Haltom City Public Library Programs/Events
The Haltom City Library has a variety of activities for the young and old. This page is updated constantly so please book mark it. If you have any questions about any of these activities please call us at 817-222-7786.
Friends of HCPL Fundraiser - Oct 15
The Friends of the Haltom City Public Library will be celebrating National Friends of Libraries Week (NFLW) early this year. The official kick off for NFLW in Haltom City is Saturday, October 15th from 8 – 10:00 a.m. at Applebee’s Grill & Bar, located at 6645 NE Loop 820 in North Richland Hills.
Join the Friends and your friends for a scrumptious breakfast which will include pancakes, sausage, potatoes, coffee, tea, orange juice and soft drinks.. Tickets are $10.00 per person. Tickets may be purchased at the Library (cash, check or credit card) or from one of the Friends’ members (cash only) by calling Terri at 817-798-8734.
HCPL's Hooowling Halloween - Oct 27
Mark your calendars for Thursday, October 27, 2016 from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m., as ghosts and goblins will be out that night at the Haltom City Library's annual Hooowling Halloween. There will be not-so-scary stories and a craft along with trick or treating. Kids are of course encouraged to come in costume...moms and dads too!
HCPL's Pumpkin Decorating Contest
The Haltom City Library is once again hosting a Pumpkin Decorating Contest for ages 5-adult. Decorate a pumpkin or gourd, real or artificial, anyway you want. Use glue or paint, carve a design...or all of the above! Bring your pumpkins to the library by Saturday, October 22, 2016. Judging will take place during our annual "Hoooowling Halloween" party on Thursday, October 27th.
National Friends of Libraries Week
- Saturday, October 15 from 8 – 10:00 a.m. - Breakfast at Applebee’s Grill & Bar
- Monday, October 17 - Friends of Libraries Week bookmark giveaway
- Tuesday & Wednesday, October 10-18 & 19 - honor our first responders by writing an appreciation card to them...cards may be obtained at the library
- Thursday, October 20 - free paperback & VHS tapes
- Friday, October 21 - Amnesty Day, return an overdue book, movie, etc., and fines will be waived (Haltom City Library items only)
2016 Writing Contest Winning Entries
The winning entries of the 2016 Haltom City Public Library's Writing Contest can be downloaded here in PDF format.
Coloring & Cookies for Grown Ups
The first Friday evening of each month come to the Haltom City Public Library's after-hours "Coloring & Cookies for Grown Ups" coloring party from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. Materials are provided but feel free to bring your own coloring accouterments. Relieve stress and have fun at the same time. Adults only, please.
For more information call the Library at 817-222-7786.
HCPL's Weekly Story Times
Pre-School Story Time
Appropriate for ages 3 and older, the Library hosts a Pre-School Storytime on Thursdays from 11 – 11:45 a.m. The first Thursday of each month is the "Parade of Puppets", a puppet show.
Appropriate for ages 2 and younger, the Library hosts a Toddler Time on Fridays from 10:30 – 11:15 a.m.
Bi-lingual Story Time
Appropriate for infants to 5 year olds, the Library hosts a Bi-lingual Story Time on Wednesdays from 10:30 - 11:00 a.m. Come for bi-lingual stories in Spanish & English. Other activitiess, such as crafts or movies, are also featured.
The Library also hosts special story times throughout the year, including during the annual Summer Reading Program in June and July.
"Raspberry Pi" Computer Exhibit at HCPL
A hands-on exhibit, on loan from the University of Texas at Dallas, is now on display at the Haltom City Public Library. This "Raspberry Pi" exhibit is a fun way to learn about computers and computer coding for children (and adults) of all ages.
The computer has three easy-to-use programs of varying difficulty to teach children all about computer coding in a safe environment. This interactive display is in the Children’s Department.
16th Annual Writing Contest Winners
HCPL's Ladies' Night Out
The Haltom City Library hosted its 3rd Annual Ladies' Night Out on Saturday, August 13th from 6-10:00 p.m. As in the past, Ladies' Night Out offered a chance to enjoy a night out meeting new friends and mingling with old ones.
In its third year, Ladies’ Night Out is an annual fundraiser in support of programming for the library community including the Summer Reading Club. The evening is an event for women to come together to relax and meet new and old friends, enjoy a sensational dinner, indulge in activities and shopping.
Friends of HCPL Fundraiser Wrap-Up
- Applebee’s Bar & Grill, Rufe Snow Drive & I-820, NRH (Jose Garcia - Kitchen Manager & Mokaya Peterson - General Manager)
- Circulation Staff of the Library
- Pat Davenport
- Valerie Deering
- Patrick Doporto
- Becky Estrada
- Erica Gill
- Josh Grizzelle
- Terri Grizzelle
- Brenda Groschup
- Irvelene Hays
- Rita Morton
- Bonnie Richards
- Nila Richards
- Patsy Sullivan
- Alex Sullivan-Green
- Linda Thompson
- John David Walker
HCPL Hosts GED Classes
HCPL Adds New Mobile App
The Haltom City Public Library is now available in the palm of your hand! The HCPL now has an app available for download in the Apple iOS, Android, Windows, or Amazon Kindle app stores.
Search for books, DVDs, audiobooks, CDs and more. Place holds or renew items, see what events are coming up at the library, follow our blog and tweets or contact us. We are here for you!
HCPL Public Computer Access
Internet access to public computers at the HCPL will only be available with a library bar code. Therefore, patrons will need to present a current resident, non-resident or internet use only Haltom City Public Library card or a MetrOPAC library card (i.e., Benbrook, Burleson, Ft. Worth, Keller, Richland Hills or Watauga public libraries). Visit the Circulation Desk for more information.
HCPL Offers Digital Magazines
Patrons can now access digital magazines through your Haltom City Public Library. Enjoy complete digital editions of popular magazines (link here), many of which are only available in this format. To access the 84 titles all you need are an email address and an HCPL library card.
- Read your magazines anytime, anywhere, on PCs, Macs, or mobile devices
- Apps are available for iPad, iPhone, Kindle Fire, Android and Windows 8
- Download full-color magazines with interactive elements such as audio and video
- Check out an unlimited number of magazine issues, and keep them as long as you want
- No waiting or checkout period
- Intuitive searching and navigating within each magazine
If you have any question about this new service call the Haltom City Public Library at 817-222-7786 or visit this link.
Swartz Bros Photo Exhibit Video
Did you miss the Swartz Brothers photography exhibit at the Haltom City Public Library? Check out this video of a presentation/tour given by one of the organizers, author and historian Dr. Richard F. Selcer.
Language Program Offered by HCPL
The world's largest language-learning service is now a free program being offered by the Haltom City Public Library to library card-holders.
Pronunciator has 80 languages and 50 languages in which to learn them...for a total of 4,000 possible course combinations.
Library's Storytime Video Page
Check out the Haltom City Public Library's YouTube video page, where Storytime/Toddlertime book readings can be viewed. Miss Allison and Miss Becky perform book readings that are sure to keep kids entertained and engaged in reading.
Donate Gently Used Books
The Library is always looking for donations of books (and media) for the annual Friends of the HC Public Library book sale. Please, no torn covers or water damaged books. The book sale is held each April. Please drop off donations at the Haltom City Library, 4809 Haltom Rd.
"Mockingbird" Discussion Video
As part of the Haltom City Library's 50th anniversary celebration, the 50th Anniversary Committee held a panel discussion on Harper Lee's 1960 novel "To Kill a Mockingbird". The video of the forum is now available for viewing online. Panelist included:
Bob Ray Sanders, author, Star-Telegram and Vice President of Columnist/Associate Director;
Haltom City Mayor Richard Hutchison, Adjunct History Instructor, TCC NE
Dr. Judy Alter, Author and retired Editor of TCU Press;
Mike Cochran, author, retired AP reporter and Haltom City resident
Natalie Berry from Artisan Center Theater