St. Mary’s County Public Schools (SMCPS) and St. Mary’s County Library announced the launch of new student library cards for students.
The St. Mary’s Access to Reserach & Technology (S.M.A.R.T) cards will be issued to all students currently enrolled in SMCPS. The S.M.A.R.T cards will allow students to access “all of the St. Mary’s County Library’s online resources, digital materials (including ebooks, digital audio books, emagazines, research databases and online homework help), in addition to working as a regular library card at any St. Mary’s County Library location.”
Heather Wysokinski, Supervisor of Library Media for SMCPS stated, “The public library and the school library serve the same purpose: to create opportunities for patrons to access information and to promote reading. A public library partnership with our public schools strengthens our community relationships. The public library’s online digital resources are relevant to the current needs of our students. The S.M.A.R.T card will expand literacy and learning opportunities.”
St. Mary’s County Library Director, Michael Blackwell, said, “In surveys about public library services, one of the most frequently mentioned requests is for libraries and schools to work together more closely for the good of the students. We are delighted to partner with SMCPS to expand reading and research opportunities. This partnership also represents good stewardship of public funds: without spending any additional money, we are expanding the reach of our many excellent digital resources, providing high-quality and trustworthy information and carefully selected reading and study materials. Our county’s commitment to its young minds is already outstanding, and this partnership deepens that commitment!”
The S.M.A.R.T cards will have a checkout limit of five physical items, with no fines or fees.