Field Trips

Bring your class to visit the Hamilton East Public Library in Fishers!

We have designed library experiences in the Youth department and in Ignite Studio for students in grades Pre-K through 12 around Indiana’s Academic Standards to provide an interdisciplinary experience for your group.

  • Learn how the library works behind-the-scenes
  • Explore the Youth department with a Librarian as a guide
  • Participate in a literacy-focused activity
  • Take part in hands-on maker activity in our Ignite Studio (Only for Grades 4 and up)

Bring your class to visit the Hamilton East Public Library in Fishers!

For hands-on learning, literacy activities, and just plain fun, the library is your next field trip destination! We have designed library experiences in the Youth department and in Ignite Studio around Indiana’s Academic Standards to provide an interdisciplinary experience for your group. Learn how the public library can help set your students up for success!

Pre-K and up:

  • Learn how the library works behind-the-scenes
  • Explore the Youth department with a Librarian as a guide
  • Participate in a literacy-focused activity
  • Hands-on maker activity in our Ignite Studio (Only for Grades 4 and up)

“They organized an in-depth and interesting library tour, which connected to the children at their level. The mysterious book sorting machine, which can be seen through the book drop off slot, was an absolute highlight for all of the kids. This is a wonderful tour and one that your kids will enjoy.”

– J. Roberts

Ready to Book?

Groups should plan for a two hour visit on a Thursday morning from 9:30-11:30 AM for Pre-K – Elementary groups or from 10:30 AM -12:30 PM for Intermediate – High School groups. Trips must be booked at least 3 weeks in advance. This service is only open to schools and homeschool groups and co-ops. A library representative will reach out for additional details before your field trip is confirmed.

Questions?

Please email any questions you have to Allison Kartman

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Field Trip Options

At registration, teachers will choose from the activities below to do with their students during their time in Youth Services and Ignite Studio.

Youth Department Activities

PRE-K

Training as an Honorary Librarian
Do you have what it takes to become a Librarian? Through hands-on activities, students will learn some basic skills it takes to work in a library!

Storytime
Join in the fun with stories, songs, and more that encourage development of early literacy skills!

Sensory Play Exploration
Students will build cognitive skills while exploring textures, tastes, sounds, and smells through hands-on learning.


GRADES K-3

Training as an Honorary Librarian
Do you have what it takes to become a Librarian? Through hands-on activities, students will learn some basic skills it takes to work in a library!

Library Scavenger Hunt
Students will test their library knowledge and skills through this interactive scavenger hunt activity.

Puppet Show
Explore the basic elements of storytelling and create a puppet show to share with the group!


GRADES 4-6

Fairy Tale STEM
Explore fairy tales through a different lens for both a literary and STEM focus!

LEGO Challenges
Are your students up to the challenge? Put their skills and creativity to the test by joining us for a LEGO showdown!

Game Show
Students will test their library and literary knowledge with a fun game show style activity.


GRADES 7-8

Scavenger Hunt
Students will test their library knowledge and skills through this interactive scavenger hunt activity.

Reader’s Theatre
Develop reading skills through fluency. Students will “perform” by reading scripts created from grade-level books or stories.

Game Show
Students will test their library and literary knowledge with a fun game show style activity.


GRADES 9-12

Reader’s Theatre
Develop reading skills through fluency. Students will “perform” by reading scripts created from grade-level books or stories.

Game Show
Students will test their library and literary knowledge with a fun game show style activity.

Scavenger Hunt
Students will test their library knowledge and skills through this interactive scavenger hunt activity.

Ignite Studio Activities

GRADES 4 AND UP

Zines
Learn about the wide and wonderful world of zines. Students will make a quick zine as they explore various art mediums and storytelling techniques to create their own mini book.

Battling Beetles
Design your own paper beetle to race classmates up lengths of string. Learn about the principles of tension and friction as you compete to get your bug to the top by alternately pulling on parallel strands of twine. Combine math, science, engineering and art in this fun activity.


GRADES 6 AND UP

Monster Marionettes
Students will meld engineering and art to make a Frankenstein-esque marionette. These articulated puppets can be modeled after people, animals, or creatures and are useful vehicles for learning about character, character design, and story. Designers will make choices and use design thinking skills to construct a monster marionette.

Digital Bling
Students will play with the basic principles of electric circuits as they create a wearable piece of digital art. Experiment with scientific concepts as you see how electricity flows through a circuit and walk away wearing a fabulous piece of fashion.


GRADES 8 AND UP

Community Paper Quilling
Paper quilling has been popular since the 15th century. Students will use strips of paper to create “quills” as a team. When arranged together, the quills will make an artistic design. This project explores team skills as students work together on smaller parts for a larger whole.

Printmaking
Explore a range of printmaking opportunities for teens at Ignite Studio. Students will explore mono-printing, relief cut printing, and even silk screen printing, as they learn about an art form and technology that dates back to the 2nd century.

Field Trip FAQ

How many students can we bring?

HEPL field trips can accommodate up to 80 students. Groups will be divided in half for the duration of the field trip, so please be prepared to do so upon arrival. Groups must have at least 15 students to qualify for a booking.

How many chaperones should we bring?

We request a chaperone ratio of 1:10 or one chaperone per every ten students.

How long are field trips?

Field trips are offered on Thursday mornings from 9:30-11:30 AM for Pre-K – Elementary groups or from 10:30 AM-12:30 PM for Intermediate – High School groups. Groups should anticipate arriving at the library 15 minutes before their field trip start time and will depart around 15 minutes after the field trip ends. Groups in grades pre-K – 3 will spend both hours in the Youth Services department, while groups in grades 4 and up will spend one hour in the Youth Services department and one hour in Ignite Studio.

Where can we eat lunch?

HEPL has limited space to accommodate lunches in our building. However, if you need special lunch accommodations, please reach out to Allison Kartman at kartmana@hepl.lib.in.us.

How do I book a field trip?

Visit our Flexbooker site, here, to book your date. After selecting your date, our field trip coordinator will contact you for more information and to confirm your booking. You must book your field trip no later than 3 weeks in advance.

What will we do during our field trip?

Students from grades pre-K and up will explore our youth services department, participate in a literacy focused activity of your choosing, and get a behind-the-scenes tour of the library.

Students in grades 4 and up will also participate in an art or STEAM activity of your choosing in our Ignite Studio.

Where do we park?

Parking is available onsite for groups visiting via car. Groups visiting via bus should communicate with library staff in advance in order to coordinate parking.

How do we get there?

The Fishers Library is located at 5 Municipal Drive, Fishers, IN 46060. We are directly across from the Fishers Police Station and the Nickel Plate District Amphitheater.

Homeschool

Homeschool groups and co-ops are also invited to participate in our field trips service if they meet the minimum threshold for participants (15 students). Due to the unique makeup of homeschool groups, a library representative will reach out after a date has been booked to help create a more personalized experience for your group.

Homeschool

Homeschool groups and co-ops are also invited to participate in our field trips service if they meet the minimum threshold for participants (15 students). Due to the unique makeup of homeschool groups, a library representative will reach out after a date has been booked to help create a more personalized experience for your group.

Indiana Academic Standards

Youth Department Activities

Training as an Honorary Librarian
Grades K-3
Reading Literature: K.SL.1, K.SL.2.1, K.SL.2.3, K.SL.3.2, 1.SL.2.1, 1.SL.2.3-4, 1.SL.4.1, 1.SL.4.3, 2.RF.2.4, 2.W.5, 2.SL.1, 2.SL.2.3-4, 2.SL.4.1, 3.RF.2.4, 2.RN.3.1, 3.RV.1, 3.W.5, 3.SL.1, 3.SL.2.1, 3.SL.2.3, 3.SL.4.3 Math: K.NS.1, K.NS.3-4, K.CA.3,K.CA.5, K.G.1, K.M.2, PS.3-4, PS.7, 1.NS.1, 1.DA.1, 2.NS.2, 2.NS.6, 2.M.7, 3.M.4 Social Studies: K.2.1, K.2.4, K.3.1, K.3.6, 1.1.1, 1.1.6-7, 1.2.1-3, 1.3.3, 1.4.1-2, 1.4.4-6, 2.1.3, 2.2.4-5, 2.2.7, 2.4.1, 2.4.3, 2.4.7, 3.1.6, 3.2.1, 3.2.5, 3.4.2-3, 2.4.8 Computer Science: K-2.D1.1, K-2.PA.1, K-2.DL.2

Library Scavenger Hunt
Grades K-3
Reading Literature: K.SL.1, 1.SL.2.4, 1.SL.3.2, 1.SL.4.3, 2.SL.1, 2.SL.2.4, 3.SL.2.1, 3.SL.2.5, 3.SL.4.3 Science: 2-PS1-3 Math: K.G.1, PS.3, PS.4 Social Studies: K.3.1

Grades 9 and Up
ELA: 9-10.RN.3.1, 9-10.SL.1, 9-10.SL.2.1, 9-10.SL.2.3-4, 9-10.SL.3.2, 9-10.SL.4.1, 9-10.SL.4.3, 11-12.RN.4.2, 11-12.SL.1-5, 11-12.SL.3.2, 11-12.SL.4.1, 11-12.SL.4.3

Puppet Show
Grades K-3
Reading Literature: K.RL.2.2-3, K.SL.2.3, 1.RL.1-3, 1.RL.3.1-2, 1.RL.4.1, 1.SL.1, 1.SL.2.1, 1.SL.2.3-5, 1.SL.4.1, 1.SL.4.3, 2.RL.2.2, 2.RL.4.1, 2.W.3.3, 2.SL.1, 2.SL.2.3, 2.SL.2.5, 2.SL.4.1-2, 3.RF.5, 3.RL.2.2, 3.RL.3.2, 3.RV.1, 3.SL.1, 3.SL.2.1, 3.SL.2.3, 3.SL.4.2-33, 3.ML.1 Social Studies: K.3.1, K.4.2, 1.1.8, 1.4.2 Computer Science: K-2.DI.1

Fairy Tale STEM
Grades 4-6
Reading Literature: 4.RF.1, 4.RL.2.2, 4.RL.4.1, 4.RN.2.2-3, 4.RN.3.2, 4.RV.1, 4.SL.1, 4.SL.2.1-5, 4.SL.3.1-2, 4.SL.4.1, 4.SL.4.3, 5.RF.1, 5.RL.2.1, 5.RL.4.1, 5.RN.2.2-3, 5.SL.1, 5.SL.2.1-5, 5.SL.4.1, 5.SL.4.3, 6.SL.1, 6.SL.2.1-3, 6.SL.2.4, 6.SL.3.1-2, 6.SL.4.1, 6.SL.4.3 Science: 3-5-ETS1-1-3, MS-ETS1-1-4 Math: PS.1-3, PS.7

Lego Challenge
Grades 4-6
ELA: 4.RF.2.1-2, 4.RL.2.1, 4.RN.3.2, 4.RV.3.2, 4.SL.1, 4.SL.2.1-5, 4.SL.4.3, 5.RN.2.1-2, 5.SL.1, 5.SL.2.1, 5.SL.2.3-5, 5.SL.4.3, 6.SL.1, 6.SL.2-4, 6.SL.4.3 Math: PS.1-3, PS.6-8 Science: 4-PS4-3, 3-5-ETS1-1-3

Readers Theater
Grades 7-8
ELA: 7.RL.1, 7.RL.2.1, 7.RN.3.2, 7.RL.4.1, 7.RN.4.2, 7.RV.3.1, 7.RV.3.3, 7.SL.1, 7.SL.2.1 E, 7.SL.2.3-5, 7.SL.3.1-2, 7.SL.4.1, 7.SL.4.3, 7.ML.1, 7.ML.2.1-2, 8.RL.1, 8.RL.2.2-3, 8.RL.4.1, 8.RN.4.2, 8.RV.1, 8.RV.3.1, 8.RV.3.3, 8.SL.1, 8.SL.2.1, 8.SL.2.3-5, 8.SL.3.1, 8.SL.4.1, 8.SL.4.3, 8.ML.1

Game Show
Grades 7-8
ELA: 7.SL.1, 7.SL.4.1, 7.SL.4.3, 8.SL.1, 8.SL.2.5, 8.SL.4.1, 8.SL.4.3 Math: PS.1

Grades 9 and Up
ELA: 9-10.RN.3.1, 9-10.SL.1, 9-10.SL.2.1, 9-10.SL.4.1, 9-10.SL.4.3, 11-12.SL.1, 11-12.SL.2.2-3, 11-12.SL.4.3

Ignite Studio Activities

Zines
Grades 4 and Up
VA: CR1.1.4a, VA:Cr1.1.5a, VA:Cr1.1.6a, VA:CR1.1.7a, VA:Cr1.2.5a, VA:CR1.2.6a, VA:Cr.1.2.7a, VA:Cr2.1.4a, VA:Cr2.1.5a, VA:Cr2.1.6a, VA:Cr2.1.8a, VA:Re.7.1.4a,  3-5.M.3, 3-5.WE.3; 3-5.WE.4, 3-5.WE.6,DSF-1.2, DSF-3.1, DSF-3.2, DSF-3.3, DSF-3.4

Battling Beetles
Grades 4 and Up
VA:Cr1.1.4a, VA:Cr1.1.5a, VA:Cr1.1.6a, VA:CR1.7a, VA:Cr2.3.4a, VA:Cr2.3.5a, VA:Cr2.3.6a, VA:Cr2.3.7a, PS.1-4, PS.1-5, PS.1-6, PS.5-4, PS.5, 4.G.2, 4.M.1, 3-5-ETS1-1, MS-ETS1-1, 4PS2-1, 5-PS2-1

Monster Marionettes
Grades 6 and Up
MS-ETS1-1, MS-ETS1-2, MS-ETS 1-3, VA:CR1.1.6a, VA:CR1.1.7a, VA:Cr1.2.6a, VA:Cr1.2.7a, VA:Cr1,2,Ia, VA:Cr2.1.6a, VA:Cr2.1.7a, VA:Cr2.1.8a, 6-8.WE.3, 6-8.WE.4, IDP-5.3, IDP-9.1

Digital Bling
Grades 6 and Up
6-PS3-1, 6-PS3-4, 6-ETS1-1, 6-ETS1-2, 6-ETS1-3, VA: CR1.1.6a+, VA:Cr.1.2.6a+, VA:Cr2.1.4a+, 3-5.M.3, 3-5.WE.3; 3-5.WE.4, 3-5.WE.6

Community Paper Quilling
Grades 8 and Up
VACr.1.1.Ia, VA:Cr.1.1.IIa, VA:Cr1.2.8a, VA:Cr1.2.Ia, VA:Cr1.2.IIa, VA:Cr2.1.8a, VA:Cn10.1.8a, DSF-1.1, DSF-2.5, DSF-3.1, DSF-3.2, DSF-3.3, DSF-3.4, 9-10.M.2, 9-10.M.3, 9-10.WE.2, 9-10.WE.3, 9-10.WE.4, 9-10.LS.10, 9-10.LS.11, 9.10.SE.3, 9-10.SE.4, 9-10.SE.6, 11-12.WE.5, 11-12.LS.13, 11-12.LS.14, 11-12.SE.5, 11-12.SE.6

Printmaking
Grades 8 and Up
VACr.1.1.Ia, VA:Cr1.2.Ia, VA:Cr1.2.IIa, VA:Cr2.1.8a, VA:Cr2.1.Ia DSF-1.1, DSF-2.2, DSF-3.1, DSF-3.2, DSF-3.3, DSF-3.4

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Reserve a field trip date for your student group. After selecting your date, our field trip coordinator will contact you for more information and to confirm your booking.

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