Moving toward its goal of providing free Library cards to every school student in Marion County, The Indianapolis Public Library has completed the distribution of cards to 10,341 elementary and secondary students in the Metropolitan School District (MSD) of Pike Township.
During a distribution ceremony on February 1 at New Augusta Public Academy South elementary school, it was announced that 6,886 new Library cards have been given to Pike Township students who weren’t already Library cardholders. At New Augusta Public Academy South, 374 students in grades 1 – 5 can take advantage of card benefits.
The eResource Card gives students online access to a range of electronic resources, including eBooks, eAudiobooks, streaming music and video, and more than 80 research databases that can help in their academic study. 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.
“The partnership between MSD Pike Township and The Indianapolis Public Library is a wonderful opportunity for our students to have a library card,” stated MSD of Pike Township Superintendent Dr. Flora J. Reichanadter. “A library card provides a gateway to learning that will give our students access to a nearly unlimited array of online and physical resources. Having this range of materials at their fingertips can only help ensure their academic success and a lifetime of learning.”
Pike Township students join nearly 50,000 other Marion County students who have received Indy Library cards during recent distributions that have been made possible by The Indianapolis Public Library Fund through a grant to The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation.