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August 27, 2019 Library Board Minutes

Tuesday, Aug 27 2019
6:00 p.m.
Haltom City Public Library - 4809 Haltom Rd. | Haltom City, TX 76117
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4809 Haltom Road, Haltom City, TX 76117

Board Room

August 27, 2019

6:00 p.m.


The Haltom City Public Library Board held its August regular meeting on Tuesday, August 27, 2019 in the Haltom City Public Library Board Room, 4809 Haltom Road, Haltom City, with the following Library Board members present:

Rexanne Grove

Patsy Sullivan

Clare Juarez

Bonnie Richards

Loretta DuBois


Absent: Bette Bronstad Donna Peterson

Walter Grow – Council Liaison


Also Present: Lesly Smith, Library Services Director Fabiola Penrod, Administrative Secretary




Rexanne Grove called the meeting to order at 6:04 p.m.






  1. Approval of Minutes

     Patsy Sullivan made a motion to approve the minutes of the Library Board meeting held on July 23, 2019. Loretta DuBois seconded the motion. Motion carried.




  2. Budget

    No updates.


  3. Directors Monthly Report

    Lesly Smith presented the following to the Board:

    General Information


    Resignation: Teresa Cabano has resigned from the Board due to health issues.

    Anniversaries: Both Alison Long and Dianne Elrod are celebrating their 20-year anniversary.

    Hiring & Interviews: Have promoted page Heather Arseneault to part time clerk position. Have offered another part time clerical position to an individual. Currently one part time page (Heather’s old position) open. Due to budget will start interview/hiring process in the new budget year, October 1, 2019.

    Text Reminders: For text reminders for upcoming news & events text the code @haltomlib to the number 81010.

    Emails of Monthly Library Newsletter: Sign up to receive newsletter in your email. Sign up at

  4. You may also pick up print copy of the newsletter at Circulation desk.


    Texas State Library: HCPL has been accredited a member of the TX Library System. See letter in Board packet.



    Literary Gardens – Display by Haltom City Garden Club – July & August; Stick it to the Library – Photography Wall – the different graphics made by the public; Back to School

    – built in wall display; Roller Coaster Physics – display on loan from the University of TX at Dallas (UTD). Interactive display on gears. UTD loan from Library is monthly STEM kits for Super Science Saturday.



    Programs at the Library (August & September)

    Adult – The Book Club for Adults, book: “Red Clocks” by Leni Zumas and “Before We Were Yours” by Lisa Wingate; Coloring & Cookies for Adults, YA All Day Book Club for Adults, book: “Moxie” by Jennifer Mathieu; Dance Fitness @ Library (conducted by staff members Lani Hahn, Fabiola Penrod & Kansas Terry); How to Talk to Your Doctor, DIY Wednesday: When Life Gives You Lemons and National Rice Krispies Treat Day; Peer 2 Peer Support Group (for veterans; co-sponsored by Library); WIC Sign-up (co- sponsored by the Library); A Matter of Balance.


    Teen – Game On!; Teen Advisory Board; Teen Slime Time; Teen Trivia, topic: Disney and Banned Books.


    Children: Super Science Saturday, topic: Catapults! and Dinosaurs; Family Movie Night, movie: “Missing Link”; Tame the Mane: Story Times – Tuesday, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, also on Tuesday is Tinker Tuesday & Thursday is Imagination Station, both come and go; passive programming. On the last Thursday of each month Toddler Sensory Playdate (explore the 5 senses through creative free play) will replace Baby Jamboree (story time on Thursdays), story time were on hiatus from August 13th – 23rd.

    Summer Reading Club (SRC): Cape Carnival (finale program). See photos.

    Flea for All 2.0: Friends fundraiser (see description in August newsletter), Saturday, September 14th, 9 am – 6 pm. Rain date is September 21st.

    Dave Lieber, Journalist & Author: Lieber will be giving a talk on his most recent book, “Amon! The Ultimate Texan” on Saturday, September 28th.

    A small discussion was held following Lesly’s report.

  5. Friends of the HCPL Report

    Ms. Patsy Sullivan presented the following:

    • Flea For All 2.0 – Saturday September 14, 2019

      1. Need volunteers, Friday, September 13th to help set up.

      2. All tables inside have been sold.

      3. Outside – only few remaining tables available.

      4. Bake Sale – please help make “goodies for this”. Proceeds go to the library.

      5. Garage sale items – this also provides funds for the library.

      6. Paperback book sale

      7. Haltom City Coloring Books for sale - $10.00 each.

      8. There will be a silent auctions and raffles.

      9. Inside vendors may set up on Friday after 2 pm.

    • Book sale April 9th – 12th

    • Dog Days of Summer – Cindy Sharpe, on behalf of Friends group, prepared lunch for the staff.


  1. Library Trends

    Lesly Smith reviewed the following trends:

    • Artificial Intelligence (AI) – which is the capacity of the computer to perform operations analogous to learning and decision making in humans – possible tool for organizing & making accessible large amounts of data in the library community.

    • Book Clubs

    • Bookstore model

    • Community Centers & Destination Places – things to do at a library whereby patron spends much time in building or grounds; neighborhoods’ social and cultural life.

    • Computer Instructions & How-To Code Classes

    • Digital Literacy – how to use effectively to enable learning.

    • Diversity in Programming & Collections

    • Embrace all age groups.

    • Embrace Change – libraries willing to evolve.

    • Extended Hours – ability for library patrons to use facility 24/7, e.g., use of computers, holds pick up, check out limited materials in a designated, small area accessed via library card holders only.

    • Fake News & Information – addressing this trend.

    • Gamification – learning through games, from elementary school education through professional training – libraries provide guides & handbooks on games, spaces for socializing through gaming.

    • Homework assistance.

    • Job centers.

    • Mobile Hotspots – for check out.

    • Non-traditional Checkouts – e.g., garden tools, power tools, artwork, musical instruments.

    • Outreach Services

    • Print on the Rise – eBooks declining and print books on the upswing.

    • Privacy – trying to control one’s privacy online.

    • Social/Health/Law/Job Assistance (e.g., homelessness, addiction, job hunting) – offering assistance in above topics by professionals.

    • Social Media Presence – libraries need to be more involved.

    • Story Time – lap sit and sensory play

    • Teen Programming.


      Each trend was discussed in depth.


  2. Long-Range Plan


The Library Board was presented with a binder that included the Library’s current and past long-range plans, sample long-range plans from neighboring libraries, TX Public Library Standards, demographics and economic development of the city. This, coupled with the information previously discussed, is to be the groundwork for the upcoming long-range plan.




The next meeting will be on September 24, 2019.






The meeting adjourned at 7:52 p.m. Respectfully yours,


Bonnie Richards

Secretary, Haltom City Public Library Board