More than 26,000 public school students are receiving Student Library Cards during October as a new initiative created to provide more students with access to print and online resources available through their public libraries. This joint effort between Alachua County Library District and the Alachua County Public Schools seeks to remove barriers for students who might not otherwise be able to use or access public library materials and resources by delivering Student Library Cards directly to students at their schools.
Student Library Cards allow students, kindergarten through 12th grade, to check out three books – print, electronic or audio at a time – and download eMagazines and eMusic. Students can access eSources in school or from home – all at no charge. Online eSources include Tutor.com, Lynda.com and Learning Express which help with test prep, learning new skills, homework questions and tutoring. Other online resources include World Book Online, Transparent Languages and Issues and Controversies which all help students to find answers, learn more and develop their own critical thinking skills. All these free online resources are reputable and respected in their fields of service. Also, students can reserve and access internet connected computer stations at any of the 12 public library locations or two bookmobiles. Students 12 and older can access study rooms for use on group projects while younger students accompanied by an adult parent or legal guardian can also access study rooms.
This Student Library Card initiative is a pilot project with Alachua County Public Schools for the 2018-2019 school year. Parents and guardians have the option to opt out and new students may sign up at their school during the school year. All students may visit their local library with their parent or guardian and sign up for a traditional library card. Alachua County Public School students may have and use both traditional and student cards. Student Library Cards allow three items to be checked out. To check out more items, students will need to return the items they have checked out. Students will receive quarterly notices reminding them about missing or damaged items.
Alachua County Library District partnered with Alachua County Public Schools on this project to help close the digital and opportunity divides that exist in our community. Research shows that students with access to library services and programs foster critical thinking skills, build confidence in reading in multiple formats and learn to use technology and the latest information resources and most importantly do better in school. Student Library Cards will provide public school students with valuable resources that can improve their academic success.
Other interested schools that would like to participate in future school years may contact Erin Phemester, Youth Services Senior Manager Alachua County Library District, 352-334-3947, or visit www.aclib.us/studentcards for more information.
Photos taken at Metcalfe Elementary in the Media Center on October 22. Ms. Karen Redmond is the Media Specialist
If a person with a disability needs an accommodation in order to participate in this event he or she is entitled, at no cost to him or her, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact the Alachua County Library District at 352-334-3910 at least three (3) days prior to the event. TTY users please call 711 (Florida Relay Service).