Ephrata Public Library Expands Program for Homeschoolers

(Ephrata, PA) – The Ephrata Public Library is expanding its program offerings for homeschoolers in Lancaster County. All events are free to the public, but registration is required. Interested parties can register online at www.ephratapubliclibrary.org, by phone at 717-738-9291 or in person at the library, located at 550 South Reading Road, Ephrata, during normal business hours.


“We’ve been offering both a Homeschooler Book Discussion Group and a Be An Illustrator! Art Class for some time,” said Library Executive Director Penny Talbert. The demand for these programs has been so great that we’ve decided to offer other curriculum-based classes in order to provide both educational opportunities and a chance for homeschoolers to work in a classroom environment.”


Beginning in January, the library will offer “Fun with Science for Homeschoolers” and “Fun with Math with Homeschoolers,” a supplement to homeschool curriculums with math and science lessons. Open to students in grades 4-6, this program presents a standards-based lesson with a literary connection. The programs are taught by a Pennsylvania-certified teacher.


In addition, another new program being offered is a Reader’s Theater for Homeschoolers. Reader’s Theater is acting out a story using only expressive reading: no sets, costumes or memorization. Participants will work on reading with fluency, accuracy and expression as they read short plays ranging from fairytales to classic stories to poetry. This program is for children ages 8-12.


For a complete list of dates for these programs, patrons can visit the library website at www.ephratapubliclibrary.org. The demand, says Talbert, is great and classes fill up quickly. “Public libraries are a learning commons for everyone in the community and it is part of our mission to provide educational opportunities for our large homeschool population.”


Information about these, and all the other programs at the library can be found at the library’s website.


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