The Lewis Central Community School District will participate in the Council Bluffs Public Library Student Access Card Program.
“Council Bluffs Public Library actually contacted us and asked if we would be interested in a partnership,” Kim Jones, director of curriculum and instruction, said at the LC school board meeting on Monday.
The school district will distribute cards to all students from kindergarten through 12th grade, if desired. When registering online, parents will have an opt-out option, Jones said.
“We want our whole community to have access to the public library,” said library manager Antonia Krupicka-Smith. This includes electronic resources, as well as physical media such as books and audio recordings.
There will be no cost to the student or the district.
Schools will be asked to provide each student’s name, age, parent or guardian, and student ID number for the library to include in its database. The library will then produce the cards. All registration and traffic resources will be kept confidential in accordance with state law.
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Each student will be able to view four items at a time (books, audiobooks, movies, and/or CDs) and must return them before viewing additional material, Krupicka-Smith said. Cardholders will have access to all electronic resources offered by the library, including research and assignment databases; live homework help; learning resources; downloadable e-books, audio books, movies and magazines; and streaming music and video.
“It will allow them to use our classroom resources,” she said.
The card will not include access to interlibrary loan services.
The program will be introduced in the Council Bluffs Community School District this fall, and Iowa City and Cedar Rapids have similar programs, she said. The program may not be implemented at Lewis Central until January 2023 so that all student data is processed, Krupicka-Smith said. The library will hire another employee to support the accounts.
The agreement will be valid for one year but will be automatically renewed, unless a party terminates the party in writing no later than November 1 of the previous year.
The library hopes to eventually expand the program to neighboring communities, such as Underwood and Treynor.