Okay, so some of the most exciting parts of my life are emails. Certainly the most stressful parts, some days.
I sucked up my insecurity and put this press release out to the superintendency today:
Les Bois Junior High, in collaboration with the Boise Public Library, is excited to offer each of their students an opportunity to access the offerings of Boise Public Library with a simplified card application process. Combined with the resources available through Boise School District Libraries, this pilot program will allow students to access a wide array of print and digital resources that they would not otherwise be able to.
In January, parents will receive instructions with a link to a form as well as a PDF form option from Les Bois Junior High. Boise Public Library will print library cards for those students whose parents have opted in.
The Mayor's office and Kevin Booe, director of Boise Public Library, are excited to be developing and promoting this initiative with the Boise School District. When the Bown Crossing branch opens in Spring 2017, we will organize an official launch event for the library card program.
It is our hope to expand this program to all secondary schools in the fall of 2017 so that parents can easily get library cards for their students without having to go to their library branch and present proof of address. Eventually, we would like to partner with BPL to offer the opportunity for public library cards to all students in the Boise School District.
Maybe it's not spuer-exciting to you, but I'm looking forward to this launch; it represents a collaboration I've been wanting to move forward with for at least 5 years, since I was a school librarian. I'm also excited about the opportunity for a photo op between our superintendent, the mayor, the public library director, and school library staff--that's a powerful group of influencers!
I need to get my thoughts together sometimes, and this helps me do it. If it helps you, too, then all the better.