Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Library Card Changes in 2015

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The Haltom City Public Library is preparing for some big changes in January, 2015. The Library’s catalog software will be changing from Horizon to Polaris, which means big changes for the staff and some great new features for our Library patrons.
The Library’s catalog will be down from January 16-January 22. Patrons will be able to check out from January 16-22 as long as you bring a current library card. We will not be able to look up library card accounts at this time nor will new library cards be issued. A library card is mandatory for checking out materials and accessing internet computers. Most other Library functions will also be down, such as searching the catalog, paying fines, requesting materials, checking out eBooks, digital magazines, and other online resources, etc.
Thank you for your patience as we migrate all of our data from one software system to the next. Since none of our materials are due from January 14– January 26, we ask patrons to return library materials after January 27th.
Some new features that you may enjoy in Polaris include:
  • Patrons can choose to maintain reading history
  • Patrons can save searches so they are alerted when new materials arrive
  • Patrons can add reviews and ratings to titles and also benefit from reading other reviews
  • Staff can link patron accounts together – to help families track fines and due dates easier
  • Text notices for holds and overdue books are available
  • Patrons can enlarge text
  • Patrons can update their own phone numbers and email addresses
  • And many more!

Friday, December 5, 2014

Health Insurance Marketplace Enrollment Sessions

Persons wishing to find insurance coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace, may find assistance at Haltom City Public Library on Wednesdays December 3, January 7 and February 4 from 9-10:30 am. For more information please visit: or call the library at


Haltom City Public Library's photo.

Check out the "book tree" constructed by the Friends of the Library, Patsy Sullivan, Bonnie Richards and Brenda Groschup. The lighted structure can be found in the entry-way of the library.
We have a load of activities for families, this month:
December 8.The family movie night will feature the film " Elf". Come in your pjs and enjoy the light-hearted comedy and warm popcorn.
On Saturday, December 13 at 11am, children will be treated to a Holiday Read by the North Central Texas Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.
Friday, December 12, from  4-5pm Teen Santa Workshop, crafts for teens . Teens are invited to come create fun gifts for their friends or family members.
 On  Thursday, December 18, 6:30pm Holiday Bedtime Story-hour will include stories, crafts, refreshments and a puppet show. Parents are encouraged to bring their cameras because Santa and the Mrs. will be in attendance to visit the youngsters.
Please plan to attend these fun-filled , free holiday activities and have a great holiday season!