November 5, 2019
Approximately 3% of school-age children were homeschooled in 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. Without regular access to a school library and licensed media coordinator, homeschooled students and their families need the support of their public library. Here are some ways you can use NoveList and LibraryAware to reach out to and help homeschooling families in your community.
Your first stop should be the Educate page on the NoveList website. It is overflowing with information about using NoveList for curriculum support, finding just-right books, using popular culture to match kids with books, and finding diverse books. Share this resource with homeschooling families so they can explore this wealth of resources.
Within NoveList itself, we have a plethora of articles and lists to bolster home educators’ efforts. Our Curricular Connections section within the Quick Links (or found by searching ND Curricular Connections) contains articles with suggested teaching strategies and lists of books for particular concepts ranging from finding the underlining theme of a book to exploring cause and effect.
Also, direct families to the Working with Youth page inside the Especially For section in NoveList will help you sort through common reading questions, find books at the right age level, and more.
Our NoveList for schools and students YouTube playlist is great for homeschoolers! Guide families to these short, less than one minute, videos to get them familiar with using NoveList quickly.
Your library has many resources that homeschooling families might not even know about. If your library subscribes to LibraryAware, use our templates to get the word out about resources and events! LibraryAware already has templates for a flyer and bookmark to promote LearningExpress. Or you can get creative and make your own promotional materials using the LibraryAware templates and images.
Here are two exceptional promotional items created by Pikes Peak Library District using LibraryAware to showcase events to support their homeschoolers. One of the many ways they work with homeschoolers is by hosting the fabulous Homeschool Science Fair each year:
Is there anything else we can do or create to help you support homeschooling families in your library? Let us know!
Brierley Ash is a Metadata Librarian at NoveList. She is currently reading Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky by Kwame Mbalia.