In 2018, the Lewes Public Library will begin a series of homeschool programs for grade school-aged children, To kick off the program, the library will host an information session called DDL 101 for Homeschool Families from 1 to 2 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 12.
The session will include a tour of the Lewes library and a walk-through of Delaware Department of Libraries resources that are of particular interest to homeschooling families. Included will be a tutorial on the Delaware Library Catalog and an introduction to the digital magazine archive and the University of Delaware student databases, as well as other resources. It will end with a library scavenger hunt that students of all ages and their parents can participate in together.
Homeschooling parents can bring a copy of their school's registration with the Department of Education to apply for an educator card which allows them expanded check-out limits and loan periods. There is no registration required for the Dec. 12 event.
"There's a substantial homeschool population in Sussex County that we want to serve," said Jennifer Noonan, children's librarian at Lewes. "One of the reasons families decide to homeschool is to develop independent learners, and using the library is absolutely critical to that effort. We have so many resources available through the Delaware Department of Libraries, and we want to make sure people know what's there, and how to use it."
The 2018 homeschool programs will begin in January, and take place from 1 to 2 p.m. the second Tuesday of the month. Programs will be presented in partnership with some of the community's best local educational organizations including Lewes Historical Society and Abbott's Mill. Each program will have a library extension activity that will guide students through some of the library's resources on the program subject.
"We have relationships with many homeschooling families already, but we are really looking forward to providing quality educational programming that will in turn give them an opportunity to connect, and to use the library's resources to the fullest," said Noonan.
For more information, contact Jennifer Noonan at 302-645-2733.