Stop by the Children's Department and check out the new Homeschool Resource Center behind the circulation desk! Whether your child is homeschooled, hybrid, public or private; you're sure to find a plethora of resources to enhance their curiosity, wonder and knowledge.
Want to explore the world around you? Check out the Microscope Set (complete with slides, specimen slicer, a Petri dish, and more). Doing a unit study on space? Connect your phone to the Telescope and use the Bluetooth remote to take pictures of the moon (bonus: set it up during the day to watch animals in the field). Struggling to make sense of chemistry? The Molecular Organic Chemistry Kit shows you how to construct everything from ethanol to glucose to caffeine molecules.
Help littles practice sight word identification with fun games like Sight Word Bingo and Swat a Sight Word. Math concepts become easier to visualize with the help of Base 10 Blocks, Magnetic 10-Frame, and Math Link Cubes.
Magic Practice Copybooks with grooved pages and disappearing ink pens are the perfect way to practice writing numbers and letters. Spell words with Magnetic Letters and Phonics Dominoes.
Explore different homeschooling approaches with new books, including Wild + Free, Unschooling, Charlotte Mason, Classical and Montessori.
"As someone who was homeschooled pre-K-High School, and is now a homeschool mom, I've been able to have a lot of conversations with homeschooling parents and grandparents in our community," says Sarah Morbitzer, Children's Department Head. "Some may choose to homeschool short-term due to bully issues, learning challenges, or Covid. Others are planning to homeschool for the elementary years or all the way through high school graduation. In addition, there are many parents who assist their children with homework and e-learning or who want to enrich their children's learning during the summer breaks. For all these families, we want to provide them with the tools and books that will make learning fun and meaningful. Children who are engaged are retaining information. Even more importantly, they are establishing a love of learning, which will hopefully grow into a lifelong habit of self-motivated exploration. Learning manipulatives can really start to add up so we're hoping the Homeschool Resource Center will help families financially by enabling them to borrow instead of buy."
The Children's Department reminds patrons that they are invited to go behind the circulation desk to browse the Homeschool, Parenting, Spanish, and Vision resources located there. "We want patrons to freely come and go in this space. Staff work there but it is definitely a patron space as well. We want to see more of our patrons back there checking out all the cool things we have!" says Morbitzer.
The mission of the North Manchester Public Library is to provide materials, programs, and services necessary to meet the recreational and educational needs of the community in an easily-accessible facility, which is a community center of activity and information.