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Homeschool Services

Welcome to the Library!

We look forward to serving you at the St. Charles Public Library. The Library plays a very important and active role in encouraging and developing an interest in lifelong literacy and learning through our collection of materials, assistance in Reference and Reader Services, and programs and events to stimulate reading. We offer a number of services to families who homeschool.

Library Orientation

Stop at the Reference Services Desk in Adult Services or the ASK ME Desk in Youth Services for a general tour and orientation to the Library and its programs.

Library Materials on Homeschooling

Homeschooling materials can be found in the Library catalog under the subject headings listed below or by browsing these Dewey numbers on the shelves in Adult Services or in the Parent Collection in Youth Services:

Education—computer network resources   025.0637
Education—parent participation   372.21    649.1 
Home schooling   371.042
Internet in education   025.0637   371.042   371.33   371.35
Mass media and children   302.23   305.23   649.5
Motivation in education   370.154   649.68
Study skills   371.3028
Reading—parent participation   372.4

Home Education Magazine and Practical Homeschooling are found in Youth Services.

Literacy Lane

The Literacy Lane experience is being created to foster early literacy and learning skills through interactive discovery and play. Have fun talking, singing, reading, writing and playing with your child as you explore the interactive activities, visit the aquarium, interact with technology and discover many good books together in this enhanced area of the Library.

Student iPads in Youth Services

Students may freely sit down at any of the iPads located in Literacy Lane or the Information Commons and explore the educational apps. 

Homeschool Workshop Held Each August

An overview of the services and resources the Library provides for families that homeschool is held each August. The workshop includes: online resources, Internet access, Live Homework Help, research strategies, literature programs, and more. An open forum provides an opportunity to network with other parents. Supervised activities for children are available during the workshop. (Check the calendar.)

Library News & Programs

The best sources for information about Library programs and activities are our newsletters, brochures, and website. A few newsletters to note are:

The entire list of Library newsletters can be found at www.stcharleslibrary.org. Sign up to receive Library News and events in your email.

Library Website:  www.stcharleslibrary.org

From home:

  • Find reading suggestionsfrom picture books to adult titles.
  • Download e-books, e-audiobooks, music, videos and magazines.
  • Search our databases and find accurate information quickly instead of sifting through thousands (or millions) of results from a search engine.  
  • Questions?  Chat with Us!  Chat online with Library staff by selecting Ask Us! or Ask Youth Services! from any drop down menu and clicking  Chat online with Library staff.  
  • Email us!  adultref@stcharleslibrary.org or askme@stcharleslibrary.org 
  • Text us! Reference Services 630-395-7557 or Youth Services 630-445-0330.
  • Access the Library catalog and your account to check on due dates, renew materials, place titles on hold and pay fines.
  • Find information on services, programs and special events. Register online for events.
  • Stay up-to-date with the Library via Facebook and Twitter. You do not need to be a member of either to read our posts and tweets, so please stop by! If you are a member, “like” and/or “follow” us. 

Scholastic BookFlix

This online literacy resource pairs classic video storybooks with related nonfiction eBooks to build a love of reading and learning.

FreedomFlix & TrueFlix

These online literacy resources include streaming video to introduce a topic along with nonfiction e-books to hone literacy skills and encourage 21st Century skills through the inquiry process. Lesson plans are included for each topic. FreedomFlix includes American history and TrueFlix covers continents, ancient civilizations, U.S. government westward expansion, natural disaters, space, human body and ecosystems.

ScienceFlix

This highly-engaging, curriculum-driven, interactive, digital resource has reading levels for students in grades 4 through 9 and includes videos, experiments and information on careers in science.

TumbleBooks & TumbleBookCloud

An online collection of books ideal for readers of all ages from animated, talking picture books to read-along titles to full length, unabridged, streaming audiobook classics.

Beginning Reader Books by Reading Level

Navigating through our beginning to read JR collection is easy. Take a look at the booklists on our website to find great titles on your child’s reading level.

A Book List – Just For You!

Answer a few questions and librarians will create a personalized reading list – just for you!

You’ve Got to Read This!

Find great books to read with our interactive book review database. Add comments to those you have enjoyed or even write a review for a title you have read.

HelpNow from Brainfuse

This live tutoring service for students from Kindergarten to college is available every day from 2 p.m. to 11 p.m. Younger students can work with a tutor using illustrations and emerging-reader vocabulary. There is also a live language lab where students can work one-on-one with a Spanish-language tutor.

Note: HelpNow has 24-hour availability where students can access lessons, videos and practice tests. HelpNow can also be used to make flash cards, chart progress and meet with fellow students online to collaborate on assignments.

Live Homework Help

Online tutor assistance for students in controlled chat sessions is available from Live Homework Help. Tutors are available seven days a week from 10:00 a.m. to midnight in English or Spanish.

Note: The SkillsCenter Resource Library is available 24/7 and contains thousands of study guides, tutorials, worksheets, and more for grades K–12. There also are resources for graduate school entrance tests and careers.

Online Database Resources

The Library subscribes to a number of online encyclopedias and databases that contain articles, photographs, maps and other kinds of information. We also have online resources specifically for students through grade 8. Go a step beyond searching Google and take a look at the Research Databases available on our website.

You will need to enter your St. Charles Library card number and PIN to access these from home.

Examples:

  • Atomic Training –  This video-based training resource contains videos covering more than 500 of today’s most popular software applications for both PCs and Macs, including social media.
  • LearningExpress Library  –  Provides interactive practice tests, including the SAT, ACT, GED, civil service, military, real estate, teacher certification and more. Tutorial courses to improve computer skills are also included.
  • Mango Languages  – Easy and fun online language-learning system teaches conversation skills for a wide variety of languages. Just listen, repeat and learn using material designed from native conversations.
  • MUZZY Online  – Especially designed for children, Muzzy is a comprehensive, interactive and fun way to learn a second language. Includes Spanish, French, German, Italian, English, Mandarin Chinese, Portuguese and Russian.
  • Universal Class – Over 500 continuing education classes covering a huge variety of subjects. Connect to real instructors and other students. Learn at your own pace 24/7 from any Internet connection.

Online Database Resources Orientation

Contact Youth Services at 630-584-9390 for information on scheduling an introduction to these online resources for you and your children. Learn what they are and see how they may be of use to you in your family’s studies.

The Internet

There are many great homeschooling sites on the Internet. Access is provided for adults and registered high school students in the Adult Services Department. Youth Services offers access to students through grade 8, whose parents have reviewed our Internet policy and signed a permission form. Parents also may use the computers in the Youth Services Info Commons when their children are in the Youth Services Department or attending programs.

Websites:

A to Z Home’s Cool:  
Discusses various teaching methods and styles.

Chicagoland Homeschool Network:
A website with local resources for the Chicagoland homeschooler.

Home Educators Resource Directory:
A directory of resources including curriculum and support groups with direct websites or email links.

Homeschool.com:  
Provides resources, information and support for all homeschooling families.

Homeschool Central:  
Features a directory of regional resources.

Homeschool Literature:  
A website featuring literature and stories about homeschoolers including book reviews, study guides and a book club.

Homeschool World:  
Includes links to study materials, curricula, special education and teaching aids.

Illinois HOUSE:  
Network of homeschool support groups whose purpose is to inform the homeschool community plus a field trip ideas page and homeschool supplier list.

Johnsburg Public Library Homeschool Resource Center  
Located about an hour away, the Johnsburg Public Library has a Homeschool Resource Center which offers curriculum materials, science equipment, math manipulatives, educational games and kits, software and print materials that can be checked out with your St. Charles Library Card.

Contact us:

St. Charles Public Library
One South Sixth Avenue
St. Charles, IL  60174

630-584-0076, ext. 1 (Reference Services)
630-584-9390 (Youth Services)
FAX  630-584-9262

 

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