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Public library offers virtual experience for card holders

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Public library offers virtual experience for card holders (source: CBS 4)

 The best ideas come out from books.  

While libraries across the valley remain closed they are bringing new ways for the public to still be a part of their world.

Adapting to the new normal has come at a good time says Kate Horan, director of the McAllen Public Library, as her staff transitions several of their services online.

“Everyone has a shelter at home that they’re dealing with so we want to make sure people are still connected with library and are not getting bored at home,” said Horan.

Since her branch closed a week ago, she says her staff is finding new ways to engage with the public to provide service to them digitally. 

“One of the things staff and I talked about when we closed the first day is how can we reach out to children and teens. so we now have virtual programs on our Facebook pages,”  she explained.

Among these services, the library includes live storytimes, activities, arts, and crafts, among other resources that go beyond books.

These resources provide the public with something to look forward to while staying at home.

“We have different things people can do from home to enrich their time,  whether they are looking for a job, write a resume, or cover letter. Anybody can take advantage of our E-books or audiobooks,” she said.

These will be available to you with your library card.

“This is a game-changer,” she explained. I think that this is something that is not going to go away once the library is able to reopen. I think we are seeing that people want to connect virtually as well.”

 The McAllen  Public Library also has curbside services available for more information you can visit their website.


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