Hopkinsville-Christian County Public Library in partnership with First Financial Bank of Christian County will be offering a student library card for high school students.

The card will enable students’ access to the Kentucky Virtual Library, OverDrive virtual library app and to check out a limited number of resources from the local library, the release states.

Christian County Public Schools and the library have been working during the past year to provide this resource to students, grades ninth through 12th, who may not have had the opportunity to obtain a card and may not be able to visit the library regularly.

Library access with the student card will enable students to physically check out a limited number of books from the library, utilize the KYVL website with access to over 60 databases and download eBooks, audio books, magazines and movies from the OverDrive app that is accessible from any mobile device.

Executive director DeeAnna Sova said, “Chris Tyson Renshaw approached me a year ago with options that would allow her students, that may not have access to physically visit the library, with ideas on how those students could utilize virtual resources.”

Historically, patrons under the age of 18 must have a parent or guardian that is responsible for items checked out from the library. Because that is not always a viable option for working parents or students who live in outlying communities of Christian County, students have a limited selection of reading and study material.

“Mrs. Tyson Renshaw and the HCCPL staff created the limited access card for high school students,” Sova said. “Our public library exists to provide services to the entire community and particularly to the students at our public schools."

The student card also opens opportunities for teachers to assign additional reading material and student access to database resources.

The library approached First Financial Bank of Hopkinsville about being the sponsor, and the company was excited to be a part of this new program to grow student access through the public library, the release states.

“As advocates for education, we are so proud to sponsor this program,” said Betsy Shelton, First Financial Bank district president. “We believe each student should have equal access to the resources needed for a higher quality education, and these student cards are one way to do just that. We’re excited to see how this program will impact students’ education here in Christian County.”

Sova said the library is appreciative to First Financial Bank for supporting this endeavor and ultimately supporting the students that are the future of Hopkinsville and Christian County.

The CCPS Instructional Technology Team, Chris Tyson Renshaw, Shea Walker and Jason Wilson commented, “CCPS is excited to partner with Hopkinsville Christian County Public Library to bring a digital resource library card to our students."

The program will begin implementation at Hopkinsville High School, the release states. The plan is for all Christian County Public and private high school students to have a student card available to them in the next several months.

For more information on programs and events at Hopkinsville-Christian County Public Library, visit online at www.hccpl.org or follow them on social media through Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

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