Your local public library has a huge amount of resources available to both you and your kids that will make your homeschool life so much easier! Here are 5 library tips every homeschool mom should try.
When you are getting ready to grab a book for your homeschool classroom, the first place you might go is either Amazon or a local book store, not your local library. Your local public library has a huge amount of resources available to both you and your kids that will make your homeschool life so much easier! Some of these tips may even help you save a little bit of money! Here are 5 library tips every homeschool mom should try.
Get your audiobooks from the library
Your local library has thousands of books available for you to check out at no cost to you! However, most people just assume this comes in the form of a paperback book. Most libraries have audiobooks on tape or CD available for you to check out! Audiobooks are great for kids just learning to read, or to use when you don’t feel like reading the book out loud yourself!
Use the library’s online resources
Most libraries have online tools that you can use even when you aren’t at the local library. This might include the ability to check out ebooks, learn foreign languages, and so much more! To access these tools, you may need to download an app or just enter in your library card number on the website.
Supplement your homeschool with programs from the library
Libraries are just for finding books. Many libraries host reading circles and other programs for kids and even adults. You can find summer reading programs and storytime schedules for your local library online on their website or event calendar for more information. Use these to help take some of the workload off you and keep your kids learning at the same time!
Free internet is sometimes hard to come by! The library provides both a quiet place to work, but also a chance to access the internet for free! If you need to change up the scenery for a little while, consider heading to your local library! Have your kids work on any online lesson work they might have, or participate in a program while you get a little work done.
Librarians can request books
This one might sound like a no brainer, but many people don’t realize this! If there is a new book that you were hoping to get your hands on, ask the librarian! They may be able to request it for you or help you find it if you can’t. If they don’t have it in their library, they may be able to tell you what nearby library has it or when it will be coming in. This doesn’t just work for your standard books either, you can request ebooks, audiobooks, and even DVDs too! This may take a little more work, but the payoff is well worth it!
Using your library is a great way to change up the scenery in your classroom, or find useful tools for your next lesson plan. However you choose to use your library, don’t forget that it’s there to use!