HCCPL and CCPS Indian Hills Elementary School Partnership
DeeAnna Sova, HCCPL Executive Director, wanted to create an effective outreach opportunity that would introduce youth and educators to opportunities that are available at the public library. “Our library is invested in the education of our community, but often the information may not be reaching the individuals that can benefit from the resources,” shared Mrs. Sova, “We felt that by choosing one school to provide one-on-one training and support through technology, information and hands on experiences, we can provide information to our community and build a foundation of the many ways that the library is a valuable resource.”
Indian Hills Principal, Sarah Sweeney Johnson, worked with Indian Hills staff to find the best way for the partnership to be most effective. While this is a work in progress, this partnership includes, but is not limited to:
• Outreach programs brought to the school by HCCPL
• Programs created specifically for all grades at Indian Hills Elementary at HCCPL
• Book clubs
• STEAM activities
• Family activities at HCCPL
• Personalized book bundle kits
• Interactive programs using resources the library has such as, text translation, 3D printer and other makers activities
“Indian Hills Elementary is excited for the opportunity to partner with Hopkinsville Christian County Public Library for expanded learning opportunities in literacy outside of the school setting for students, families and all faculty this 2021-2022 school year.” Shared Principal Sweeney-Johnson, “This partnership will allow us to
promote a love for reading and an exposure to the library to help build on our students' literacy foundation.”
HCCPL would like to see this one-on-one partnership eventually implemented at all schools in Christian County. HCCPL offers longer hours of operation and more days a week than the public schools, which provides more opportunities for students, parents and educators to utilize the library resources.
Chris Bentzel, CCPS Superintendent stated, “This partnership between Indian Hills Elementary School and the Hopkinsville Christian County Public Library gives our students and teachers access to our public library’s education skill set while also exposing students and their families to the wide variety of services HCCPL
HCCPL provides services for over 35,000 patrons annually through books, technology and programming resources.