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Library Bridge brings digital resources to students’ fingertips

posted Jul 3, 2018, 10:46 AM by Miranda Ferguson
Library Bridge brings digital resources to students’ fingertips

PENDER COUNTY -- The Pender County Public Library and Pender County Schools recently teamed up to launch Library Bridge, a partnership that allows all Pender County Schools students have free access to the library’s digital resources with the username and password supplied by their homeroom teacher.

Since launching the Library Bridge initiative in December 2017, usage of the public library’s digital resources has increased greatly. In April 2018, the Pender County Public Library saw use of E-iNC and NC Kids digital resources increase to 9,165 digital downloads. In the same month, 195 students utilized live tutoring services through Tutor.com, another service offered digitally by the library. During the month of November 2017 -- prior to the launch of Library Bridge -- digital downloads from E-iNC and NC kids totaled 1,913 and utilization of Tutor.com was minimal.

“The Library Bridge has become a standard resource for many classroom teachers, media specialists, and after school staff in Pender County Schools,” said Dr. Beth Metcalf, Executive Director for K-12 Instructional Data Support and Elementary Education. “The tremendous usage data and national recognition certainly speak volumes. It is a welcome addition to the extensive resources needed for students to have daily on-demand access to quality texts and live tutoring. Through the development of a strong partnership and the successful launch of the Library Bridge, the school system and the library have become integral to each other's future success.”

OverDrive, a program that is used in every library across the state, has ranked Pender County Schools and the Pender County Public Library as the second-highest performer in the state for Ebook and all other E-products. The success of Library Bridge in Pender County and similar programs across the state has garnered the attention of Steve Potash, the founder and CEO of OverDrive. During Mr. Potash’s recent presentation at the Stronger Together: Building Literacy Rich Communities conference in Omaha, he spoke of the success public libraries in North Carolina have achieved in sharing ebooks with public schools.

“Library Bridge is a great example of how different branches of government services can work together to maximize benefits for students, staff and families,” said Mike Taylor, Director of Pender County Public Library. “This is also about making the most of the tax dollars invested in our public libraries and schools. What is exciting to me is that despite our statewide ranking of number two behind Mecklenburg County for the last six months, I believe the schools and public library will identify ways we can improve Library Bridge performance even more next academic year.”

Pender County Schools and the Pender County Public Library are looking forward to continued success of the Library Bridge partnership and supporting its continued growth.

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