The Sumner Public Library is happy to help serve and support your family with our materials, programs, resources and services!

Library Services

  • Book Requests by Topic or Genre
    • We’re happy to consider any newer books for addition to the collection. Please ask to fill out a form at the desk!
    • For older materials, we’re happy to look into InterLibrary Loaning (ILL) them. Patrons of other towns need to interlibrary loan through their home library.
  • Programming!
    • Check out our calendar to see what’s coming up!
    • Have an idea for a program? Let us know!
  • New Children’s Book Recommendations
  • Online Databases for Research
  • Ebooks/Audiobooks/Magazines

Other Homeschooling Resources

Iowa Resources:

  • Iowa Department of Education

Iowa Department of Education COVID-19 Guidance and Information

Iowa Department of Education Home schooling info

The Iowa Core standards describe what students should know and be able to do from kindergarten through 12th grade in math, science, English language arts and social studies. The Iowa Core is a set of common expectations for school districts across the state. It is not a curriculum, so decisions about how to help students meet learning goals remain in the hands of local schools and teachers.

NHSA provides comprehensive support, programs, activities, and resources to the nationwide community of homeschoolers.

HSLDA is a Christian organization but memberships and services do not have a religious requirement.

The original site of Practical Homeschooling magazine and The Big Book of Home Learning / Mary Pride's Complete Guide to Homeschooling.

Find out how to homeschool, what the homeschool requirements are for Iowa residents, connect with local homeschoolers, find nearby classes and co-ops, discover field trip destinations, and much more.

Local and regional homeschool groups in Iowa along with other information at this site about Iowa homeschooling and homeschooling in general

Another round-up of state information and looks at "real life" and "practical" homeschooling.

The Coalition for Responsible Home Education empowers homeschooled children by educating the public and advocating for child-centered, evidence-based policy and practices for families and professionals.

List of homeschool networks in IA


Facebook group for Iowa unschoolers (which is different than homeschooling) to share information and connect.

Learn about the several different education options for homeschooling, download the Private Instruction Handbook, and find many other helpful documents.

Central Rivers AEA supports educators, parents, and the communities they serve to work together toward one ultimate goal: to improve student learning.

The statewide organization that has been serving the needs and protecting the rights of Iowa’s homeschooling families since 1992.

A Facebook page designed to help new homeschool families with the many questions they will have.

Stepping Stones is a local homeschool group in North Iowa that arranges group activities, family meet ups, field trips, and group co-op classes called The Block. There is a small fee associated with the group.

Wild + Free is international, but we have a Clear Lake chapter that just started. Visit the website to create your account, shop the activity bundles, and get connected with the local group.

National Resources:

Find lesson ideas, educational websites, helpful articles, top programs, books, materials, curriculum, and support.

One-stop Directory for information, supplies, services and support for the homeschool community.

Provides legal advice for homeschooling families, subscription required. Also search for local homeschooling groups.

From OnlineSchools, a resource for students and families considering homeschooling, building a curriculum and philosophy, and transitioning to college as a homeschooled student.

A roundup of resources for learning at home

This K-8 site provides students with informational videos that explain everything from science and social studies to art, music and health in great detail, all while introducing subject-specific vocabulary.

Read reviews of different curricula available for homeschooling.