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VISITING WITH A GROUP

How to make a reservation | Experience Options | Helping the Day Go Smoothly | Group Visit Policies | FAQ

ImaginOn is a great place for kids 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 for the current school year are listed below. Please read the descriptions and select the experience that best aligns with the goals of your visit. Kids Visit experiences are for ages 11 and under. Teen Venture experiences are for ages 12 to 18.

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.

For the middle and high school events, if you have a larger group than the maximum group size listed, please fill out an additional group fieldtrip visit request to accommodate the total which can be organized as a rotation during your visit.

Please note during the month of May there will be no group programming visits. Reserved visits and program visits will resume in June.  Thank you.

Preschool and Elementary School Events

Experience Description Group Size Availability Request Fieldtrip
Explore the Spangler Library Visit:
Discover ImaginOn through scavenger hunts, exhibits, and other group activities. Your visit will include access to special Group Activity Kits (sample topics: word games, storytelling with puppets, board games, etc.). You can also visit the library space to use computers or find books and materials.

Audience: 5-11 years old
Duration: 30 minutes
10 - 30 Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
11:00am
12:00am
1pm
2pm
3pm
4pm
Request
Kids Visit: Summer Group Visit :
Groups participate in a rotation of engaging library programming or can participate in self-directed literacy-related activities within ImaginOn. These self directed activities may include: scavenger hunts, board games, creative play, and more. Group leaders may borrow Group Activity Kits to use during the visit. Kit topics include word games, storytelling with puppets, and more. Children may visit the library to check out books and materials or use student computers. Groups with 10 or more students must register at the front Welcome Desk and maintain at least one adult chaperone to every 8 students ratio to gain entry into ImaginOn.

Audience: Kids ages 5-11 with adult Camp Counselors/Chaperones
Duration: 60 minutes
10 - 30 Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
11:00am
2pm
Request
Library Skills 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 Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
11:00am
12:00am
1pm
2pm
3pm
4pm
Request
Library Skills 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 Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
11:00am
12:00am
1pm
2pm
3pm
4pm
Request
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
10 - 30 Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
11:00am
12:00am
1pm
2pm
3pm
Request
School Age Visit:
Children can come and participate in a 30-45 minute storytime that is geared for an older audience. This program is designed to supplement and support the Read to Achieve program in North Carolina whose goal is to have all 3rd graders reading on grade level.

Audience: 5-11 years old
Duration: 30-45 minutes
10 - 30 Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
11:00am
12:00am
1pm
2pm
3pm
4pm
Request

Middle and High School Events

Experience Description Group Size Availability Request Fieldtrip
Teen Venture: Learn, Connect, Play: Pixel Art:
Teens will experiment with an art form using pixels by mapping shapes of video game (or other) characters on graph paper and try their hand at such classic games as Super Mario Brothers and Sonic the Hedgehog.

Audience: Teens (12-18)
Duration: 60 minutes
10 - 30 Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
10:00am
10:30am
11:00am
2pm
Request
Teen Venture: Research 101:
Discover the free resources and services that Charlotte Mecklenburg Library offers at ImaginOn. Learn how to maximize your library card and become a power user through participating in scavenger hunts, using the catalog, and becoming familiar with the library’s research resources. A focus on Common Core standards such as nonfiction reader’s advisory, texts with different viewpoints, or even using media and visual literacy to create products can be incorporated for your visit by request.

Audience: Teens (12-18)
Duration: 60 Minutes
10 - 30 Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
10:00am
10:30am
11:00am
2pm
Request
Teen Venture: Sensory Storytime:
Come join us for a fun, interactive program for teens or individuals with special needs older than 18 if that agency’s policies consider them to be high school students. This experience will include books read aloud, songs, movement and art as well as a tour of the Spangler Children’s Library and Teen Loft at ImaginOn.

Audience: Teens (12-18)
Duration: 60 minutes
10 - 30 Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
10:00am
10:30am
11:00am
2pm
Request
Teen Venture: Studio i Orientation:
Small groups will explore Studio i, a multimedia learning studio, to develop and sharpen their technology skills by getting an overview of the various types of projects that can be created. Teens will be able to try their hand at animation, live action, or sound recording, to get a feel for how the technology in Studio i works. Once a group has attended an orientation and would like to focus on a project in Studio i, select this visit and add information to the notes field what the group would like to focus on (i.e. stop motion, live action, music, etc.).

Audience: Teens
Duration: 60 minutes
5 - 15 Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
10:00am
10:30am
11:00am
2pm
Request
Teen Venture: Worldplay Fun:
Build vocabulary and improve spelling and comprehension through such activities as word games like giant Scrabble, participate in window poetry, and even try out your performance skills through spoken word. You’ll also have plenty of time to browse the collection and check out materials.

Audience: Teens (12-18)
Duration: 60 minutes
10 - 30 Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
10:00am
10:30am
11:00am
2pm
Request

Helping the Day Go Smoothly Back to Top

  • All groups must check in at the Welcome Desk upon arrival at ImaginOn. One adult chaperone is required for every 8 students. View chaperone guidelines here . It helps to pre-assign small groups of students with each chaperone. Provide each chaperone with a list of student names and the cell phone number of the group leader.


  • Bring along emergency contact information, including the office number for your school or organization.


  • Complimentary bus parking is located more than a mile away, which 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. See Printable Map | Printable Bus Permit.


  • 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.


  • ImaginOn has very limited space for lunch, available only November through March. These spaces must be reserved in advance on a first-requested, first-served basis. In nice weather, we encourage groups to eat outdoors in front of ImaginOn, or in our courtyard. If you need space for lunch, please indicate this on your online visit request form.


  • ImaginOn cannot provide storage for personal belongings. Please bring with you only what you are able to carry.


  • Visit our daily program calendar for information about programs and special events on the day of your visit.


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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