The Clear Lake Public Library is happy to help serve and support your family with our materials, programs, resources and services!

Check out this article to explore 5 ways that libraries can support you:

Library Services

  • Book Requests by Topic or Genre
    • We’re happy to consider any newer books for addition to the collection. Please ask to fill out a form at the desk!
    • For older materials, we’re happy to look into InterLibrary Loaning (ILL) them, provided you live in Clear Lake or rural Cerro Gordo County. Patrons of other towns need to interlibrary loan through their home library.
  • Programming!
    • Check out our calendar to see what’s coming up!
    • Have an idea for a program? Let us know!
  • Ebooks/Audiobooks/Magazines
    • Hoopla
    • Overdrive/Bridges/Libby
  • Story Time Check-Out Kits
    • NEW in September 2021, the children’s department has 8 different themed kits for preschool families to create their own story time at home. Check out Alphabet, Counting, Dinosaurs, Shapes, Animals, Things That Go, Nursery Rhymes, or Colors today by asking at the desk.
  • STEM Check-Out Kits
    • NEW in March 2022, the children’s department has 5 different themed kits for elementary-aged patrons and their families to check out and learn STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) at home. Kits are labeled as ages 5+ or 8+ and include Motors & Generators, Force & Motion, Magnets, and Simple Machines. Ask at the children’s desk!

Spotlight on: Multimedia Nonfiction

Starting in 2021, we’re investing in nonfiction titles that provide additional online resources.  The All About Animals and World Languages series are designed for early elementary, while the Around the World series features more in-depth topics for middle grade readers.  Each book contains an online access code that allows you to hear the book in different languages, download curriculum resource guides and extension activities, or watch videos on the topic.

Library Materials on Homeschooling

Books about homeschooling and homeschoolers can be found in the Library catalog or by browsing these Dewey numbers on the shelves in General Non-Fiction:

371.042- Homeschooling – Books found here include: The Everything Homeschooling Book by Sherri Linsenbach and The Well Adjusted Child: the social benefits of homeschooling by Rachel Gathercole, and many others.

649 – Parenting – Books found here include: Reading Magic: why reading aloud to our children will change their lives forever by Mem Fox and Brilliant Brain Games for Kids to Enjoy: more than 300 brain-boosting activities for toddlers to five year olds, as well as many, many other topics!

Other Homeschooling Resources

Iowa Resources:

National Resources:

  • Homeschooling Guide
    From OnlineSchools, a resource for students and families considering homeschooling, building a curriculum and philosophy, and transitioning to college as a homeschooled student.
  • Book Harvest
    A roundup of resources for learning at home
  • BrainPop
    This K-8 site provides students with informational videos that explain everything from science and social studies to art, music and health in great detail, all while introducing subject-specific vocabulary.
  • Cathy Duffy Reviews
    Read reviews of different curricula available for homeschooling.
  • CouponFollow
    Free homeschool resources and lesson plans for all ages.

Subscription-Based Resources to help with STEAM learning

Listed below are resources that our librarians have utilized themselves for their own children or patrons have recommended to us for STEAM learning at home.

Creation Crate
Creation Crate delivers hands-on projects that prepare you for the jobs of tomorrow. Each project line combines fun hands-on STEM projects with educational online courses to create real world experiences. Recommended for ages 7+, Creation Crate resources utilize Arduino language (C/C++).

KiwiCo Crates
KiwiCo develops engaging hands-on STEAM projects and activities to spark curiosity and creativity aimed to inspire a lifetime of learning.  With crate lines for literally every age (they market 0-104!), you can hand-select just one crate or sign up for a monthly subscription.

Highlights Magazines for Kids
Highlights now offers 4 lines of magazines for children: Hello (ages 0-2, indestructible), High Five (ages 2-6), High Five Bilingual (Spanish and English), and Highlights (Ages 6-12).

Ranger Rick Magazines for Kids
The National Wildlife Federation now has 6 Ranger Rick magazines available for different ages to learn about animals.  There is Ranger Rick Cub (Ages 0-4, indestructible), Ranger Rick Jr. (Ages 4-7), Ranger Rick (Ages 7+),  Zootles (Ages 4-7), ZooDinos (Ages 5+), and Zoobooks (Ages 7+).

Know of a resource that should be added to this page?  Have an idea for other ways the library can help in your homeschooling journey?
We’d love to hear from you.  Contact Brianna at the library today!