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!!!