National Library Week comes to Harlingen

HARLINGEN — It’s part of a national effort that aims to highlight the value of libraries.

Among those celebrating it will be the Harlingen Public Library.

It will host numerous themed weekday activities starting today and runs through April 12 in celebration of National Public Library Week.

Today’s theme will be Villains Day. Visitors are encouraged to dress as their favorite villain and there will be an interactive quiz for families to engage with.

Tomorrow’s activities will be superhero themed.

Wednesday will be all about riddles and games.

A movie night is scheduled for Thursday. The National Treasure movie will start at 5:30 p.m.

On Friday, from 4 to 7 p.m., the library will host its main event, which will include stories read by community heroes, crafts for all ages, games, a bounce house, face painting, music and the annual Mascot Dance-Off.

Harlingen Public Library Assistant Director Molly Walter said it’s wonderful seeing families come together engaging in activities.

She believes the library “can definitely” be a resource for anything people are trying to accomplish.

“We really believe in the work that we do here and the way that we’re able to impact the community through a variety of ways,” Walter said. “We can connect people with information, with each other and really look at all of the different ways people are trying to better theirs and their families lives.”

The week-long event will also feature the library’s new Boggus Teen Room, which was gifted by the Junior League of Harlingen as part of its 70th Anniversary Project.

Construction for the new Boggus Teen Room kicked off in September of 2018.

“After a lot of labor and work, it’s finally coming together and it’s going to be exciting to see how the teens make use of it,” Walter said.

She hopes the space will help youth connect with each other and information, and find a space in which they can work toward their dreams.

“It’s so important for young people to find connections in the community and places where they feel like they belong and the library really does provide that kind of space for them,” Walter said.

WHAT — National Library Week

WHEN — Monday, April 8 to Friday, April 12

LIBRARY HOURS — Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m.

WHERE — Harlingen Public Library, 410 76 Drive

For more information call Molly Walter at (956) 216-5827 or email