BECKLEY, W.V. (LOOTPRESS) – Starting in September, homeschooled students hoping to learn something new while interacting with kids their own age can participate in the Raleigh County Public Library’s monthly Homeschool Hangout.
According to Director of the Raleigh County Public Library Amy Stover, this is the third year the library has offered Homeschool Hangout. The program was not held last year due to COVID-19.
Open to homeschooled students in Raleigh County ages eight or older, Homeschool Hangout will teach students a new skill each month. Because the program is geared toward older students who have phased out of the library’s storytime program, Stover says the projects are more labor-intensive than regular crafts.
The first class on Thursday, September 23, will teach participants how to create a leaf press so that they can go home and begin collecting leaves and other plants themselves.
The program is operating on a first-come, first-serve basis. The leaf press class is prepared to host 25 students.
Stover spoke of the importance of giving homeschooled students a place where they can socialize and learn outside of their normal setting.
“In homeschooling, you are primarily with your family members or maybe a small group. This allows kids in different cohorts in different areas of the country to come together and experience something fun and creative,” she said.
The library will host different activities through the Homeschool Hangout program each month until November. Due to fluctuating dates, Stover encourages those interested to visit the library’s calendar here. Updates are also posted to the library’s Facebook page.
Questions about Homeschool Hangout and other library programs can be answered by calling the library at 304-255-0511.