New Castle, DE- The Colonial School District will showcase its first-ever microchipped circulation system on Monday, February 26, 2024, at Pleasantville Elementary School at 11 AM.  In partnership with Delaware Public Libraries, Colonial was chosen to pilot the self-checkout kiosks and inventory management system at William Penn and the district’s eight (8)  elementary schools. Colonial is the first school district in the state with the so-called RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) system. 

In addition to unveiling RFID, Colonial received more than $95,000 in grant funding from the Delaware Community Foundation to redesign Pleasantville’s library to mirror the open-concept designs found in libraries on many college campuses nationwide. Colonial is also using grants to transform several other libraries in the district.

“We are thrilled to unveil this advanced technology that enables our students to borrow books with ease. The re-vamped spaces are more welcoming for students and are intentionally designed to give them a comfortable area to study, collaborate, and foster a love for reading,” says Tom Gavin, Colonial’s Supervisor of Libraries.

Students will be on hand to demonstrate the easy check-in and check-out process now used every day in Colonial Nation.  Pleasantville Elementary School is located at 16 Pleasant Street, New Castle, DE 19720.