NN Libraries and NNPS partner to support literacy

Posted: December 20, 2019

The Newport News Public Library and Newport News Public Schools launched a new partnership to connect students to books and other resources available at their local public library. At the inaugural event on December 17, all preschool students at Marshall Early Learning Center received their Student Connect Card, a library card designed exclusively for NNPS students. The four and five-year-old students then headed to the Pearl Bailey Library where they checked out their first book during a special First Checkout Celebration.

"Reading can open doors, unleash a child's potential, and change the trajectory of a child's life. We're excited to put library cards in the hands of Newport News' children," said Sonia Alcántara-Antoine, Newport News Public Library Director.

This school year, all 1,800 NNPS preschool students can receive their own Student Connect Card at school. Students will be able to check out up to five juvenile books from the public library, access all public library e-books and other digital resources and use the filtered computers at the public library. Throughout the year, all library branches host free programs involving science, technology, reading, art, engineering and more.

The next phase of the program will be implemented next school year. The goal is to ensure all 28,000 students in Newport News Public Schools-in grades K-12-are signed up for a Student Connect Card.