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Portland Public Library and PPS launch SEED Card Pilot

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Portland Public Library and PPS launch SEED Card Pilot
Posted on 02/14/2018
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The Portland Public Schools and the Portland Public Library have teamed up to pilot a new library card program designed to enhance students’ opportunities to read, learn and engage.

The SEED Card – Student Education, Entertainment, and Discovery Card – is being launched this month at Reiche Community School and King Middle School. An expansion to all of Portland’s public schools is planned for the future.

Every student at Reiche and King, even if they already have a Portland Public Library card, will receive a SEED Card. The card will enable them to use any of the library’s locations and online resources and borrow up to three items at a time.  There will be no overdue fees for late books on SEED cards.

“Portland Public Library is a ConnectEd partner and a great institution, committed to increasing literacy in Portland,” said Portland Superintendent Xavier Botana. “I believe that providing public library cards for all of our students and staff is a surefire way to bring all of the library's resources to Portland families with maximum ease and convenience.”

The SEED Card program is part of a national movement championed by the Urban Libraries Council to increase collaboration among school superintendents, library directors, and chief elected officials with the goal to improve education outcomes for all students, close achievement gaps, and create a framework for an integrated approach to education.

“SEED Cards give students more opportunities to pursue their interests, build their curiosity, and strengthen their learning through the library’s collections and programs,” said library Executive Director Sarah Campbell. “We are very excited to expand access through this partnership and make it much easier for Portland’s youngest learners.”

Teachers and staff at Reiche and King also will receive Portland Public Library cards if they don’t already have them, and library staff will provide special training in how to use the library’s resources in the classroom and from home.

After this pilot, the partners intend to expand the SEED Card program to all Portland Public Schools’ students.