Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Libraries Transform: Resources for Anti-Racism and Social Justice

While we are still here promoting the fairy tale-themed Summer Reading Program that began yesterday, there is too much going on in the real world to ignore. We believe the first step in igniting change begins with reading and learning. We have compiled these resources to better educate ourselves, help parents learn how to talk to children about racism and current events, and inspire people of all ages to do better. This list is not exhaustive, and if you would like more information, please contact the library

Books For Kids:

The day you begin by Jacqueline Woodson ; illustrated by Rafael López
Jacqueline Woodson's lyrical text and Rafael López's dazzling art reminds us that we all feel like outsiders sometimes-and how brave it is that we go forth anyway. And that sometimes, when we reach out and begin to share our stories, others will be happy to meet us halfway.

Let it Shine: Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters by Andrea Davis Pinkney, illustrated by Stephen Alcorn
Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a bus and sparked a boycott that changed America. Harriet Tubman helped more than three hundred slaves escape the South on the Underground Railroad. Shirley Chisholm became the first black woman elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. The lives these women led are part of an incredible story about courage in the face of oppression; about the challenges and triumphs of the battle for civil rights; and about speaking out for what you believe in--even when it feels like no one is listening. Andrea Davis Pinkney's moving text and Stephen Alcorn's glorious portraits celebrate the lives of ten bold women who lit the path to freedom for generations.

Rosa by Nikki Giovanni ; illustrated by Bryan Collier
The story of Rosa Parks and her courageous act of defiance.

Separate is never equal : Sylvia Mendez & her family's fight for desegregation by Duncan Tonatiuh
Almost 10 years before Brown vs. Board of Education, Sylvia Mendez and her parents helped end school segregation in California.

Something Happened in Our Town by Marianne Celano, Marietta Collins, and Ann Hazzard, illustrated by Jennifer Zivoin
Something Happened in Our Town follows two families -- one White, one Black -- as they discuss a police shooting of a Black man in their community. The story aims to answer children's questions about such traumatic events, and to help children identify and counter racial injustice in their own lives.

Books For Teens and Adults:

Between the world and me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
“In a profound work that pivots from the biggest questions about American history and ideals to the most intimate concerns of a father for his son, Ta-Nehisi Coates offers a powerful new framework for understanding our nation's history and current crisis. Americans have built an empire on the idea of "race," a falsehood that damages us all but falls most heavily on the bodies of black women and men--bodies exploited through slavery and segregation, and, today, threatened, locked up, and murdered out of all proportion. What is it like to inhabit a black body and find a way to live within it? And how can we all honestly reckon with this fraught history and free ourselves from its burden?”

The hate U give by Angie Thomas
(TEEN) After witnessing her friend's death at the hands of a police officer, Starr Carter's life is complicated when the police and a local drug lord try to intimidate her in an effort to learn what happened the night Kahlil died.

How to be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
Combines ethics, history, law, and science with a personal narrative to describe how to move beyond the awareness of racism and contribute to making society just and equitable.

We are not yet equal : understanding our racial divide by Carol Anderson with Tonya Bolden.
(TEEN) Adapted for young readers, We Are Not Yet Equal examines five key moments “When America achieves milestones of progress toward full and equal black participation in democracy, but the systemic response is a consistent racist backlash that rolls back those wins.”

Just mercy : a story of justice and redemption by Bryan Stevenson
“The founder of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama recounts his experiences as a lawyer working to assist those desperately in need, reflecting on his pursuit of the ideal of compassion in American justice.”

Me and white supremacy : combat racism, change the world, and become a good ancestor by Layla F. Saad
“Me and White Supremacy teaches readers how to dismantle the privilege within themselves so that they can stop (often unconsciously) inflicting damage on people of color, and in turn, help other white people do better, too.”

When they call you a terrorist : a Black Lives Matter memoir by Patrisse Khan-Cullors
“From one of the co-founders of the Black Lives Matter movement comes a poetic memoir and reflection on humanity. Necessary and timely, Patrisse Cullors' story asks us to remember that protest in the interest of the most vulnerable comes from love. Leaders of the Black Lives Matter movement have been called terrorists, a threat to America. But in truth, they are loving women whose life experiences have led them to seek justice for those victimized by the powerful.”

White Fragility : Why it's so hard for white people to talk about racism by Robin DiAngelo
The New York Times best-selling book exploring the counterproductive reactions white people have when their assumptions about race are challenged, and how these reactions maintain racial inequality.


Do the Right Thing
“On the hottest day of the year on a street in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, everyone's hate and bigotry smolders and builds until it explodes into violence.”

The Hate U Give
“Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Now, facing pressure from all sides of the community, Starr must find her voice and stand up for what's right.”

Just Mercy
“World-renowned civil rights defense attorney Bryan Stevenson works to free a wrongly condemned death row prisoner.”

A chronicle of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s campaign to secure equal voting rights via an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, in 1965.

Online resources and further reading:

31 Children's books to support conversations on race, racism and resistance

The Conscious Kid: Critical Conversations

Racial Equality Tools

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Community Health Information Station

The Haltom City Public Library is pleased to be able to offer a Community Health Information Station for easy access to health information for all.

"The Community Health Information Station is a tool to promote access to quality health information in the community. Users can browse through a variety of reviewed websites and applications that serve to improve patient and families' health outcomes."

The Community Health Information Station offers information on Health and Wellness, Drugs and Supplements, Clinical Trials, HIV/AIDS Information, Genetic Conditions, Toxins and Household Products, and Multicultural Resources and Program in multiple languages.

"This project was funded by the Network of Libraries of Medicine, South Central Region, and put together by the Gibson D. Lewis Health Science Library." 

Saturday, January 12, 2019

AWE Early Literacy Stations

The Haltom City Public Library is pleased to offer new AWE Early Literacy Stations for preschool and early elementary children. These computers offer STREAM games and programs in English and Spanish. Titles include:

Bailey’s Book House
Contains seven easy-to-use early language activities with speech and graphics. Great introduction to letter sounds and words.

Merriam Webster Dictionary
The classic student dictionary and thesaurus. Multiple language translations.

Billy Goats Gruff
Interactive and engaging e-book that provides a plethora of story related activities. (New for Version 12)

Millie’s Math House
Explore numbers, shapes, patterns, addition, and subtraction in this educational staple.

Britannica Elementary and Student Encyclopedia
Take a journey with learning games, activities, homework help, timelines, maps, photos, videos, and virtual tours.

MusiCan 1, MusiCan 2-3, MusicCan 4-5
This active listening program offers a “world of sound.” Includes sing-alongs, foundations of music, composing, and more.

Use Click! to take photos using the built-in webcam (specific hardware), then import those photos into a number of programs.

My Amazing Human Body
Entertaining introduction to the human body led by a humorous skeleton. Covers the skeleton, organs, and body systems.

ClueFinders 3rd Grade and 4th Grade Adventures
Go on adventures by following clues and solving puzzles based on math, reading, science, and geography.

Playing with Letters & Sounds
Build the foundation for reading and math success with activities on letter names and sounds, counting, number recognition, basic addition and more! (New for Version 12)

Diego’s Safari Rescue
Help Diego save the African elephants of the Serengeti from an evil magician while learning about animals on the savannah, counting, colors, shapes, patterns, and native culture.

Photo Kit Junior
Lots of activities using photos, art work, and writing. Create your own slideshow with captions and music.

Fingertapps Instruments-Band, Instruments-Solo, Jelly Jigsaw, Paint, and Sky Writer
All of these Fingertapps applications offer touchscreen fun. Play music, paint, write, learn to count, and solve puzzles.

Reader Rabbit Toddler
Toddlers learn by observing and exploring the world around them, discovering numbers, letters, shapes, and sounds.

Getting Ready for Kindergarten
Learn school-essential physical, social, and early academic skills with the PreK pair of Jill and Joey.

Reader Rabbit Learn to Read with Phonics
Learn to recognize and sound out words, build vocabulary, improve memory, develop concentration, and more.

Giggles My Musical World*/Giggles ABCs and 123s*/Nursery Rhymes*
Visually appealing programs that are great for very young learners. My Musical World features various musical elements where your keyboard turns into any instrument! Nursery Rhymes includes 14 classic tales.

Sammy’s Science House
Early science and thinking skills: classify animals, sequence movies, adjust weather conditions, and observe wild life.

Help Me 2 Learn – Letters and Numbers
These two programs focus on letter sounds, phonics, number recognition, counting to 30, and more.

Sesame Street – Learn, Play & Grow
Robust title for ages 2–4 features 25 activities based on language development, counting, music, art, and shape recognition.

History Explorer
Travel through time, visiting eight empires and dynasties and locating famous artifacts as you attempt to rescue a lost professor.

Science Express: Life Processes and Physical Processes
Learn how and where animals live in Life Processes. With Physical Processes, dig into the world of physical science.

JumpStart Advanced Kindergarten
Classic educational title features six early reading, math, music, and art activities.

Space and the Universe
Land the lunar module, explore the stars in a virtual planetarium, and enjoy all things outer space in this outrageously robust title from Dorling Kindersley.

JumpStart Advanced 1st Grade
Beloved program includes 10 activities that teach math, reading, science, and more. Includes tutorial assistance for struggling kids.

Easy to use open-source calculator application includes advanced Math Book feature.

JumpStart Advanced Toddler
In Grandma Duck’s magical garden, children discover original songs and activities on numbers, shapes, colors, and more.

SpongeBob SquarePants Typing*
Become Bikini Bottom’s best typist by helping SpongeBob master a series of typing-based games.

Kid Pix 3D
This time-tested favorite now features eye-popping 3D graphics and easy-path animation.

Stationery Studio
Kids write stories, reports, letters, and create illustrations with this award-winning handwriting and computer-graphics program.

Know Your USA / Know Your World
Learn about the geography (from cities to rivers) of the USA and the world from an in-depth series of maps, quizzes, and puzzles.

Thinkin’ Things: Toony The Loon’s Lagoon*
Six activities build logical thinking skills like compare and contrast, hypothesize and test, create and discern, and analyze and predict.

Krazy ArtRoom
A rare, magical program full of great special effects. Easy-to-use art and creativity center captures the power of interactive media.

Trudy’s Time and Place House
Focuses on time and geography skills. Inside Trudy the Alligator’s main room, children choose from five activities.

La Casa de Dora
Develop skills in virtually every primary curricular area as you explore the rooms of Dora’s house and play soccer against Boots.

Tux Paint
Create your own art with this award-winning, open-source gem.

(above information takes from the AWE website at https://awelearning.com/early-literacy-station/els-content/). 

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Landscapes of Haltom City

Landscapes of Haltom City

The Library is currently selling the Landscapes of Haltom City coloring book. This book was the joint idea of the Friends of the Haltom City Public Library and art educators, Kristen Autrey and Amber Beranek. The coloring pages in the book, created by members of the Haltom High School Art Club and the National Art Honor Society 2016 - 2018, feature many buildings and scenes straight out of Haltom City illustrated in a captivating style. 

The coloring book can be purchased at the Library for only $10.00. As always, you can purchase this with cash, credit/debit or check. We will gladly take your payment over the phone and mail you a copy.
 All proceeds go to the Friends of the Haltom City Public Library, an auxiliary group dedicated to volunteering, fundraising and advocating for the Library.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Happy Holidays from the Haltom City Public Library!

Come make a Book Craft Ornament on Wednesday, December 5 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. This is for adults and teens, and no registration is required. All supplies provided while they last.

The Haltom City Senior Center is very proud to present a Cliburn in the Community Concert on Friday, December 7, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. Rachel Cheung, a 2017 Cliburn Competition finalist and audience award winner, will perform a free 45 minute concert to our seniors.Everyone is invited to this free concert, but please call and make your reservation with the Senior Center by noon on Thursday, December 6th. Cliburn in the Community provides the experience of live classical music performance for free to a broad audience through partnerships with vibrant venues and organizations throughout the Fort Worth area. The program brings in young, emerging artists for week long residencies to include performances and other community engagement opportunities.

Escape the holiday madness with Coloring and Cookies for Grown Ups. Enjoy Christmas cookies and holiday themed coloring pages on Friday, December 7, from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. A special door prize will be given out this month.

Teens can come HANG OUT on Friday, December 7 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. for games, snacks, and crafts.

Enjoy some Christmas music with Flutissimo! Flue Choir on Monday, December 10 at 7:00 p.m. This free concert is open to all ages and no registration is required.

And for what you've been waiting for - SANTA! Thursday, December 20 at 6:30 p.m. the library will have a special Holiday Bedtime Story Time!  Make sure to bring your camera and wear your best pajamas for an evening of full of fun! We will have the Merry Makers performing, pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus, crafts, stories, and refreshments! 

Teens can DECK THE HALLS on Friday, December 21 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. to make an ornament craft, watch a holiday movie and enjoy a snack.

Be on the the lookout! 

Come to the library and grab a crossword puzzle to learn about the library's resources and be entered to win an e-reader!

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! When the library is closed, you can always check out an e-book or audiobook or a download a magazine or comic book

Happy Holidays!

Saturday, October 27, 2018

TexShare Database Update for 2018-2019

TexShare Databases are e-resources licensed for the exclusive use of Texas libraries and their patrons. Start with TexShare for homework help, health or business information, academic journals, popular magazines, genealogy, or job and career development. To access the TexShare databases, go to the Online Catalog and login with your library card number. If you have trouble logging in, please contact the library.

NEW FOR 2018-2019

The Complete Core Collection is the ultimate general reference resource for researchers at any level. Curated by subject-matter experts to address over 100 topics, the Complete Core Collection provides a launch pad for every lifelong learner. Complete Core offers a growing list of over 1,100 titles to help users answer their immediate research need and engage their curiosity. Content – from major reference works, to multi-volume subject encyclopedias, to field guides, to scholarly handbooks, to animations and countless other award-winning sources – spans across all disciplines with something for libraries of all types. Also included are nearly 2,000 short reference videos, more than 550,000 high-resolution art images, photographs and maps across all subject areas.

When it comes to auto repair, do-it-yourselfers and students in the automotive trades have trusted Chilton manuals for years. Now these exceptional resources are available to your library's patrons in a comprehensive, simple-to-use database offered only by Gale. This 24-hour on-call "mechanic" provides quick online access to repair, maintenance and service information on the most popular cars, trucks, vans and SUVs on the road today. Ford, Chrysler, GM, Honda, Toyota and numerous other makes are well-represented. With more than 50 years of information on actual auto tear-downs provided in step-by-step procedures, work on the engine, chassis, electrical, drive train, suspension, and more is made easier for mechanics of any experience. Photos, illustrations and repair procedures help to simplify even the most arduous tasks.

Opposing Viewpoints In Context is the premier online resource covering today's hottest social issues, from capital punishment to immigration to marijuana. This cross-curricular research database supports science, social studies, current events, and language arts classes. Informed, differing views help learners develop critical-thinking skills and draw their own conclusions.
Opposing Viewpoints In Context is a rich resource for debaters and includes pro/con viewpoints, reference articles, interactive maps, infographics, and more. A category on the National Debate Topic provides quick and easy access to content on frequently studied and discussed issues. Periodical content covers current events, news and commentary, economics, environmental issues, political science, and more from sources such as The New York Times, Newsweek, Foreign Policy, American Scientist, and Education Week.
Business Continuity & Disaster Recovery Reference Center offers cover-to-cover indexing for journals, monographs, magazines and trade publications, all with a strong focus on BC/DR and closely aligned issues. It features hundreds of thousands of additional BC/DR-focused articles, benchmarks and best practices selected from hundreds of leading trade and industry publications.
Records within this easy-to-navigate interface are sorted under subject headings from an extensive thesaurus, allowing users to find critical information quickly and easily. Many full text records featured in Business Continuity & Disaster Recovery Reference Center come complete with images, tables, charts and other graphical information, providing users with the highest quality content. Additionally, content is updated on a weekly basis to incorporate new materials.

Referencia Latina

This full-text Spanish-language database covers a broad array of subjects inside and outside academia. It offers content from a variety of sources, including reference books, general interest magazines and health reports. The intuitive, theme-based Spanish-language interface is designed to make content readily accessible to non-English users. Daily updates ensure availability of the most current articles from a dozen prominent newspapers and newswires from 8 Latin American countries.

Sustainability Reference Center

Designed for sustainability experts and information professionals, this collection offers unmatched coverage of content relevant to many integral areas of sustainability initiative management, including full text for industry-leading journals, magazines, books, trade publications and other valuable resources. It addition, it includes expert analyses, benchmarks and best practices in sustainability initiative management selected from worldwide sources.
Supporting executive decision-making and planning, Sustainability Reference Center helps users form a deeper understanding of the pillars of sustainability. It offers quick access to critical information including complete full text with images, tables, charts and other graphical content from many key titles.

Consumer Health Complete supports the information needs of patients and fosters an overall understanding of health-related topics. This resource provides content covering all key areas of health and wellness, from mainstream medicine to the many perspectives of complementary and holistic medicine. It also contains dozens of articles on a variety of teen health topics from smoking and sexting to dealing with anger and coping with divorce. “TeenTalk” articles are aimed at teens, while “How to Talk to Teens” articles provide tips to parents on starting difficult but important conversations. Source types include journals, magazines, reference books, encyclopedias, pamphlets, images and videos.

MasterFILE Complete

MasterFILE Complete offers the largest collection of popular full-text magazines, reference books and other highly-regarded sources from the world's leading publishers. It provides full text periodicals covering an extensive range of subject areas including business, health, education, fitness, sports and leisure, personal finance, general science, multicultural issues, DIY and fashion, as well as an extensive collection of photos, maps and flags, and more than 70,000 videos from the Associated Press.

Newspaper Source Plus

Newspaper Source Plus provides a full-text digital collection of the world's major news content. It includes millions of articles from newspapers, newswires and news magazines. In addition, it offers television and radio transcripts and ongoing daily updates from popular news sources.

STAR DATABASE! Don’t forget about this one!
Provides a wide selection of state-specific (and multi-state) legal forms across the most popular legal areas. Includes real estate contracts, wills, pre-marital agreements, bankruptcy, divorce, landlord tenant and many others. Also included is a comprehensive attorney state directory and a dictionary of legal definitions explained in laymen's language.

Friday, October 5, 2018

Halloween Book Display


Check out the Halloween display at the Library courtesy of Melinda Williams and her mother Valerie Deering. Melinda has designed book cover art and Valerie has created bookmarks to compliment the book covers. Her love of all things Halloween led her to the creation of her specialty books.

She also volunteers at area assisted living centers as well as at the Haltom City Public Library.

Melinda is a local artisan who also designs and makes her own jewelry.

Happy Fall to all!

Melinda and Valerie