Young Adult, or Adult sections. DVDs are available for a one-week loan. Teachers may request a collection by visiting or calling the library, or by filling out a Classroom Collection form online.
High School Teachers
Class Visits to the Library– With prior notice, class visits are welcome where library staff provide library tours, book talks and reference instruction- Instruction on using the on-line catalog or Inspire. With prior notice library staff can set aside reference materials on special assignments to give your students easy access to the materials while working in the library.
Classroom Collections– A six-week check out period with an option of a three-week renewal. Materials available include fiction and non-fiction books, audiobooks, magazines and comic books. DVDs are available for a one-week loan. Teachers may request a collection by visiting or calling the library, or by filling out a Classroom Collection form online.
The following are suggestions on how we can work together to give students the greatest opportunity in meeting their assignment requirements:
VISIT THE LIBRARY and get to know the librarians. Become familiar with the materials. Schedule a tour for your class.
GIVE LIBRARY STAFF ADVANCED NOTICE of major assignments. Staff can create a reserved shelf of materials for in-library use. Without advanced notice, the first students using the library usually check out most materials on the assigned subject.
CONSIDER GIVING BROAD ASSIGNMENTS to students. Try not to give students identical assignments or to assign the same topics as another teacher. The library has a limit of books per topic and may need to borrow books ahead of time with the customer’s library card.
IF A SPECIFIC TYPE OF BOOK IS ASSIGNED, such as an autobiography, contact a librarian to make sure there are enough “good” books for the entire class.
Pre-K School Readiness
Early literacy – Help your child get ready to read.
Head Start – a federal program that promotes the school readiness of children under 5 from low-income families
Pre-K Thematic Units – Come visit Ms. Cox’s Pre-K class at St. Teresa School and check out the themes and project link. Click on a theme and get great ideas on books, circle time, art projects, printables, cooking activities, literacy, fine motor, math, and science activities.
Education & Teacher Resources
Indiana Department of Education – Indiana academic standards
schoolfamily.com – Your go-to guide for school success. This website also provides printable skill-building worksheets for math and reading.
Time4Learning – All about homeschooling
ALEKS Online Math Program – Course products for homeschoolers
Bulletin Board Ideas
Educational Holiday Links
Plimoth Plantation – Thanksgiving Interactive: You are the Historian
Scholastic – The First Thanksgiving
Lesson Plan Help
A to Z Teacher Stuff – This site has everything teachers need from A to Z. Teachers can search for lesson plans, teaching tips, downloadable teaching materials, and much more.
ABC Teach – This site is for all ages. Kids, parents, student teachers, and teachers will find all they need right here. Abcteach.com has everything from reading comps, research/reports, teaching extras, portfolios, flashcards, fun activities, holidays, months and seasons, theme units, pre-k/early childhood activities, middle school/junior high units, and languages/ESL.
Child Fun – Theme Activities – At childfun.com you can find crafts and coloring sheets for any occasion. On this site, you can find crafts from President’s Day, Leap Year, Lent, Dr. Seuss’ Birthday, St. Patrick’s Day, Arbor Day, Easter, Lent, Passover, Earth Day, Mother’s Day as well as Father’s Day. This site also has coloring pages relating to President’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Passover, Easter, Mother’s Day, Flag Day, 4th of July, Memorial Day, alphabet blocks, alphabet pictures, birdhouses, farm fun, flower gardens, handicaps, shoes, sports, wedding, winter wonderland and many more.
Discovery Education – With this website you can find anything related to educational programming, such as Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, and the Travel Planet. You will also find a library of lesson plans here. Just select a subject with the grade and a variety of lesson plans will appear. This website also offers teaching tools, a curriculum center, and homework helpers.
Educator’s Reference Desk – This website provides high-quality resources for the education community. They have over 2,000 different lesson plans, more than 3,000 links to online education information, and over 200 question archive responses.
RubiStar (Scoring Tool) – RubiStar is a website designed to help teachers create a rubric or enhance the ones that they already have. You can create a new rubric relating to oral projects, multimedia, math, writing, products, reading, art, work skills, science, and music. Come visit this website for a helping hand.
Super Teacher Worksheets – Printable, free worksheets for teachers and parents. There are stories to print out that can be read by students of any grade level along with questions about the stories to help with comprehension. Answer keys to the questions are also provided for adult use. Practically every subject area is included on this website.
Teach Net – Come here for lesson plans, back-to-school ideas, and ways to liven up your classroom. This is a great site to get you and your kids ready for school.
Kinder Art – There is always something new to see at this website. This is a great site to find a variety of different art lessons for kids. Teach and learn drawing, painting, and sculpting that are easily located at your fingertips.
Computer Science Student Network (CS2N) – CS2N has easy and fun activities designed to help you learn how to program
Mix Up: This student activity focuses on personal finance concepts.
Calculating Salary: Lesson plan that focuses on gross pay, net pay, and other aspects of salary.
Money Smart Teens: Four money lesson curriculums for ninth through 12 graders.
Bank Comparison: This lesson helps students build knowledge to help find the bank that’s most appropriate for them.
Financial Literacy: Financial literacy for children, youth, individuals, couples, families, and business.
History & U.S. Topics:
IIP Publications – an overview of topics in the U.S.
The New Americans – This website gives educators lesson plans that deal with historic and modern day immigration. These lesson plans give students hands on experience and a better understanding of immigration issues.
Jet Propulsion Laboratory – Science Fair Project help
Science Bob – Science Bob is a great website that has many different links that will give you information on space/planets, animals/nature, plants, and insects/spiders.
Science Education at Jefferson Lab – This website is a great resource for teachers. Click on the teacher resources tab and find teacher programs, workshops, reference materials, hands-on activities, worksheets, puzzles, games, and on-line games and puzzles. This website is also a great resource for students. Click on the student zone tab and find homework helpers, internships, and other educational on-line games and puzzles.
Science Made Simple – Need an easy science project? Then this is the site for you. Find a variety of different science projects and experiments for your class or an upcoming science fair.
U.S. Census Bureau: Statistics in Schools – A leading source of statistical information qualified to help teachers and students learn and apply statistics.
Reader’s Advisory & Children’s Literature
BookConnections – a public library interface that focuses on enriching everyone’s connections to children’s and young adult books.
TeachingBooks – Provides additional information on books such as author interviews, book guides, activities & lessons, and more!
Health & Nutrition
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – The nation’s health protection agency.
Nutrition.gov – Gives reliable information on eating healthy, physical activity, and food safety to help you make healthy choices.
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services – A government website to promote healthy and active lifestyles.