Wednesday, March 21, 2018

TMLDA Achievement of Library Excellence Award

The Haltom City Public Library is honored to receive the Texas Municipal Library Directors Association's Achievement of Excellence in Libraries Award for the 2016-2017 fiscal year. Only 52 libraries of the 548 library systems in Texas earned this award. This is the Haltom City Public Library's tenth time being awarded this honor.

Our application can be viewed below or by clicking here.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Art Exhibit - Texas Pottery Supply & Clay Company Display

The Haltom City Public Library is pleased to exhibit works from students of Texas Pottery Supply. 

Owner Jill Davis says:

"Texas Pottery Supply is a full service pottery shop in Haltom City!  We manufacture all of our own clays (earthen-ware and stone-ware)!  Being a retired art teacher, I still offer classes in wheel-throwing and hand-building!  We do special events for “Ladies' Night Out” at the HC Public Library, bible study groups, date nights, team building or whatever special group is interested!  We also offer kids’ classes in the summer!" 

Texas Pottery Supply was a popular vendor at the 2017 Ladies' Night and donated silent auction and raffle items for the fundraiser. Stop by the library to enjoy the art of Texas Pottery Supply. For more information about Texas Potter Supply, visit their website at

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Holiday Happenings at the Haltom City Public Library


Can you hear them?  The sounds of holiday fun coming to Haltom City Public Library?  They start early this year and you won’t want to miss any of them. 

Coloring and Cookies for Grown Up will begin the holiday season for the Library with Christmas cookies and holiday themed coloring pages on Friday, December 1, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. A special door prize will be given out this month.

On Saturday, December 2, 9:00 – 10:00 a.m., in Super Science Saturdays, children will have fun with science when they learn about Snap Circuits.  Later, Saturday, December 2, from 2:30 - 5:30 p.m., children and adults both can experience festive entertainment and activities at the Haltom City Christmas on Broadway held at the Haltom Recreation Center.

Love Christmas music? Come to the Holiday Sing-Along Afternoon on Monday, December 11, at 2:00 p.m. and watch White Christmas while singing along to the songs. Free popcorn, hot chocolate, and lyrics sheets provided.

Something magical is about to happen at the Library on Monday, December 11 at 6:30 p.m. when the library shows Elf for Family Movie Night, a touching Christmas film for the whole family to enjoy.

Thursday, December 14, 6:30 p.m. the library will have a special Holiday Bedtime Story Time!  There will be a puppet show, stories, holiday craft, and refreshments so wear your pajamas and settle in for an evening of holiday fun.

Teens have a special after-hours program this month on Friday, December 15 from 7:00 - 9 p.m., Escape the Room! Solve puzzles to "escape." Pizza will be served! Space is limited and registration is required.  Register online here!

Be on the the lookout! 

The Friends of the Library Christmas elves will be creating their wonderful book Christmas tree sitting in the lobby early this year so you may have missed hearing their excited whispers and giggles.

The Library will host a Santa Paws Tree for the Haltom City Animal Shelter. Come in and choose a gift to purchase for the shelter. More details coming soon.

Don't forget!

The library has lots of holiday movies and books for you to enjoy! 

Happy Holiday!

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Mason Cox - Artist on Display

The Haltom City Public Library is exhibiting art work by local painter Mason Cox. All the paintings on display at the Library are in pastels. Please read here what Mason has to say about his art. If you want to contact Mason his email address is

After a 20-year career in the Air Force and several years in the corporate world I started taking art classes at the local community colleges and found it enjoyable and relaxing. Now that I'm retired full time I spend a lot of time painting. Most of my work is what I consider a realistic/impressionistic style. I have some abstract works but not many. I have experimented with different media but I tend to like the bright colors I get with acrylics and find it easier to blend shades as I’m working. In 2014 I was inspired by an article in Pastel Journal and started working in that media. I really enjoy it and have had some success. 
Most of my inspiration comes from my motorcycle travels throughout the United States where I take photos that I use as starting points for my landscape paintings.
Since I live in Texas I have a lot of Texas scenes but I also return home to visit my family in Indiana so there are some scenes from the Midwest as well as some from the southeast. I especially enjoy painting flowers and trees and you will also see several beach and water scenes as I have always felt drawn to the seashore (and I've taken 2 trips to Hawaii recently).

Mason Cox

Monday, September 11, 2017

Pumpkin Decorating Contest

It's almost that time! Time to enter the Haltom City Public Library's 3rd Annual Pumpkin Decorating Contest.

Who can enter:

Anyone! There are 4 judging categories:

  1. Children ages 5-8
  2. Children ages 9-12
  3. Teens ages 13-17
  4. Adults 18 and older

How to Enter:

  • Decorate a pumpkin or gourd—real or artificial—anyway you want: glue, paint, carve, or all of the above! See rules for more information.
  • Bring pumpkin to the library and fill out entry form.
  • The deadline to bring your pumpkins to the library is Wednesday, October 25, 2017. 

  • Please keep pumpkins appropriate for viewing of all ages. Pumpkins deemed inappropriate by library staff for public display will not be judged or displayed.  
  • No sharp or protruding objects of any kind will be allowed.
  • Pumpkins must be decorated at home and brought to the library during library hours.  Deadline: Wednesday, 8 p.m., October 25, 2017. 
  • Library staff will discard pumpkins that exhibit mold or rot. 
  • Pumpkins will be assigned an entry number. Please do not put your name on the pumpkin. 
  • Judging will take place during the Hooowling Halloween beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, October 30, 2017.
  • Pumpkins can be picked up on Monday night after Hooowling Halloween or during regular library hours on Tuesday, October 31, 2017. All pumpkins left after October 31st will be used for the Teen Pumpkin Smash event on November 1, 2017 or will be discarded.

All winning entries for each category will receive a Sonic gift card.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Read Across Texas: The Veteran Experience - Book Discussion

Read Across Texas: The Veteran Experience
Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at 6:30 p.m.

Join us for discussion of Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain. No registration required. Light refreshments will be served. Please contact the library for a copy of the book.

Read Across Texas is a statewide reading program sponsored by the Texas Center for the Book. Read Across Texas encourages communities to engage in tough but important conversations that surround the story of those who have bravely served our country and about what happens when these veterans come home. A grant from the Friends of Libraries & Archives of Texas provided extra copies of the book.

The Military Veterans' Peer Network offers Peer to Peer Group Support at the Haltom City Public Library. They meet on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of each month.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Helping After Harvey

Hurricane Harvey has devastated our fellow Texans and we all want to help.  You might have noticed the City of Haltom City posting this notice:


Haltom City is not accepting material donations such as clothing and blankets for the victims of Hurricane Harvey. If citizens want to contribute to Hurricane Harvey disaster relief money may be donated directly to the American Red Cross. Select Hurricane Harvey from the drop-down menu. At this time and in the upcoming days, money will be the greatest need and the easiest and most convenient way of assisting those affected.

In addition to the Red Cross, you may also want to consider donating to the SPCA of Texas   or the Humane Society to help animals affected by the storm.

Libraries have also been hit hard with this storm. To help libraries affected, you can make a donation to the Texas Library Association Disaster Relief Fund.

You might have also noticed many people on local Facebook groups soliciting donations. Our IT Manager offers the following advice:

"Heads-up! Bad guys are exploiting the Hurricane Harvey disaster. There are fake Facebook pages, tweets are going out with fake charity websites, and phishing emails are sent out asking for donations to #HurricaneHarvey Relief Funds that they keep for themselves. Don't fall for any scams. If you want to make a donation, go to the website of the charity of your choice and make a donation. Type the address in your browser or use a bookmark. Do not click on any links in emails or text you might get. Whatever you see in the coming weeks about Hurricane Harvey disaster relief... THINK BEFORE YOU CLICK. Hurricane Harvey hit hard and especially Houston, TX is badly flooded. The death toll is rising and you can also count on cyber-scams exploiting this disaster. Scammers are now using the Hurricane Harvey disaster to trick people in clicking on links, on Facebook, Twitter and phishing emails trying to solicit charitable giving for the flood victims.
Here are some examples:
  • Facebook pages dedicated to victim relief contain links to scam websites.
  • Tweets are going out with links to charitable websites soliciting donations, but in reality, include links to scam sites or links that lead to a malware infection.
  • Phishing emails dropping in a user's inbox asking for donations to #HurricaneHarvey Relief Fund.
Be wary of anything online covering the Hurricane Harvey disaster in the following weeks.U.S. federal agencies are warning citizens anxious to donate money for those victimized by Hurricane Harvey to be especially wary of scam artists. In years past we’ve seen shameless fraudsters stand up fake charities and other bogus relief efforts in a bid to capitalize on public concern over an ongoing disaster. Here are some tips to help ensure sure your aid dollars go directly to those most in need.The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued an alert Monday urging consumers to be on the lookout for a potential surge in charity scams. The FTC advises those who wish to donate to stick to charities they know, and to be on the lookout for charities or relief Web sites that seem to have sprung up overnight in response to current events (such as, registered on Aug. 28, 2017). Sometimes these sites are set up by well-meaning people with the best of intentions (however misguided), but it’s best not to take a chance.The FTC also warns consumers not to assume that a charity message posted on social media is a legitimate, and urges folks to research the organization before donating by visiting charity evaluation sites such as Charity NavigatorCharity WatchGuideStar, or theBetter Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance. The agency also reminds people who wish to donate via text message to confirm the number with the source before you donate.From the US Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) comes a reminder that malware purveyors frequently use natural disasters and other breaking news items of broad interest to trick people into clicking on malicious links or opening booby-trapped email attachments."