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Thursday, June 30, 2011
How many of you know what this is a picture of? A sewing cabinet where needles and threads are stored, a cabinet with drawers full of a dentist's instruments of pain, or maybe a jewelry or crafts storage cabinet? Or.... I think you will be surprised to learn the story of this very special cabinet next week. Hint: It had magical powers when I was a child and it still does today, only of a different kind.
Thursday, June 16, 2011
I hope that everyone got to read Bob Ray Sanders’s column in yesterday’s Fort Worth Star-Telegram for several reasons. One, he’s one of my favorite columnists. Two, he’s a great supporter of libraries. Three, this week he writes about one of his personal dilemmas: culling his list of favorite movies, books, and music down to three per category for the Fort Worth Library’s annual Summer Reading Challenge. Judging by all of the titles that he listed as some of his favorites, he has quite a bit of work left to do to get to the three finalists. (And no, I’m not telling you what any of the titles are – you need to read his column for yourself.) I wasn’t surprised that most of the movies he liked weren’t my favorites (it’s a guy vs. gal thing probably). I expected our taste in books to be similar and I wasn't disappointed. But I was totally surprised with his excellent taste in music. He likes the same music and artists that I do!
If you read his column, you know that he is going to be one of the four guest panelists for Haltom City Public Library’s upcoming August 4th evening event, “The Songbird Still Sings: A Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Pulitzer Prize Award for To Kill a Mockingbird". In addition, he is going to be the panel moderator for the book discussion so it's no surprise that this book and the movie are on his ‘favorites’ list.
I tried last tonight to compile my own list of my three most favorite books and I now understand Bob Ray Sanders’s dilemma. Maybe if I could just raise the limit to ten or twenty, wait, maybe thirty if I counted my favorite childhood books, then maybe I could ….. Nope, can't do it. I’m either fickle or well-read. I prefer to think I’m well-read. I wish. lol. After much thought, I'd have to say my three favorite books are: Gone with the Wind, To Kill a Mockingbird, and Atlas Shrugged.
So what are your three favorite books? E-mail your three book titles to: firstname.lastname@example.org and let’s find out what’s Haltom City’s three favorite books are.
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Attention Haltom City readers and surrounding neighborhood readers! I have a challenge for you, myself included. There are three parts to it but I guarantee they will all be easy. The hard work has already been done by the Haltom City Public Library’s 50th Anniversary Committee, other volunteers, and the library staff.
Thursday, June 2, 2011
The Haltom City Public Library always makes me feel so special. They spoil me a tab bit too but I’m not complaining. I like sitting back in my comfy desk chair and using my computer to screen shop through the current NY Times Best Sellers list for Fiction, Nonfiction and Advice books when I log onto the MetrOPAC Online Services that I accessed through the Haltom City Library’s website.
MetrOPAC is the combined catalog for Haltom City, Benbrook, Burleson, Fort Worth, Keller, Richland Hills, and Watauga. Books and movies found in their catalog may be transferred, upon request, to any library in the MetrOPAC system for resident cardholders to pick up.
Once I see a book or DVD that I want, I can request it from whichever city that has it on the shelf and it’s delivered to my library of choice, the Haltom City Public Library. If I’m put on a waiting list, it tells me how many patrons are ahead of me. I can check daily or weekly to see where I am at on the waiting list if I want to, but I don’t really need to because, get this, I get a phone call when my book is ready to be picked up! How easy is that? And this is the really unbelievable part—if I’m in a hurry or have a lot of books to pick up or it’s raining, all I have to do is call the library ahead of time and they will have my order ready to pick up at the drive-thru window. I don’t even have to get out of my car if I don’t want to! I haven’t used the drive-thru window yet because I personally like to go into the library and roam through the book displays to see if any additional books might catch my fancy. Plus I like the big smiles I get whenever the librarians and staff assist me. Like I said, they make me feel special. But then, they do their best to make sure EVERY patron feels special and gets a tab bit spoiled. So let's all go get spoiled!