Hartford Public Schools and Branch Libraries Extending Partnership to Boost Services
SPOTLIGHT on EXCELLENCE May 2015
Hartford Public Schools and Branch Libraries Extend Partnership to Boost Services
Attendees included Hartford Public Schools Superintendent Beth Schiavino-Narvaez and Hartford Public Library Chief Executive Officer Matthew K. Poland, Michelle Puhlick, Executive Director of Planning and Partnerships for Hartford Public Schools; Celestia Simmons, Branch Manager of the Ropkins Branch of the Hartford Public Library; Kristine Woods, Acting Executive Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Media Literacy and representatives from SAND Elementary School, Capital Preparatory Magnet School and the Global Communications Academy.
Hartford Public Schools and Hartford Public Library formally launched the second zone collaboration effort as part of their larger partnership agreement that was announced last year. Under the terms of the partnership, the two institutions work collaboratively to share resources and plan programs to maximize access by city students and their parents. The agreement encompasses, among other features, a whole new range of after-school and summer enrichment programs that focus on love of reading and learning;field trips to the local branch library; vists to the schools by the public library Book Mobile; and the use of library facilities to display student art exhibits and projects. It also anticipates the development of a special website that communicates partnership happenings and grants students and teachers access to the library’s vast storage of online books.