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Ferguson Library And Stamford Public Schools Form Partnership

Ferguson Library launched a Linked Library system with Stamford Schools last month that allows students access to the library online.
Ferguson Library launched a Linked Library system with Stamford Schools last month that allows students access to the library online. Photo Credit: Jay Polansky

STAMFORD, Conn. -- The Ferguson Library and the Stamford Public Schools have joined together to form Linked Libraries, a far-reaching partnership that will provide students and teachers with unprecedented access to the library’s full array of resources. 

Linked Libraries will give students in Stamford’s public schools access to the Ferguson Library’s online catalog, allowing them to check out books from the library and have them delivered directly to their school. 

Students will also be able to create and share reading lists, reviews and recommendations about books, movies and music, fostering shared learning and collaboration, and cultivating a lifelong love of reading for knowledge and pleasure.

“Linked Libraries represents a growing trend in American cities, including Nashville and Washington DC, enabling school districts and libraries to share an educational mission, and come together to deepen learning opportunities for children,” said Alice Knapp, president of the Ferguson Library. “We are thrilled to be one of the first libraries in the country to embrace this dynamic new model that will benefit so many children in our community.” 

The project is currently a pilot with Northeast Elementary School and Scofield Magnet Middle School. Over the next three years, the delivery system is expected to be rolled out to all the schools in the district. 

“We are excited to begin this initiative with our longtime friends at The Ferguson Library,” said Assistant Superintendent-Elementary Tamu Lucero. “The project will provide an opportunity for more Stamford students to have access to books and experience a shared learning among their peers.” 

Ferguson Library is Stamford’s public library system, consisting of the Main Library, DiMattia Building; the Harry Bennett Branch; the Weed Memorial & Hollander Branch; the South End Branch and a traveling Bookmobile. It provides free access to information, ideas, books and technology to educate and enrich the Stamford community.

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