Newport News Public Library and Newport News Public Schools are excited to partner in a pilot program designed to provide more opportunities to students through a new library card, Student Connect Card, created just for them.
The program kicked off in November with a letter sent home with every pre-school student asking his or her parents/caregivers to sign their child up for the Student Connect Card. With 1,800 kids enrolled in pre-K in Newport News Public Schools, the move means some of the youngest minds in the community will have the opportunity to get an early introduction to the public library.
“Reading can open doors, unleash a child’s potential, and change the trajectory of a child’s life. We’re excited to put library cards in the hands of Newport News’ children,” said Sonia Alcántara-Antoine, Newport News Public Library Director.
By combining forces, Newport News Public Library and Newport News Public Schools are thrilled to give our youth access to not only library reading materials but also thousands of programs. Throughout the year, all the library branches host free programs involving science, technology, reading, art, engineering and much more.
The next phase of this program will be implemented in the next school year. Our goal will be to get all 29,000 students in Newport News Public Schools—in grades K-12—signed up for a Student Connect Card, so they too can benefit from this opportunity.
About the NNPL Connect Card:
The Student Connect Card cultivates literacy and ignites in our youth a life-long love of reading, learning and critical thinking. The goal of the partnership between the Newport News Public Library and Newport News Public schools is to ensure that every student enrolled in NNPS is connected to the resources available at their local public library through the use of the new Library Student Connect Card.
With the Library Student Connect Card, students will be able to check-out juvenile books from the public library; access all public library e-books and other digital resources and use the filtered computers at the public library.