The Allen County Public Library has changed the number of holds available to patrons to five per card. I am writing to ask that the library staff consider options to assist the large home-schooling community. Parents and students in school systems who are participating in research projects also need the ability to search and hold books from home.
The library is a support system to our at-home curriculum. Many programs that home schoolers use, such as “Sonlight” or “Story of the World,” provide educational outreach sections for learning through literature and suggested book lists. The books, if purchased, would certainly overwhelm any home-schooling family financially. The usage of the library hold system to find and retrieve books needed for such curriculums has been a truly valuable resource.
I understand the need to curtail mounting expenses, but the move from an unlimited number of holds to five per card is too drastic. I believe home educators would even pay an annual educator card for the ACPL to allow greater holds (such as $30 a year per family) if this allowed them to retrieve all the books necessary for their use.
HEATHER ROSBRUGH Fort Wayne