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KPS/KPL OneCard Is Here

ID/Library Card Gives Students Access to All Library Services

Kalamazoo Public Schools and the Kalamazoo Public Library have unveiled the new OneCard, a combined student ID and library card, which will provide all KPS students with access to the public library’s resources, such as books, audiobooks, computers, and online programs.

Middle school and high school students can now use their student IDs as library cards. Elementary school students have been given printed OneCards. As an added bonus, the library will the public library’s resources, such as books, audiobooks, computers, and online programs. Middle school and high school students can now use their student IDs as library cards. Elementary school students have been given printed OneCards. As an added bonus, the library will waive all existing fees and fines for student library card holders on a one-time basis when they enroll in the OneCard program. For more information on the OneCard, visit www.kpl.gov/ onecard/.

“Your dreams, the dreams you have for your lives are all wrapped up in how well you do in school, and how well you do in school depends upon how well you read. That’s why we’re here today,” KPS Superintendent Dr. Michael Rice told students at Washington Writers’ Academy, which hosted a kickoff event for the OneCard. “The OneCard program, which is a partnership between KPS and the Kalamazoo Public Library, is an opportunity for you to get all the books that you want to out of the Kalamazoo Public Library.

“The OneCard program will give you a library card, and it will give you the opportunity to get all of the books that you want out of that library and to become smarter and smarter and smarter. You’re already smart, the job for you is to become smarter — and you become smarter by reading, and reading a lot.”

KPL Director Ryan Wieber said our culture is facing a growing crisis, with fewer and fewer people choosing to read books.

“With every passing year, fewer children know what it means to pick up a book, turn the page, and read it from start to finish,” Wieber said at the Washington event. “It’s so important to be able to pick up a book and have that patience and ability to turn every page and to enjoy the story that way.

“We can choose to passively be satisfied with this discouraging and destructive trend, or we can choose to think outside the box to work together as a community and do something. The schools, KPS, and this library are choosing to do something about it. The OneCard is only part of the solution.”

The library board approved a memorandum of agreement on March 26. The KPS Board of Education approved the agreement on April 12.

The joint effort will enrich school instruction by providing children with access to supplemental resources, reducing barriers to registering for library cards, promoting usage of the public library, and building an appreciation for reading.

The Kalamazoo Public Library and Kalamazoo Public Schools have a long-standing partnership to promote literacy and reading. All KPS first graders visit a public library branch three times during the school year to learn how to check out books. The libraryschool district partnership also includes the First Saturday program, a monthly family literacy celebration; promotion of the library summer reading program; and KPS participation in the KPL Party in the Park, an annual event promoting early childhood reading.

“The OneCard will provide accessibility to library books and resources to those who may have difficulties or barriers,” Wieber said. “Its goals are simple: to encourage visits to the library, to inspire joy of reading, to motivate in kids the desire to get lost in a book and wrapped in a story, to learn about different worlds and, yes, to even improve lives. Reading opens doors today and provides opportunities tomorrow.”

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