When you think of going to school, what do you picture? Smooth desks in neat rows? Bright, gleaming whiteboard? The rubbery smell of new sneakers? Curling up on the couch in your pajamas? Wait. What?
For many students in Nashville, going to school doesn’t require leaving the comfort of their own home. They are homeschoolers, and their numbers have been steadily rising. The National Center for Education Statistics states that at as of 2012, 3.4% of students in the U.S. were homeschooled. With so many homeschoolers around, you probably know one or two! Or maybe you’re a homeschooler yourself. Either way, Nashville Public Library is here to help. Below are some highlights of resources available to homeschoolers and their families. The library makes a perfect partner in education!
Did you know that the Main Library offers programming specifically for homeschoolers? There is a Tween (ages 9-13) homeschooler group that meets on the fourth Thursday of every month at 1:30. For the younger homeschoolers, there is a homeschool friends group (ages 5-8) that meets the second Thursday at 1:30. And for those of you with younger siblings, you can always check out our regular story times & puppet shows!
Are you planning a unit on human biology? How about the civil rights movement? Our curriculum kits are pre-selected books and resources all boxed up and ready to take home. You can check out the ever-changing list of available kits here!
Did you know that library patrons can access dozens of databases through our website? From ABC-CLIO to the World Book suite of products, our database collection is just waiting for your little researchers. We also have BookFLIX, an interactive literary resource, and Tumblebooks, which offers animated, talking picture books in English and other languages.
All these services are on top of the amazing collection of books, audio books, DVDs and more that your local NPL branch offers. Come in and see us soon!
Fawn Fernandes authored this blog as a 2016 summer practicum student at Nashville Public Library. She will complete her MLIS fromTexas Women's University in December.