If you’re like us, you feel like you have stared at screens so much that your pupils have turned into squares. If you feel like you can’t binge one more show on Netflix or look at one more post on social media, you may need to refresh your mind with new ideas. The High Point Library has you covered! You don’t have to travel far to explore new places and stories with all of their online resources and programs.
Ways to Read
The High Point Public Library is now open again! (Kind of!) Although the library itself isn’t open to the public, our local librarians are working hard to make sure that all returned books and media have been set aside for the appropriate amount of time for safety purposes, and then ready to lend out to you again.
- If you already have a High Point Library card, you can call ahead or go online to reserve the books or movies you’d like to check out.
- If you don’t have a High Point library card yet, now is the time to get one! By calling 336-883-3660, you can get a library card for free if you’re a Guilford County or High Point city resident. (If you’re not a county or city resident, not to worry! You can still get a card for a yearly fee.)
- Plus, did you know that with apps like Libby, Hoopla, you can use your library card number to check out e-books and audiobooks right from your tablet or mobile device? Download the apps from the App Store and get started today!
- You can also visit the library’s Downloadable Titles page on the website for more information about the three digital collections that are available (with printable instructions): NC Digital Library, Hoopla Digital, and RB Digital:
- Check out the Digital Bestsellers page to see a selection of bestsellers that are currently available to download. The list is updated weekly!
Ways to Explore
Just because you can’t go to the library doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy High Point Public Library’s fun and informative programs! Check out some of the easy ways to participate in the library programming for all ages.
- The library wants to help you use this time wisely! Want to learn more about gardening? Maybe you want to retool on your career development for applying to jobs online or rewriting your resume? Check out the library’s YouTube channel for online programming.
- Want to get involved in a virtual book club? Join the library’s Book Discussion Groups via Zoom!
- Check out the library’s Facebook groups available here. Choose from groups like, HPPL Talks Books!, HPPL Talks Movies!, HPPL Games Together!, or HPPL Finishing School.
- Access the Library-ing from Home Guide for suggested online activities for the whole family!
For Kids and Students:
- Summer Reading Book Club is starting on June 8 for kids and teens! Encourage your kids to strengthen their reading skills this summer with the library’s reading milestones and prizes at each stage. The library will conduct the book club from the library book mobile parked in the library parking lot. Check the website and Facebook page for continued updates.
- Give your kids access to educational and fun programs through the library’s YouTube Channel and Facebook page. From STEM science, to nature, to crafts, to yoga, to story time, to legos, your kids can stay busy and engaged all summer.
- Check out the the HP Library’s Digital Book Summer Reading Guide – a guide that provides reading resources and activities for students reading this summer, including the Elementary and Middle School Battle of the Books titles made available here.
- Professional performers will be providing entertainment all summer, from concerts to magicians to puppeteers! To stay up to date on all programs (and if they’ll be held virtually or outside in the library parking lot), subscribe to The Purr and Grrr Newsletter here.
- The library offers Niche Academy, an online self-paced learning resource available through the library’s website. Library staff are currently converting computing skills classes into digital self-paced learning sessions that will be available as Niche Academy tutorials soon. Check out their “Getting Started” tab under “Categories” to view the tutorial on how to place titles on hold and to learn how Niche Academy works.
- All research guides on NC LIVE are open and available to browse. Find newspapers, e- books, research articles, videos and medical information resources among many other offerings.
- Check out Library Databases for other digital resources are available for medical information, AutoRepair, Legal forms, and genealogy research.
- Library Services (336-883-3660) – Call to get your library card and ask general questions!
- Reader Services (336-883-3638 or firstname.lastname@example.org) – Contact to ask questions about reading materials and to place fiction books, DVDs and audiobooks on hold. You can also get more information about Book Clubs and Teen Summer Reading programs.
- Children’s Services (336-883-3666) for questions about children’s books, placing children’s materials on hold, and more information on Summer Reading Program plans.
- Research Services (336-883-3641 or ResearchDesk@highpointnc.gov) – Call or email to place research materials on hold.
- Business and Non-profit Services (336-883-3670 or email@example.com) – Call the business librarians for demographics research, nonprofit resources research for clients and email information to clients.
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