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Posted on: November 12, 2020

Newport News Public Library and Public Schools Partner to Provide Library Memberships to Students

Newport News Public Library (NNPL) and Newport News Public Schools (NNPS) have partnered to give every NNPS student a NNPL membership. The Student Connect memberships will be active beginning Monday, November 16 for 28,680 NNPS students in 42 schools.

“Newport News Public Library cards will give students immediate access to a wealth of knowledge and resources that will help them succeed in school, work and life,” said Sonia Alcántara-Antoine, director of Newport News Public Library.  “Libraries open the world up to students, providing information, inspiration and hope.   This investment in our students will pay off in dividends in our community for years to come, as young people are encouraged to learn more about the world around them and boldly chase their dreams.”  

New student accounts will be created automatically and require no action on the part of the student or parent/guardian.  Students will use their school ID number to access NNPL resources and can easily request and check out books, use the public computers at the various branches, and much more.  Students will also be able to utilize the library’s e-resources, which include digital books, audio books, magazines, streaming video and downloadable music. NNPL also offers online educational and research resources for students in preschool through high school. Access to the public library’s diverse array of electronic resources will be especially useful as students continue to learn virtually and eventually transition to hybrid and in-person learning.  

“Literacy is the foundation for life-long learning. It develops and nurtures knowledge and creativity,” said Dr. George Parker, superintendent of Newport News Public Schools. “Our partnership with Newport News Public Library will give our students a variety of free resources to support their education and expand their horizons.”

Students who are already members of the NNPL will not receive a duplicate student membership, including those who received Student Connect Cards through NNPS early childhood centers. In addition, students whose parents/guardians opted out of the program when registering their child for school will not be issued a student membership. 

For more information on the student cards, visit www.nnpl.org.

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