Using the MPE Library for your homeschool

MPE library as a homeschool resource

We’ve had the great blessing of maintaining a library in our office for many years. The library has grown through donations and annual conferences to feature more than 2,200 books, videos and audio items!

Here’s a cheat sheet featuring 10 highlights from the MPE library that you may not even know exist:

  • MPE conference CDs of every session (under Audio)

If you’ve ever attended the MPE annual conference, you’ve probably had to make some tough decisions over which conference session to attend, even if you’re interested in more than one session happening at the same time.

Well, worry no more. We record every conference session and make the CDs available to borrow at the library. You’ll be able to listen to that conference session you missed – for free!

We have CDs since the 2008 conference, and before that you might even be able to find a few audiocassette tapes if you’re lucky (ah, how times have changed!).

  • Audiobooks and DVDs (under – you guessed it – Audio Books and Videos)

If your homeschool students are audiovisual learners, they’ll find our audiobooks and DVDs more appealing than printed books. We have the American Heritage series from Mantle Ministries, an online Bible and classics such as Les Miserables and Ben-Hur.

The library also boasts such items as the History of the World Mega-Conference, and Dr. Emerson Eggerichs’ Love and Respect 2-CD series.

  • Accounts from heroes of the past (under Biography)

Ever wanted to learn more about heroes of the faith such as Susanna Wesley, George Muller and Corrie ten Boom? Their biographies appear in the MPE library, right up there with George Washington, Thomas Edison and Louis Armstrong.

Some of them, like Laurence Santrey’s “Young Frederick Douglas,” are tailored for children. The biographies from Nest Entertainment also include workbooks for your homeschoolers to complete after watching the videos.

  • Short and long stories (under Fiction)

If you thought everything in the MPE library was of an academic, historical or character-building nature, we have plenty of room for imaginative storytelling as well. Classics from C.S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia series to Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder adorn the shelves.

For older girls, the novella series by Francine Rivers on the five women in Jesus Christ’s genealogy (Unveiled, Unashamed, Unshaken, Unafraid and Unspoken) is available, as well as Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre and Catherine Marshall’s Christy.

Boys also have an abundant selection to browse, including historical adventure novels such as G.A. Henty’s The Dragon and the Raven, Wulf the Saxon and In Freedom’s Cause.

  • Household management and recipes (under Home & Organization)

Ever wanted help and advice from moms who’ve experienced the same things as you, but come through on the other side? You might check out Vicki Caruana’s The Organized Home Schooler, or Confessions of an Organized Homemaker by Deniece Schofield. There are also suggestions in Creating Christmas Memories by Cheri Fuller and Jay Adams’ Christian Living in the Home.

If recipes and cooking are your forte, see Once a Month Cooking by Mimi Wilson, Jill Bond’s Dinner’s in the Freezer, The Parenting Cookbook by Kathy Gunst, and Food for Life by Pamela Smith, R.D.

  • Meeting/keeping that special someone (under Marriage & Relationships)

Yes, this is such a popular topic in homeschooling circles that it merits its own special section, including the famous (or infamous, depending on your viewpoint) book by homeschool alum Joshua Harris, I Kissed Dating Goodbye.

And for those who have already met the love of their life, we have resources on keeping the romance alive (e.g. Michael and Judy Phillips’ Best Friends for Life, 52 Simple Ways to Say “I Love You” by Stephen Arterburn and Carl Dreizler, and Dates on a Dime, edited by Amy Gordon).

Homeschoolers can check out a number of resource kits that have been donated to our library. We have an electricity kit, math manipulatives, a rock collection and volume 3-D plastic shapes.

A chemistry kit is also available, although the borrower will need to purchase some refills such as litmus paper and filter paper.

  • Resources for mom and dad (under Parent Helps)

This is such a diverse section that we encourage you to browse through the catalog for yourself!

Resources include physical education (Dr. Charles Kuntzleman’s Family Fitness Fun), homeschooling tips and tricks (Kim Brennerman’s Large Family Logistics), and parenthood in general (Elisabeth Elliot’s The Shaping of a Christian Family and Raising a G-rated Family in an X-rated World by Brent and Phelecia Hatch).

  • College preparation (under several categories)

It takes digging through several categories, but the MPE library features many helpful resources for parents who are considering college for their children. Just a few examples:

    • University Model School and the Home by Christ Prep Academy, and How to Beat the High Cost of College from the Worldview Super Conference II are under the audiobooks section;
    • Preparing for College by Larry Burkett and College Without Compromise by Scott and Kris Wightman are under the parent helps section; and
    • Consider a Christian College by Peterson’s Guides, Rajiv Rimal’s 30 Days from the SAT and Reading Lists for College-Bound Students by Doug Estell are under the teaching section.
  • Job training, money management and small business savvy (under several categories)

Reflecting the entrepreneurial spirit of many homeschoolers, several items in the MPE library are for those interested in getting a headstart on future career paths, managing financial resources or starting their own family business:

    • Finding Your First Full-Time Job by Larry Burkett is under the parent helps section;
    • The Complete Cheapskate by Mary Hunt is under the home and organization section;
    • Extra Cash for Kids by Larry Belliston and Kurt Hanks, as well as Homemade Money by Barbara Brabac and Dave Ramsey’s The Total Money Makeover, are under the parent helps section; and
    • The Home & Family Business (5 of 7 tapes) by Gregg Harris and Family-Free Enterprise from the Worldview Super Conference II are under the audiobooks section.

As a bonus, we haven’t even begun to list the many scientific and character-building resources also available in the MPE library. You can explore those on your own!

Ready to start tapping into the MPE library? Check out our catalog, sorted by class and subject.


  1. deb
      October 18, 2014 at 9:51 PM

    I was excited to see you have the D’Aulaire books especially since the Mid Continent system does not carry them.

    1.   October 24, 2014 at 4:44 PM

      Good to know – thanks, Debbie! If you have any other suggested resources for us to consider, we’re always happy to hear them.

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