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By Tracy Ihnot

Backpacks, Chromebooks, and Library Cards, Oh My!

The school supplies of today look quite different from what they did 20 years ago.  Technology has transformed the academic world from preschools to universities alike, and it comes at a high cost.

According to the National Retail Foundation, “families with children attending K-12 plan to spend an average of $848.90” on school-related items in 2021.

A library card, however, is free.

Delta County Libraries is prepared to supply Delta County Schools with thousands of student library cards during the 2021-22 school year.  “Last year we distributed nearly 2,200 student cards,” explains Leah Morris, Collections and Systems Administrator for Delta County Libraries. “This year, we have already received requests for over 1,500 cards and it is only the first week of school.”

Delta County Libraries’ staff has long promoted library cards as one of the most valuable and affordable school supplies for students. “Through our partnership with the school district and the dedication of our staff, it is possible to get library cards in the hands of every student in Delta County,” says LaDonna Gunn, District Director for Delta County Libraries.


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