Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Happy Holidays from the Haltom City Public Library!

Come make a Book Craft Ornament on Wednesday, December 5 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. This is for adults and teens, and no registration is required. All supplies provided while they last.

The Haltom City Senior Center is very proud to present a Cliburn in the Community Concert on Friday, December 7, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. Rachel Cheung, a 2017 Cliburn Competition finalist and audience award winner, will perform a free 45 minute concert to our seniors.Everyone is invited to this free concert, but please call and make your reservation with the Senior Center by noon on Thursday, December 6th. Cliburn in the Community provides the experience of live classical music performance for free to a broad audience through partnerships with vibrant venues and organizations throughout the Fort Worth area. The program brings in young, emerging artists for week long residencies to include performances and other community engagement opportunities.

Escape the holiday madness with Coloring and Cookies for Grown Ups. Enjoy Christmas cookies and holiday themed coloring pages on Friday, December 7, from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. A special door prize will be given out this month.

Teens can come HANG OUT on Friday, December 7 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. for games, snacks, and crafts.

Enjoy some Christmas music with Flutissimo! Flue Choir on Monday, December 10 at 7:00 p.m. This free concert is open to all ages and no registration is required.

And for what you've been waiting for - SANTA! Thursday, December 20 at 6:30 p.m. the library will have a special Holiday Bedtime Story Time!  Make sure to bring your camera and wear your best pajamas for an evening of full of fun! We will have the Merry Makers performing, pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus, crafts, stories, and refreshments! 

Teens can DECK THE HALLS on Friday, December 21 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. to make an ornament craft, watch a holiday movie and enjoy a snack.

Be on the the lookout! 

Come to the library and grab a crossword puzzle to learn about the library's resources and be entered to win an e-reader!

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! When the library is closed, you can always check out an e-book or audiobook or a download a magazine or comic book

Happy Holidays!

Saturday, October 27, 2018

TexShare Database Update for 2018-2019

TexShare Databases are e-resources licensed for the exclusive use of Texas libraries and their patrons. Start with TexShare for homework help, health or business information, academic journals, popular magazines, genealogy, or job and career development. To access the TexShare databases, go to the Online Catalog and login with your library card number. If you have trouble logging in, please contact the library.

NEW FOR 2018-2019

The Complete Core Collection is the ultimate general reference resource for researchers at any level. Curated by subject-matter experts to address over 100 topics, the Complete Core Collection provides a launch pad for every lifelong learner. Complete Core offers a growing list of over 1,100 titles to help users answer their immediate research need and engage their curiosity. Content – from major reference works, to multi-volume subject encyclopedias, to field guides, to scholarly handbooks, to animations and countless other award-winning sources – spans across all disciplines with something for libraries of all types. Also included are nearly 2,000 short reference videos, more than 550,000 high-resolution art images, photographs and maps across all subject areas.

When it comes to auto repair, do-it-yourselfers and students in the automotive trades have trusted Chilton manuals for years. Now these exceptional resources are available to your library's patrons in a comprehensive, simple-to-use database offered only by Gale. This 24-hour on-call "mechanic" provides quick online access to repair, maintenance and service information on the most popular cars, trucks, vans and SUVs on the road today. Ford, Chrysler, GM, Honda, Toyota and numerous other makes are well-represented. With more than 50 years of information on actual auto tear-downs provided in step-by-step procedures, work on the engine, chassis, electrical, drive train, suspension, and more is made easier for mechanics of any experience. Photos, illustrations and repair procedures help to simplify even the most arduous tasks.

Opposing Viewpoints In Context is the premier online resource covering today's hottest social issues, from capital punishment to immigration to marijuana. This cross-curricular research database supports science, social studies, current events, and language arts classes. Informed, differing views help learners develop critical-thinking skills and draw their own conclusions.
Opposing Viewpoints In Context is a rich resource for debaters and includes pro/con viewpoints, reference articles, interactive maps, infographics, and more. A category on the National Debate Topic provides quick and easy access to content on frequently studied and discussed issues. Periodical content covers current events, news and commentary, economics, environmental issues, political science, and more from sources such as The New York Times, Newsweek, Foreign Policy, American Scientist, and Education Week.
Business Continuity & Disaster Recovery Reference Center offers cover-to-cover indexing for journals, monographs, magazines and trade publications, all with a strong focus on BC/DR and closely aligned issues. It features hundreds of thousands of additional BC/DR-focused articles, benchmarks and best practices selected from hundreds of leading trade and industry publications.
Records within this easy-to-navigate interface are sorted under subject headings from an extensive thesaurus, allowing users to find critical information quickly and easily. Many full text records featured in Business Continuity & Disaster Recovery Reference Center come complete with images, tables, charts and other graphical information, providing users with the highest quality content. Additionally, content is updated on a weekly basis to incorporate new materials.

Referencia Latina

This full-text Spanish-language database covers a broad array of subjects inside and outside academia. It offers content from a variety of sources, including reference books, general interest magazines and health reports. The intuitive, theme-based Spanish-language interface is designed to make content readily accessible to non-English users. Daily updates ensure availability of the most current articles from a dozen prominent newspapers and newswires from 8 Latin American countries.

Sustainability Reference Center

Designed for sustainability experts and information professionals, this collection offers unmatched coverage of content relevant to many integral areas of sustainability initiative management, including full text for industry-leading journals, magazines, books, trade publications and other valuable resources. It addition, it includes expert analyses, benchmarks and best practices in sustainability initiative management selected from worldwide sources.
Supporting executive decision-making and planning, Sustainability Reference Center helps users form a deeper understanding of the pillars of sustainability. It offers quick access to critical information including complete full text with images, tables, charts and other graphical content from many key titles.

Consumer Health Complete supports the information needs of patients and fosters an overall understanding of health-related topics. This resource provides content covering all key areas of health and wellness, from mainstream medicine to the many perspectives of complementary and holistic medicine. It also contains dozens of articles on a variety of teen health topics from smoking and sexting to dealing with anger and coping with divorce. “TeenTalk” articles are aimed at teens, while “How to Talk to Teens” articles provide tips to parents on starting difficult but important conversations. Source types include journals, magazines, reference books, encyclopedias, pamphlets, images and videos.

MasterFILE Complete

MasterFILE Complete offers the largest collection of popular full-text magazines, reference books and other highly-regarded sources from the world's leading publishers. It provides full text periodicals covering an extensive range of subject areas including business, health, education, fitness, sports and leisure, personal finance, general science, multicultural issues, DIY and fashion, as well as an extensive collection of photos, maps and flags, and more than 70,000 videos from the Associated Press.

Newspaper Source Plus

Newspaper Source Plus provides a full-text digital collection of the world's major news content. It includes millions of articles from newspapers, newswires and news magazines. In addition, it offers television and radio transcripts and ongoing daily updates from popular news sources.

STAR DATABASE! Don’t forget about this one!
Provides a wide selection of state-specific (and multi-state) legal forms across the most popular legal areas. Includes real estate contracts, wills, pre-marital agreements, bankruptcy, divorce, landlord tenant and many others. Also included is a comprehensive attorney state directory and a dictionary of legal definitions explained in laymen's language.

Friday, October 5, 2018

Halloween Book Display


Check out the Halloween display at the Library courtesy of Melinda Williams and her mother Valerie Deering. Melinda has designed book cover art and Valerie has created bookmarks to compliment the book covers. Her love of all things Halloween led her to the creation of her specialty books.

She also volunteers at area assisted living centers as well as at the Haltom City Public Library.

Melinda is a local artisan who also designs and makes her own jewelry.

Happy Fall to all!

Melinda and Valerie

Monday, October 1, 2018

Overdue Fine Rate Changes

Beginning October 1, 2018, the Haltom City Public Library will no longer charge fines for overdue materials.

What is changing?

Any MetrOPAC library patron that checks out Haltom City Public Library materials will no longer be charged the $0.20 a day fine for overdue materials.

Cards will blocked from checking out additional materials if there is an overdue, lost, missing part, or damaged item on the account.

What is not changing?

Patrons will still be responsible for overdue fines for other MetrOPAC libraries’ materials.
Patrons will continue to be billed replacement fees for ALL materials that are not returned, are lost, or are returned damaged.
Library cards will continue to be blocked for fine accruals of $5.00 or more. Fine accruals include, but are not limited to, lost items, damaged items, missing parts, card replacement fees, and other MetrOPAC libraries’ overdue fines.

What about fines currently on my account?

If your library card is blocked because of overdue fines or lost materials, please contact the library. We will do what we can to work with you for existing fines for Haltom City Public Library materials.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Fall Computer Classes

Computer, Mouse, & Keyboard Basics
9/4/18 at 8:30 a.m.
Are you a new computer user with little or no experience using a keyboard and mouse? If so, come to this class and learn how to left-click, right-click and use basic command keys as you prepare to enter the online world and how to navigate the computer. Registration is required. Call 817-222-7786 to register.

Internet Basics
9/18/18 at 8:30 a.m.
Are you an internet novice in need of more information? If so, sign up for Internet Basics! Learn basic internet terminology and how to navigate a browser, locate a website, identify common domains and stay safe while searching in this class. Registration is required. Call 817-222-7786 to register.

Gmail Basics
10/2/18 at 8:30 a.m.
Learn to create a free Google Gmail email account and use its features to send, receive, and organize email messages in this class.  Registration is required. Call 817-222-7786 to register.

Microsoft Word Basics
10/16/18 at 8:30 a.m.
Learn how to create text-based documents using Microsoft Word, as well as how to complete simple actions like saving, opening, and printing documents in this class. Registration is required. Call 817-222-7786 to register.

Create Your Own Basic Resume
10/30/18 at 8:30 a.m.
Learn how to create a basic functional or chronological resume and format the resume to best sell your skills and experience to potential employers in this class. Registration is required. Call 817-222-7786 to register.

Excel Basics
11/13/18 at 8:30 a.m.
Learn how Microsoft Excel's cells, worksheets, and workbooks easily allow users to manipulate, calculate, and format numbers and other types of data in this class. Registration is required. Call 817-222-7786 to register.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

"What is that tree in front of the library with the purple flowers?"

One of the most frequently asked questions in the summer is "What is the name of the tree in front with the purple flowers?"

In front of the library building are Vitex agnus-castus, more commonly known as Texas Vitex. Other names include "Texas Lilac Vitex,” “Texas Lilac,” “Vitex,” “Hemp Tree,” “Sage Tree,” “Indian Spice,” or “Chaste Tree.”

Whatever you call it, it produced beautiful purple flowers in the summer that pollinators love.

For more information about Vitex, check out these sites:

Texas Vitex
Texas Superstar
Recommended Plants for North Texas.

Saturday, May 12, 2018

2018-2019 BISD Battle of the Books

We have the books for Battle of the Books!

About the Battle of the Books

The purpose of the Battle of the Books is to:

  • Promote recreational reading.
  • Expose students to a variety of literature.
  • Enhance reading comprehension and retention.
  • Foster academic competition, and
  • Develop the ability to work as a team.
The BISD Librarians select the books based on:

  • Appropriate variety of reading levels and interests.
  • Variety of genres, such as adventure, mystery, historical fiction, fantasy, science fiction, biography, folktales, fairytales and realistic fiction. (Due to the nature of Battle of the Books we have excluded other informational texts.)
  • Variety of authors
  • Quality books that are well written and timeless. Possible candidates may include: Newbery, Caldecott, Texas Bluebonnet Award and other award lists.
  • Availability: Books should be in print. Paperback bindings are preferred.

Primary List 

Links to all books can be found on the Library's Pinterest page.

A Visitor for Bear by Bonny Becker
Bear's efforts to keep out visitors to his house are undermined by a very persistent mouse.

Last Stop on Market Street by Mat de la Pena
A young boy rides the bus across town with his grandmother and learns to appreciate the beauty in everyday things.

The Night Gardener by Terry Fan
Everyone on Grimloch Lane enjoys the trees and shrubs clipped into animal masterpieces after dark by the Night Gardener, but William, a lonely boy, spots the artist, follows him, and helps with his special work.

Dog vs Cat by Chris Gall
A dog and a cat, both newly adopted and forced to share a room, do not get along until a howling, smelly, terrifying newcomer unites them in a common cause.

The Bad Seed  by Jory John
A grumpy bad seed tells lies, cuts in line and commits other naughty acts before declaring his intention to renounce his mischievous nature, an effort that is met by skepticism by his fellow seeds.

Barkus by Patricia MacLachlan
Barkus is a large and very smart dog who comes to live with seven-year-old Nicky when Nicky's Uncle Everton goes traveling--and soon he is a family and school favorite.

Over and Under the Pond by Kate Messner
Celebrates the forms of life that live above and under a pond, including turtles, red-winged blackbirds, blue herons, minnows, frogs, and catfish.

After the Fall (How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again) by Dan Santat
After falling off the wall, Humpty Dumpty is very afraid of climbing up again, but is determined not to let fear stop him from being close to the birds.

Not Quite Narwhal by Jessie Sima
Born deep in the ocean, Kelp is not like the other narwhals and one day, when he spies a creature on land that looks like him, he learns why.

Little Red and the Very Hungry Lion by Alex Smith
Safari-themed adaptation of the classic fairy tale of Little Red Riding Hood.

The Dance of the Violin by Kathy Sinson
Young violinist Joshua Bell enters a competition determined to perform a difficult piece of music, but when he begins to play, he promptly makes a mistake and instead of leaving the stage, Joshua decides to ask the judges for a second chance.

Gone Camping: A Novel in Verse by Tamera Will Wissinger
Camping is fun. Until it's time to sleep. Then, Lucy wonders, what kinds of creatures lurk in the dark? With only her brother and grandpa as tent mates, will Lucy be able to face her camping fears?

Intermediate List 

Links to all books can be found on the Library's Pinterest page.

A Boy Called Bat by Elana Arnold
For Bixby Alexander Tam (nicknamed Bat), life tends to be full of surprises—some of them good, some not so good. Today, though, is a good-surprise day. Bat’s mom, a veterinarian, has brought home a stray baby skunk, which she needs to take care of until she can hand him over to a wild-animal shelter. But the minute Bat meets the kit, he knows they belong together. And he’s got one month to show his mom that a baby skunk might just make a pretty terrific pet.

Cici's journal : the adventures of a writer-in-training  by Joris Chamblain
When aspiring writer Cici becomes obsessed with discovering the deepest secrets of the people around her, believing it will help her understand them, her friends and family suffer the consequences.

Losers Club by Andrew Clements
Alec, a sixth-grade bookworm always in trouble for reading instead of listening and participating in class, starts a book club, solely to have a place to read, and discovers that real life, although messy, can be as exciting as the stories in his favorite books.

Book Uncle and Me by Uma Krishnaswami
When the mayor tries to shut down the free lending library set up by Book Uncle, a retired teacher, Yasmin decides to do something about it.

Framed by James Ponti
In Washington, D.C., twelve-year-old Florian Bates, a consulting detective for the FBI, and his best friend Margaret help thwart the biggest art heist in United States history.

Esperanza Rising by Pam Monoz Ryan
Esperanza and her mother are forced to leave their life of wealth and privilege in Mexico to go work in the labor camps of Southern California, where they must adapt to the harsh circumstances facing Mexican farm workers on the eve of the Great Depression.

Fuzzy Mud by Louis Sachar
Tamaya Dhilwaddi and Marshall Walsh walk to and from school together since elementary school. But their routine is disrupted when bully Chad Wilson starts a fight with Marshall. To avoid Chad, Marshall and Tamaya take a shortcut home through the off-limits woods. They are soon lost, and they find trouble. More trouble than anyone could imagine.

Separate is Never Equal by Duncan Tonatiuh
Years before the landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling Brown v. Board of Education, Sylvia Mendez, an eight-year-old girl of Mexican and Puerto Rican heritage, played an instrumental role in Mendez v. Westminster, the landmark desegregation case of 1946 in California.