From left: Lydia Crossnoe, librarian at Bells Elementary; Mindy Nichols, librarian at Crockett County High School and 2016 Tennessee Association of School Librarians (TASL) President; Linda Rice, Director of Crockett County Memorial Library; Kasi Kail, librarian at Alamo City School; Ashley Scruggs, librarian at Crockett County Middle School.
Read full article featured in The Crockett Times below:
Crockett County schools partner with local library to offer free, online resources to students and teachers
Crockett County Schools, including Alamo and Bells Elementary schools, are offering every student in the county access to tens of thousands of free ebooks, audiobooks, and magazines through a partnership with the Crockett Memorial Library.
This new advancement has been developed over the past several months, with Mindy Nichols, 2016 TASL President and Librarian at CCHS, leading the project. She has collaborated with Crockett Memorial Library director, Linda Rice, to create the most convenient way of integrating this resource into every school.
“This initiative of the schools in partnership with the Crockett Memorial Library is opening up more access to reading materials — digital reading materials — [students] wouldn’t otherwise have access to because ebooks are expensive,” Nichols said. “Any time we can partner with community resources and bring those resources into the school, it’s a win-win.”
TN R.E.A.D.S. (Regional Ebook and Audiobook Download System) is a state-wide initiative that is offered in every public library through an online platform known as OverDrive. Generally, access to this resource is granted solely to people who have physical library cards; however, school administrators are working with the staff at Crockett Memorial Library to give students direct access to OverDrive without needing a physical library card.
Students who choose to fill out the application will receive a login number after a parent has signed the consent form. Once they have their numbers, all the resources on OverDrive will be at their disposal for the remainder of their schooling in Crockett County. It is estimated that 3,500 teachers and students from Pre-K to 12th Grade will apply, and the Crockett Memorial Library staff will begin creating their accounts and login numbers as soon as they receive the applications. The process should be nearing completion mid to late fall of this year.
“We’re always excited to work with the schools,” said Linda Rice, director of Crockett Memorial Library, “and I’m really glad they contacted me.”
I’m excited that are campaign across the county is a success! I’m excited to take a mountain of registration forms, just from CCHS alone, to our local library today! If you haven’t returned your completed TN R.E.A.D.S. registration form, you may do so through August 31. Extra forms available in the library!