Education

Special edition library card helps students take a look in a book

Escambia County School District Superintendent Malcolm Thomas, District 2 Commissioner and Chairman Doug Underhill and Library Director Todd Humble fill the last of 2,100 envelopes with student library cards that will be distributed to every school in Escambia County. Credit: Escambia County.

West Florida Public Libraries and the Escambia County School District are teaming up to ensure every student in Escambia County will receive a special edition library card this week.

The cards, which will be issued to all K-12 Escambia County School District students and homeschooled children registered with the district, have a limit of three books or audiobooks at a time with unlimited access to online resources like e-books and research databases.

The design for the special edition West Florida Public Libraries student cards. Credit: Escambia County.

The 41,623 student cards will not have late fees for overdue items and can be used at any West Florida Public Libraries location.

“We look forward to working with the schools more in the future to support student learning year-round,” Library Director Todd Humble said. “Every Escambia County student now has a fresh start with this new account. 

“As the future leaders of Escambia County, we want you to make us proud by reading for enjoyment to explore new worlds and learn about the things you love.”

The cards will be handed out to students by their homeroom teachers.

“We greatly appreciate community support for our students such as the library card program, the summer reading contests, and ECAT’s free summer passes that make it even easier for students to get to the libraries,” Escambia County School District Superintendent Malcolm Thomas said.

“One of the best ways for students to stay up to date over the summer is to read.”

The initiative is part of the Urban Library Leaders Challenge, which was accepted by the Escambia County Board of County Commissioners, the Escambia County School District and West Florida Public Libraries.

To date, only 60 communities in the U.S. have accepted the challenge. Escambia County will follow Orange and Duval counties as the third Florida county to accept.

For more information about this and other library events, call (850) 436-5060 or go to MyWFPL.com. For up-to-date event announcements, like West Florida Public Libraries on Facebook and follow @MyWFPL on Twitter.