If you or your child are not feeling well, we encourage you to stay home and enjoy our Digital Library instead. The Dustin M. Sekula Memorial Library has extensive resources to keep you and your family entertained.
While we’re taking every measure to keep the Library clean and sanitized, the best way to avoid spreading germs is to stay home when you’re sick.
Here’s a list of resources accessible from home. See you when you feel better!
Adult and Teen Resources
RBdigital offers thousands of digital titles, audiobooks and e-magazines that you can download directly to your mobile device, tablet or computer. Most audiobooks are available for immediate download, which means no waiting. Audiobooks can be played on any computer, laptop or a wide range of mobile devices. (A library card from any Hidalgo County Library is required to download material. If you do not have a library card, please call the library at (956) 383-6246 to get an E-Card to access RB Digital).
Search a wide assortment of databases in one spot. Categorization is by subject with Spanish content available on select databases. Links to additional resources are available.
Steps for Accessing the TexShare Databases from home:
1) Click on the TexShare link.
2) On the page that appears, left-click or tap the link "Select Your Library." A drop-down menu appears with a list of Texas libraries.
3) Scroll down that menu and left-click or tap the option "Dustin Michael Sekula Library" so that its radio button is filled. Then tap the Next button.
4) An empty field appears requesting a password. Type the password: TX78539
RomanceBookCloud is an online database of Romance eBooks. It offers a robust selection of Romance eBooks from various authors. The collection is available online around the clock. No downloads, no waiting! If you can access the internet, you can be reading some fantastic romance novels.
AudioBookCloud is an online audio book library collection of streaming audio books for all ages. AudioBookCloud gives you unlimited remote access to a wide variety of audio books. The collection is available online around the clock. No downloads, no waiting! If you can access the internet, you can be listening to fantastic content.
TeenBookCloud is an online database of eBooks perfect for your middle and high school kids. TeenBookCloud offers a robust selection of Graphic Novels, Enhanced Novels, eBooks, classic literature, National Geographic videos, educator resources, and audiobooks. The collection is available online around the clock. No downloads, no waiting! If you can access the internet, you can be reading, watching, or listening to fantastic content.
Learn something new on GCF Learn Free. GCF Learn Free is an online educational site that includes courses and videos in popular fields like Computer Skills, GED, Workplace Skills, Career Planning and much more.
Goodreads has book reviews on all sorts of books. Users can browse books by genre, or search for specific books. There is also the ability to see what users enjoy, a list of the “Goodreads Choice Awards,” and a searchable list of quotes (both taken from books as well as by just straight from a person).
This website has information on different books, movies, and video games. There are ratings posted by kids and parents, and there’s a guide to movie content (contains positive role models, language, violence, etc.). Most reviews are text, though there are some video reviews.
Find information on health issues, statistics, how you can prevent conditions, tips for traveling and emergency preparedness, and so much more.
The Official U.S. Department of Education website, this contains information of the FAFSA, grants, scholarships, student loans, and work study. It also has information about choosing a school, budgeting, and contains for resources for parents as well.
South Texas College Library's guide to research and report-writing. There are also special guides which include Copyright & Fair Use, Government Websites, News & Current Events, and Writing & Citing Sources.
The University of Texas - Rio Grande Valley Research Guide includes a variety of subjects such as English, Math, Chemistry, History, etc. There are also library links such as the Library Catalog, Copyright Support, and Special Collections and Archives.
Watch Know Learn
Connects students and teachers to thousands of educational videos, with subjects ranging from math and science to arts and history. WatchKnowLearn has a dedicated team of teachers and educational professionals who provide oversight of the videos recommended by our diverse user population.
Offers a selection of children’s books on your computer using flash animation that you can read or read along with. Discover interactive games, language learning, iPad viewable books, and Non-fiction books. Reading levels and accelerated reader information are included. The website is available in English, Spanish or French.
Use TumbleMath to “hook” your children on math and make connections across the different skills with these fun and educational math books! The collection offers a selection of children’s books on your computer using animation that you can read or read along.
Find out the reading level, interest level, and point value of the books your children are reading. Search by title, author, ISBN, or quiz number. Book summaries and recommended reading lists are also available.
Children can explore and learn a range of interesting things while having fun exploring the Smithsonian for kids.
An engaging, educational and trustworthy resource for children to learn math in a fun and exciting way. It provides free math games, worksheets and videos.
Helps students find free project ideas in all areas of science from physics to food science and music to microbiology.