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Dennis M. O'Connor Public Library

Welcome to the Dennis M. O'Connor Public Library


    The Dennis M. O'Connor Public Library, in partnership with the Refugio County Texas A&M AgriLife  Extension Office, are offering an alternative virtual summer reading challenge with "FRED: Families Reading Everyday."  Developed by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, an educational agency affiliated with the Texas A&M System, FRED is designed to encourage parents to read to their children daily.  The purpose of FRED is to increase family involvement in children's literacy development, improve the quality of family relationships, and encourage healthy behaviors.  FRED is based on the belief that for children to reach their highest academic potential, parents must be actively involved in all aspects of their education and development.

    This free program is open to youth of all ages.  The program is running July 1st thru Aug. 31st.  Registrations are being accepted from July 1st thru Aug. 1st.  Registration is done online at, and can be completed from a smart device or computer.  Instructions and a FRED Family Guide can be downloaded below.

    FRED Website Instructions

    FRED Family Guide (English)

    FRED Family Guide (Spanish)

    All children will receive a certificate upon completion of the program (generated by the online system).  For more information call the library at (361) 526-2608 or email

    "The more that you read, the more things you will know.  The more that you learn, the more places you'll go."  --Dr. Seuss


    Library Re-Opening to the Public

    Starting May 1st, the Library will re-open, but will continue "social distancing" measures.  These measures are being put into place so the library can comply with Governor Gregg Abbott's Open Texas Guidelines-Phase 1.

    In an effort to comply with these guidelines, and to continue to minimize the risk among customers and staff during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, the library has taken the following actions, which are effective May 1st and will remain in effect until further notice:

    • There will be a limit of 10 people allowed in the library.  We ask that patrons not linger in the library after conducting their business.

    • Only 2 members per family at one time.

    • There will be a limit of no more than 3 people at a time at the public computers (30 minute limitations may be enforced).

    We encourage any concerned customers, especially those who are elderly or at a higher risk on contracting the virus, to avoid visiting the library if they are feeling ill or concerned about potential exposure.  If you feel ill, please do not make the effort to come to the library to return your materials.

    The library is continuing to promote health and safety within its facilities by increasing its practices of cleaning and sanitizing touched surfaces.  Please note that the library is unable to comprehensively sanitize every single item that is checked out (books, movies, etc), and as such, customers are advised to wash their hands after handling materials and avoid touching their faces with unwashed hands.

    As addressed in Governor Abbott's Report to Open Texas:  We must continue to follow these critical health guidelines:

    • Stay home if you can

    • Wash hands often and for 20 seconds, or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

    • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue away.

    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

    • Disinfect surfaces, buttons, handles, doorknobs, and other places touched often.

    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.  Continue to practice social distancing, avoid crowds, and limit physical contact.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also recommends using simple cloth face coverings in public to help slow the spread of the virus.



    We can't always stop disasters from happening, but we can get prepared.  The Dennis M. O'Connor Public Library has emergency preparedness resources available to help families prepare themselves and their households.

    All resources are free of charge, and have been provided by the Texas Health & Human Services Commission.  The following resources are available:

    *Emergency Waterproof Bag: 15 x 12 waterproof bag for holding important documents

    *Building Your Disaster Supply Kit Checklist (In English & Spanish): Checklist that helps families to build a disaster supply kit for evacuating or sheltering in place

    *Preparedness Activity Book (In English & Spanish): Designed to challenge school-age children on how to get prepared for disasters.  Activities such as Dot-to-Dot, Maze, Crossword and Word Search puzzles, and Word Games are included.

    All documents can be downloaded below:

    All your family's key contacts, personal information, and locations in one place.  Steps to protect your family, pets, and property before, during, and after a disaster.  This is a fillable form.

    A comprehensive list of essential supplies to support you, your family and pets during emergency situations.

    Tips to help you be informed, make a plan and build a kit.

    Fun, educational activities to teach kids how to get prepared for disasters.



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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