Library Link Pilot Program Starts November 7th
Beginning November 7th, The Seattle Public Library is partnering with Seattle Public Schools to run a pilot program called Library Link. This program will automatically provide a library account to students at three middle schools; Aki Kurose, Mercer and Denny.
"The District is committed to closing educational opportunity gaps and taking a variety of approaches to ensure every students' success," said James Bush, Director of School and Community Partnerships for Seattle Schools. "The Library Link pilot program is a good example because access to digital resources isn't necessarily equal for all students in the district. By partnering with the Seattle Public Library, we're hoping to have a solution for that."
Through this program, students at home and at school, will have the same level of access that is already available to them if they have an existing Seattle Public Library card. These accounts are free, and will not accrue overdue fines or lost materials charges. Over 100 online, educational resources will be available to students.
"The Seattle Public Library is excited to offer expanded and more equitable access to online collections for Seattle Public School students and faculty," said Chance Hunt, Assistant Director of Community Partnerships and Government Relations for the Seattle Public Library. "We look forward to the results of this pilot project and learning how we can take the work further across the district."
The pilot program will run through the end of this school year. After that, it will be evaluated to see if it could be extended to additional schools.