Upcoming Events, Conferences and Talks


[ May 18, 2019 ] – 23rd Annual Used Curriculum Sale & Expo – Homeschoolers of Maine (HOME), Augusta Armory, Augusta, Maine. Build Your Library will have a vendor booth on Saturday from 1-4pm.

[ June 2019 ] – Check back for details for our third “Tea with Emily” Facebook Live. I will give a brief overview of the topic and then open the floor to any questions you may have.


[ Feb/Apr/Jun/Aug/Oct/Dec 2019 ]“Tea with Emily” Facebook Live Series!

Every other month, I will host an 30-60 minute long Build Your Library homeschooling chat. Ask questions about homeschooling, using Build Your Library curriculum, book recommendations, etc. We will announce the date ahead of time, and you will be able to submit some questions you would like to cover. You can also ask questions during the interactive live stream. Grab a mug of tea (or coffee) and cozy up with our virtual hangout!

If you have any questions you want covered, topics discussed or any other suggestions, you can submit these ahead of time. You can post comments live during the stream, but to ensure they are not lost in the scroll, you can use our contact page beforehand.

This series will be on Facebook Live. Make sure you like us on Facebook so you don’t miss out.

Upcoming topics: Choosing Great Literature, The Art of Reading Aloud, How to Incorporate Morning Baskets into your Routine.


More events to be scheduled.



Past Events, Conferences and Talks

[ April 16, 2019 ] – Learning Resources Fair at the Voyagers’ Modern Homeschooling Conference in N. Chelmsford, Massachusetts. Build Your Library will have a vendor booth from 3-6pm.

[ April 5, 2019 ] – “Tea with Emily – episode 2 – Reading Through History” Facebook Live – Today, we chat about historical fiction and well written history books. History never has to be boring!  (watch video recording here)

[ March 2019 ]2019 VaHomeschoolers Conference and Resource Fair on Friday, March 22, and Saturday, March 23, 2019 at Fort Magruder Hotel and Conference Center in Williamsburg, Virginia.

[ February 15, 2019 ]“Tea with Emily  – episode 1 – Getting Started with Build Your Library” Facebook Live – Whether you are brand new to BYL, or you have been a customer for years, let’s chat about using the curriculum, how it’s designed and how to make it work for you.  (watch video recording here)

[ December 2018 ]The Homeschool Snapshots podcast on A Structured Approach to Interest-Led Learning  (listen to recording here)

[ November 2018 ] – Old Lyme Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library, on November 2, 2018 from 4 PM to 7:30 PM. – talk on The Literary Lifestyle – Charlotte Mason in the 21st Century

[ July 2018 ] – SEA Homeschoolers Conference 2018 on Thursday, July 12 through Sunday, July 15, 2018 at Marriott Marquis, in Atlanta, Georgia.

[ March 2018 ]2018 VaHomeschoolers Conference and Resource Fair on Friday, March 23, and Saturday, March 24, 2018 at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, Virginia

[ October 2017 ]SEA Homeschoolers Fall Online Conference October 9-15, 2017 – podcast/talk on The Read Aloud Lifestyle: How to Get the Most out of Living Books

[ June 2017 ]SEA Homeschoolers Conference 2017 on Thursday, June 1 through Sunday, June 4, 2017 at Shepherd University, in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. – talk on Living Books and Adapting Charlotte Mason for Modern Secular Homeschooling on Saturday, June 3rd at 4PM

[ March 2017 ]2017 VaHomeschoolers Conference and Resource Fair on Friday, March 24, and Saturday, March 25, 2017 at The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, Virginia

[ January 2017 ] – S.E.A.’s National School Choice Week podcast, Literature-Based Charlotte Mason Homeschooling with Emily Cook (listen to recording here)

[ 2014 ] N.A.S.H. (National Alliance of Secular Homeschoolers) convention in Atlanta, Georgia.


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Emily Cook is the author and creator of the secular homeschool curriculum Build Your Library, a literature-based K-12 program infused with the teachings of Charlotte Mason. She writes full year lesson plans as well as shorter topical unit studies. Emily has been homeschooling her four children in Southern NH for 15 years. She is passionate about reading aloud to children of all ages and loves to share her love of literature with others. She and her family also makes incredibly dorky videos about homeschooling, books and more on Youtube at ARRRGH! Schooling. You can follow her on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. You can also check out her author page on Amazon.

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