Dear Mercer Students and Families,
We have very exciting news to share! We are launching a great new partnership with Seattle Public Libraries to give every Mercer student access to many great resources.
Although public library cards are available for all students in Seattle Public schools, many do not take advantage of this resource for a variety of reasons that include ease of access and the potential for fines on lost or overdue materials. The Seattle Public Library and Seattle Public Schools are working together to overcome these barriers so students and teachers can access online websites and databases to support student learning. This fall Asa Mercer International, Aki Kurose, and Denny International middle schools will participate in a pilot program to provide this access.
In this pilot project beginning the week of November 7, the student's Seattle Public School ID number will be used to create a new Seattle Public Library account called Library Link. This will allow immediate access to the Library’s online collection. Library Link accounts will be limited to online materials only and cannot be used to check out physical materials from the Library. These accounts are free, and will not accrue overdue fines or lost charges.
Over 100 online resources will be available to students. Seattle Public and School Librarians have chosen to focus training on these online collections:
• OverDrive (e-books and e-audiobooks)
• Opposing Viewpoints (contemporary issues resource)
• Freegal (streaming and downloadable music)
• Biography in Context (online biography encyclopedia)
• PressReader (online newspaper access)
Through this program, students at home and at school, will have access to all child, teen and adult books, music and database selections through the Seattle Public Library. This is the same level of access that is already available to them if they have an existing Seattle Public Library card. Students will not be accessing the Internet through Seattle Public Library. While using the SPS network, students' use of the Internet will still be filtered and they would still be expected to abide by the student network use agreement. These materials will require access to an Internet enabled computer or smart device.
If you prefer not to allow your student/s to have Library Link access, please complete the attached opt out form and return it to your school’s main office or school librarian before Wednesday November 2nd.
Seattle Public Library Link Card Pilot Opt Out Form (English)
Seattle Public Library Link Card Pilot Opt Out Form (Spanish)
Read this Introducing Library Link Letter in Spanish
A paper version of this letter and opt-out form will go home with students today.