NOTICE: Library Hours --Closed Friday and Saturday, July 3 & 4, 2020 for the Independence Day Holiday

Please note that the library will be CLOSED on Friday and Saturday, July 3 & 4 for the Independence Day Holiday. Regular hours resume on Monday, July 6.

The staff of the Harvard Diggins Library wishes all of our patrons a very happy and safe Independence Day!

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.

'Dig Deeper!' -- Welcome to Summer Reading Club 2020!

Get ready! We're excited to announce that Summer Reading Club 2020 will begin June 1st. All three programs for kids, teens, and adults are on an exciting new platform called BEANSTACK available online or via mobile app. You will track all your reading and activities on the app or website to earn badges and raffle tickets. Then, enter your raffle tickets digitally into the prize pools right online! A tutorial for this new service is available here Beanstack Tutorial!

You can now register for Summer Reading Club with the Beanstack app or by clicking here : Harvard Diggins Library : Beanstack!


Summer Reading Club officially starts on Monday, June 1st. We are online for this year's program --including all of our programming! Watch the website and the Facebook page for announcements of online programs, grab-and-go crafts and activities, book clubs and storytimes. If you have any questions, feel free to send us a message or call us at 815-943-4671. Happy reading! We look forward to reading with everyone this summer! If you have any questions, contact the library at 815-943-4671.

Summer Reading Club Family Book Discussion! --"The One and Only Ivan" via ZOOM on Wednesday, July 15, 2020 at 6:00 p.m.

Please join us on Wednesday, July 15 at 6:00 p.m. for a discussion of our summer family book, The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate. This discussion will be held via Zoom. To attend, please email ilovestories@harvard-diggins.org to register for the discussion. Call 815-943-4671 for more information. Need a copy of the book? You can request one through your account on PrairieCat! HOLD pick-up at the library and curbside pick-up are available.

This event is free and open to the public. To register for this event, email ilovestories@harvard-diggins.org to receive further instructions on how to attend. Attendees who are part of Dig Deeper Summer Reading Club will receive the code word to earn an additional badge and raffle ticket on Beanstack.

Summer Reading Club 2020 Craft Kits and Movie Nights!

We miss having craft activities and movie nights with everyone! You'll still have the opportunity to participate this summer with our craft and movie kits for adults and teens. To register and arrange pickup, email adultservices@harvard-diggins.org for adults or teenservices@harvard-diggins.org for teens.

Craft kits and Movie Night packs are available for Summer Reading Club 2020 adult or teen participants. Completion of a kit or movie pack will earn the reader a badge and raffle ticket. Details will show when the participant logs in to their Beanstack account. If you have any questions or would like to request a kit, contact the library at 815-943-4671.

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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