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Homeschool Happenings @ Your Library . Bethel Park Public Library Bethel Park, PA. Lynn Hahn [email protected] Ing Kalchthaler [email protected] Communication. Director: Cheryl Napsha Library Board Head of Youth Services : Ing Kalchthaler

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Homeschool Happenings @ Your Library

Bethel Park Public Library

Bethel Park, PA

Lynn Hahn

[email protected]

Ing Kalchthaler

[email protected]

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  • Director: Cheryl Napsha

  • Library Board

  • Head of Youth Services: Ing Kalchthaler

  • Youth Services Librarian: Lynn Hahn

Getting Everyone Onboard

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Bethel Park Public Library Mission Statement

  • Our mission is to serve and enrich the community in a safe, nurturing environment and to promote lifelong learning.

  • We are dedicated to providing free access to books, materials, resources and information to meet the needs of our patrons.

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Defining the Library’s Purpose

  • Supporting the Educational and Literacy Needs of ALL Patrons

    Whether the needs are of the:

The Bethel Park Public Library believes in:

  • Children and Students

  • Adults

  • Community School Systems

  • Parents of Public / Private Students

  • Parents of Homeschoolers

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Reasons for Homeschool Program Development

  • Awareness of Needs of Homeschoolers

    • For homeschoolers,

      the public library IS the school library

  • Underserved Homeschool Population

  • Information Literacy Skills

  • Proactive Involvement

Led us to:

◆Gradual Program Development

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Homeschooling Facts

  • Homeschooling has only been legal in all 50 states since1993.

    (Public Policy Sources #51 Cate Institute, p. 4)

  • Until 1999 little information was available abouthomeschooling on a national level.

    (U.S. Department of Education)

  • Latest national statistics reveal that there were 1.1 million homeschooled students in 2003.

    (U.S. Department of Education)

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Reasons for Homeschooling

  • Academic Achievement

  • Learning Styles

  • Individualized Attention and Flexibility

  • Valued-based or Religious Reasons

  • Dissatisfaction with Public/Private Schools' Instructional Program

  • Concerns about School Environment

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Homeschool Choices / Networking


    Computer-Based Instruction



      • SHED South Hills Enrichment Day

      • FISH Family Instructors of the South Hills


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Public Library as Homeschoolers School Library

  • ALA’s American Association of School Librarians recognizes nine standards to which public school media centers are held accountable.

  • Public school media specialists are responsible for implementing these nine standards into their curriculum.(Information Power: building partnerships for learning,

    ALA Publications, 1998)

  • Public Library can help the Homeschool Community meet the Information Literacy Standards.

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Information Literacy Skills

The Nine Information Literacy Standards

for Student Learning:

  • Information Literacy

  • Independent Learning

  • Social Responsibility

    Information Power: Building Partnerships for Learning

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Public Library’s Role and Information Literacy

  • Public libraries support homeschoolers in their acquisition of information literacy.

  • Public librarians can implement these nine standards into their homeschool programs.

  • We are a support system.

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State Regulations

States have DIFFERENT

homeschooling regulations

  • States requiring no notice

  • States with low regulations

  • States with moderate regulations

  • States with high regulation

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Community Homeschool Population

  • Survey Needs

  • Parents Meeting

  • Schools

  • Advertise Programs

Multiple District Contacts

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Identifying the Homeschool Population

  • Community, county and state records

  • Local school districts

  • Local churches and community organizations

  • Internet resources – world famous GOOGLE!

    • SHED linkage



      Note spelling of homeschool vs. home school

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Needs of Homeschoolers

Survey of Program Interests

Electoral College Art History



Science Projects

World Cultures

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Program Samples

  • Researching: Spider Web Activity

  • Science in Action

  • Fun With Physics

  • Passport: Games Around the World

  • Election 101: Game

  • Electoral College Challenge

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Homeschool Resources

  • Homeschooling Print Resources


  • Online Homeschooling Resources


  • Curriculum and Educational Web Sites


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