The Indianapolis Public Library and Metropolitan School District of Decatur Township have completed the distribution of Indy Library cards to more than 5,200 district students in grades 1 - 12. Following recent distributions of Library cards to 28,000 public school students in Lawrence and Warren townships, the Decatur Township activity represents the next step toward IndyPL's goal of providing a Library card to every public school student in Marion County.
The special Library card, called the eResource card, allows students to access the Library's growing collection of digital materials, such as eBooks, eAudiobooks, streaming video, streaming music and magazines, as well an array of online databases to help in their academic research. The card allows for limited borrowing of books and physical materials, but young people can visit any IndyPL location with a parent or guardian to upgrade to a full Library card.
"Connecting with the Library affords our students an excellent opportunity to become invested in their academic future," stated Dr. Matthew J. Prusiecki, Superintendent of MSD Decatur Township. "The range of e-resources available with a Library card will help them become lifelong learners and participants in our technological society."
More than 4,100 Decatur Township elementary and middle school students join 1,118 Decatur High School students who already had received IndyPL cards as a result of the school's participation in the Library's Shared System, which provides member schools access to the Library's catalog of materials.
By providing access to IndyPL's online offerings beyond what's available in a school's library, students can be inspired to become better learners and develop the digital research skills needed for later academic success.
"Helping young people access and interpret information is one of the most important things we can do to guide their learning journey," said IndyPL CEO Jackie Nytes. "Providing them access to a world of information can have lifelong benefits, and it all begins with the use of a free Library card."
The Library card initiative addresses a key goal in IndyPL's strategic plan to strengthen the Library's contribution to formal education and establish partnerships to improve community access to information.