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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 Materials on Homeschooling
Homeschooling materials can be found in the Library catalog under the subject headings listed below or by browsing these Dewey numbers on the shelves in Adult Services or in the Parent Collection in Youth Services:
Education—computer network resources 025.0637
Education—parent participation 372.21 649.1
Home schooling 371.042
Internet in education 025.0637 371.042 371.33 371.35
Mass media and children 302.23 305.23 649.5
Motivation in education 370.154 649.68
Study skills 371.3028
Reading—parent participation 372.4
The Literacy Lane experience is being 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.
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, Live Homework Help, 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. (Check the calendar.)
Library News & Programs
The best sources for information about Library programs and activities are our newsletters, brochures, and website. A few newsletters to note are:
- Discover Your Library – our newsletter and schedule of programs for children, students, and adults.
- By the Way… – teen newsletter.
Library Website: www.stcharleslibrary.org
- Find reading suggestionsfrom 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! firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
- 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 and Twitter. You do not need to be a member of either to read our posts and tweets, so please stop by! If you are a member, “like” and/or “follow” us.
This online literacy resource pairs classic video storybooks with related nonfiction eBooks to build a love of reading and learning.
FreedomFlix & TrueFlix
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. FreedomFlix includes American history and TrueFlix covers continents, ancient civilizations, U.S. government westward expansion, natural disaters, space, human body and ecosystems.
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 & TumbleBookCloud
An online collection of books ideal for readers of all ages from animated, talking picture books to read-along titles to full length, unabridged, streaming audiobook classics.
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!
You’ve Got to Read This!
Find great books to read with our interactive book review database. Add comments to those you have enjoyed or even write a review for a title you have read.
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 are resources for graduate school entrance tests and careers.
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.
- Atomic Training – 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.
- 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.
- MUZZY Club – Especially designed for children, Muzzy is a comprehensive, interactive and fun way to learn a second language. Includes Spanish, French, German, Italian, English, Mandarin Chinese, Portuguese and Russian.
- Universal Class – Over 500 continuing education classes covering a huge variety of subjects. Connect to real instructors and other students. Learn at your own pace 24/7 from any Internet connection.
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.
There are many great homeschooling sites on the Internet. Access is provided for adults and registered high school students in the Adult Services Department. Youth Services offers access to students through grade 8, whose parents have reviewed our Internet policy and signed a permission form. Parents also may use the computers in the Youth Services Info Commons when their children are in the Youth Services Department or attending programs.
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.
Provides resources, information and support for all homeschooling families.
Features a directory of regional resources.
A website featuring literature and stories about homeschoolers including book reviews, study guides and a book club.
Includes links to study materials, curricula, special education and teaching aids.
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.
St. Charles Public Library
One South Sixth Avenue
St. Charles, IL 60174
630-584-0076, ext. 1 (Reference Services)
630-584-9390 (Youth Services)
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.