University of Wisconsin–Madison

Services to Homeschoolers

In this course we’ll explore the complicated and growing world of homeschooling. You’ll learn how to eliminate barriers that prevent homeschoolers from using the library effectively, develop low-cost/high-impact programming for homeschoolers, and create a homeschooling collection that will be used by homeschoolers and non-homeschoolers alike.

At a glance

When: Sept 27 – Oct 24, 2021

Where: Online

Cost: $150 (10% discount if you register 2weeks early)

CE Credit: 1.4 CEUs/14 LEUs

Program: 304922

Questions? Contact Meredith Lowe or Anna Palmer

Register online in July

Due to the continuation of remote work, please use the online registration option. If you need alternate arrangements, email Anna Palmer, or Meredith Lowe, Alternate registration options may result in delays.

Payment and Cancellation Policy

Course details


  • Homeschooling philosophies and trends.
  • Homeschooling laws and regulations.
  • Reconsidering and modifying policies and procedures to create a homeschooler-friendly environment.
  • Strategies for reaching out to and connecting with homeschooling populations.
  • Leveraging connections and the homeschooling spirit to build successful programming.
  • Building collections targeted toward homeschoolers.



Your pass/fail grade will rest on watching weekly lectures, completing assigned readings, and engaging in online discussions with colleagues. There will be one quiz and three short (less than one typed page) written assignments.


Adrienne Pettinelli is the Director of the Henrietta (NY) Public Library, and she is a regular speaker and instructor on topics relating to management, marketing, social media strategy, and homeschooling. She is the author of Helping Homeschoolers in the Library (ALA Editions, 2008) and a freelance writer whose work has appeared in such publications as AudioFile Magazine, The St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture, Library Journal, School Library Journal, Children and Libraries, and Public Libraries.