January 23, 2022

Michigan: Grand Rapids Schools, Public Library Join Forces to Engage Students Through Technology

From MLive.com/Grand Rapids Press:

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

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.