Nearly 15,000 public school students in Perry Township have joined over 60,000 other Marion County students in receiving free Indianapolis Public Library cards, giving them access to a wide range of electronic resources to help in their academic study.
A distribution ceremony at Abraham Lincoln Elementary School on May 20 marked the completion of a three-year process to provide Library cards to all 14,697 MSD Perry Township students in grades one through 12, of which 10,557 are new cardholders. It represents another step toward IndyPL’s goal to provide free Library cards to every school student in Marion County.
The eResource Card gives students online access to eBooks, eAudiobooks, streaming music and video, and more than 80 research databases. It also allows limited borrowing of books and other physical materials, but young children can upgrade to a full Library card by visiting any IndyPL location with a parent or guardian.
“Perry Township Schools could not be more excited about this partnership with The Indianapolis Public Library," said Patrick Mapes, Perry Township Schools Superintendent. "The Library is a valuable community resource with abundant reading options, online materials and diverse programming that can broaden horizons and spark new ideas for students. Giving every child a library card is a wonderful opportunity to ensure each student can participate in lifelong learning."
The Library partnership also will involve training Perry Township educators later this summer on using the Library databases.
The Perry Township Library card campaign and other recent card distributions to Marion County school districts schools have been made possible by The Indianapolis Public Library Fund through a grant to The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation.