Books & Magazines: We have a variety of books and magazines (available in print and digitally—see OverDrive for eBooks and eAudiobooks and Zinio for digital magazines) on homeschooling and parenting. Browse non-fiction homeschool-ing resources under the call number 371.042.
The Library also has a number of books on literature for young people. Check out our Ju-venile Literature section (J-L) for reading sug-gestions and tips to engage young readers.
Foreign Language: We have books for all ages in over 40 languages! Check out our World Language Collection. Learning a new language? We have audiobooks, instructional DVDs and books that can help! Or try Mango, an online language-learning tool.
Programs: The Library offers programming throughout the year. Chil-dren and families can join us for Family Storytime, STEAM Book Club, or LEGO at the Library, to name a few. For more information, visit: tcpl.org/kids/programs.php
Teens are invited to join the Junior Library Advisory Council (JLAC) the YA Book Club, and more! The Library also offers writing workshops periodically. For upcoming teen programs, visit: tcpl.org/teens/programs.php
Check out our Homework Help webpages for access to encyclopedias, books, magazine articles, and other reference tools.
Here are a few of our favorite databases:
Earth Arts Homeschool Programs: Mentors share cultural earth-based traditions from around the world, through lots of games, stories, art, songs, adventure, and team-building activities.
Ithaca Generator: A community of inventors, crafters, designers, engineers and artists.
Cornell Center for Materials Research: The Lending Library offers lesson plans and student activity sheets availa-ble for download on a wide variety of sci-ence topics that have been or are being designed to meet the Next Generation Science Standards.
TC3 College Now!: Supports the student transition to college and careers by providing quality college credit and con-necting our faculty with school instructors to promote career pathways, clarify col-lege expectations, and raise awareness of TC3 and its resources.
Ithaca Children’s Garden: ICG offers education year round, in many forms. Explore ICG's innovative, research-based programs, events, and workshops, designed for children, families, schools, educators, and community members.
Loving Education at Home (LEAH): Ithaca LEAH is just one of many local chapters of NYS LEAH, which is a state-wide Christian homeschooling support network and home school co-op.
Northern Light Learning Center: Northern Light is a Cooperative Home-school Learning Center offering classes, activities and support.
Primitive Pursuits: Primitive Pursuits delivers an experience of connection with the natural world by teaching skills that have served our ancestors from the dawn of time and that are still of tremendous value today.
TST Boces: Home Instruction: Provides forms and other useful information for home instruction.
CK-12: Provides a library of free online textbooks, videos, exercises, flashcards, and real world applications for over 5000 concepts.
HSLDA Advocates for Homeschoolers: A nonprofit advocacy organization established to defend and advance the constitutional right of par-ents to direct the education of their chil-dren and to protect family freedoms.
Khan Academy: Practice exercises, in-structional videos, and more. Includes math, science, computer programming, history, art history, economics, and more.
ReadWriteThink: Database of lesson plans, interactive lessons, printouts for grades K-12.
Fingerlakes Unschoolers Network: A group for local homeschooling families. Key information source for all area home-schoolers.
Ithaca NY Area Homeschoolers: Non-sectarian and inclusive, all varieties of homeschooling are welcome.
New York State Homeschoolers: Com-municate with other homeschoolers across the state about homeschooling laws and regulations, advocacy, reporting or testing questions, events and services.