September 19, 2014

A New Public Library-Public Schools Partnership Announced in Hartford, Connecticut

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From The Courant (Hartford)

Hartford Public Library and the city school system have developed a new partnership that will allow students and teachers to use the library’s resources more extensively for education and instruction, officials said Wednesday.

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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.

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[Our emphasis] Mary Hooker [Environmental Sciences Magnet School] Principal Peter Dart said his school has a paid subscription for an online encyclopedia service that the Hartford Public Library offers for free on its website.

“We’re already saying, ‘Let’s not do that, because that’s a duplication of services,’” Dart said Wednesday at the Goodwin branch. “That’s going to save us money and allow us to invest in our own library.”

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The library has partnered with city schools in the past. The Mark Twain branch is currently housed at Hartford Public High School’s media center, where there are library-managed after-school programs.

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