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Services for Homeschoolers and their Families

The Keene Public is committed to serve all families, including families schooling their children at home.

The Keene Public Library has a lot to offer homeschooling parents. If you want to keep up-to-date, sign up for a newsletter just for parents and teachers.

Here's a quick overview of some of the things we offer homeschooling parents and students at the Keene Public Library.

Assignment Alert Form

Help your students and the Keene Public Library by filling out our Assignment Alert Form before you give your assignments. 

Beginning Reader Books by Reading Level

The books in our Beginning Reader area are labeled indicating three different levels of reading skill. The PRE level either has very few words or is meant to be read with a parent and a child together. The 1st level has about 30 words. The 2nd level is for seasoned beginning readers. 

Book Discussion Kits

Knowing that it can be very difficult to place holds on multiple copies of books for group discussions, the Keene Public Library has begun to develop a book group discussion kits for youth ages 11 and up.

Curricula Support

The Keene Public Library can support your curricula by developing customized booklists, webliographies, and study guides tailored to the unique needs of your students. If you need book suggestions, you can call us or submit an online form.

Homework Help

The library provides you and your students a myriad of resources.To help students, the library offers study guides, online databases, encyclopedias & websites, as well as thousands of print resources. 

We also offer free academic resources and tutoring from Tutor.com. All students in grades K-12 with a library card can use the service to get help with schoolwork. Professional online tutors are available each day from 1 p.m. until midnight to help with all math, science, social studies, and English subjects. The SkillsCenter Resource Library is available 24/7, and students can search by keyword and subject for worksheets, lessons, videos and more. Students can find resources for specific subjects, standardized tests, resume building, citizenship, GED prep, and college entrance exams.   

The library also sponsors an in-house tutoring service for those students needing in-person help. Please call the Gail Zachariah at (603) 352-0157 to schedule a tutor for a student. 

Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) offers library customers the opportunity to request and receive books that are not owned by the Keene Public Library. Theoretically, with ILL, you have access to the circulating book collections of all university and public libraries throughout the United States.

Kindergarten Kick-Off Campaign

The Keene Public Library offers the family all kindergarten students two posters, reading lists, and a parent guide. “100 Best Books to Read in Kindergarten” and "100  More Books to Read in Kindergarten" contain both well-loved classics and quality contemporary picture books to read aloud to Kindergarten-age children. Interested parents can pick up these materials from the Youth Desk.

Museum Passes

Check out a museum pass and experience new adventures at an array of New England cultural destinations. Reservations can be made in person or by phone. All passes must be picked up during library hours. The Friends of the Keene Pubilc Library generously provide these Museum Passes for the use of all Keene Public Library card holders.

New Hampshire Downloadable Audio Books

Browse hundreds of bestselling titles, download them to your computer, transfer them to a portable device, or burn select titles onto a CD for your enjoyment anywhere, anytime. Available 24/7.

Online Database Resources

The Library subscribes to a number of Online Databases. A databse is simply an online reference collection - magazines, newpapsers, encyclopedias, professioanl journals, and many other resources that you can use 24/7. Normally, you would have to pay to use these sites, but you can access them for free through the library's website if you have a Keene Public Library card.

A few of the databases that Homeschool Families may be intereted in include:

LearningExpress Library –  This program allows students to register and practice academic or licensing tests (e.g. PSAT, GED, MCAT)

Mango Languages - This program helps students learn a language.

Storytelling Kits

The libray has a collection of themed boxes of books for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers.  The kits are part of Stories to Go.

Tours and Library Orientations

Schedule a class visit to the library. Bring your class to the library for a tour, story program, library orientation, and/or introduction to research.  With enough notice, teachers from Keene schools can arrange to distribute free cards to students during the visit. To do this, teachers will have to send home Keene Public Library card applications to their students.  The complete and signed applications will need to be turned into the library one week before the class visit.


TumbleBooks is an online collection of books ideal for readers of all ages from animated, talking picture books to read-along titles to full length, unabridged, streaming audio book classics. Older students will enjoy TumbleTalkingBooks.

Access to Keene State College's Wallace E. Mason Library and the Curriculum Materials Library

Holders of Keene Public Library cards are able to borrow materials from Keene State College.  The Curriculum Materials Library comprises approximately 16,500 items. These include books, videos, textbook sets, curriculum models, math and science manipulatives, pattern blocks, simple machines, educational games, and puppets. The CML also has two special collections: The Great Explorations in Math and Science (GEMS) Collection and The Safe Schools Collection.

You can go to Keene State yourself and check out the materials or you can have them delivered to the Keene Pubic Library for pickup.   

Free Classes and Events

Check our online calendar to see what the library is offering. We regulary offer childrens and teen programs such as craft or book discussion groups that can be of interest to homeschoolers. Occasionally, we offer special programs targeting homeschool families.

... and of course, your Youth Librarian is available to answer questions about the Library's collections, and to find materials just right for your needs.

books Book Resources:

Books about homeschooling may be found by using the library computer catalog. When searching from information on homeschooling try a "Subject" search for:

blue bullet  Home Schooling
blue bullet  Education -- Parent participation
blue bullet  Education, Preschool

New homeschooling resources are added regularly. They are shelved with 649.68 in both the adult collection and the Parent Resources section in the library's Youth Department. The Youth Department also subscribes to Home Education Magazine as well as a number of other parenting and youth magazines.

globe Recommended websites for homeschooling families:

blue bullet  American Homeschool Association

blue bullet  Homeschool Legal Defense Association

blue bullet  National Home Education Research Institute

blue bullet  Unschooling Bookmark and Share 

Website Disclaimer: Due to the ever-changing nature of the Internet, we cannot guarantee that the above links will remain valid. Similarly, we cannot be responsible for changes in the content of the sources to which we link, or the content of sources accessed through secondary links. As with printed information, users are encouraged to evaluate the validity of information found. Keene Public Library provides these links as a convenience to our users, and the inclusion of any links does not necessarily imply endorsement.