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September 24, 2019 Library Board Minutes

Tuesday, Sep 24 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

September 24, 2019


The Haltom City Public Library Board held its September regular meeting on Tuesday, September 24, 2019 in the Haltom City Public Library Board Room, 4809 Haltom Road, Haltom City, with the following Library Board members present:

Patsy Sullivan Clare Juarez Bonnie Richards Loretta DuBois

Walter Grow – Council Liaison

Absent: Rexanne Grove Bette Bronstad Donna Peterson

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



Patsy Sullivan called the meeting to order at 6:06 p.m.





Approval of Minutes

 Loretta DuBois made a motion to approve the minutes of the Library Board meeting held on August 27, 2019. Clare Juarez seconded the motion. Motion carried.




Ms. Patsy Sullivan had several questions about the budget that included amounts allocated to certain accounts and what expenses were to be covered.



Directors Monthly Report


Lesly Smith presented the following to the Board:

General Information


Online Resource

Question from last Board meeting: are the driving tests offered on the library’s website

practice tests? Answer: yes



In the new 2020 budget the Decision Package for the mobile hotspots has been approved. We will be the 6th MetrOPAC library to offer this service. Libraries already offering hotspot units: Benbrook, Burleson, FW, Keller & Richland Hills. Richland Hills will be offering in 2020 as well as HCPL.


Texts Reminders

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


Emails of Monthly Library Newsletters

Sign up to receive newsletter in your email. Sign up at You may also pick up print copy of the newsletter at Circulation Desk.



Kokeshi Dolls– Display by Erica Gill; Banned Books; Jerry Wenninger – Photography Wall; Back to School – built in wall display cases; Roller Coaster Physics – display on loan from the University of TX at Dallas (UTD). Interactive display. UTD loans the Library its monthly STEM kits for Super Science Saturdays.


Outreach Services

Are you aware that Alison Long replenishes 2 Little Free Libraries? These contain mostly children’s books. One is behind the office of White Creek Mobile Home Community on Huddleston St. It started last summer. This is a partnership between Watauga Middle School and Haltom City Public Library. Books used in the Little Free Library were purchased by a grant written by Stephanie Roe, the school librarian at Watauga Middle School. Other books are ones that were donated to our library. The structure was built by one of Stephanie’s friends. The other Free Little Library is at Modern Wash Laundromat on Denton Hwy. All the books housed there are from donated or withdrawn books from HCPL.


Dav Pilkey, national author (e.g., Captain Underpants series), sponsored by Half Price

Books. Alison, Cindy Sharpe & Alison’s daughter Brittany manned a HCPL booth. Alison spoke to the audience at the W.G. Thomas Coliseum. The crowd was at full capacity (2,000/3,000 people?). She spoke on libraries and getting a library card. She gave Pilkey a HCPL card. This was a ticketed event (price $10.00). Half Price Books allowed Alison to give out 100 free tickets. She gave out 65 tickets.



No new appointment to vacancies yet. Vacancies: 1 part time clerk & 1 part time page. The part time clerical position was offered 2 times, but both fell through.



Meeting room & 3 study rooms are being repainted and the write boards being cleaned (or re-surfaced).


Overdue Fines

All MetrOPAC libraries except Watauga will be fine free starting October 1, 2019 (new fiscal year). Both Ft. Worth & Keller public libraries were able to secure approval from their councils recently. Also, all the MetrOPAC libraries are able to waive fines from the other libraries (this is new and something big for us).



Programs at the Library (September))

Adult - The Book Club for Adults, book: “Before We Were Yours” by Lisa Wingate; Coloring & Cookies for Grownups, 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); 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; GED classes; Walgreen’s Flu Shot Clinic.


Teen - Game On! (Tuesdays & Thursday); Teen Advisory Board; Teen Trivia, topic: Banned Books; Human PAC-MAN; TEA Time (Teen Events & Activities): different events/activities each Monday: 1st Monday- TV Shows, 2nd Monday- Crafts, 3rd Monday- Anime, 4th Monday- Food Craft; 9-23 making Smoothies.


Children - Super Science Saturdays, theme: Dinosaurs; various story times – Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays & Fridays, also on Tuesdays is Tinker Tuesday & Thursdays is Imagination Station, both come & 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), Family Night: DIY Bath Bombs. Flea for All 2.0

Friends fundraiser (see description in August newsletter), Saturday, September 14th, 9 am – 6 pm.


Dave Lieber, Journalist & Author

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


A discussion about the Library Statistical Report and Library Programs was held.


Friends of the HCPL Report


Ms. Patsy Sullivan presented the following:

Flea For All results

  • 34 Vendors on site plus a food truck, bake sale, mini book sale, Friends’ booth (selling donated items), silent auction, raffles and Haltom City Coloring Book for sale.
  • Workers included 7 Friends’ Board members and 13 volunteers who put in a total of 190 hours.
  • Revenue was a total of $2,299.10 with another $30 outstanding on a silent auction item not yet picked up. All expense items were donated so there were not expenses coming out of this figure.
  • Cindy Sharpe was chairman of this event and did an outstanding job.
  • Friends have two events coming up in October. They are the Family Night Creepy Cupcakes on Thursday, October 10th and Hooowling Halloween on October 30th. Volunteers are needed.


November/December 2019 Board Meetings

Bonnie Richards made a motion to keep the combined November/December 2019 Library Board Meeting on the date scheduled, Tuesday, November 26th. Clare Juarez seconded the motion. Motion carried.


Long-Range Plan

Bonnie Richards made a motion to table the Long-Range Plan for the next meeting. Loretta DuBois seconded the motion. Motion carried.




The next meeting will be on October 22, 2019.






The meeting adjourned at 7:18 p.m. Respectfully yours,


Bonnie Richards

Secretary, Haltom City Public Library Board