As of September 21st, the library began once again operating at 75% capacity without making a scheduled appointment in order to comply with Gov Abbott’s Order for libraries. While we are open, we still greatly encourage the public to schedule an appointment for curbside service. At this time, we recommend anyone who has an underlying health condition continue to use curbside services as we are happy to help you!
Library procedures about the use of all library users wearing a mask are drawn directly from current city policy, CDC guidelines and also from the U.S. Department of Justice. While masks are required, the Library will provide reasonable modifications to its services and programs to avoid discrimination. Modifications will be made upon request for accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act. For this reason, we heavily recommend curbside service for providing all library materials and services in a contactless manner.
As Library Manager, I must balance the needs of patrons with providing accommodations to employees under ADA Title I. Both are equally valid under the law.
As a matter of public health during an emergency order enacted by Mineral Wells Emergency Management Team, it is incumbent on the Library Manager to ensure the health and safety of ALL people. To that end, I am responsible for maintaining the Minimum Standard Health Protocols Checklist for Museums and Libraries as outlined in Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s Executive Order 29. Under Gov. Abbott’s order, library visitors are obliged to follow the Minimum State Health Protocols for All Museum and Library Visitors. (https://open.texas.gov/uploads/files/organization/opentexas/OpenTexas-Checklist-Museum-Library-Visitors.pdf)
The staff and I expect to remain at this phase in our reopening plan until we return to a new normal of services. We look forward to creating and developing services that further mitigate the circumstances and address unique and traditional needs during Covid-19.
U.S. Department of Justice: The ADA does not provide a blanket exemption to people with disabilities from complying with legitimate safety requirements necessary for safe operations.
ADA Title II: State and Local Government Activities
Title II covers all activities of State and local governments regardless of the government entity's size or receipt of Federal funding. Title II requires that State and local governments give people with disabilities an equal opportunity to benefit from all of their programs, services, and activities (e.g. public education, employment, transportation, recreation, health care, social services, courts, voting, and town meetings).
Public entities are not required to take actions that would result in undue financial and administrative burdens. They are required to make reasonable modifications to policies, practices, and procedures where necessary to avoid discrimination, unless they can demonstrate that doing so would fundamentally alter the nature of the service, program, or activity being provided.
ADA Title I: Employment
Title I requires employers with 15 or more employees to provide qualified individuals with disabilities an equal opportunity to benefit from the full range of employment-related opportunities available to others. For example, it prohibits discrimination in recruitment, hiring, promotions, training, pay, social activities, and other privileges of employment. It restricts questions that can be asked about an applicant's disability before a job offer is made, and it requires that employers make reasonable accommodation to the known physical or mental limitations of otherwise qualified individuals with disabilities, unless it results in undue hardship.
BOYCE DITTO LIBRARY REMOTE RESOURCES FOR FUN, SELF-HELP, AND LEARNING
Did you know that many of the Library’s resources are available online?
Here are just some of the things you can do from home:
Adult discovery and relaxation time:
Check out an eBook - Go to our “North Texas On the Go” web page link to download all your favorite new books.
Pick up more information about software: Learning Hub
Take a look at EBCSO: to find topic heading like:
Children and teens might enjoy:
Learning about career options and preparing for the SAT or other tests:
This is a great time for teens to practice the driver’s test.
Learning about social issues like climate change.
View KidLit TV to watch some of their shows like Storymakers, Read Out Loud, and Ready Set Draw!
Candlewick Press: "We’re excited to introduce Camp Candlewick, a new online reading program! Over the course of twelve weeks, young people of all ages will be encouraged to take part in shared reads, activities, and virtual events with prominent creators. "
OverDrive’s COVID Response Collections are helping libraries meet the unprecedented demand for digital books in their communities. This growing collection supplements your catalog with unlimited simultaneous use ebooks and audiobooks at no cost to your library. These specially curated titles are perfect for student summer reading programs, digital book clubs, community reading events, and general inventory support. Check them out here.
Art and Design Learn at Home from Online School Center.
GREAT FAMILY CONVERSATIONS
And the whole family can learn about the 2020 Census together.
Reread a best classic with your children and have a conversation about the best lessons from these exceptional stories.
Explore the World of Wonders with Wonderopolis.
|TumbleBookLibrary - K-6 children’s ebook database|
TumbleMath - K-6 math ebook database
TeenBookCloud - grade 7-12 ebook database
AudioBookCloud - all ages audio book database
RomanceBookCloud - a huge collection of steamy Romance novels for the older crowd!
Other Free Digital Content
|Mackin - FREE Database & Lightbox Subscription! check Hundreds of FREE Mackin Classics!|
Steam Ahead at Home - In response to the needs of library staff and their patrons who are practicing self-isolation and social distancing during the coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19), STAR Net and its NASA@ My Library project has developed a special collection of resources through a new “STEAM Ahead @ Home” initiative
Class Central - Discover thousands of FREE online courses and MOOCs from top universities and companies on Class Central.
Librivox - Read. LibriVox audiobooks are read by volunteers from all over the world. Perhaps you would like to join us? Volunteer. Listen.
Open Library - Open Library is an open, editable library catalog, building towards a web page for every book ever published.
PDF Book World - PDF Books World offers free eBooks on fiction, non-fiction, academic, textbooks, and children’s categories for download online in high-quality PDF format.
Project Gutenberg - Project Gutenberg is a library of over 60,000 free eBooks. Choose among free epub and Kindle eBooks, download them, or read them online.
Tubi - Watch Free HD Movies and TV Shows Online.Xumo - is here to entertain, engage and inform everyday people in every aspect of their lives by delivering a personal, valuable media experience
ONLINE STORYTIME RESOURCES
Patrick Stewart reading Shakespeare Sonnets
Levar Burton reading short stories
Teddy Bear Tuck in Time with Hope Friend
David Pilkey at home
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If you live in Mineral Wells or Palo Pinto County, open your account for free. Those outside the area pay a small, annual fee to have an account at the Boyce Ditto Public Library.
What We Do
The Boyce Ditto Public Library provides free library services for Mineral Wells and the Palo Pinto County community. We inform, enrich, support, and empower our citizens by promoting lifelong learning opportunities and a love of reading.
The databases offered by the Library unlock even more with sites for workforce readiness, current business news and children’s digital learning. The ID and password required to access these database resources are free and available to all account holders.
Use the Portal to Texas History
The Library has over 11,000 files of Mineral Wells, Palo Pinto County and Texas history online. As one of the many organizations who has partnered with University of North Texas to make historical documents, newspapers, and photographs free and accessible, the Library values the heritage and uniqueness of the area.