Local Libraries Choose to Continue to Expand Minds Through Digital Libraries
Celebrating National Library Week ,Williamson County Libraries are closed, but e-Libraries remain open. Fuel your brain with these favorite local databases, Libraries, and virtual events.
Even during a global pandemic, it’s essential to continuously fuel our brains to develop through education and bold texts. You might be missing out if you are not making a habit of reading on a regular occurrence. Why? Books make us better as a whole, and here are a few reasons why:
- Better communication by learning new vocabulary, enhancing language skills and fluency. Express thoughts and ideas with ease.
- Inspire the desire by reading motivational stories or self-help books (like Rachel Hollis). Plan, attack, and conquer your goals by picking up inspirational books of heroes who beat the odds and came out on top.
- Reduce stress by escaping to another reality or become ungloved in a topic you may find compelling.
- Educational content allows individuals to become smarter by learning new things such as how culture may differ from yours, how things work, or a grand history lesson.
- Get creative by jumping into a book with a grand adventure or within a new realm by science fiction. Innovation and invention ideas may emerge.
- Stimulate the mind for a great work out. Reading improves memory and cognitive function when blood flows through the brain as it’s stimulated by reading. Focus and analytical skills are developed by reading more often, which results in less chance of developing a neurological disease like Alzheimer’s or dementia.
Renting or owning a book isn’t necessary in these digital times
Most of the libraries within the Williamson County area are closed. However you can still reach out to one of the local libraries and get started on expanding your mind:
Hutto Library -Items currently checked out will not accrue late fees during the library. Hutto’s primary mission is to fulfill the educational, informational, cultural, and recreational needs of all patrons through services offered in a modern library. As the library is closed, they’d like you to check out their eResources:
- Online Catalog: renew and place holds
- TexShare Database: educational resources
- Overdrive: download free eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMagazines and eNewspapers
- International Children’s Digital Library
- Texas Talking Book Program: free library services for Texans with temporary or permanent blindness, visual disabilities or reading disabilities
- MedLine: National Library of Medicine
- Texas Law Helps: free legal forms
Liberty Hill Public Library – closed until at least 5/5/2020. Keep materials until reopening without penalty. Check out online resources for fundamental home improvement, computer & internet, job seeking, reading articles, sustainable living, and more.
Round Rock Public Library – remains closed. However, check the calendar for virtual contests such as Write on! Story contest for ages 8-12 or Rockin’ Teen Poetry Contest for ages 12-18 and more. Feel free to visit the digital library for reading materials.
Cedar Park Public Library – encourages new members to get a library card online and become connected online through virtual programs, helpful resources, and by staying up to date as their building is closed. Digital Content is now available. As a friendly reminder, please keep books or materials until the library opens again – late fees waived and due dates extended! Check out the calendar for free, virtual events, and classes such as “craft club” or “book buzz.”
Georgetown Public Library – might be closed, but their eLibrary is always open! Enjoy e-books, e-magazines, and audio books via Overdrive. Visit their many databases for research, homework help, or how-tos. Enjoy these COVID-19 helpful survival articles as well:
- Resources for learning at home
- Adult Toolkit for Sheltering in Place, including unemployment, mental health, relaxation, fitness, new skills, and more!
- Teen Social Distancing Challenge helps teens during strange times to stick together.
Pflugerville Public Library offers New Digital Resources Online such as “Creativebug.” It’s a free electronic resource that features over 1,000 award winning video classes taught by top designers and artists. You can learn how to design, sew, knit, make food, or jewelry (and more). Other digital online resources include research database, Pflugerville Digital History Project, eBooks, Movies, Music, and more. Keep up to date with their calendar of events.
Taylor Public Library is closed until further notice. All library programs are suspended, including Story-time and Tax Assistance projects. Book drops will remain open, but fines and fees during the closing are waived. Taylor Public Library encourages the community to stay involved with the following activities:
- Entering the HOPE – Poetry Contest by April 30th, 2020
- Participate in the 2020 Census
- Reach out for income tax filing help (especially by filing due date of July 15th)
- Stay active with a library catalog card to check out eBooks and online resources
- Attend regular Wednesday Morning Facebook story-times at 10:30 AM