AUSTIN (KXAN) — Education does not stop in the classroom, but for many parents buying books for your children is an expensive proposition.
In an effort to help, the Austin city council just approved a plan to provide Austin Public Library cards for every student in AISD. The plan is called “Library Cards for all”
Here is how it will work, when you sign your child up for school, you will be able to opt-in for the program.
AISD will send your child’s name and home address to the library so they can issue a card.
The card will give your child full access to everything the public library has to offer, including apps so they can check out books on their phones.
“It’s a wonderful resource that can help students particularly outside of school hours. It can broaden the resources they have access to so it’s really about providing opportunity and access to everybody,” said Rachel Nguyen, the Austin Public Library Communications Manager.
The program had a trial run in 130 AISD schools this school year. So far the library has gotten 19-thousand card applications.