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Noel Wien, Fairbanks School District partner on student library card program

Published: Dec. 3, 2021 at 4:40 PM AKST
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - In an effort to increase student access to library cards, the Noel Wien Public Library and the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District are starting a program allowing parents to opt for their child to receive a limited library card.

The program is called Student Access in Real Time, or START.

According to Melissa Harter, Library Director at Noel Wien, “This will just make it so much easier for parents.”

The program is accessed through Power School. “We were trying to figure out a way to help those kids who didn’t have access to these materials,” said Harter.

Once opted in, students will create a PIN number for their card, “and immediately, they’ll be able to access this amazing amount of digital information that we have available.”

The digital database opens up a wide variety of learning materials. Harter explained, “We have multiple avenues to obtain eBooks and audiobooks and movies and CDs and eComic Books and graphic novels and all sorts of things that kids could learn from and enjoy.”

With the card, students can also physically check out three items at a time.

According to Harter, this program has been in the works for months. “This program began, really, with teachers,” she said, adding, “They were concerned that their students should have the best breadth of information that they could possibly have when undertaking projects and their studies.”

An agreement was finalized this week between the library, the School District and the Alaska Library Consortium.

The program is scheduled to start during Spring Semester of the 2021-2022 school year.

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