Third graders at the Tenderloin Community Elementary School received new "Scholar" youth library cards, which offer special, free access to all kinds of materials. (Courtesy photo)

Third graders at the Tenderloin Community Elementary School received new "Scholar" youth library cards, which offer special, free access to all kinds of materials. (Courtesy photo)

Tenderloin school students activate ‘Scholar’ library cards

Third graders in Ms. Parks’ class activated new special-access “Scholar” San Francisco Public Library cards at the Tenderloin Community Elementary School on Thursday morning.

The festive launch event was attended by illustrator Christian Robinson and San Francisco school and library officials Jim Jeske, Luis Herrera, Myong Leigh, Hydra Mendoza-McDonell and Mary Wardell Ghirarduzzi.

The cards, which are being offered to 55,000 students, give access to research databases, language learning tools and online homework assistance; accommodate borrowing e-books, e-audiobooks and magazines, and streaming video and music.

“The Library is a sanctuary for students and supports the values of equity, inclusion and community,” said City Librarian Herrera. “We look forward to providing students with free access to limitless learning resources.”

One other cool aspect of the new youth cards: There are no overdue fines.Luis HerreraSan Francisco Public LibraryScholar CardsTenderloin Community Elementary School

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