Library ready to help with homeschooling

Picton Branch of the Prince Edward County Public Library. (Desirée Decoste/Gazette Staff)

Homeschooling? The Library can help!

If you’re homeschooling this year, you might be in need of a little “R&R”. Don’t worry – the library can help! That’s “Resources and Reconnection” of course. (We can’t promise any rest and relaxation if you’re home with school aged children). We’re excited to tell you all about the array of resources available to you through your library to assist in your educational journey. This includes the things you probably think of when you think “library” – books, DVDs, internet access – and others that you may not be aware of, including an obstacle course, telescope, robotics and circuitry activities you can borrow. To tell you about these resources and more, we will be hosting three Zoom “R&R” discussions to fill you in on all the available tools, and to allow you to chat and connect with other homeschoolers. Whether this is your first year homeschooling or you’re a seasoned home educator, please join us for a little R&R. You can take your pick of three available dates – Tuesday, September 22 at 9:30 a.m., Wednesday September 23 at 1 p.m., and Thursday, September 24 at 6 p.m. Visit peclibrary.org or call (613) 476-5962 to register.

Have you ever wanted to have the entire library to yourself? Each of the library’s six branches welcome homeschoolers (and anyone else who would benefit from the service) to book a time to come in outside of regular open hours. If you’re partnered with another family in a homeschool “bubble”, bring the whole “bubble”! A library staff member will be available to lead you in a small group storytime, help you find specific resources, or demonstrate some of the kits and equipment that are available to be borrowed. We will have sanitized the high-touch surfaces in advance of your visit, and you will know your children can explore without being too close to others. Call your local branch to book a time.

This school year is also very different for us at the Library. Each year we look forward to classes visiting the library – from the tiny kindergarteners thrilled to find a picture book featuring their favourite character all the way up to the high schoolers designing Maker projects. This year, we will miss seeing those classes in person but we know there are still ways the library can help! Julie Lane, the library’s IT Co-ordinator, is already working on new and innovative ways the library can support school learning through virtual class visits, sending prerecorded videos and activities to schools, and more. If you are a teacher interested in more information, contact Julie by email jlane@peclibrary.org.

Whether you are homeschooling, back in the classroom, or doing remote education, you will not want to miss this opportunity! If you have a young writer (under 25) at home, encourage them to participate in the Young Writers Contest sponsored by Cressy Lakeside Books and Tammy Noyes, Realtor at Century 21 Lanthorn. There are two $250 prizes are available! Find all the details https://www.peclibrary.org/prince-edward-county-young-authors-writing-contest.

-Liz Zylstra