Homeschoolers are underutilizing their local libraries. No, really. Libraries are a free resource that not many of us have really explored the breadth and depth of yet. And I don’t just mean what you can check out with your library card - - although don’t get me wrong, you can check out a lot of cool stuff.
Free Homeschool Stuff in Your LibraryYes, you can get books
. Libraries are often the place to find that allusive book that you can't seem to find at the bookstore or thrift store. And, if you look in your library’s catalog and don’t see it, you shouldn’t give up. That’s because most libraries subscribe to this miraculous invention called the “Interlibrary Loan” service. Are you able to locate the book you need by searching for it on WorldCat
? Then it’s very likely your library can order it up for you via interlibrary loan. Now, my library recently added a charge for this service. It’s now $2 per interlibrary loan. But unless it’s a book I’m certain we want to keep forever, I still consider this a bargain.
Yes, you can get movies.
It always amazes me how quickly our library gets in new releases. But beyond the entertainment value, there are so many movies, documentaries, and tv series that we’ve watched for educational purposes in our homeschool, thanks to the good old local library.
Yes, libraries have reference books.
Have you truly explored all the amazing reference books available at your local library? Beyond the outdated almanacs, encyclopedias, and yearbooks are a vast wealth of eclectic manuals and helps