Shakopee High School students now have access to thousands of books and resources through a new Scott County Library partnership with the district, which gives them a virtual library card that can access a cloud database.
Sandy Reishus, media specialist at Shakopee’s high school and middle schools, said participation in the program so far has been encouraging, especially during distance learning. She said the virtual library has been a hit, and the program has also increased the number of students who check out physical books at the library.
“Usage statistics from the public library has shown a large number of students have accessed their cards throughout the school year,” she said.
The program has been promoted with teachers, too, Reishus said. So teachers are being trained on how to utilize the resources available through the cloud library, which is more than books: there is homework help with live tutors and even personal prep courses for the ACT.
Katie Bohn, media specialist for the elementary schools, said the partnership has been particularly successful during distance learning.
“We wouldn’t have been able to do certain things without this collaboration in place,” she said.
The district media specialists said for families looking for activities to do together this summer, the cloud library also provides family readalong books.
The partnership will expand to students younger than highschool in the coming years, the district said.