Thursday, December 27, 2012


Dear Readers,

I’ve been reading and savoring the best seller, “Flight Behavior” by Barbara Kingsolver, a story of the flight of Monarch butterflies gone astray and how one small community and family have been changed by them and their plight.  I’ve always loved butterflies, they being one of the very few bugs I don’t scream at and run from, and I have felt blessed whenever one has lit on my shoulder, my hair or my cheeks.  After all, who doesn’t love butterfly kisses?

Now we have a unique opportunity to see a book come alive, so to speak, thanks to the Fort Worth Science Museum. Starting this week and ending 2-10-2013, the Omni Theater is showing a film, Flight of the Butterflies.  According to the Museum’s website, “...Flight of the Butterflies is actually two stories, intertwined. It’s about the astounding Monarch butterfly migration, the longest known insect migration on earth, and the determined scientist who spent 40 years trying to discover exactly where the butterflies mysteriously went when they flew south for winter.”

Barbara Kingsolver’s novel is about what happens when the butterflies don’t go to central Mexico for the winter as they have in the past and instead end up in Feathertown, a small town in the Appalachians, when the winter snows and cold temperatures can threaten their future existence. 
 “Flight Behavior” is a must-read for those who have concerns about our changing environment and love butterfly kisses.  I’m sure the film will be the same.
Happy reading from your Library Blog Mistress!


Wednesday, September 19, 2012



Hello, Faithful Blog-Followers  ;0)  This is your Library Blog Maven.  You are about to be treated to a special posting by our very own Haltom City Mayor Pro Tem, Darlene Hooks!  We would like to thank Ms. Hooks for taking the time out of her certainly busy schedule to create this personal and inspiring post for our blog.  Thank you so much!! 

First Books I remember reading:

 “Nancy Drew Mysteries” I was in Elementary School. I related to Nancy Drew because I am an only child and imagined her to be an only child also. These books are why I still enjoy a good Mystery.


Favorite Book:

 “Listen to the Warm” by Rod McKuen  (I have an autographed hard copy) It was a gift from a very special friend.


Best Book:

“Our Bodies Ourselves” A book by and for Women. This book is full of valuable information about Women’s Health and sexuality.  I have given this book as a gift to my daughter, her friends and my friends.  I am so glad that I found this book, not only for myself, but also for the women who I was able to shared it with . I would still recommend it for all women.


Favorite Author:

I don’t have a Favorite; I like books that relate to what I am experiencing at that time.



Books That I have read recently:


“Clueless to Commissioned”    by Kelly A Martin.     
 I enjoyed reading this book for several reasons.  Kelly Martin is from Haltom City. She Graduated from Haltom High School and her Mother is still a Haltom City resident.  She tells the story of her journey as a female  Police Officer during her 15 years with the Fort Worth Police Department. Her  honest approach to telling her story made for a very interesting and emotional book. Her descriptions of events included places we are all familiar with, some in our own neighborhoods. I enjoyed her book very much and would recommend it to all readers. (my copy is autographed)


“Privacy means Profit” by John D. Sileo.

I heard John Sileo speak at the TML Conference. I was so impressed with his presentation of how to prevent Identity Theft and secure you and your bottom line, that I bought his book for myself and several members of my family.  (my copy is autographed) He encourages everyone to “Think Like a Spy”  

His website is:


“The Gift of Community”  by Gary D. McCaleb. Reflections on the way we live and work together. 
 I love the title of this book.  Here is a quote from Gary McCaleb  “ The reason this book is titled the Gift of Community is because I am convinced that any sense of community we enjoy comes as a result of the charitable spirit and generous nature of others”  For me, it was also good to read that “we cannot ignore the problems of our community but we need to be sure that in our community we are going to be spending some time in Celebration”. What great advice!

I hope you all enjoyed this post as much as I did  ;0)

Until Next Time,

Your Library Blog Maven,



Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Diabetes Resources

Many of us know someone who has been diagnosed by diabetes.  Type I diabetes is generally diagnosed in children. Therefore, more common name for this disease is “Juvenile Diabetes.” Type II Diabetes is, on average, diagnosed in adults and as a rule can be controlled by diet and exercise, if detected early enough. The following bibliography is comprised of a combination of resources ranging from helpful websites to books and videos available through the library. Please beware that these resources are not intended to replace the medical advice from your primary care physician. 

“Knowledge is power”


Visual Resources:

Understanding diabetes and living a healthy life    (Video Cassette)                          Upjohn Co.

Diabetes: An Introduction                                              (Video Cassette)                            InforMed

Lifestyle #9 Volume 7, A General Overview and Recommendations for Managing  Diabetes.

                                                                                                ( Video Disc)          Kerr, Graham and Treena

Diabetes---Facts, nutrition and cooking                                 ( Video Disc)      Millennium  Interactive

Mayo Clinic wellness solution for diabetes           ( Video Disc)                       Mayo Clinic

If You Have---Diabetes                                                 ( Video Disc)                       Alpyn  Health Education


Diabetes A To Z: What you Need To Know About Diabetes, Simply Put.        American Diabetes Assoc.

American Medical Association Guide to Living With Diabetes                       John Wiley& Sons, Inc.

Take Charge of Your Diabetes                                                                                    Zaidi, Sarfraz

A First Book for Understanding Diabetes (Diabetes in Children)                  Chase, Peter     

The Everything Diabetes Book: From diagnosis and diet to Insulin and exercise: All you need to live and active, healthy life.                                                                                                Ford-Martin, Paula

American Diabetes Association Complete Guide To Diabetes               American Diabetes Association

Growing Up With Diabetes: What Children want Their Parents to Know                 McAullife, Alicia




The Joslin Diabetes Gourmet Cookbook: Heart-healthy everyday Recipes For Family and Friends

                                                                                                                                         Polin, Bonnie Sanders

The art of Cooking For The Diabetic                                                                         Hess, Mary Abbott

Diabetic Sweet Tooth Cookbook                                                                                     Finsand, Mary Jane

New Family Cookbook for People With Diabetes                                                        Simon & Schuster

Cooking Withe the Diabetic Chef                                                                                     Smith, Chris 




This post was contributed by our very own Allison.  Thank you so much Allison!!

Until Next Time,

Your Library Blog Maven,



Monday, August 20, 2012

In the midst of the fervor over e-books, there is something ultimately satisfying about having a book in my hand and turning the pages. Even more satisfying is that the author placed said book into my very own hands as a gift to this, the Haltom City Public Library. Marvelle Zollars, a local author from Roanoke, Texas, has written a very touching novel, The Refuge about a home for unwed mothers and other “social strays.”

She looks at this subject from the young mother-to-be’s point of view as well as from that of the girl’s parents and other people who become involved. And she offers the possible options for young women in this situation, with abortion being the least desirable, and including adoption and keeping the child to raise by herself, with the help of family, or ideally marrying the father. Many times her words brought me to tears, as I pondered the fictional situations and compared them to real-life situations I have encountered, fortunately mostly vicariously.

While she has created a work of inspirational fiction, Ms. Zollars does not back away from the negative elements in society – crime, drug abuse, rape, physical and emotional abuse, greed, selfishness and false pride. She also deals sympathetically with homelessness, lack of self-esteem, loneliness, and physical disabilities. Her beautiful imagery and the Christ-centered philosophies made this a most enjoyable read. I look forward to more stories from her in the same vein.

This post was brought to us by our very own Ann Gray Rethard, MLS.

Thank you, Ann, so much for your contribution!!

Until Next Time,
Your Library Blog Maven,

Monday, August 6, 2012

A Cinderella Story For Everyone

Who doesn’t love a good “Cinderella” story? The concepts of kindness and virtue are not only timeless but multi-cultural as well. Here is a brief bibliography of Cinderella tales available through your library. Happily Reading Ever-After.


Cinderella                                                                                                            Perrault, Charles

Rough Face Girl                                                                                                 Martin, Rafe

Sootface: An Ojibwa Cinderella story                                                      San Souci, Robert

Persian Cinderella                                                                                            Climo, Shirley

Korean Cinderella                                                                                        Climo, Shirley

Pigling: A Korean Cinderella Story                                                                             Jolley, Dan

Jouanah: A Hmong Cinderella                                                                     Coburn, Jewell Reinhart

Angkat: The Cambodian Cinderella                                                          Coburn, Jewell  Reinhart

Turkey Girl: A Zuni Cinderella                                                                      Pollock, Penny

Yeh-Shen: A Chinese Cinderella

Ashpet: An American Cinderella

Glass Slipper, Golden Sandal: A world-wide Cinderella

Raisel’s Riddle  ( Jewish  Version  of Cinderella)                                  Silverman, Erica

Ash                                                                                                                        Lo, Malinda

Smoky Mountain Rose: An Appalachian Cinderella

 The Way Meat Loves Salt: A Jewish Cinderella

The Golden Sandal: A Middle Eastern Cinderella ( Iraqi)                 Hickox, Rebecca

Domitila : Cuento de la Cenicienta                                                           Coburn, Jewell Reinhart

basado en lad tradiciaon Mexicana

Little Golden Star: Spanish American Cinderella

Fair, Brown, and Trembling: An Irish Cinderella

The Golden Slipper: An ancient Egyptian Cinderella

The Orphan: A Cinderella Story From Greece                                      Manna, Anthony

Egyptian Cinderella                                                                                         Climo, Shirley

Cinder Edna

Cendrillon: Caribbean Cinderella                                                               San Souci, Robert

The Gift of the Crocodile: Cinderella Story                                            Sierra, Judy 

 ( Indonesian Cinderella)                              

Salmon Princess: An Alaskan Cinderella Story                                      Dwyer, Mindy

Abadeha: A Philippine Cinderella Story                                                  De La Paz, Myrna J.

Ntsuag  Nos: ib tug Cinderella Hmoob ( Hmong Cinderella)           Coburn, Jewell Reinhart

Adelita: A Mexican Cinderella Story                                                         De Paola, Tomie

Sumorella: A Hawaiian Cinderella story                                                  Takayama,  Sandi

Anklet for a Princess: Cinderella story from India                                               Brucker, Meredith

This post was contributed by our very own Allison  ;0)  I hope you enjoy it and find yourself lost in many great titles. 

Until Next Time,

Your Library Blog Maven,

Monday, July 23, 2012

A Facebook App For Book Lovers!

A quick hi and happy reading from your Library Blog Mistress!  Hope you don’t mind me stopping in and chatting with you once in a while.  I know we all have been busy this summer reading.  The library had a record number of readers sign up for their 2012 Summer Reading Club – over 1,250 of you which is a record number! 

For all of your Facebook fans, I found this really cool app called: The Book Challenge:  100 Books To Read Before You Die.  After you go down the list of books and check off the ones you have read (and can remember reading), it posts your results on Facebook to share with all your friends.  If you can’t find the app on Facebook or your Facebook friends haven’t send you it yet, the web address is:

I was reluctant at first to take the challenge as I have always considered myself an avid reader and didn’t want to make my friends look bad when my results showed up.  It turned out that I didn’t need to worry about that.  I was shocked with my results and my lowly score of 24 is now out there for all my friends to see which is a bit depressing.  On the other hand, I still have lots of time to read the other 76 books.  And I’m willing to bet that my favorite library, the Haltom City Public Library, has them all, so…..

If you Google book lists to read, you will find a multiple of them around.  Is this particular list the best list?  Probably not but it does show that Facebook fans are readers and are proud to be.  Plus it’s just plain fun to take and share your results with your friends.  Hope you are up to the challenge!

Have a happy reading week!

This post has been provided by your Blog Mistress.  We are so excited to have her visit!!  Thank you SO much, Mistress, for contributing your flair for our reading pleasure!!  I am looking very forward to using this app and seeing how I might stack up next to some of my fellow bibliophiles  ;0)

Until Next Time,
Your Library Blog Maven


Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Get Creative!!

                                                                   Local Artist Bennie Wood

Thanks to the Arts Council Northeast and TX Commission on the Arts, the library has had the pleasure of hosting several art classes taught by local artist Bennie Wood. Adults have enjoyed taking her “Watercolor Experience” classes, and the paintings created were phenomenal. Ms. Wood has been awarded funds allowing children to attend various art classes free of charge. In May, the younger artists created three art projects, each using a different medium. At the conclusion of the series of classes, the library held a reception honoring our participants. The children delighted in displaying their creative works of art to friends and family.

The next art classes, so called “Art Wednesdays”, are specifically for young people aged 11 to 14. The dates are July 18 and 25. Remember, these classes are free of charge, but require a $5.00 refundable deposit to reserve your seat at the work table. Come join all of your artsy friends and create a masterpiece!

Coming up for adults interested in art classes, Ms. Wood will be teaching a series called “Watercolor Experience #4” beginning in August.  These classes will take place on Saturdays, August 4, 11, 18, 25.  They will begin at 12:30 and end at 3:30 in the afternoons.  More details regarding these classes will be available closer to the start date for the classes.  Be sure to check our Facebook page calendar for all Ms. Wood’s upcoming classes.  Information about supplies and cost will be available in late July at the following number:  817-222-7786.  We hope you will join us for a wonderful creative learning experience!!

This post was co-written by Allison and your Library Blog Maven

Until Next Time,

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Bi-lingual Books for Children

The Haltom City Public Library has a wonderful selection of bi-lingual books for children. What a great way for non-English speaking parents, or multi-lingual parents , to share quality time with their children; snuggled within the covers of a good book.

In addition, adults may find these books as useful tools for practicing skills in reading words in languages other than their native language. Within the Metro-Pac Library Consortium, hundreds of bilingual books are made available for library patrons to checkout. Here is just a sample of some of the titles we offer. Come browse the shelves and find wonderful stories to share and enjoy!

Spanish/ English

Very Hungry Caterpillar   by  Eric Carl 

Tito the Firefighter  by Tim Hoppey    

Matt the Rat Series by Lorenzo Liberto  

     Save the Planet

     Matt the Rat’s Incredible Creations

I Wish I had Glasses Like Rosa   by  Kathryn Heling    

Flute Player   Robyn Eversole        

This Home We Have Made    by   Anna Hammond   

I Wish I Had Freckles Like Abby     by  Kathryn Heling  

Chinese/ English

The Giant Turnip   by  Henrietta Barkow  

Buy Me a Crocodile  English/ Chinese

You and Me Little Bear   by Martin Waddell

Don’t Cry Sly  by  Henrietta Barkow   


Frog and the Stranger  by Max Velthuijs  

Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carl 

Milet Bilingual Visual Dictionary English/ Vietnamese

This Blog was written by our guest blogger, Allison.  Thank you so much, Allison for your contribution!!!

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

It’s Summertime!!!

It’s that time of year again!!  Time for the Summer Reading Club at the Library!!  We always have such a great time every year with this program.  If you haven’t ever come in to experience the fun, you should definitely make a point to have this be your first year.  This is not just for the kiddos!  There will be special guests every week, movie nights for the family, and prizes for reading!  Our theme this year is Get A Clue!  Adults are encouraged to sign up even if you don’t have a kiddo in tow  J  You can even win prizes for your hours of reading.

All The Fuss

Starting at the kick-off on Saturday, June 2, 2012 at 2:00 we will be hosting Brett Roberts, a magician and puppeteer, in the Meeting Room.  This is always a fun and exciting show!  If you would like to get registered for the Club, you may come in any time and inquire at the Reference Desk.  The Librarians there will be more than happy to get you set up. 

Just a taste of what we will be doing in the Club this Summer:   

Every week through July 20, 2012 we will have movie nights on Tuesdays from 6:30-8:00pm.  The movie are all geared for family entertainment and are kid-friendly.

Every Friday we will be hosting a different special guest ranging from clowns to creature teachers with mondo drums in between!!

Throughout the Summer, prizes will be given out as you rack up the hours of reading.

The whole bunch of fantastic fun will close out with a Grand Finale at the end of July. 

Go Forth and Share!

If you know anyone who loves to read, be entertained, or enjoys having a great time for FREE, please tell them all about the Summer Reading Club!  The more, the merrier, we like to say  J Bring all of your friends and come have a great time with us this Summer!

For more detailed information on events, movies, and times please visit us at any of the following places:

Facebook:  and click on the link to our calendar

On the Web:   Departments, Library, Calendar of Events

Until Next Time,
Your Library Blog Maven,

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Happy Mother's Day!

Sunday, May 13th is the day to celebrate moms this year.  In my research for this post, I discovered that this holiday has an interesting history (of course).   Maybe it’s just that I find nearly ANY history interesting…..I digress. 

As you begin reading this post, I hope you find yourself thinking warmly of a certain person who had great maternal significance in your life.  I, myself, am lucky enough to have three people who I consider to be “Mother” to me.  I feel abundantly fortunate to have had (and to continue to have) a very strong feminine presence in the group of people most important to me.

Whether you are a mother yourself, have a mother you cherish, or simply find yourself thinking fondly of a certain woman who has been significant to you; I hope you find a way to have a meaningful celebration on the second Sunday this month. 


Mother’s Day is presently celebrated in nearly all countries throughout the world in some form or another. However, not every country observes it on the second Sunday of May as we do.  Most of these celebrations stem from another observation or festival from their history.  Most of them are connected to a spiritual ceremony of some sort.  The way we celebrate it in the U.S. stems from the British holiday “Mothering Sunday”.  Mothering Sunday came about from a tradition that started in the Middle Ages.  The custom allowed people who had moved away to return to their native land and their mothers on Laetare Sunday. 

The custom that we recognize in present time directly stems from a woman named Anna Jarvis from Philadelphia.  On May 12, 1907 she held a memorial service for her mother in Virginia.  Within five years, almost every state in the union was celebrating the holiday.  President Woodrow Wilson made it a national holiday in 1914. 

An Unexpected Twist

In reading further about Anna Jarvis, I learned that before she died, she spent all of her inheritance protesting the holiday and trying to abolish it.  At first, I was kind of shocked to read this.  As I read further, her plight became clear to me and I began to understand.  She was embittered by the commercialism that has sprung up around Mother’s Day.  Anna Jarvis and her mother were both activists of a sort.  The elder Ms. Jarvis began Mother’s Day Work Clubs.  The women who attended these clubs worked hard to improve their communities in many ways including improved sanitation and health conditions in order to lessen the number of children dying in the community.  These clubs were also encouraged to remain neutral and nurse soldiers in both the Confederate and the Union armies during the Civil War. 

The younger Ms. Jarvis began the Mother’s Day that we know to bring honor to her mother and the work she had accomplished in her life.  It seems that she believed there was a more personal way to honor one’s mother than with items you purchase.   She was quoted as saying,  A printed card means nothing except that you are too lazy to write to the woman who has done more for you than anyone in the world. And candy! You take a box to Mother—and then eat most of it yourself.  A pretty sentiment”.    I found this statement to be a bit on the harsh side…..

My Esteemed Opinion

As with a lot of things, I fall somewhere in the middle of this point of view  J  Having been an employee of Hallmark for many years, I appreciate a good greeting card (not to mention cute little gifties!).  However, I do see a great deal of value in Anna’s plight to more personally and sentimentally honor those who come to your thoughts on this day.  I am in no way saying that you should not bestow cards, flowers, candy, or gifts on your loved one for Mother’s Day!  You of all people will know just what she wants  J 

I AM suggesting that perhaps this year, put a different kind of effort into your giving and honoring.  Maybe take a few minutes and think about the things that you respect most about this person, impressive or hard-won accomplishments of theirs, and exactly what and how they have contributed to you as a person over the years.  Find a way to express what you come up with to your “Mom”.  Let your creativity flow!  Use the talents that you have and create something meaningful out of it all.  I can almost GUARANTEE they will cherish it so much more than a delicious chocolate truffle or a beautiful bouquet.   If time is problem (as it always is for me), I imagine a personal, hand-written note detailing the findings of your reflection about their life and contributions to yours will bring forth the same joy as a project that takes days (or longer if you REALLY get into your projects). 

Go Forth and Celebrate!!

I leave you now to go and reflect on the person or people who you count as “Mom”.  I hope this post inspires you to appreciate more deeply and express more creatively.  I wish you a very Happy Mother’s Day and a relaxing and tranquil weekend!

For this article, I used information collected from the following websites:


Until Next Time,
 Your Library Blog Maven,