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Every Student in Allegany County Now Has a Library Card

August 17th, 2017 by WCBC Radio

The Allegany County Library System is pleased to announce the creation of the new STAR Card, or virtual library card, for all Allegany County K-12 students. Starting August 28th, Allegany County students can simply come in to any county library and check-out materials with their STAR Card; there’s no need to sign-up since the card is already there for them to use.

The STAR card is the result of a partnership between the Library System, the Allegany County Board of Education, Bishop Walsh School, and Calvary Christian Academy. The Library worked with staff at each educational institution to build a database of active students and created a STAR card number for each student. “We wanted to remove any potential barrier for students to take advantage of the vast array of resources our Library System has to offer,” explained Library Executive Director, John Taube, when describing the impetus of the project. “Our goal was to increase access to the thousands of books, audiobooks, Ebooks, research databases, and Homework Help that students can access with a library card,” said Taube. As an added incentive, no overdue fines will be charged for materials checked-out with a STAR Card.

Many thanks to the staff who made this project possible, including: Nil Grove, Chief Technology Officer, Allegany County Board of Education, Lisa Stevenson, Administrative Coordinator Acceleration & Enrichment Programs, Library Coordinator, Allegany County Board of Education, Ray Kiddy, Bishop Walsh School, and Daniel Thompson, Calvary Christian Academy. For more information about this project, please contact Lisa McKenney, Service Director, or 301-777-1200, ext. 1007. 

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