In 2001 the Johnsburg Public Library received a $55,000 grant to establish a Homeschool Resource Center, which today is located in the library's former Study Room. Funding for this grant was provided by the Illinois State Library, a Division of the Office of Secretary of State, using federal LSTA funding.
With the HRC's materials you can '"try before you buy" a wide variety of curriculum materials including Sonlight, Alpha Omega, Rosetta Stone, Singapore Math or Five in a Row and see if they are right for your family's unique needs before you start spending a lot of money on things that may or may not work.
Q: What exactly is in the HRC?
Q: Who can use the HRC?
A: Anyone at all! You do not need to homeschool. We do require children to be accompanied by an adult, however, because of the many small pieces and fragile items.
Q: May I check things out?
A. Anyone with a valid, full service, Illinois public library card may check out items. We do remind you though that while book items may be returned to any Illinois library, they should be returned at least 2 weeks before they are due to allow for transit time. All non-book items need to be returned directly to the Johnsburg Library.
It is also very important that you understand you are responsible for all of the pieces of any item you check out. Please count everything before you leave and again before you return it.
Q: How long may I keep the items?
A: All items in the HRC can be checked out for 6 weeks. You may renew the items for an additional 6 weeks as long as there are no holds on the item.
Q: How is the HRC collection arranged?
A: The materials are arranged according to the Dewey Decimal System. We cannot arrange books by grade level because too many materials are for multiple grade levels. Here is a quick guide:
020 Library & information sciences
100 Philosophy & psychology
300 Social sciences
320 Political science
390 Customs, etiquette, folklore
425 English grammar
500 Natural sciences & math
540 Chemistry & allied sciences
550 Earth sciences
570 Life sciences
600 Technology (Applied sciences)
700 The arts
800 Literature & rhetoric
810 American literature in English
900 Geography & history
Children's Historical Fiction and Math Literature Lists
The library purchased a large number of Historical Fiction titles for children with grant funds. All of these books are shelved in the regular juvenile and young adult fiction collections. They have been marked with a green "Historical Fiction" label on the spine. Check the listing of Historical Fiction for Children for titles and time periods.
Also available is a listing of the Math Literature located in the library. Be sure to check out these wonderful resources!
There is a bulletin board in the HRC for anyone to post information about local homeschooling events or special offers for homeschoolers. The Johnsburg Public Library in no way endorses or checks the information posted on the bulletin board, so please use the information on it with discretion.
Need Personal Assistance?
An educational consultant is available for free one-on-one meetings in the Homeschool Resource Center on Wednesday evenings at 7:00 pm. To schedule an appointment please call the library at 815-344-0077. The educational consultant is a volunteer and not a Library District employee.
How To Begin Homeschooling
1. From the library's website homepage (www.johnsburglibrary.org), select the CATALOG link in the black bar at the top of the page.
Who are Homeschoolers and What do They Want?
Confidentiality: Some homeschoolers fear losing their right to homeschool. They fear that they will be harassed or that laws will change and, if they are known in the community, they will lose their right to homeschool. Please be aware that many homeschoolers will worry that if they give a library their name and phone number on a homeschool contact list that the information might be given to another governmental agency. Some even fear coming forth as a homeschooler for fear that the library staff will report them as truant. Trust is hard won in many cases, and takes time.
A2Z Homeschooling Web Site
Ann Zeise has created this wonderful, informative and very well maintained site. No matter who or where you are, you will find useful information here. Note, there are a lot of banner ads at this site. If that bothers you, check out the next site!
If the site above doesn't have it, this one certainly does! Terrific collection of information and articles.
Home Educators Resource Directory
Comprehensive resources for the home educator.
Click HERE to see the Top 100 Circulated Items in the HRC.
Click HERE to see the Top 100 Books in the HRC.
Click HERE to see the Top 100 Non-Book Items in the HRC.
Some pages for you to look at if you are considering adding a Homeschool Resource Center to your library:
|Homeschool Resource Center grant.pdf||221.07 KB|
|Homeschoolers Library Usage Interest Survey.pdf||87.52 KB|
Grace Community is a community of Christian home school families cooperating to Educate, Stimulate, and Support one another in our calling to educate our children at home to "...bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord." (Eph. 6:4)
As a cooperative, Grace Community meets Thursdays, September through April.
Grace Community is not affiliated with any particular denomination. Our families attend a variety of area churches.
One of the purposes of Grace Community is to provide experiences that home educated children can only experience in a co-op situation. Students experience being part of an academically oriented class in a classroom situation with a teacher other than their parent; they have a ready audience for their academic achievements; and practice group cooperation and appropriate competitive skills.
For more information concerning Grace Community and Registration details, contact Jennifer:
grace @ skylineacademy . org
For more information contact Andrea Weadick, 847-487-2870,
Find reading lists of books in our library that are ideal for your child's education.
Not all of these books are in the Homeschool Resource Center. Please ask a librarian if you need help locating any of these items.