Homeschoolers and the Public Library

The public library is traditionally the home educator's biggest resource. It is essential to foster valuable relationships with all members of the community and that libraries and librarians are responsive to the growing number of parent educators and homeschooled youth. In this five-week online course, you will learn how to identify and connect with homeschool families; explore the various methods of homeschooling; discover your state's legalities around homeschooling; understanding the importance of the library to the home educated; and develop a program plan specifically for homeschooled youth in your community. 

This is a five week Moodle course run asynchroniously, meaning you will never need to login to a class on a certain date/time. The spring offering of this course will begin the week of April 6, 2020.

Learning Outcomes

1. Identify and connect with local Homeschooling families.
2. Understand the importance of public libraries to homeschooling families.
3. Develop a program plan for homeschool youth.

Who Should Attend

All library staff serving children and their caregivers, including library school teachers/ administration/students, and public library administration


Christina Giovannellli-Caputo has been the Kids’ World Librarian at Arlington Heights Memorial Library since 2014. She began her professional career in 2002 as a high school art teacher and has over 20 years of experience working with youth 0-18.Join the conversation at Librarians Serving Homeschool (LSH) on Facebook.



Class size is limited to 30 students.

ALSC Personal Member: $115
ALA Personal Member: $165
Nonmember: $185

Member rates apply to personal memberships only.  Interested in joining ALSC?  Click here to learn more about ALSC and how to join.

How to Register

Registration is now open!  Visit the ALA Registration page to register online, or fill out the registration form and mail it in.  You can also register by calling ALA Member and Customer Service at 800-545-2433 ext. 5.  Course space is limited.

Cancellation and Transfer Policy:

Cancellations must be made in writing and postmarked or faxed to the ALA/MACS department by no later than seven days before the class starts.  Cancellations will result in a full refund less a $35 processing fee.  NO phone cancellations will be accepted.  Refunds will be processed two weeks after the start of the course.  ALSC reserves the right to cancel a course for reasons including insufficient numbers of students. Cancellations after the course has begun will not be accepted.

If you are registered but unable to take a course you may transfer your registration to another student if that student falls under the same registration category.  For instance, an ALSC member may transfer her registration to another ALSC member free of charge.  If you would like to transfer your registration to someone in a different category the difference between prices must be paid at the time of transfer.  All requests for registration transfers must be made in writing no later than seven days before the start of the course.  Please address all requests, including the reason for the transfer and both parties' membership numbers, to ALSC Program Officer for Continuing Education, Kristen Figliulo.  Transfers may not be made once a course has started.

Tech Requirements

Computer, internet access


If you have questions about the course material, please contact the course instructor.

If you have questions about registration, please contact ALA's Member and Customer Service Department by email or by calling 800-545-2433 ext. 5.

All other inquiries, including sponsorship questions, can be directed to Sarah Polen, ALSC Program Officer for Continuing Education, via email or by calling (312) 280-4026.