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Homeschool Services

Welcome to the Library!

We look forward to serving you at the St. Charles Public Library. The Library plays a very important and active role in encouraging and developing an interest in lifelong literacy and learning through our collection of materials, assistance in Reference and Reader Services, and programs and events to stimulate reading. We offer a number of services to families who homeschool.

Library Orientation

Stop at the Reference Desk in Adult Services on the main level or the ASK ME Desk in Youth Services for a general tour and orientation to the Library and its services.

Literacy Lane

The Literacy Lane experience was created to foster early literacy and learning skills through interactive discovery and play. Have fun talking, singing, reading, writing and playing with your child as you explore the interactive activities, visit the aquarium, interact with technology and discover many good books together in this enhanced area of the Library.

Student iPads in Youth Services

Students may freely sit down at any of the iPads located in Literacy Lane or the Information Commons and explore the educational apps. To help students find iPad apps at their level, the iPads in the Information Commons area are labeled Gr. K-5 and 5-8.

Homeschool Workshop Held Each August

An overview of the services and resources the Library provides for families that homeschool is held each August. The workshop includes: online resources, Internet access, online tutoring, research strategies, literature programs, and more. An open forum provides an opportunity to network with other parents. Supervised activities for children are available during the workshop. 

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From home:

  • Find reading suggestions from picture books to adult titles.
  • Download e-books, e-audiobooks, music, videos and magazines.
  • Search our databases and find accurate information quickly instead of sifting through thousands (or millions) of results from a search engine.  
  • Questions?  Chat with Us!  Chat online with Library staff by selecting Ask Us! or Ask Youth Services! from any drop down menu and clicking  Chat online with Library staff.  
  • Email us!  adultref@stcharleslibrary.org or askme@stcharleslibrary.org 
  • Text us! Reference Services 630-395-7557 or Youth Services 630-445-0330.
  • Access the Library catalog and your account to check on due dates, renew materials, place titles on hold and pay fines.
  • Find information on services, programs and special events. Register online for events.
  • Stay up-to-date with the Library via Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. You do not need to be a member to read our posts and tweets, so please stop by! If you are a member, “like” and/or “follow” us. 

Scholastic BookFlix

This online literacy resource pairs classic video storybooks with related nonfiction eBooks to build a love of reading and learning.

TrueFlix & FreedomFlix

These online literacy resources include streaming video to introduce a topic along with nonfiction e-books to hone literacy skills and encourage 21st Century skills through the inquiry process. Lesson plans are included for each topic. .

ScienceFlix

This highly-engaging, curriculum-driven, interactive, digital resource has reading levels for students in grades 4 through 9 and includes videos, experiments and information on careers in science.

TumbleBooks & TumbleBookCloudJr

An online collection of books ideal for readers through age 14, from animated, talking picture books to read-along titles to full length, unabridged, streaming audiobook classics.

Cavendish Square Digital

Developed specifically for students doing research, these extensively illustrated resources engage students and provide information though unique presentations.

Beginning Reader Books by Reading Level

Navigating through our beginning to read JR collection is easy. Take a look at the booklists on our website to find great titles on your child’s reading level.

A Book List – Just For You!

Answer a few questions and librarians will create a personalized reading list – just for you!

HelpNow from Brainfuse

This live tutoring service for students from Kindergarten to college is available every day from 2 p.m. to 11 p.m. Younger students can work with a tutor using illustrations and emerging-reader vocabulary. There is also a live language lab where students can work one-on-one with a Spanish-language tutor.

Note: HelpNow has 24-hour availability where students can access lessons, videos and practice tests. HelpNow can also be used to make flash cards, chart progress and meet with fellow students online to collaborate on assignments.

Live Homework Help

Online tutor assistance for students in controlled chat sessions is available from Live Homework Help. Tutors are available seven days a week from 10:00 a.m. to midnight in English or Spanish.

Note: The SkillsCenter Resource Library is available 24/7 and contains thousands of study guides, tutorials, worksheets, and more for grades K–12. There also also Test Prep Resources for the SAT, ACT and graduate school entrance tests and Career Resources offering cover letter templates, interview guidelines and more.

Online Database Resources

The Library subscribes to a number of online encyclopedias and databases that contain articles, photographs, maps and other kinds of information. We also have online resources specifically for students through grade 8. Go a step beyond searching Google and take a look at the Research Databases available on our website.

You will need to enter your St. Charles Library card number and PIN to access these from home.

Examples:

  • Hoonuit –  This video-based training resource contains videos covering more than 500 of today’s most popular software applications for both PCs and Macs, including social media.
  • LearningExpress Library  –  Provides interactive practice tests, including the SAT, ACT, GED, civil service, military, real estate, teacher certification and more. Tutorial courses to improve computer skills are also included.
  • Lynda.com - The online learning platform includes video courses on business, technology, software and creative skills, from PowerPoint to learning to become a songwriter, to video game design and more. 
  • Mango Languages  – Easy and fun online language-learning system teaches conversation skills for a wide variety of languages. Just listen, repeat and learn using material designed from native conversations.

Online Database Resources Orientation

Contact Youth Services at 630-584-9390 for information on scheduling an introduction to these online resources for you and your children. Learn what they are and see how they may be of use to you in your family’s studies.

Websites:

A to Z Home’s Cool:  
Discusses various teaching methods and styles.

Chicagoland Homeschool Network:
A website with local resources for the Chicagoland homeschooler.

Home Educators Resource Directory:
A directory of resources including curriculum and support groups with direct websites or email links.

Homeschool Base:
A website featuring a collection of homeschooling resources, news, information, and blogs.

Homeschool Literature:  
A website featuring literature and stories about homeschoolers including book reviews, study guides and a book club.

Homeschool World:  
Includes links to study materials, curricula, special education and teaching aids.

Illinois HOUSE:  
Network of homeschool support groups whose purpose is to inform the homeschool community plus a field trip ideas page and homeschool supplier list.

Johnsburg Public Library Homeschool Resource Center  
Located about an hour away, the Johnsburg Public Library has a Homeschool Resource Center which offers curriculum materials, science equipment, math manipulatives, educational games and kits, software and print materials that can be checked out with your St. Charles Library Card.

Contact us:

St. Charles Public Library
One South Sixth Avenue
St. Charles, IL  60174

630-584-0076, ext. 1 (Reference Services)
630-584-9390 (Youth Services)
FAX  630-584-9262

 

HOURS:

Monday – Thursday    9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Friday                          9:00. a.m.  – 8:00 p.m.

Saturday                      9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Sunday                         Noon – 5:00 p.m.

           

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