What is the Fresh Start?
In fall of 2017, the Cranston Public Library, the Cranston Public School Department, and the Mayor's Office teamed up to make sure every student in Cranston had a working library card.
Special Fresh Start forms were available at all Cranston public school open houses, and parents could fill them out to get their children library cards.
Young people who already had library cards but couldn't use them because the cards were lost, expired, or limited by overdue fines could also apply to have new cards issued with all fines waived and information updated.
Usually, it requires a trip to the library to take care of these problems, but the Fresh Start initiative allowed parents and students to simply fill out a form and submit it to their school librarian to get what they needed,
What can I do with a Fresh Start Library card?
You can check out books, movies, music, magazines, and surprising items like tools and toys from any public library in the state. You can also sign on to the public computers at any CPL location to type, print, research, and play. And you can use your library card number to access these online resources from any location:
|Sign into the catalog to see what you have checked out, renew materials, and place holds.|
|Download ebooks, audiobooks and streaming media from the eZone website.|
|Get free, anonymous, online homework help from an expert teacher using Tutor.com.|
Library Director Ed Garcia, Superintendent Jeannine Nota-Masse, and Mayor Allan Fung [L to R] show their public library cards.