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SUMMER HOURS: May 31 - September 7 all libraries will be closed on Sundays. Learn more
VISITING WITH A GROUP

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ImaginOn is a great place for children and teens to visit any time of year. By submitting a group visit request, you can help the young people in your group have a focused and meaningful experience in our facility. All of the library group visit options are listed below. Please read the descriptions and select the experience that best aligns with the goals of your visit. If you have library group vist questions please call Darcy at 704-416-4607. Thank you.

Due to staffing and space constraints, we can only accommodate a limited number of groups during the same time slot. We ask that you provide alternate dates/times with your request. All requests must be submitted at least one week in advance of your desired visit date.

Preschool and Elementary School Events

Experience Description Group Size Availability Request Fieldtrip
ImaginOn Tour:
Children ages 5 – 11 years old will take a 30 minute walking tour throughout ImaginOn lead by one of the Spangler Library staff. This program will highlight many of the unique features both inside and outside of our building.

Audience: 5-11 years old
Duration: 30 minutes
10 - 30 Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
10:30AM
11:00AM
11:30AM
12:00AM
12:30AM
1:00PM
1:30PM
2:00PM
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Library Skills I Workshop Visit:
Give your group a comprehensive orientation on how to use the library, facilitated by the Spangler’s head Librarian. Students in this workshop will learn how to explore the library, identify and handle materials, and how to manage being a responsible library card holder. A tour of the library is included in this visit.

Audience: K - 2nd Grade
Duration: 60 minutes
10 - 30 Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
10:30AM
11:00AM
11:30AM
12:00AM
12:30AM
1:00PM
1:30PM
2:00PM
Request
Library Skills II Workshop Visit:
Give your group a comprehensive orientation on how to use the library, facilitated by the Spangler’s head Librarian. Students will learn how to conduct research for specific subjects within a library setting by using the library catalog and databases. Student will also learn how public libraries are organized, and how they can find anything within them. A tour of the library is included in this visit.

Audience: Grades 3-5
Duration: 60 Minutes
10 - 30 Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
10:30AM
11:00AM
11:30AM
12:00AM
12:30AM
1:00PM
1:30PM
2:00PM
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Pre-School Storytime Visit:
Children participate in a 30 minute early literacy storytime. They will hear favorite stories, sing songs, and enjoy additional activities that help them engage with books and stories.

Audience: 0-5
Duration: 30 minutes
0 - 30 Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
10:30AM
11:00AM
11:30AM
12:00AM
12:30AM
1:00PM
1:30PM
2:00PM
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School Age Visit:
Children can come and participate in a 30-45 minute storytime or activity that is geared for an older audience.

Audience: 5-11 years old
Duration: 30-45 minutes
0 - 30 Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
10:30AM
11:00AM
11:30AM
12:00AM
12:30AM
1:00PM
1:30PM
2:00PM
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Spangler Library Book Browsing Visit:
Children will visit the library space to check-out books and use the computers.

Audience: 5-11 years old
Duration: 30 minutes
0 - 30 Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
10:30AM
11:00AM
11:30AM
12:00AM
12:30AM
1:00PM
1:30PM
2:00PM
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Middle and High School Events

Teen Venture: Summer Group Programs

For each first-time visit, teens (12-18) will receive an introduction to the public library and the resources available at ImaginOn: The Loft. Groups may select from one of the following:
Experience Description Group Size Availability Request Fieldtrip
Giant Games:
In this program, teens will have the opportunity to engage in friendly competition with giant-sized games, such as Chess, Checkers, Scrabble, Connect Four, Dominoes, Playing Cards, or the Tumble Tower.

Audience: Teens (12-18)
Duration: 60 minutes
10 - 30 Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
11:00AM
11:30AM
12:00AM
12:30AM
1:00PM
1:30PM
Request
Library Browsing:
Teens will have time to explore ImaginOn’s Loft and Tech Central area, browsing our fiction and nonfiction sections, including our graphic novel selection, which is the largest in the county. Teens may also use our internet computers, complete a library scavenger hunt, play dozens of board games, and peruse our magazines.

Audience: Teens (12-18)
Duration: 60 minutes
10 - 30 Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
11:00AM
11:30AM
12:00AM
12:30AM
1:00PM
1:30PM
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Library Resources:
Teens will receive a tour of ImaginOn’s teen areas, the Loft and Tech Central, and learn about the available resources. Staff will walk teens through a library visit, including how to locate books on the shelf using the electronic catalog, placing items on hold, and exploring the numerous electronic homework help resources the library has to offer.

Audience: Teens (12-18)
Duration: 60 minutes
10 - 30 Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
11:00AM
11:30AM
12:00AM
12:30AM
1:00PM
1:30PM
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Make @ ImaginOn:
Teen Makers will explore a STEM-based activity during this visit. Working individually or in small groups, they’ll use creative problem-solving and communication to solve a challenge.

Audience: Teens (12-18)
Duration: 60 minutes
5 - 15 Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
11:00AM
11:30AM
12:00AM
12:30AM
1:00PM
1:30PM
Request
Studio i:
Teens will learn the basics of stop-motion animation and/or live-action filming in front of our blue screen in this project-based workshop. Working in small groups, they will determine roles and details of the project. Groups who prepare their stories, characters, and specific backdrops before visiting ImaginOn will have more time to work with the technology.

Audience: Teens (12-18)
Duration: 60 minutes
5 - 15 Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
11:00AM
11:30AM
12:00AM
12:30AM
1:00PM
1:30PM
Request

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If you requested bus parking, you will need to follow the instructions indicated in your confirmation email. Complimentary bus parking is located more than a mile away. This prohibits the bus driver from also being a chaperone. Vans up to 8’ may park in the ImaginOn parking lot for 90 minutes free with a validated parking ticket.

All groups must check in at the Welcome Desk upon arrival at ImaginOn.

One adult chaperone is required for every 8 students. Groups that do not have this required ratio in place will be denied entry. Groups of over 30 young people are encouraged to divide their visit across more than one day.

ImaginOn has very limited space for lunch and is first-come, first-served. Our vending café seats 10-12 and our outdoor courtyard space seats 40. All groups eating lunch inside or around ImaginOn are required to clean up after themselves.

Encourage students to bring along their library cards, so they can check out materials. Note that materials borrowed from ImaginOn can be returned at any branch of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library system. Students will need their library cards if they want to access the Internet. Due to limited staff time and extreme use of the building, library cards for students in groups cannot be looked up.

The recommended visit length for groups is 90 minutes. During peak visitation, this limit will be more strictly enforced to guard equal access for all interested groups. ImaginOn reserves the right to set Group Visit limits during peak seasons, especially summer. During the summer, each program location can schedule up to 4 Group Visits.

Chaperones are expected and encouraged to serve as active leaders in the ImaginOn experience, as attentive monitors as well as creative, interactive educators aware of all the young people in their charge at all times.

Drop in group visitors will be admitted, space permitting. ImaginOn reserves the right to deny entry due to capacity limits and safety regulations.

By bringing your group to ImaginOn you agree to adhere to our building policies (visitor rules) and CM Library Policies including:

Children’s Theatre of Charlotte offers special sales prices for groups of 10 or more. Follow the link for more information.


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