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Springfield Public Library staff was honored at Springfield City Council last night for their For Every Student, A Library project. The State Library Board recently voted unanimously to award For Every Student, A Library the LSTA Project of the Year.
Interim State Librarian Caren Agata and Data & Federal Programs Consultant at the State Library Ross Fuqua presented the award.
“The State Library Board recognizes Springfield Public Library for their exceptional project, For Every Student, A Library,” Fuqua said. “Through a partnership with Springfield Public Schools, the Springfield Public Library has exhibited an innovative way to increase access to local library services for a significant population of previously unserved families with school-age children, while also supporting local K-12 curriculum.”
Springfield Public Library provides families with children enrolled in Springfield Public Schools, but who reside outside the City’s jurisdictional boundary, with library service. This has been possible thanks to funding through a Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) competitive grant, funded by the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and administered by the State Library of Oregon.
Springfield Public Library works closely with the School District to provide programming and resources that support classroom curriculums. The For Every Student, A Library program allows all Springfield Public Students to access these items as well as the rest of the robust programming, print and digital materials that the library offers.
In the two and a half years of the program 685 students and 207 family members have signed up for the program. More than 22,000 items have been checked out or downloaded with these cards. The program has been very successful, reaching more than 75 percent of the target audience and bringing access to library services to students and their families who did not have library cards before. The library has also been able to identify some sustainable funding for the program in the final year of the grant. The plan is to continue to provide this vital service to Springfield Public School students into the future.