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Are You an Area Homeschool Family?

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North Shore Homeschool Group is hosting a Science Fair at the Library on Friday, May 20, 2022 from 1-3 p.m. If you are interested in participating, please reach out here. (The Homeschool Science Fair is an outside group reserving the room, and they do not have mask requirements.) All are welcome to walk through and enjoy the Science Fair.

We also host a quarterly drop-in Homeschool Meetup. This is a chance to meet and socialize with local homeschool families. Preschoolers through teenagers are welcome. We currently require masks worn over the nose and mouth for everyone ages 2 and up in a Youth Services program. Our next meetup is Friday, May 6, 2022 from 2-3 p.m. This quarter’s activities will be music and theater games.

Homeschool kids are also invited to participate in our Battle of the Books, Reading Challenge, and Lincoln Cup. These are team-based reading programs for kids aged 9 and up . Create your own team or join one at a local participating school.  All teams do need a Niles-Maine resident participating to register. Now is the perfect time to start the work towards putting a team together.  Reach out to our liaison at morzecho@nileslibrary.org if you are interested.

Battle of the Books

Grades 4-5
Read from a list of 26 books and compete Wednesday nights across 7 weeks starting in mid-October. All participants and their families are invited to a special award ceremony where we host an author from the list, celebrate the winning team, and enjoy pizza with all the families. Last season we had students from Apollo, Culver, Mark Twain, Melzer, Nelson, St. John Brebeuf, and Washington. Coaches help manage the teams and practices.

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Reading Challenge

Grades 6-8
Read from a list of 30 books and compete Wednesday nights across 4 weeks in April. Participants get a pizza party at the last meet, and the winning team gets a limo ride–picking them up from school and taking them out to lunch. Teams need an adult contact, but generally manage the meets themselves.

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Lincoln Cup

Grades 9-12
Read from a list of 20 books and compete Wednesday nights across 4 weeks in February. Participants get a pizza party at the last meet, and the winning team gets a limo ride–picking them up from school and taking them out to lunch. Teams manage the meets themselves.

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