At Home Learners and the Public Library

The public library is traditionally the home educator's biggest resource. It is essential to foster valuable relationships with all members of the community and that libraries and librarians are responsive to the growing number of parent educators and homeschooled youth. In this five-week online course, you will learn how to identify and connect with homeschool families; explore the various methods of homeschooling; discover your state's legalities around homeschooling; understand the importance of the library to the home educated; and develop a program plan specifically for homeschooled youth in your community. 

By participating in this course, learners will:

  • identify and connect with local homeschooling families.
  • understand the importance of public libraries to homeschooling families.
  • develop a program plan for homeschool youth.

Christina Giovannelli Caputo has over 20 years’ experience in education and librarianship. She currently directs the Knowledge Services at Forefront, Illinois’ statewide association serving the social impact sector. Caputo has trained library professionals across the country on how to build collaborative community partnerships, family programs, and educational engagements. She is the author of the book Library Services to Homeschoolers: A Guide. Caputo is the mom to four and an advocate for youth everywhere.

If you have questions or requests regarding accessibility, contact us at or at 312-280-5100.