"Community partners can be an important resource for schools and students. They can provide support for students in the classroom, and can be models of how the knowledge and skills acquired through study of the curriculum relate to life beyond school. As mentors, they can enrich not only the educational experience of students, but also the life of the community."
- from the ONTARIO CURRICULUM
During a class visit, students will receive an Idea Exchange Membership Card. Membership Cards will give them access to resources at all six Idea Exchange locations, online materials such as ebooks, databases and topic guides, enhancing classroom learning.
With a wide range of teaching resources, Idea Exchange offers a variety tours and workshops that are extensions of subjects taught in the classroom. Use the Online Booking Request to schedule a visit. All visits are FREE of charge. PLUS Grand River Transit (GRT) offers Waterloo Region teachers and their students (kindergarten through grade eight), a free ride on regularly scheduled bus routes for introductory public library tours. Visit the GRT Class Pass webpage for full details (1 visit per class per year).
Booking a visit for your class is easy! Choose a location, fill in the online form, and we will contact you to confirm.
With a focus on STEAM activities (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math), we invite school aged children to explore the Discovery Centre! Students will learn about the new technology-based learning resources and programs available at our newest location.
Each Idea Exchange location is unique to its community! Discover your location and all the exciting things Idea Exchange has to offer. The visit will provide information on programming and a detailed facility tour. This visit can be customized to focus on any unit of study.
Summer Reading Club
Get your students reading all summer! Bring them for a special library tour that showcases the fun games, prizes, and programs they can enjoy when they come to Idea Exchange and join the Summer Reading Club. Summer Reading Club is a FREE program designed to inspire kids to explore the fun of reading their way - the key to building a lifelong love of reading. It runs in July and August each year.
0.5 to 1 Hour
An age-appropriate story read aloud by a professional children's programmer. The visit will include a general orientation of the library, highlighting the children's area and fun learning resources.
Students will learn about (cultural) diversity in Canada and its many celebrations from around the world. The first hour will include global activities and a tour. During the second hour, students will paint individual quilt pieces depicting one of their favourite things to celebrate.
Introduction to Structures
In this hands on, station-based workshop students will be introduced to structures. They have a chance to explore construction with Zoobs, Straws and Connectors, Stacking Cups, Marble Mazes and more. Students will test their skills in the "Build a Bridge Challenge".
Letter Writing at the OPO
Old meets new with a tour of Idea Exchange, Old Post Office. Students will discover how the building was once used and how it has transformed into a digital library. They will participate in a letter writing workshop, comparing how communication has changed over the years.
Preston Garden Tour
1.5 Hours (April to June)
Students will participate in fun and engaging activities where they will learn more about Life Systems of Living Things and tour the Accessible Garden at Idea Exchange, Preston.
Combine art and science in a hands-on Circuit Circuit workshop. Students will be introduced to simple circuits, spend time exploring a variety of circuits, and finish it off by creating an original LED greeting card.
Students will be introduced to some early societies in a map labelling activity. They will practice research skills to find information about these societies. In closing, students will have behind-the-scenes tour of Cambridge Art Galleries, discussing how museums and galleries represent, protect and promote culture through collections management.