Current Service Update

By state mandate, face masks are required for everyone in the Library ages two and older, regardless of vaccination status.

We are open: Mon–Fri: 9am–9pm, Sat: 9am–5pm; Sun: 1pm–5pm

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Resources for Homeschool Families

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With many families considering their options for school this year, homeschooling is a hot topic! Helen Plum Youth Librarian Cate has pulled together many of our resources that can help make diving into homeschooling easier.

Sign up for our Homeschool Educators Newsletter!

During this unprecedented time, we want to offer our support to you and your students as well as remind you of some of our online resources. Each month, we’ll highlight a different library resource. Click here to sign up!

Getting Started

Homeschooling: Tips for Getting Started

Interested in homeschooling but not sure where to start? This article from PBS offers you 4 tips on how to get started.

Homeschooling in Illinois

Resources at Helen Plum Library

  • Contact the library to find out what services we provide. We offer exam proctoring by appointment or scheduled programs for your homeschool group. Past programs we have presented include library tours, storytimes, LEGO® play and more!
  • Browse our online catalog for many books and materials that are available to check out or download with your Helen Plum Library card.
  • There are many student databases that can enhance your homeschooling curriculum and are available to you for free with your library card.

Featured Databases

Readers' Choice Awards
The Illinois Young Readers' Choice Awards are titles selected by teachers and librarians each year. The Helen Plum Library offers may copies of each of these titles with voting for favorites in February.

Reading Programs
Helen Plum Library offers Reading Programs year-round for children ages birth to 8th grade. To learn more and register, visit our Reading Programs page.

Museum Passes
Your library card gives you free admission or special discounted rates to local museums and attractions. See what is available and how to get your passes here.