September 15, 2016
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:
“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.