Library Adapts Services for a Safe and Healthy Summer

We at the Harlingen Public Library want you to know that we are here for you. We are taking precautions to protect the community’s health, while also staying true to our mission to create ways for people to connect with information and each other. From Curbside Pickup to a calendar full of virtual programs, the library is committed to continuing to serve as your source for entertainment, personal growth, and inspiration, especially during these challenging times.

VISITING THE LIBRARY

  • The number of patrons in the library will be limited. A limited number of tables, chairs, and computers are available.
  • Everyone must wear a face mask in the library.
  • Library staff will take the temperature of everyone who wishes to come into the library. If your temperature reads below 99 degrees, you will be allowed to enter.
  • You must maintain at least 6 feet of separation between yourself and people outside of your household.
  • Large backpacks, large bags, or luggage will not be permitted, except mesh or clear bags.
  • Study rooms are closed.
  • You may use the computer for one 45-minute session per day. Disinfecting wipes will be available at the service desks.
  • Hand sanitation stations will be available as soon as you enter and throughout the library.

CURBSIDE PICKUP

Patrons may request items for Curbside Pickup Monday-Thursday, 10am-6pm, and Friday, 10am-5pm. To request materials for Curbside Pickup:

  1. Request the materials through your library account or by calling (956) 216 – 5821.
  2. Wait for a phone call from the library notifying you that your materials are ready for pickup.
  3. Drive to the library and park in the circle drive. Call the library when you arrive (the number will be posted in the circle drive).
  4. Pop the trunk, and we will place the materials in the back for you.

Materials may be returned in the Book Drop in the back of the library, not during Curbside Pickup.

E-CARDS

The library will continue to issue E-Cards that give full access to the library’s digital resources, including eBooks, audio books, digital comics, digital magazines, and more. To begin the process, email the library at feedback@harlingenlibrary.com.

PROGRAMS

To help keep your family safe, all library programming will be offered virtually until further notice. For the most up-to-date list of our virtual programs and information on how to participate, please check our website (https://harlingenlibrary.org/) or Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/harlingenlibrary/). Over the summer, adults can enjoy book clubs, a poetry group, DIY craft videos, library resource tutorials, and more. Kids, teens, and families can enjoy story time, art and craft videos, literacy activities, and more.

The summer reading program is virtual, too! Parents can make an account for the whole family on our Beanstack site, and each child can digitally track their progress towards the reading goals we’ve assigned. Along the way, kids earn a few small prizes as well as tickets they can enter into a drawing for a bigger prize. To get started, go to harlingenlibrary.beanstack.org or download the Beanstack app.

Adults can also participate in a summer reading challenge through Beanstack. Signups begin July 1, and the program runs through September 1. Twenty hours of reading and submitted reviews will automatically enter participants in end-of-summer drawings for prizes. Adults may also register through harlingenlibrary.beanstack.org or by downloading the Beanstack app.

From the safety of your home, you can also access a wide variety of digital resources on our website (https://harlingenlibrary.org/). We have thousands of eBooks, audiobooks, comics, magazines, and the Valley Morning Star Digital Archives. Our most popular ebook, audiobook, and digital magazine services are Libby and RBdigital. You can also use our databases to find up-to-date information from highly regarded professional journals, test prep materials, genealogy resources, and more. One of our databases, Reference USA, a resource for market research, small businesses, and job hunting, might be especially useful to our community at this time.

We highly recommend that you stay home as much as possible this summer and use the methods described above to engage with the library. But if you do come into the library, please remember that everyone 5 and older entering the library’s building is required to wear a mask or other face covering over their mouth and nose at all times.

Our number one priority is the health and safety of the community, and we are also committed to providing you with the resources you need to weather these challenging times. Please stay safe, take care of one another, and reach out to us – we are still here for you.