My wonderful Children's Librarian is Amy. Amy is so nice and helpful. Like most librarians, she helps us find books, she helps me search shelves for books I say have been returned and are still on my card, and is always excited to see my children. I also find her an excellent resource on all things library. She helps me use databases from the library, tells me of resources in the library, and is generally interested in my kids' learning. She has shown me a library resource to help students prepare for the PSAT, ACT, SAT, and AP tests. Things that would have taken me much longer to find on my own if I even found them.
But the best thing is the awesome homeschool programs she now plans. Our library has many programs and they were usually scheduled around school kids schedules. One day I asked Amy if she would be willing to schedule library programs during the day for homeschoolers. She was like "during the day?" I said yes I think they would come. . . if you program they will come! She decided to give it a try and it worked. The best part was she asked me what kind of presentations I would like and she goes about finding them. She has had a coin collector come and talk about history, a park ranger with animals from the park, science programs, recycling programs, chemistry programs, the Japanese society, and one on internet safety. She is open to anything. So many wonderful free opportunities for my students. I suggest things and she does the leg work. I advertise to our local group and most people are excited to come. What is there not to like about a free library program? I am glad I reached out to her and asked.
How has your librarian helped you? What unusual resources have you discovered at you library?
I believe every home educator should make the librarian their best friend.