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FFC8 students now have access to library PowerPass


Last updated 9/20/2022 at 3:09pm | View PDF

Fountain-Fort Carson School District 8 is the latest Colorado Springs area school district to join Pikes Peak Library District's (PPLD) PowerPass program. 

PowerPass is a digital library card just for students with the goal of providing access to PPLD's digital resources, like databases, eBooks, and song and movie downloads to students as a supplement to existing school district resources.

PowerPass now provides access to library resources for more than 85,000 students across El Paso County. This includes 8,100 students in FFC8, of which approximately 2,600 attend the elementary and middle schools on Fort Carson.

"PPLD's partnership with FFC8 is uniquely rewarding because it not only gives nearly an additional 10,000 students access to the library's resources at their fingertips, but also allows us to work with hundreds of military children and their families who are so vital to the Pikes Peak region and the world," said Joanna Nelson Rendon, PPLD's director of Young Adult Services.

"This is one of the first partnerships that has allowed PPLD to work so closely with the Fort Carson families, and we're looking forward to serving them."

Elementary students and their parents will benefit from kid-friendly eBook and audiobook access, digital education resources, and in-person classes at PPLD to learn how to write, draw, code, or use makerspace equipment. High school and middle school students can use their PowerPass for online access to live tutors and online foreign language courses. They can also get help with projects and prepare for the future with practice SAT tests. Each PowerPass holder can also check out five physical items at a time from any of the 15 PPLD locations or mobile library services.

"Bringing a service like this to children in FFC8 will add many opportunities that will support student success," said Dr. Lori Cooper, FFC8 Assistant Superintendent of Student Achievement. "Tools like virtual tutoring and extracurricular activities will give students additional access to instructional supports and enrichment. The district is also excited about having reading materials more accessible to all students who may not have the ability to regularly visit the library."

PPLD is anticipating adding even more school districts in 2023 and hopes to eventually serve every school in the service area with access to the PowerPass resources. Existing participants include Colorado Springs School District 11, Harrison School District 2, Academy School District 20, Calhan School District, and District 49.

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