All Utica Community Schools students will have access to a whole new digital world, thanks to a virtual library card offered through partnerships with local communities.
UCS K-12 students will have free digital access to special collections and reference resources through their local libraries. Students and parents will also be able to connect with a network of online tutors through Tutor.com.
“The virtual library card is an example of how local leaders continue to work together to enhance opportunities for our students,” said Superintendent Dr. Christine Johns. “The virtual library card promotes an important focus on literacy by providing all students access to the digital resources offered at their local library.”
Using a secure log-in and pin number, students are able to access resources such as eBooks, music and eMagazines. Students are also able to receive assistance from professional tutors from 4 to 11 p.m. seven days a week.
Local community leaders applauded the partnership. “The Sterling Heights library has a strong community presence and we are happy to collaborate with our local schools to get important resources to all students,” commented Sterling Heights Mayor Michael Taylor. “The Virtual Library Card will create even more excitement for our younger readers about the wealth of information available through their public library,” said Janet Dunn, Macomb Township Supervisor and Trustee of the Friends of Clinton-Macomb Public Library.
“Our community is pleased with the high level of educational services offered through UCS, and we are proud to work together with them to develop a strong foundation in literacy,” Shelby Township Supervisor Richard Stathakis said. “The close working relationship we have with Utica Community Schools continues to offer new opportunities for our students,” Utica Mayor Thom Dionne said. The district and its partner communities are holding kick off events at each library:
· Wednesday, September 13 at 1:00 p.m.
Sterling Heights Public Library
40255 Dodge Park Road, Sterling Heights, MI 48313
· Friday, September 15 at 1:00 p.m.
Clinton-Macomb Public Library – North Branch
16800 24 Mile Road, Macomb Township, MI 48042
· Friday, September 22 at 1:00 p.m.
Shelby Township Library
51680 Van Dyke, Shelby Township, MI 48316
· Wednesday, September 27 at 1:00 p.m.
Utica Public Library
7530 Auburn Road, Utica, MI 48317