At Home Learners and the Public Library

Monday, 2/7/2022

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 asynchronously, meaning you will never need to login to a class on a certain date/time. The winter offering of this course will begin the week of February 7, 2022.

Learning Outcomes

Participants will:

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

ALSC Core Competencies

  • Demonstrates respect for diversity and inclusion of cultural values, and continually develops cultural awareness and works to address implicit bias in order to provide inclusive and equitable service to diverse populations. (1.1)
  • Cultivates an environment for enjoyable and convenient use of library resources, specifically removing barriers to access presented by socioeconomic circumstances, race, culture, privilege, language, gender, ability, religion, immigration status, and commercialism, and other diversities. (1.7)
  • Designs, promotes, presents, and evaluates a variety of diverse programs for children, with consideration of equity, diversity, and inclusion; principles of child development; and the needs, interests, and goals of all children, their caregivers, and educators in the community. (3.1)

Who Should Attend

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


Christina Giovannelli-Caputo began her professional career in 2002 as a high school art teacher and has over 20 years of experience working with youth 0-18. She currently writes for Rowman and Littlefield. Join the conversation at Librarians Serving Homeschool (LSH) on Facebook.



Class size is limited to 30 students.

ALSC Personal Member: $215
ALA Personal Member: $260
Nonmember: $289

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 for this eCourse is now open!

Refund and Transfer Policy

Refunds may be requested for facilitated eCourses until the date the course starts. Refunds may be requested for live webinars until the webinar starts. To request a refund, please email ALA Membership and Registration Services.

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 their 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 Sarah Polen, ALSC Program Officer for Continuing Education, and ALA Membership and Registration Services. 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 Registration 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.