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Friday Library Column: New collection looks to help adults who work with youth

Jessica LaPean

From my desk in the Youth Services Department, I have a great view of a collection we have recently been working to build, the Parent Teacher Resource Collection. This collection, stored in the children's area, holds a variety of titles specifically directed at adults who work with youth. It includes titles such as Old Dogs, New Math: homework help for puzzled parents, Help Your Kids with Language Arts, and The Curious Kid's Science Book. It has books on STEM activities, understanding IEP's, tackling dyslexia and homeschooling in Wisconsin. It has resources for art projects or simply exploring your backyard. If you have or work with children, there is something in the collection that will apply to you and your experiences. And if you know of a title you think would be a great addition to this collection, please stop by the MORE website at to let us know about it.

Libraries are a place for education and lifelong learning for all. Library visits are often chances to find new materials, curriculum support, or to attend programs. This past week, a day off of school afforded local students a chance to learn about and interact with a number of creatures from Snake Discovery. Over the past months, two different age groups of homeschool students have been meeting at the library with a community volunteer to discover some basic building tricks and engineering with LEGO bricks. Yet another group has had the opportunity to work with LEGO Mindstorm EV3's to build and program robots.

We'd love to provide more learning opportunities and support for homeschool families. In an attempt to provide more for these families, we have created a survey any homeschool parent is invited to complete. We hope to use the results of the survey to shape our future programming as well as help improve our Parent Teacher Collection. If you homeschool and would like to share your thoughts, please visit