Guest post by Sarah Askew, Information Specialist at the Lackman Branch of the Johnson County Library
The Johnson County Library offers a multitude of programs and services for local homeschool families at 13 branch locations across Johnson County.
Here are just a few of our favorites:
Does your student need a little extra help with a particular assignment? Our Central Resource Library provides Homework Coaches on a drop-in basis Monday through Thursday from 4-7 p.m. most weeks.
Students in grades 2-8 are given priority. Hence, coaches can help with finding library resources to complete assignments or general help with Math, Social Studies, Spelling, and Reading and Writing skills.
Meanwhile, find more info here: www.jocolibrary.org/research/Homework-Help-Kids
BLACK AND VEATCH MAKERSPACE
Want to learn how to use a 3-D printer or laser cutter, need to record a video or audio project, or maybe just interested in learning how to sew?
All these things, and many more, can be done in our Makerspace at the Central Resource Library.
Furthermore, you can reserve a time or just find out more here: www.jocolibrary.org/makerspace
HOMESCHOOL LUNCH BUNCH
This will be our third year of offering a program just for homeschooled families at three of our branch locations – Lackman, Antioch and Shawnee.
Kids bring their lunches and spend the hour and a half learning about different topics and library resources through games, crafts and activities. Past themes include Architecture, Modern Art, Cooking and Nutrition, and Film and Animation. While this program is intended for school-aged kids, younger siblings are welcome.
You can find specifics here: www.jocolibrary.org/events
As a result of a partnership between the Johnson County Library Foundation and CPS Foundation, the library can now provide this premier online tutoring service to our patrons.
With a Johnson County library card, students can access live online one-on-one help every day from 4-11 p.m. Especially relevant to homeschoolers are subjects like math, science, languages, PSAT/ACT prep and more.
In addition, you can see more info here: www.jocolibrary.org/elibrary/elearning
Need a quiet place to study or meet with other students or a tutor? Many of our locations offer study rooms that you can reserve in advance.
Find specifics here: www.jocolibrary.org/using-the-library/meeting-rooms
In conclusion, you may have a lot more library resources available for your homeschool than you realize!
Do you have any favorite library resources? Let us know in the comments!