About the Homeschool Resource Center (HRC)

Questions, Answers and other Helpful Information about the
Homeschool Resource Center (HRC)

In 2001 the Johnsburg Public Library received a $55,000 grant to establish a Homeschool Resource Center, which today is located in the library's former Study Room. Funding for this grant was provided by the Illinois State Library, a Division of the Office of Secretary of State, using federal LSTA funding.

With the HRC's materials you can '"try before you buy" a wide variety of curriculum materials including Sonlight, Alpha Omega, Rosetta Stone, Singapore Math or Five in a Row and see if they are right for your family's unique needs before you start spending a lot of money on things that may or may not work.

Q: What exactly is in the HRC?

  • books and magazines about homeschooling
  • curriculum materials for all grade levels and in many formats including book, video, and computer-based materials
  • science equipment such as glassware, microscopes and telescopes and kits for learning about everything from DNA to optics
  • math manipulatives
  • educational board games, software and music
  • catalogs from homeschool suppliers

Q: Who can use the HRC?
A: Anyone at all! You do not need to homeschool. We do require children to be accompanied by an adult, however, because of the many small pieces and fragile items.

Q: May I check things out?
A. Anyone with a valid, full service, Illinois public library card (a library you are paying taxes to) may check out items.  (Click HERE to see the Illinois law regarding rules for purchasing a library card if you are NOT paying taxes to any public library.)  We do remind you though that while book items may be returned to any Illinois library, they should be returned at least 2 weeks before they are due to allow for transit time.  All non-book items need to be returned directly to the Johnsburg Library.

It is also very important that you understand you are responsible for all of the pieces of any item you check out. Please count everything before you leave and again before you return it.

Q: How long may I keep the items?
A: All items in the HRC can be checked out for 6 weeks. You may renew the items for an additional 6 weeks as long as there are no holds on the item.

Q: How is the HRC collection arranged?
A: The materials are arranged according to the Dewey Decimal System. We cannot arrange books by grade level because too many materials are for multiple grade levels. Here is a quick guide:

000 Generalities
          020 Library & information sciences
100 Philosophy & psychology
200 Religion
300 Social sciences
          320 Political science
          330 Economics
          340 Law
          370 Education
          390 Customs, etiquette, folklore
400 Languages
          425 English grammar
500 Natural sciences & math
          510 Mathematics
                    512 Algebra
                    513 Arithmetic
                    516 Geometry
          530 Physics
          540 Chemistry & allied sciences
          550 Earth sciences
          570 Life sciences
600 Technology (Applied sciences)
700 The arts
800 Literature & rhetoric
          810 American literature in English
          811 Poetry
          812 Drama
          815 Speeches
900 Geography & history

Other Helpful Information

Children's Historical Fiction and Math Literature Lists
The library purchased a large number of Historical Fiction titles for children with grant funds. All of these books are shelved in the regular juvenile and young adult fiction collections. They have been marked with a green "Historical Fiction" label on the spine. Check the listing of Historical Fiction for Children for titles and time periods.

Also available is a listing of the Math Literature located in the library. Be sure to check out these wonderful resources!

Bulletin Board
There is a bulletin board in the HRC for anyone to post information about local homeschooling events or special offers for homeschoolers. The Johnsburg Public Library in no way endorses or checks the information posted on the bulletin board, so please use the information on it with discretion.

Need Personal Assistance?
An educational consultant is available for free one-on-one meetings in the Homeschool Resource Center on Wednesday evenings at 7:00 pm. To schedule an appointment please call the library at 815-344-0077.  The educational consultant is a volunteer and not a Library District employee.