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    Refugio Historic Resource Survey Public Meeting

    Over the past year, the Texas Historical Commission conducted a county-wide historic resource survey in Refugio County.  The purpose of this survey was to document existing historic-age (45 year or older) buildings, structures, and significant landscape and infrastructure features.

    Qualified Architectural Historians traveled the counties photographing and documenting applicable resources from the public right-of-way, recording information such as materials, function, and integrity.

    The results of these surveys will be used for disaster response in the future.  Funding for this survey effort was provided by a grant from the National Park Service's Emergency Funding Supplemental Historic Preservation Fund.  This grant is provided to facilitate work in communities impacted by natural disasters, including those along Texas' Gulf Coast impacted by Hurricane Harvey in 2017.

    Now that the fieldwork is completed, the THC will present the findings to the public and provide an opportunity for stakeholders and community members to provide comments, feedback and ask questions.  

    This meeting will be held in person at the library on October 11th at 5:00 p.m.  If you are interested in the survey, but are not able to participate in the meeting, you can submit any comments or questions or request presentation material via email at



    Workforce Solutions Kiosk

    The Dennis M. O'Connor Public Library is pleased to announce a new resource available for the community.  In partnership with Workforce Solutions of the Coastal Bend, a WSA kiosk has been installed.  

    The kiosk will allow folks to come in and complete forms online, and have access to live representatives who can connect them to the resources they need.

    Workforce Solutions of the Coastal Bend provides resources to help people get connected with jobs.  This includes training, placement and even help with childcare.



    The Dennis M. O'Connor Public Library is implementing an early literacy program designed to help parents begin the routine of reading to their children daily, to prepare them for kindergarten.

    1,000 books does sound like a lot, and that's why it's a great goal to have.  It's good to remember that reading just a few books at a time over the 5 years from birth to Kindergarten will get you to that goal.  If you read just 10 books each week for 2 years, you'd have read 1,040 books!

    This program is free of charge, and is available to all families with children between the ages of birth and six years.  Registration can be completed at the library, or online at

    The library will provide log sheets, or you can use a mobile app to keep track.  Prizes are offered at different milestones throughout the program, as well as at the end when 1,000 books are reached.  We also like to post milestones on our social media (with parental permission) to help motivate others to keep working towards their goals.

    Click here for Program Instructions

    Click here for Spanish Program Instructions

    Click here for Reading Log

    Click here for iPhone mobile app

    Click here for Android mobile app

    Click here for iPhone and Android mobile app instructions

    1,000 Books Before Kindergarten is a registered trademark of the 1,000 Books Foundation, and used with permission.



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    Browse the library's collection of fiction and non-fiction books, audio books, large print books, magazines and movies.  Search by title, author, keyword, series or subject.


    Learning Express

    LearningExpress Library features nearly 1,000 online tutorials, practice tests, and eBooks to help patrons of all ages.  It offers job search and workplace skills improvement, skill building in reading, writing, math and basic science, career certification and licensure exam prep, college and grad school entrance test prep, GED test prep, and more.

    Borrow eBooks & Audiobooks
    The Dennis M. O'Connor Public Library offers free eBooks and audiobooks through the South Texas Library Consortium. 

    To get started, contact the library to get your log in credentials.

    For a smooth eBook experience, download the Libby app on your phone or tablet.  You can find it Apple App Store or Google Play. 

    Go to to start downloading titles