Tazewell County Public Library

STAR Program

What is the STAR Program?

Tazewell County Public Schools and the Tazewell County Public Library are partnering to support students’ ongoing education. We share the belief that a love of books and learning is a strong foundation for student success and we are working together to provide every Tazewell County student access to digital books and resources found at their public library.

All Tazewell County Public School students will automatically be registered to be able to borrow public library digital books and resources. We are calling this initiative STAR (Students and Teachers Access Resources).

Frequently Asked Questions

+ - How will a student use their account? 

Students will automatically be registered for digital library access. They will be able to use their card number to log into and use library resources.

+ - Where can a student find their card number? 

Card numbers will be emailed to the student’s school email address.

+ - What can a student do with a STAR account? 

STAR accounts allow students to borrow e-resources and access library databases just like any other Tazewell County Public Library card.

+ - Is the student account free? 

Yes, the student account is free. There are no overdue fines for student accounts that are part of the STAR initiative.

+ - How do I sign my child up for a STAR account? 

You don’t need to take any action to get a STAR account for your child.  All Tazewell County Public Schools students from pre-kindergarten to grade 12 will automatically be enrolled in this program.

+ - What information about my child is needed to create a card?

The Library needs your child’s name, school attended, and school email address. No other information is needed or collected to register your child for a card. This information is provided by the school system.

+ - What if I don’t want my child to have a STAR account? 

If you do not want your child to have access to electronic library materials, you may opt out. Download this opt-out form you can sign and return to his/her school by Friday, October 23, 2020.  Be aware that students who opt out of STAR will not be able to participate in classroom use of library resources unless they have a Tazewell County Public Library card and know the full card number.

+ - What if my child already has a library card? 

Congratulations on being proactive! Your child can still be registered through the STAR initiative; this just means they will have access to more digital checkouts. They will still need to bring their physical card into the library if they wish to check out physical items.

Selected Student Resources

Libby: Libby is an app that, with a TCPL library card, offers over 7600 ebooks and over 4700 audiobooks. These are all current, popular materials, and the app is extremely easy to use! It can also be accessed from a computer. Be sure to check out Kids Libby.

Brainfuse HelpNow: Get free online tutoring with your library card from the hours of 2pm – 11pm for K – 12th grade. Students can even get assistance filling out FAFSA applications.

Early World of Learning: This is a child’s first interactive, digital encyclopedia. It offers read-aloud books as well as classic songs, nursery rhymes, and fairy tales. There are many educational videos available as well.

Rocket Languages: Anyone can learn a new language using Rocket Languages. Users can choose between 15 different languages.

Gale Elementary: A great resource for students in elementary and middle school as they search for useful content for papers and projects. Easy to use with lots of pictures.

Explora Public Libraries: These are useful resources for conducting research and/or recreational reading. The library has access to over 40,000 educational books, in addition to academic journals and news articles.

Universal Class: Through Universal Class, users have access to over 500 courses available for audit or credit. This is a great resource for teens and/or adults to learn new skills, and for professionals to earn continuing education credits.

STEM Kits: Tazewell County Public Library has a selection of STEM Kits that are available to check out to Tazewell County Public School teachers.

This site is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services. It is managed by the The Library of Virginia Library Development and Networking Division.