Michigan: Grand Rapids Schools, Public Library Join Forces to Engage Students Through Technology
Grand Rapids schools officials are hoping to create active readers with the 100 e-Readers provided by the Grand Rapids Public Library to better engage students through innovative technology.
“The public library has just rolled out the red carpet on the Nooks,” Superintendent Teresa Weatherall Neal said. “The community has really stepped up to help these children.”
“The library is really exploring what resources we can bring to table that would be beneficial to the schools,” said library director Marcia Warner. She said she wants to engage students on a higher level than merely conducting tours and signing kids up for library cards.
Jessica Liddell, GRPL’s youth services librarian, said she noticed the population of teenagers was low and contacted the district to see if they had a similar issue and began working with GRPS staff to try and “breathe new life into literacy.”
Hat Tip: Matt Weaver
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Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com.