Anchorage Public Library Gains 34,000 New Student Members


September 15, 2016


The following is a joint news release from the Anchorage Public Library and ASD on the effort to expand access to community libraries.
Note to ASD staff: Elementary students will receive a cardstock card from their school librarians. Middle and high students will have it printed on their IDs. The PIN is the last four digits of their card number. All cards will expire on Dec. 31, 2017.


ANCHORAGE, AK. (September 15, 2016) – For the first time ever, parents had the option to enroll their child for a library card when they registered for school, and an overwhelming 92% of families took advantage of this opportunity.


“34,000 new students have access to high-end tutorials and test prep classes,” said Elizabeth Nicolai, Youth Services Coordinator for Anchorage Public Library. “Access to these materials was often cost prohibitive and this program levels the playing field, ensuring all of our patrons and students access to important tools for success.”


The library offers several free digital resources that are known to boost academic achievement and will lessen the digital divide that currently exists between our students:



  • Mango Languages offers courses in 70+ languages and can also be used by English as a Second Language students to learn and strengthen English skills. 
  • Tumblebooks is an online learning portal with books, interactive quizzes, and learning games that set the foundation for younger students.
  • provides access to video courses to supplement faculty professional development and help upper level students as they prepare for the workforce.



“For many of our students, not having a public library card creates a barrier to accessing the powerful tools that are provided for free to the citizens of Anchorage through the public library. ASD and the Anchorage Public Library are committed to removing as many of these barriers as possible,” said Ann Morgester, ASD library supervisor. “The shared library card project is a huge step in creating equity of access to library materials across the city and I couldn’t be more pleased with the joint effort.”


This project stems from the White House’s ConnectED Library Challenge encouraging communities to create collaborations to get a library card in every student’s hand, and is the result of three years of behind-the-scenes preparation by Library and ASD staff.


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