When we moved into this house in June of 2007 we were excited to be so close to our local library. (Our home is actually at the end of the walking trail that leads by the library .....how cool is that!) I knew that the library would be a great resource for us when we began home school.
We have been able to request rare children's books at no cost to us. We have borrowed countless cd's of classical and jazz music. Art books. Craft books. Cookbooks, etc.
Recently we have enjoyed some DVD's which are perfect for preschool through early elementary school.
Art appreciation: a simple and straight forward introduction to Claude Monet and some of his most famous works. This DVD is part of a series Getting to Know which includes other masters. The publisher also has a series on our presidents, composers, scientists and inventors. We really enjoy these.
Science: Finding science videos that are age appropriate and content appropriate has been somewhat difficult for us. One Smart Cookie Productions has two videos that we have enjoyed: Autumn and Winter and Spring and Summer. These are the only two that I can recommend with confidence. I like them because they offer the same material but taught at three different learning stages: preschool, kindergarten and 1-3 grade.