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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. Thank you.

Preschool and Elementary School Events

Experience Description Group Size Availability Request Fieldtrip
Adaptive Storytime Visit:
Children can come and participate in a 30-45 minute storytime that is geared for children with autism spectrum disorders, sensory integration issues, or other developmental disabilities.

Audience: 5 - 11 years old
Duration: 30 minutes
10 - 20 Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
11:00am
12:00am
1pm
2pm
3pm
Request
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 Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
11:00am
12:00am
1pm
2pm
3pm
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
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
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 Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
11:00am
12:00am
1pm
2pm
3pm
Request
School Age Storytime 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 Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
11:00am
12:00am
1pm
2pm
3pm
4pm
Request

Middle and High School Events

Experience Description Group Size Availability Request Fieldtrip
Celebrate the Freedom to Read:
*Note: This visit is available to schedule September 15-26 Banned Books Week is the national book community’s annual celebration of the freedom to read. Banned Books Week was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores, and libraries. During this special Group Visit, teens will learn about commonly banned and challenged books.

Audience: 12-18 years old
Duration: 60 minutes
10 - 30 Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
11:30am
Request
Learning through Games!:
Teamwork, strategizing and coordination are just a few skills teens will learn as they participate in various life-size games, board games, scavenger hunts, and even game design.

Audience: 12-18 years old
Duration: 60 minutes
10 - 30 Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
11:30am
Request
Library Skills Workshop Visit:
Students will learn how to conduct research for specific subjects within a library setting by using the library catalog and online databases including free tutoring and downloadable books/movies/music. Library programs focused on helping support education including College 101 will also be discussed.

Audience: 12-18 years old
Duration: 60 minutes
10 - 30 Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
11:30am
Request
Teen Venture: Studio i:
Teens will learn the basics of media and music production in this project-based workshop. Working in groups, they’ll experience the role of a director, actor, or editor. Prior preparation including coming with a rough script, bringing small props, or having a background photo can help with participants being able to complete a product by the end of their visit.

Audience: 12-18 years old
Duration: 60 minutes
5 - 15 Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
11:30am
Request
The Giver:
*Note: This visit is available to schedule September 24-26 The Giver is being performed by Children’s Theatre of Charlotte, based on author Lois Lowry’s Newbery Award winning book. During this special Group Visit, teens will have the opportunity to discuss themes from the performance and the book as well as engage in activities that will further explore related content.

Audience: 12-18 years old
Duration: 60 minutes
10 - 30 Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
10:30am
12:30am
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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ImaginOn 300 East Seventh St., Charlotte, NC 28202, (704) 416-4600
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