Timberland Regional Library Partnership (Date Posted 1/7/2019)
We are excited to share that the Shelton School District (SSD) and the Timberland Regional Library (TRL) have formed a new partnership to provide students access to a wider range and depth of information via the library's vast electronic services collection as part of their MyTRL Program.
The "MyTRL" program, which will officially launch February 1st, will provide our students in elementary, middle and high school with access to:
- the public library's large and updated collection of research resources
- digital magazines
- downloadable music
- kids and teen homework help
This program is modeled after other similar library/school district partnerships statewide and is currently in use by the Olympia School District, North Thurston Public Schools, and Tumwater School District.
Students will be able to view and check out electronic library resources that are automatically returned, so no fines incur. Students can also upgrade their online-only library card to a regular library card with the parent's permission and verification of the address and contact information.
Student access to electronic information will be monitored at school. You are encouraged to be involved in assisting and monitoring your child’s use of TRL online resources if they access the services outside of school. Parents/guardians should be aware that TRL filters are less restrictive than SSD filters.
If you do not wish to give access to TRL electronic resources to your student, please fill out and submit the form below by Friday, January 18th and no account will be issued. You will need to complete a form for each student you wish to opt out. You may also opt your student out at a later time by contacting your student’s librarian or our district’s Student Records Coordinator. Student access can be changed at any time upon parent request.
Below are some frequently asked questions for your reference. If you have additional questions, please contact your school's library staff.
We are very excited about this new partnership and look forward to hearing how this new tool will enhance student learning in our District.
Opt-Out Form https://bit.ly/2H2HPJ0
MyTRL FAQ’s for Parents/Guardians
- Which school districts are participating?
- a. Currently Olympia School District, North Thurston Public Schools, Tumwater School District and North Mason School District.
- What is a MyTRL student account?
a. MyTRL account provides students with access to Timberland Regional Library electronic resources through the Shelton School District.
- What may a MyTRL student account access?
a. TRL provides online access to magazines; newspapers; math, history and science resources; language study programs; online courses; job and study resources; eBooks; music; audiobooks; videos; encyclopedias; dictionaries; auto manuals; and almanacs. Parents/guardians should be aware that Timberland Regional Library filters not as restrictive as Shelton School District filters. We encourage you to be involved in assisting and monitoring your child’s use of TRL online resources outside of school.
b. TRL libraries also provide Wi-Fi and Internet stations.
c. Specific resources are subject to change.
- Is a student account the same as having a library card?
a. No. Basic or regular library cards not only provide access to a wealth of online resources but also print books, DVDs, CDs (music and audiobooks) that may not be available in electronic formats.
- Are all students eligible for a student account?
a. All K-12 Shelton School District students are eligible.
- Will all students have a student account?
a. Parents will have the option to opt out their student(s) through the school district. Students who do not receive a student account may still apply for a basic or regular library card through the Timberland Regional Library.
- When do student accounts expire?
a. Student accounts expire in 1 year and may be renewed.
- What is the PIN for a student account?
a. The default 4-digit PIN is the student’s birth month and day. For example,
February 7 would be listed as 0207. Students may reset the PIN to something
- Where does the student get their account number?
a. Students are provided their account number by the school.
- How does a student upgrade a student account to a regular library card?
a. Students may upgrade to a basic account (allows five items to be borrowed at
one time), or a regular account (allows 50 items to be borrowed), with parent’s
permission and verification of address and contact information. Parents need
either to be present with the student at any Timberland Regional Library location or to complete and sign a library card application verifying the required information. Students 17 years or older may provide address and identification to apply for a regular library card through the Timberland Regional Library.
- What if the student already has a basic or regular library card?
a. Students who already have a basic or regular TRL card may have their student
account merged with their existing library card at any TRL location
- How do I opt my child out of the MyTRL Program?
- a. If you do not wish to give access to TRL electronic resources to your student, please fill out and submit the form below by Friday, January 18th and no account will be issued. You will need to complete a form for each student you wish to opt out.
You may also opt your student out at a later time by contacting your student’s librarian or our district’s Student Records Coordinator. Student access can be changed at any time upon parent request.
Kay Roller, Bordeaux Elementary firstname.lastname@example.org
Courtney Morgan, Evergreen Elementary email@example.com
Candy Ranney, Mountain View Elementary firstname.lastname@example.org
Sheryl Cannon-White, Olympic Middle School email@example.com
Leslie Barrett, Oakland Bay Junior High firstname.lastname@example.org
Barbara Gomez, Shelton High School email@example.com
Carrie Blackwell, Student Records Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org