Harvard Diggins Library Fall 2020 Program & Event Guide is here!

Harvard Diggins Library staff have been working hard to re-imagine programming for adults, teens, and kids this Fall. Their hard work has paid off! Old favorites like Storytime, Lego Club, even Crafternoons will all be back in new virtual formats for our patrons to enjoy along with our new YouTube channel, ZOOM book discussions, and even a virtual Netflix party! Stop by the library to pick up a copy or click here for our August - October guide!

If you have any question about Fall 2020 programming, contact the library at 815-943-4671 or send an e-mail to harpgeneral@harvard-diggins.org. We are looking forward to see everyone this Fall!

August LEGO Build-it! Challenge for builders in Grades Pre-K through 5

LEGO builders in Grades K-5 are invited to take the Library's monthly Lego Build it! challenge by using your own Lego's to create something different each month. In August, your challenge is to to design your own swimming pool. Will it have a diving board? A water fountain? An underwater rock climbing wall? Go crazy and make the pool of your dreams! Email a photo of your completed creation to ilovestories@harvard-diggins.org.

No registration is required. Open to kids in Preschool - 5th Grade. Email a photo of your completed creation to ilovestories@harvard-diggins.org. For more information about this program, contact the library at 815-943-4671.

MCC to-go! --McHenry County College recruiting event on Tuesday, August 11, 2020 from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Curious about college for the Fall? Visit the library on Tuesday, August 11 from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. to speak to recruiters from McHenry County College at the MCC to-go tent to answer your questions about applying, registering, advising, and FAFSA. You can even complete an application at the booth!

The MCC to-go tent will be set up outside of the library, under the awning. This event is weather permitting. In the case of inclement weather, call the college at (815) 479-7732 to make an on-campus or virtual appointment.

NOTICE : Building and Services Update --Welcome Back! Library Building hours announced

The Library will begin NEW HOURS for service on June 30! The hours are as follows:

Monday thru Friday 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Reserved for patrons age 60+ and those with at-risk health conditions
Monday thru Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Friday 9:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m.
Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

We will post further updates to the library's hours and services here, and on Facebook.

We are looking forward to welcoming everyone back! Because the COVID-19 virus remains a public health hazard, some new procedures to keep us all healthy and safe will be on an orange flyer as you enter the library. Please take one of these flyers or click on it here to read it in English or here to read it in Spanish and review it before you begin your library visit. Wearing masks, social distancing, and use of hand sanitizer as you enter and leave the building are required as we get back to providing you service at your library.

Thank you for following these guidelines!

Library Computer Services --service update

Out of a concern for the safety of our patrons and staff, computer use at Harvard Diggins Library will be by appointment only while the COVID-19 virus remains a public health hazard. Please note the following :

- Public computers may be used for up to one hour per day by appointment only.
- Only one person per computer will be allowed.
- All public computer users will receive a guest pass when checking in at their appointed time.
- Staff will assign a computer station to each user.
- At the end of the session, please return the guest pass to the circulation desk.

To make an appointment for computer use, please contact the library at 815-943-4671. Please wear your mask when you arrive at the library and use hand sanitizer before you use the computer. Please contact us if you have any questions or would like to make an appointment.

Introducing 'explora' --an EBSCO database for research

Harvard Diggins Library patrons now have access to Explora the EBSCO experience for your research needs. Using Explora, you can search and browse full text general reference publications, like Consumer Reports, dating back to 1984; view full-text reference books and an image collection of photos, maps, and flags. Click on the link below to get started!

explora : an EBSCO experience -- Your first stop for your research project!

Introducing Creativebug! --online video craft classes now available

Missing our craft classes? Please join us online with Creativebug, your go-to resource for high-quality, on-trend arts and crafts instructional videos. ... until we can craft together again soon :) Log in with your library card number and you'll enjoy award-winning HD instructional videos on drawing, painting, sewing, knitting, crochet, quilting, baking and more. All classes are taught by experts, with new classes added daily. Click here to get started!

Access to our new Creativebug subscription requires a Harvard Diggins Library card. Please take a picture of your craft projects made with this new resource and share them on our Facebook page!

Welcome to the Tumble Book Library! --new online resource for e-books and e-audio now available

Need some more books for the kids? Depleted your stack of Romances? Listened to your last audiobook? The Harvard Diggins Library has new resource for e-books and e-audio that will help with that! TumbleBooks is an online reading (and listening!) opportunity for kids, teens, and adults that includes animated talking picture books, chapter books, non-fiction titles, books in languages other than English such as French and Spanish, graphic novels, math stories, an all-ages audio book database, and an entire library dedicated to romance books! This resource is available to all who visit our website --no card or login access necessary!

Click below on one of our new TumbleBook Library links to get started!

TumbleBookLibrary K-6 children's e-book database
TumbleMath K-6 math e-book database
TeenBookCloud Grades 7-12 e-book database
AudioBookCloud All-ages audio book database
RomanceBookCloud A huge collection of steamy romance novels!

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