Serving Homeschooled Teens and Their Parents

Serving Homeschooled Teens and Their Parents

Serving Homeschooled Teens and Their Parents

Serving Homeschooled Teens and Their Parents

Synopsis

Today more than a million students are being educated at home. Because of this growing trend, public librarians are increasingly being called upon to serve the needs of homeschooled students. This book provides guidance in this area, first reviewing the developmental and social needs of teens, then demonstrating how those can be met in the public library setting. It includes a wealth of ideas for adapting every facet of your library service to meet the needs of this growing population, from developing a homeschool collection and expanding services and special programs to promoting these offerings. Extensive resource lists conclude the volume.

Excerpt

We assume you've picked up this book because you want to know more about the homeschoolers who are starting to appear more and more often in your library. Perhaps you are curious about why they've opted out of traditional public or private schools. Maybe you've already been thinking about ways to reach out to this group or you've been approached with requests for special privileges and are still sorting out how best to respond. And, having received those requests, you may be wondering why you should target library services specifically to homeschoolers.

The primary reason for providing service for homeschoolers is that there is no compelling reason not to. Homeschoolers using the library represent a [market segment] of your population in the same way that children coming for story hour, seniors requesting large print books, and companies utilizing your business reference collection also represent market segments. Libraries serve a wide variety of [publics] in just that way, by targeting materials and services to specific age groups or user interest/ need groups. By viewing homeschoolers as simply another market segment of your population, you'll see that services geared to them can be nothing more elaborate than a rearrangement of your collection; inclusion of homeschool associations when sending out information about pro-

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