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Summer Reading Program
Push your limits with our reading challenge, designed for all ages, including adults. Our program offers engaging activities and exciting events to foster a love for reading. Challenge your friends or book club and earn points to win amazing prizes.

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Get LIT for Literacy
Students in grades K-5 can receive thirty-minute one-on-one and group workshops in both English and Spanish at select library locations. This FREE program is designed to improve literacy skills.

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What's New

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CITIZENSHIP PREP CLASSES
Join our program for adults to master naturalization test vocabulary. Learn U.S. history, government, rights, and responsibilities, and prepare for the Citizenship exam. Gain confidence and knowledge!

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SHORT STORY DISPENSERS
Discover our Short Story Dispensers! Enjoy free, printed short stories—perfect for a swift literary escape. Convenient for everyone, especially those on the go. Dive into a quick read anytime!

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VISIT OUR NEW LOCATION
Explore the Dr. Shannon Walker Library! With spaces for children, teens, and adults, featuring a TECHLink area, computers, and meeting facilities.

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CELEBRATE THE IMPACT OF HIP HOP
Straight Flexin', No Plexin': A Hip Hop Exhibit at Vinson Branch Library, will showcase a collection of artifacts and memorabilia from hip-hop icons such as Swishahouse, E-40, and Scotty ATL.

 

Did You Know?

 

All library services are free with your MYLink card! Permanent Texas residents may join the library free of charge with proof of residency. Non-residents can purchase a temporary library card for $40/family, which is valid for 12 months.

In addition to our programs and events, you can enjoy computer access at all locations, indoor/outdoor Wi-Fi, reserve study and meeting rooms, take home tablets/laptops, and get activity kits for kids! Explore TECHLink, our makerspace, music & video studios, or the Library of Things collection.

 

 

 

 
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Digital Library & More

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CHILDREN TITLES
Indulge in an electrifying e-book and e-audiobook adventure, right from your browser or dive into the thrill on our app! Grab up to 15 captivating items absolutely free, and embark on a literary journey that lasts up to 14 days!

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BOOKS, MUSIC, & MOVIES
Borrow popular and bestselling eBooks and eAudiobooks for adults. Read your favorite comics, graphic books, fiction, or nonfiction titles. Checkout limit is 15 free items for up to 14 days!

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NEW FOR ADULTS
Get the latest fiction, nonfiction, romance, literature, or thriller titles for adult readers! Enjoy at anytime with checkout limit of 15 free items for up to 14 days!

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NEWS & MAGAZINES
PressReader is the best place to read more than 7,000 newspapers and magazines from around the globe. Get featured publications with no limits or expirations!