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Hello Home Educators! We are so glad you visited this blog to find out more about the resources available through the Indianapolis Public Library. Whether you have been homeschooling for many years or just started this year, the library can provide a wealth of resources for your home education journey!

We'd love to meet your kids! Schedule field trips, tours, and programs for groups in the Learning Curve at Central Library by calling 317-275-4222 or Contact Us.

You can also reach out to your home branch for tours and other resources. See our complete list of locations.

Additional Resources

Homeschool Collection
Browse this growing set of materials selected for homeschooling families of all ages who are interested in supplementing their current curriculum. This collection includes a wide range of subjects and focuses on curriculum and textbooks. The collection is available for in-branch browsing at the following locations, but materials may be placed on hold at any branch, or from home.

Book Lists

  • Are You Considering Homeschooling?
    Books for parents who are thinking about homeschooling their children. These titles offer general information, support, and encouragement. They will answer the questions that parents didn't even know they should have.
  • Preschool Homeschool Resources
    A list of print materials available in the homeschool collection at Central Library as well as digital resources and additional materials for caregivers embarking on the at-home learning journey with their preschooler. Check this list again as more is being added to it!

Articles in the Encyclopedia of Indianapolis

  • Explore Monument Circle through the Last Century
    Did you know that five churches once were located around Monument Circle? This Encyclopedia of Indianapolis special feature includes information about the origins and development of Monument Circle. The feature includes a video that shows what the buildings located around the Circle looked like in the 1920s and then shows what the same space looks like in the 2020s. Photos taken from the top of the Soldiers and Sailors Monument in the early 20th century and then mid-20th century then follow.

    To learn more about Monument Circle and its history, the Encyclopedia of Indianapolis also has full entries that provide more information about the Circle, the Soldiers and Sailors Monument, and buildings surrounding it:

    Monument Circle
    Soldiers and Sailors Monument
    Hilbert Circle Theatre
    English Hotel and Opera House
    120 Monument Circle
    Columbia Club
    Christ Church Cathedral
    Circle Tower

    *Follow up with your own field trip of the Circle and the Soldiers and Sailors Monument.

  • Indiana World War Memorial Plaza
    Did you know that Indianapolis has more land dedicated to honoring veterans and fallen soldiers than any other city in the United States other than Washington, D.C.? Explore the development and history of the Indiana World War Memorial Plaza through this special feature which describes the origins of the Indiana World War Memorial beginning in 1919. It includes an interactive map showing what stood on the property before it was developed. It describes how the site was chosen for the national headquarters of the American Legion. It then describes the plans for the memorial building, the American Legion, and the landscaping of the mall that surrounds them.

    *Schedule a tour to visit the Indiana War Memorial.

  • Downtown Development
    Did you know that Indianapolis is one of only a few planned state capitals in the United States? Explore the evolution of downtown Indianapolis from 1821 to the present in the EOI special feature.

  • Indiana Avenue
    Did you know that Indiana Avenue was a major cultural center for jazz in the United States? This Encyclopedia of Indianapolis special feature describes the history and evolution of this important cultural hub for the African American community in Indianapolis.

Homeschool Resources at Your Library

On this list, you will find some recent additions to our Homeschool Collection. At the end of the list, there is also a link to databases that are accessible through the library.

Everything You Need to Ace Biology in One Big Fat Notebook

The Complete High School Study Guide

Brown, Matthew

This is just one book in a great series of study guides. There are 9 books covering 9 subjects and each is available as print books and as ebooks. To search for the series just type "Everything You Need to Ace" into the basic search box and you're ready to go!

Spanish for Everyone Junior

5 Words A Day

Each week, 20 new words are presented over four days, and on the fifth day, your child can practice the words they have just learned.

The Montessori Toddler Activity Book

60 At-home Games and Activities for Curious Toddlers

Wood, Beth

This book offers an introduction to the Montessori method and has games and activities that touch on motor skills, art, "practical life," the five senses, and language development.