Today I would like to discuss how we can use our local library.  I know that many of you use your library on a regular basis.  Are you using it at it’s full capacity?  Are there programs that you could be involved in that you didn’t even know about?  Are there programs that you could help start or be involved in?

Here at our library, one of the ladies has started programs specifically for the homeschoolers in the area.  This first program has been almost an overview of the library and how to use the different sections and the Dewey Decimal system.  She is planning on doing some other programs as well.  I wonder if you there are many other communities that would benefit from a program like that?

This library is also doing a summer camp.  It is for ages 4 and 5 & 6 – 11 and will take place in July for one week.  I’m not exactly sure what they will be doing, but I know they will have crafts and games.  They also have a summer reading program like most libraries.

Some other programs here at our library are a monthly game night and a weekly storytime.  It is for families and is a way to get families together and children off the computers and game boys for a little while.  There is also going to be a Literacy Workshop for children that don’t like to read.  They will be using the book, “Dussie” and will be tying it into a science project fair.  The Tweens and Teens group will have the opportunity to participate in a Science Fair and could win a Kindle Fire or a Nook.   They will also be having a Lock-in for the teens and tweens where they will be doing activities related to the book “The Hunger Games”.

I went to my library to find out if there were programs that I wasn’t aware of and got most of the information I just gave you.  But I also found out that they do beginner computer classes.  I went and talked to the lady in charge of the classes and discussed having computer classes for the home school children.  She was very receptive and wanted to start working on it right away. I think we could have many more programs if we would just take the time to suggest them and help out with them.

Using your library can be very easy.  Finding books that go along with whatever you are studying and also finding videos to enhance your learning are the most common things homeschoolers do at the library.  But did you know your library has classes, one seminars and much more available to you?

During the summer many libraries have programs for children to come and participate in.  Our library has this program.  There will be people reading books aloud, some arts and crafts, and a magician.  You might check with your library and see if they have something like this going on this summer.  If not, ask about getting it started.  Remember you might be just the person to get some great things going at your library.

If your library doesn’t offer some of these programs, you might go and suggest them.  Also I believe all children need to understand the Dewey Decimal system, so I have put together a “Tic Tac Toe” board (well a friend of mine came up with it) to help children understand the system.  The summer is a wonderful time to do this little reading project.  Your child will read different books from the sections of the Dewey Decimal system.  They will also read Biographies and Fiction titles as well.  When they have completed their board, they should be rewarded with a prize of some sort.  If you have a home schooling group, you might want to do this with other homeschoolers.  Our board looks like this.  If you are interested in this board just email me and I’ll send it to you.  My email is  cstanley@afr.net

I hope this webcast has been of some help to you.  If you have any questions or comments please let me know.  Also I would love some suggestions on topics for future webcasts.

Thanks and I’ll see you next week.

Colette

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