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Joplin Library News – Schooling at Home

The Joplin Public Library is excited to announce a library-wide initiative to support learning this fall. The Children and Teen Departments have developed several programs and resources to support parents and caregivers with schooling at home in whatever form that may take.

Families can find curriculum help, homeschooling laws, virtual educational resources, social opportunities and more on our brand new “Schooling at Home” webpage: https://www.joplinpubliclibrary.org/schooling/

The webpage also includes a comprehensive list of virtual and remote learning information for local school districts, as well as state standards for Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas. Finally, the webpage includes an annotated list of electronic library resources, including test prep and homework help databases.

Joplin Public Library also offers the following services to supplement schooling at home: 24/7 wireless internet access in the Library parking lot, Inter-Library Loan services, and test proctoring.

According to a survey conducted by JPL, 60% of parents and caregivers who responded (61 responses total) plan to conduct school at home this fall in some fashion. An interest in homeschool resources provided by the Library was noted by 52% of respondents, and 23% hoped to see some type of online community of support from the Library on behalf of parents and caregivers schooling at home.

Library staff will use survey results to prioritize fall and spring programming offerings, with more details on programming for families, children, and teens coming soon!

The Teen Department’s first fall program is First Impact, a virtual education course for parents of new drivers, on Tuesday, September 1, from 6 to 7 p.m. via Zoom. The program is free, open to the public, and registration is required at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/first-impact-new-driver-parent-teen-education-program-on-zoom-tickets-113853099686.

For more information, call the Library at 417-623-7953