In February 2018, Portland Public Library and Portland Public Schools announced the launch of an exciting new pilot program, SEED Card – Student Education, Entertainment, and Discovery Card. Every child enrolled at Reiche Elementary School and King Middle School received a Portland Public Library card through their school identification number, even if they had an existing PPL card. With their SEED card, students will be able to use any of the Library’s locations and online resources and borrow up to three items at a time. There will be no overdue fees for late books on SEED cards. This program is designed to provide additional resources to young Portlanders to enhance literacy and love of reading, learning, and engaging.
In the fall of 2018, the program was expanded to include Portland High School and two additional middle schools — Lincoln and Lyman Moore. Over time the SEED program will be expanded to include all public schools in the Portland School District.
The SEED Card program is part of a national movement championed by the Urban Libraries Council to increase collaboration among school superintendents, library directors, and chief elected officials with the goal to improve education outcomes for all students, close achievement gaps, and create a framework for an integrated approach to education.
Teachers at all schools are eligible to receive PPL cards if they don’t already have them, and Library staff will provide special training in how to use the Library’s resources in the classroom and from home.