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Helping Homeschoolers in the Library. Adrienne Furness [email protected] Homeschooling in the United States . 2003 report from the National Center for Education Statistics More than 1.1 million children and teens homeschooled in 2003 2.2\% of the school-aged population .

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homeschooling in the united states
Homeschooling in the United States
  • 2003 report from the National Center for Education Statistics
  • More than 1.1 million children and teens homeschooled in 2003
  • 2.2% of the school-aged population
1 1 million and growing
1.1 million and growing…

Figure 1. Estimated number and 95 percent confidence interval for number of homeschooled students, ages 5 through 17 with a grade equivalent of kindergarten through 12th grade: 1999 and 2003

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“Homeschoolers at the Public Library: Are Library Services and Policies Keeping Pace?” by Amy McCarthy and Deborah Lines Andersen
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The Ten Easiest Things

You Can Do to Better

Serve Homeschoolers

1 talk to homeschoolers who visit the library
#1: Talk to homeschoolers who visit the library.
  • Start finding out what the homeschoolers in your area are looking for.
  • Not all homeschoolers are the same.
2 make sure people can find homeschooling materials
#2: Make sure people can find homeschooling materials.
  • They can’t check out what they can’t find.
  • Make a special section for homeschooling materials.
  • A spine label or pathfinder could work.
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#3: Learn what homeschooling groups are active in your community, what their missions are, and who is running them.
  • Tap into existing networks.
  • Word-of-mouth.
  • Remember that homeschoolers can be ultra-sensitive about privacy issues.
4 allow and encourage homeschoolers to use library meeting room space
#4: Allow and encourage homeschoolers to use library meeting room space.
  • This gets the homeschoolers in your library.
  • Maybe they’ll even let you talk.
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#7: Maintain a file of catalogs from companies that sell materials and supplies of interest to homeschoolers.
  • Store in boxes.
  • Circulate or make reference.
  • Could also devote a portion of your website to this.
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#8: Extend any privileges you extend to public and private school teachers (extended loan, no overdue fines, increased limits, etc.) to homeschoolers.
  • Homeschooling parents are teachers.
  • Risk vs. benefit.
9 consider the needs of homeschoolers when creating library policies
#9: Consider the needs of homeschoolers when creating library policies.
  • Meeting rooms
  • Loan periods
  • Item limits
  • Interlibrary loan fees
  • Overdue fines/maximum fines
  • Volunteer programs
10 attend local homeschooling conferences lectures and curriculum fairs
#10: Attend local homeschooling conferences, lectures, and curriculum fairs.
  • Talk to homeschoolers.
  • Hear what they’re talking about.
  • Look at potential acquisions for your collection.
  • LEAH (Loving Education at Home) annual conference in Syracuse (www.leah.org).
looking for more
Looking for more?
  • Homeschoolingandlibraries.wordpress.com
  • Helping Homeschoolers in the Library due out from ALA Editions in January 2008!
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