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 Beyond the outdated almanacs, encyclopedias, and yearbooks are a vast wealth of eclectic manuals and helps including: career guides, Who’s Who biographies, government documents and statistical reports, nature and wildlife guides, specialized dictionaries, themed atlases and maps, and so much more.
Often, libraries have computers.
When ours has been on the fritz, we have been saved over and over by heading to the library to finish a specific homeschool project or finish an online assignment. Recently, our library even began loaning out Amazon Kindle devices as well for reading on the go!
But, one of the most underutilized resources sitting right inside your library isn’t a book, a movie, or a device.
It’s a real live breathing person - - the librarian! If you are lucky enough to have a dedicated children’s/teen’s librarian in your local library, even better. Librarians have some kind of super-human computer like brain or something because they always seem to know where to find what you are looking for. Don’t hesitate to ask questions when you are there. As a double bonus, our children’s librarian uses that super computer brain to remember people, as well, so when we’ve been looking to network with other homeschoolers, she’s been helpful to connect us with other families. We love our librarian!
More Free Homeschool Stuff with Your Library Card
Beyond all the amazing stuff you can walk around and get in the four walls of your library building, is a vast world of things that your library card and a computer can offer.
I am always amazed every time I go to our library’s website because it seems like they’ve added yet another new subscription to some cool service or resource. And