Monday, May 1, 2017

May Happenings at the Library

Coloring & Cookies for Grownups
Friday, May 5 at 6:30 p.m.
The popular program continues on the first Friday of the month. Relax and have fun coloring and enjoying a treat. All materials provided, but feel free to bring your own if you prefer. Adults only, please.

Super Science Saturday
Saturday, May 6 at 9:00 a.m.
Learn and have fun with hands on experiments. May's topic is Geology. Ages 6 - 12.

NEW PROGRAM: Sing-Along Afternoon
Monday, May 8 at 2:00 p.m.
The Haltom City Public Library and the Haltom City Senior Center are joining forces to offer this fun program for all ages! Sing along to your favorite musical. Free popcorn and lyrics sheets will be provided.  May's movie will be The Music Man. All ages welcome.

Family Movie Night - The Secret Life of Pets
Monday, May 8 at 6:30 p.m.
Enjoy a movie with the family and free popcorn! May's Family Movie will be the Secret Life of Pets.

Friday, May 19 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Please join AT&T for its It Can Wait simulator tour kickoff event. The simulator will be set up in the library. Test out the campaign's virtual reality simulator to experience firsthand why no post, glance, email, search, or text is worth a life. Remember: You're never alone when you are on the road. All ages.

Haltom City Garden Club's Annual Plant Sale & Swap, Craft Show, and Workshops
Saturday, May 20 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Don't miss the Garden Club's Annual event! There will be a plant swap and sale, garden craft sale, gardening workshops and a bee program for children.

Teen Advisory Board
Wednesday, May 31 at 4:00 p.m.
Calling all High School students! Voice your opinions about teen programs at the library! Earn a community service hour and enjoy a snack. The Teen Advisory Board will meet monthly on the last Wednesday of each month.

Burgers & Bingo at the Senior Center
The library is also selling tickets to Burgers and Bingo (May 19 at 6:30 p.m.), a fundraiser benefiting Friends Helping Friends Senior Transportation Program. Tickets are $25.00.  The fundraiser will be at the Senior Center at 5000 Berniece Street. There will be a silent auction and bake sale. Call 817.834.8021 for more information.

Don't forget about our Story Times!

Bilingual Story Time: Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.
Preschool Story Time: Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.
Toddler Time: Fridays at 10:30 a.m.

Ladies' Night Out
Ladies' Night Out Tickets are now available! Get your ticket before June 17 to take advantage of the $39 early bird price ($45 after June 17) and be entered into the Early Bird Drawing the night of the event.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Book Sale + More

The annual Friends of the Haltom City Public Library book sale is here. The sale runs from Thursday, April 27th Sunday, April 30th. There is something for everyone. There are puzzles, 78 RPM records, videos (first video is $1.00, the next 5 are free; thats less than 17 cents per tape!). There are hardcover and paperback books. You will discover both children and adult books. That gem that you have been searching for just might be here. Dont miss the opportunity to find it!

Thursday, 4-27:  10 am 7 pm
Friday, 4-28:        10 am 5 pm
Saturday, 4-29:   10 am 4 pm
Sunday, 4-30:       2 pm 4 pm  

The Friends of HCPL work all year long to organize and set up this annual tradition. The Friends use these proceeds to help fund the costs of many events. The Friends have sponsored or co-sponsored many of our events. Here is a listing of some of those events:

Ø  Amnesty Day on fines
Ø  Family Movie Nights
Ø  Hooowling Halloween
Ø  Ladies Night Out
Ø  Night of Romance
Ø  Summer Reading Program
Ø  Volunteer Appreciation Reception

And thats just since October 2016!

Our wonderful Friends have purchased many things for the Library throughout the years. There are just too many items to list in this small space.

If you would like to join the Friends (there is no membership fee) or volunteer for some of the many events throughout the year, please call President, Patsy Sullivan at 817.849.2526.

Thank you to all the people who volunteered at the book sale.

Sharon Bell                                          Shada Kilinski
Birdi & Gary Blocker                        Betty Lair
Toni Crawford                                   Janell & Joe Long
Pat Davenport                                   Sheila Means
Valerie Deering                                 Rita Morton
Terri Grizzelle                                    Melanie Penrod
Brenda Groschup                             Bonnie Richards
Irvelene Hays                                     Cindy Sharpe
Marion Hilliard                                   Patsy Sullivan

Darlene Hooks

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Volunteer Appreciation Reception

Mark April 12th from 2 to 4 pm on your calendar to drop by the Haltom City Public Library and hob knob with those special people who contribute so much to the fantastic programs sponsored by the Library.  Light refreshments will be provided and much lively conversation will occur.  Many volunteers come to work and support the Library and their most wonderful employees, but rarely get a chance to stop working long enough to get to know fellow volunteers.  This is one of those special times where we can share experiences and laugh together.  And, if our citizens like the special and the regular programs of the Library, this is a time to pat the backs of some of those who make it happen.

Marian Hilliard, special contributor to the Inside Cover and library supporter

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Springing Forward at the Haltom City Public Library

Spring is in full swing, and there's a lot coming up at the library.

For those of you who love to watch movies (and who doesn’t?), we have increased the limit of DVD checkout limit from 10 DVDs per card to 15.

Super Science Saturday continues on the 1st Saturday of the month at 9:00 a.m. The theme for April 1st is Rockets, and the theme for May 6th is Geology. Super Science Saturday - where science meets fun - is appropriate for ages 6 to 12.

Representatives from the Library will be at the Haltom City Carfest on April 1st handing out bookmarks. The Easter Bunny will be there!

The Easter Bunny will take time again out his/her busy schedule to make a special appearance at the April 13th Preschool Story Time at 10:30 a.m. Bring your camera!

Relax and have fun with us at Coloring and Cookies for Grown Ups on the First Friday evening of every month at 6:30 p.m. (yes, after the library is closed!). All supplies provided, but feel free to bring your own if you prefer. Coloring and Cookies will be held on April 7th and May 5th.

The Library will be showing HOP on April 10th at 6:30 p.m. for Family Movie Night. The Secret Life of Pets will be shown on May 8th.
Everyone looks forward to the Friends of the Haltom City Public Library’s annual book sale. The sale is right around the corner. Mark your calendar for the following times and dates:
Thursday, April 27th: 10:30am – 7:00pm
Friday, April 28th: 10:30am – 5:00pm  
Saturday, April 29th: 10:30am – 4:00pm
Sunday, April 30th:  2:00pm –  4:00pm box sale

The Library will once again host the Haltom City Garden Club's Plant Swap and Sale in May. Stay tuned for more details.

Summer Reading Club planning is in full swing. Check back for exciting details!

The next Ladies’ Night Out date has been set. Mark your calendars for Saturday, August 12, 2017. And we are happy to announce that Chef Tyler will be catering the event once again.

We hope to see you at the library soon!

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Night of Romance 2017

                                                        Night of Romance 2017

 The library's third annual " Night of Romance", which highlights area authors of romance novels, was held on Friday, February 10. What a fabulous evening! We had 12 authors in attendance. Each attendee was presented with a long stem rose, their choice of color. No not just red ones. Haltom City Public Library is more colorful than that! Refreshments included bubbly drinks and a delectable chocolate fountain. Opportunities to purchase books directly from the authors was exciting. Many of our wonderful authors donated baskets filled with copies of their books and other goodies and door prizes were awarded every 30 minutes throughout the evening. Our good friend and featured author, Marsha R. West, composed a terrific article detailing this event on her weekly blog. With her permission the link to her blog is as follows: Please feel free to follow her, Marsha is loads of fun. We hope you will join us next year for an even more fantastic event!

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Fran Burns Photography Exhibit

We would like to encourage everyone to come to the Library in to see a new photographic exhibit. There are over 20 photographs by photographer Fran Burns. If you have been around Haltom City, you might know Fran. She started the first Haltom City Photography Contest, which is now in its 29th year.  Here, in her own words, are how she got started in photojournalism:

I began working for the North Hills News in spring 1986 after graduating from the University of North Texas with a degree in photojournalism. I was hired as the staff photographer, and the position gave me the opportunity to take photos of all kinds of subjects and events.  I was also able to do a little writing and page layout for the paper. 
North Hills News was a weekly that initially covered Haltom City, North Richland Hills, Richland Hills and Watauga. We had reporters that regularly attended city council meetings in each of these towns. We also covered BISD and the private schools in our area. The paper later expanded limited coverage in Hurst, Euless and Bedford and the HEB School District. 
As staff photographer I ran a darkroom and was responsible for rolling bulk film, developing the film and making an average of 40 prints per week for publications. My most challenging assignment was getting good photos of high school football games. With limited equipment and taking photos basically in the dark, I found Friday night football a frustrating comedy of errors. 
I was present with people at their most celebratory times and during their worst times. It was all part of the job. As I think back on it now, I feel incredibly blessed to have been able to document a short timeframe of history in Northeast Tarrant County.
Today, I continue to enjoy taking photos of my kids and grandkids … still documenting history, but in a more personal way. 
A collection of the North Hills News is housed at the Birdville Museum, 6030 Walker St., Haltom City. All of my negatives from my time with the newspaper are also archived there.
For more information contact the library.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

National Geographic Sale

Don't miss the next mini-sale sponsored by the Friends of Haltom City Public Library.

The first sale will feature National Geographic magazines. The premier magazine for science, geography, and social studies is well known for its award winning writing and photography.

The sale will run from February 13 through February 16, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day or until they run out.

After you read the magazines, they are prefect for upcycling! Check out these ideas:

Decorating with National Geographic Magazines from Little Green Notebook

National Geographic Shelf from Inhabitat

How to make Altered Art Pages with National Geographic magazine by Shemi Dixon on YouTube

How to Decoupage Anything from DIY

Crafts from Recycled Magazines

Craft Project Ideas from Recycled Magazines from Craft World

Make a Recycled Paper Bead Bracelet from Instructables.

Feel free to contact the library to check and see if items are still available, or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.