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."


Thursday, July 13, 2017

Ladies' Night Out 2017

It is almost time for Ladies' Night Out! If you do not have a ticket yet, there is still time to get one and enjoy this fun event to raise funds for library programs and services.

Ladies' Night Out will be held on Saturday, August 12, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Tickets are $45 and are available at the library. Call or come by to get your ticket today!


Dinner is being catered by Events by Chef Tyler. The menu is:

Pan-Seared Chicken Breast in Chardonnay and Thyme Sauce
Boursin Cheese Whipped Potatoes
Italian Vegetable Medley with Balsamic Glaze
Garden Salad with Raspberry Vinaigrette
Dinner Rolls

Appetizers of Caprese Skewers and Spanakopita will be served before dinner.


The following vendors are confirmed. Check back for updates!

Creation of Miracles
Creations by Yunna (handmade jewelry)
Jamberry Nails
Katherine Parker (baked goods)
Lip Sense
Loretta Helm (Pet bandannas and other handmade pet products)
Mary Kay
Monat Hair Care
Pampered Chef
Paparazzi Accessories
Premier Jewelry
Pure Romance (bath and body products)
Purple Light Touch Massage
Sam's Club (optical tests)
Scentsy Candles
Texas Pottery & Clay
Therapy Baking (cake pops)
Treasures and Lace (tatted lace jewelry)
Young Living Essential Oils


Face Reading
Photo Booth
Temporary Tattoos


Ladies' Night Out would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors.


Cathy and David Black

Marshall Brinkley

Bangkok Cuisine
Cowtown Bowling

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Upcoming Teen Programs

In case you haven't noticed, we have a lot of new programs for Teens at the library. Join us for the fun!

Game On
Calling all gamers...Wii gaming fun. For 7th – 12th grades. Join us on Tuesdays & Thursdays at 4:00 pm. In the community/meeting room.

Teen Advisory Board
Earn a community service hour and help out the Library at the same time. Last Wednesday of each month from 4 – 5:00 p.m.  (July 26th & August 25th). Voice your opinion about teen programs at the library. For high school teens, this meeting takes place in the Library board room.

Teen Trivia
Held the last Friday of each month (July 28th & August 30th) at 4:00 p.m. in the community/meeting room. Answer trivia questions while enjoying a snack. Winner will receive a prize and have their name displayed.

Teen Superhero Movie Event
On July 14th at 3:30 pm.,  Captain America Civil War (PG-13, 146 minutes, 2016) will be the feature movie at the Library.

Teen Mini Golf
Have you ever wanted to play mini golf in the library? Here's your chance! Come enjoy 9 holes with friends on Friday, August 18th, from 7 - 9:00 p.m. For 7th-12th Graders. Space is limited so please sign up either online or call 817-222-7787.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Summer Reading Club 2017

The Haltom City Library's annual Summer Reading Program, sponsored by the Friends of the Haltom City Public Library, is in full swing! The library will be hoppin’ with lots of activities. 

First start your vacation off and register for the Summer Reading Club. Pick up your reading logs and keep track of the time as you read. It’s easy. who read over the summer months maintain their skills and are better prepared to start school in the fall.

Reading Program

You can also register and record your time online:

Children's Programs 

The weekly schedule of children's and family events is below:

Mondays at 6:30 p.m. -  Family Movie Nights

June 5: The Lego Movie
June 12: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
June 19: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
June 26: Beauty and the Beast
July 3: Wall-E
July 10: The Muppet Movie
July 17: The Iron Giant
July 24: Big Hero 6

Tuesdays at 2:00 p.m. - Board Game Days

Bring your friends and your favorite game or enjoy one of ours!

Wednesdays at 2:00 p.m. -  Kid Craft Days

Beat the heat and make a craft! 

Thursdays at 2:00 p.m. - Reading Buddies

Practice your reading with a new friend or a reading dog!

Fridays at 2:00 p.m. - Special Guest Fridays

June 9: Percussion Things
June 16: Willy Welch, Author, singer, musician
June 23: Chickendog Circus
June 30: Ronald McDonald
July 7: Author  James Martinez
July 14: Zooniversity
July 21: Perot Museum TECH Truck
July 28: Professor Pop Bret Roberts, Magician

Super Science Saturday 

July 1 at 9:00 a.m.: Fossils

Story Times

Regularly scheduled story times will continue throughout the summer at 10:30 a.m.:

Wednesdays : Bilingual Story Time
Thursdays: Preschool Story Time
Friday: Toddler Time

Teen Programs

Game On! Wii Gaming - Tuesdays and Thursdays at 4:00 p.m.

Get your Game On! at the Library. Wii provided. Every Tuesday and Thursday.

Escape The Room - June 9 at 6:30 p.m.

Geared towards 7-12th grade teens, the Haltom City Library's "Escape the Room" traps players in a room and in order to escape they must follow clues and solve puzzles within a set time limit. Escapees will be rewarded with pizza!

Call 817-576-0115 to sign up or see a librarian at the reference desk.

Teen Trivia - Last Friday of the Month at 4:00 p.m.

Winner of the trivia contest will receive a prize! 

June 30: Disney Trivia
July 28: Food Logos and Slogans

Adult Programs

Coloring and Cookies for Grown Ups - First Friday of the Month at 6:30 p.m.

Join us for some relaxing fun and sweet treats! Coloring pages and colored pencils are provided, but feel free to bring your own if you prefer.

Sing-Along Afternoons - 2nd Tuesday at 2:00 p.m.

June 12: Singin' In the Rain
July 10: Mamma Mia! 

For more information about any of these programs, please see our Facebook page or contact the library.