March 22, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

Saint Paul (MN) Schools and Public Library’s Wild Cards! Partnership

Wild Cards logoHow do you get library cards into the hands of incoming high school freshman? Visit them at summer school, of course. And that’s the plan behind Wild Cards!, a cooperative program between Saint Paul (MN) public schools and the Saint Paul Public Library.

On July 10, staff from Saint Paul Public Library will visit summer school locations serving 10,000 incoming 9th graders to provide information on obtaining a library card and distribute card vouchers, which will be tracked in order to assess the Wild Cards! program. Staff will also do a mini-orientation on using the library, and provide library resource updates to students in other grades. Some 9th graders will even be given Nook e-readers preloaded with apps that will allow them to access library materials.


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