School Tours at MPL
MPL is a culture house of community and cooperation. School groups have access to guided tours with partners on Levels One and Two. Group size is limited to 60 students in one day for the Children’s Department and spectrUM. Group size is limited to 19 at a time for Makerspace tours and 10 at a time for MCAT tours. Larger groups may split up and rotate between spaces. Tour dates fill up fast. Please plan ahead. Read tour descriptions below
Use the table below to help you choose a time to tour the library. Please note: Due to a full tour schedule for Fall 2023, the Youth Services department will resume scheduling new tours as of January 2024. SpectrUM and MCAT tours can still be scheduled directly through those organizations using the form below.
School Tour Request Form
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School Tour Descriptions
Most tours start in the Imaginarium where we talk about the new library and the responsibility of checking out with a library card. We also often read a picture book or ask trivia questions. This part of the tour is flexible, depending on the age of students and time available.
The second part consists of a tour around the Children’s Department, making various stops to talk about how students can find items they’re looking for. Supervised browsing time is also an option after the tour.
spectrUM offers two different tiers of tours: unguided and guided.
Unguided tours let students spend time exploring the interactive exhibits in the Discovery Bench on their own.
Guided tours provide educator-guided activities designed to meet Next Generation Science Standards. These tours are 90 minutes and have a cost (with scholarships available). Visit the spectrUM website for more information.
During Makerspace tours, students will have a chance to see our laser engraver, vinyl cutter, 3D printers, and sewing machines in action. Students will then be divided into groups and will work on a creative project using one of these machines. For groups larger than 19 you will need to split up your class and rotate students through. For more info, contact