Libraries and schools are creating new partnerships in sharing resources for education and instruction. In Hartford, Connecticut, the school system and the public libraries are working together to allow students and teachers to use the libraries more extensively.
The city will be divided into 10 zones for the initiative, beginning with the Goodwin public library branch in southwest Hartford but eventually including all of the city’s library branches, they said.
A different library branch will “anchor” each zone and work with city schools in that neighborhood to host after-school and summer programs, tutoring and student art exhibits, and provide library books and online material that fit with the schools’ curriculum
“It is a matter of trying to figure out how to take limited resources on both sides and make it work,” said Matthew Poland, Hartford Public Library’s chief executive officer. “A library has expertise at getting books inexpensively.”But the collaboration is mutually beneficial, he said, because it will help the library “seek outside sources for funding.”
Partnership with Public Libraries
Superintendent Christina Kishimoto said there is “overlap in our missions” to educate Hartford students and engage families. “It only makes sense that a school system and the local library system and the city work together,” she said.
The partnership will start this academic year as a pilot program between staff at the Goodwin branch on New Britain Avenue and six nearby schools: Batchelder Elementary, Breakthrough Magnet School, Kennelly School, Mary Hooker Environmental Sciences Magnet School and Moylan’s Expeditionary Learning and Montessori schools.
District and library administrators said they also plan to create a one-stop website where students, teachers and families can access online books.
All 10 library branches, including the downtown location, will work with their “zone schools” within the next two years, according to the school system.
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