Mid-Continent Public Library plays an active and important role in encouraging literacy and life-long learning though our materials, events, and online resources. The Library is happy to partner with homeschooling families in providing educational materials, book clubs, events, and research databases. Assistance is available to your family or group at any of our branch locations or through our online Ask a Librarian service. From home, you can also access our online catalog, download audiobooks and eBooks, get recommended reading lists for kids and teens, and follow us on Facebook or Twitter for library news and updates.
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Homeschooling Resources - This list includes helpful books for homeschooling parents such as how-to's, curriculum information, and more.
Ask a Librarian - Got a question? Need an answer? MCPL's Ask a Librarian service is there for you! Staff will reply in a timely manner during regular library hours: Mon.-Thur. 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Fri. 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m.-5 p.m..
Downloadable Audiobooks - Mid-Continent Public Library offers digital versions of audiobooks for downloading to your computer and exporting to an MP3 player or an iPod. Two services, OneClickdigital and OverDrive, are offered to MCPL card holders.
Downloadable eBooks - Mid-Continent Public Library offers eBooks for downloading to your computer and exporting to a portable device such as a Barnes & Noble NOOK, a Sony Reader, or an Amazon Kindle (see complete list of compatible devices).
- Live Homework Help from Tutor.com
Live Homework Help connects students with expert tutors for live, one-on-one help with homework assignments. Use Live Homework Help from your home computer or inside the Library to complete your homework assignments and improve your grades. Available seven days a week for English and Spanish-speaking students in grades K-12 from noon to midnight. In addition, the Skills Center is open 24/7 and offers thousands of worksheets, tutorials, study guides, practice tests, and more.
- MUZZY Online
MUZZY Online offers children an opportunity to learn new languages through an interactive, self-directed program. Languages included are English, French, German, Italian, Mandarin Chinese, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.
- Encyclopedia Britannic for Kids
Encyclopedia Britannica for Kids offers a fun way to gain new knowledge. Students will find it easy to conduct research, complete homework assignments, and work on special projects. From one page, you can link to encyclopedias, Britannica-approved Web sites, and a Student Center with “How To” guides for school reports, an atlas, biographies, multimedia, and other learning materials.
- Something About the Author Online
Something About the Author Online covers the lives and works of authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults. In addition to the information found in the print version of this reference source, the online edition also includes hundreds of specially commissioned autobiographical essays that are illustrated with personal photos and present an entertaining and informative first-person perspective on the lives and careers of these authors and illustrators.
- World Book Online
Explore easy to understand encyclopedia articles, as well as links to related websites and magazine articles. An atlas is also included. Entries incorporate sounds, pictures, videos and animations to make the information come alive. Great for students of all ages.
- Book Collection: Nonfiction - Middle School Edition
This collection contains searchable full text for more than thirty-one hundred popular nonfiction books for middle school students. The database includes high-interest titles on careers, health, life skills, ethnicity, disabilities, adventure, sports, technology, biographies, history, science, women, civics, and more.
- Encyclopedia Britannica
Search or browse the encyclopedia alphabetically or by subject to find in-depth articles, related websites, video clips, and more. Check out the world atlas, timelines, year in review, and the spotlight archive with exhibits on dinosaurs, thunderstorms, the Titanic, and more.
- Biography in Context
Biographies of more than one million people including current celebrities, authors, musicians, artists, scientists, and many others from throughout history and around the world. Some biographies include pictures, magazine articles, and links to websites. [source list]
- MasterFILE Premier
Search articles from over two thousand magazines covering general interest topics including current events, business, health, science, sports, multicultural issues, and more. [source list]
- A to Z Home's Cool Homeschooling
Locate information, resources, support groups, and laws about home schooling and find links to more than 700 web sites.
- Everything Homeschooling
This site provides the information you need to succeed in your homeschool! An Online Learning Site with Weekly Lessons, Daily Learning Activities, Hands-On Projects, Daily Writing Ideas, Unit Studies, Weekly Challenges, Reading Suggestions, Homeschool Help, Free Newsletter, and a Monthly Online Homeschool Magazine, this site brings fresh content to you - every day, every week, every month!
- Homeschooling Adventures on the Web
This site features a collection of websites for homeschoolers to use in their learning.
HowToHomeschool.info is dedicated to all those who are just starting their homeschool journey. This site has resources to help you understand your responsibilities, find the resources, texts, and books to use, and answer the questions most frequently asked by those beginning to homeschool.