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Dennis M. O'Connor Public Library

Welcome to the Dennis M. O'Connor Public Library

    What do the Harry Potter books, "Of Mice and Men", and "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" have in common?  At some point, each one of has been challenged or banned in libraries or schools.  Banned Books Week, and annual celebration sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA), helps raise awareness of efforts to ban books and highlights our freedom to read.  This year's theme is "Censorship is a dead end.  Find your freedom to read."

    The Dennis M. O'Connor Public Library will host a weeklong celebration of Banned Books Week, from Monday, Sept. 28th through Friday, Oct. 2nd featuring a display showcasing books that have been banned, threatened, or burned, that will be available for checkout.

    Since its inception in 1982, Banned Books Week reminds us that while not every book is intended for every reader, each of us has the right to decide for ourselves what to read, listen to, or view. 

    Since 1990, the ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom has recorded more than 10,000 book challenges, including 377 in 2019.  The most challenged or restricted reading materials have been books for children.  Even if the motivation to ban or challenge a book is well intentioned, censorship denies the freedom to individuals to choose and think for themselves.

    The list also notes that several of the titles were burned in an effort to stifle the American public's right to read freely.  Thanks to the commitment of librarians, teachers, parents, and students, most challenges are unsuccessful, and reading materials like the Skippyjon Jones series, the Captain Underpants series, and the "Kite Runner" remain available. 

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    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.

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    HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS RESOURCES

    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 southtexas.lib.overdrive.com to start downloading titles