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.

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 www.texaspottery.com

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 mason.cox@live.com.

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.