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Scholar Cards Provide Instant Library Access for All CDS Students

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

In the four months since we opened the CDS Community Library and Center for Inquiry, our students have been introduced to an amazing number of new books and authors. Now, we will be able to expand their horizons even further through a new partnership with the San Francisco Public Library!

The public library offers a program called "Scholar Cards" which gives local students access to all of the library’s resources: not only books but also movies, music, museum passes, online homework help, language learning tools, and more. In the past, it’s only been available to schools in the San Francisco Unified School District. However, we are excited to announce that CDS has become the first independent school to build a Scholar Card partnership with SFPL! They have generously agreed to provide Scholar Cards to all of our students, even those who already have regular library cards. All of our Early Childhood Program and Lower School students received their Scholar Cards a few weeks ago, and Middle Schoolers are getting theirs this week.

All School Librarian Cristal Fiel and ECP/Lower School Library Specialist Elsa Townsend are looking forward to what they can do with the new cards. "We will introduce the Middle Schoolers to SFPL’s online resources that support their learning," says Cristal. "Scholar Card is a concerted effort for us to streamline the educational process of matching kids to books, and a tool for us to build information literacy skills for all our students." Our Learning Beliefs stress the importance of "using language, technology, media, and information responsibly to communicate and inquire as critically-engaged global citizens," and the Scholar Cards will help guide our students along that path, with millions of stories to read along the way!