She got hired!

She used the library to find a new job.

She used the library to find a new job.

We have lots of regular patrons visit the library. Quite a few of them are here to update their resumes, search for job postings, and send in applications. Recently, Ms. Rayford found out she could stop sending in applications. While in the midst of filling out an application, she got a call offering her a job. She’ll be starting her new position next week and we couldn’t be happier for her.

Remember, you too can come in to the library. We have resume software, lots of books that have resume and interview tips, and plenty of computers. Our staff is always ready to get you started on looking for your next job.

 

Vacation Home Checks

Citizens On Patrol women membersThe Duncanville Police Department is pleased to announce a service to our community to reduce the opportunity for burglary and other residential crimes.

The Duncanville Police Department and Citizens On Patrol Program offers Vacation Home Checks. Vacation Home Checks are available to Duncanville residents taking a vacation or extended trip for more than 3 days but no more than 3 weeks. The patrol checks will occur as time permits and focus on the perimeter of your home.

Vacation Check Form

Library staff picks

We’ve got work to do. But somehow, we still manage to find time to read a book. Or listen to an audiobook. Or watch a movie. Or binge-watch a TV show. Or flip through a magazine.

We’d like to know what y’all are reading too! So, please feel free to let us know in the comments.

  Complete Krav Maga: the ultimate guide to over 250 self-defense and combative techniques by Darren Levine & John Whitmas

The latest craze in self-defense. Who wouldn’t want to know how to knock down an attacker?

~Stephanie

The Battle of Darcy Lane by Tara Altebrando.

It is a Junior Fiction book about bullying, not knowing where you stand with friends and foes and wanting to fit in. Once again I was attracted to it by the cover art and it turned out to be a good book. I would definitely recommend it to a young reader.

~Candace

  Someone Knows My Name by Lawrence Hill.

It is about a young girl named Meena who is taken from her homeland in Africa by slave captors. She has to learn how to fend for/depend on herself. It is very hard to give a condensed summary of this book as it is long and steeped in history. It’s an amazing read that helps you imagine what slave life was like. This book was turned into a mini-series on the channel BET called “The Book of Negros” and that’s how I found out about the book. I recommend either one.

~Candace

Sanctuary: Season 1
Sanctuary (TV series)

It is about the extraordinary creatures that live on earth and the people who help them. Getting to join these people on their adventures to all four corners of the earth is thrilling. Are you ready for the adventure and to encounter creatures that you’ve only heard about in stories?

~Emma

  The 100 (TV series)

97 years after a nuclear war, a community of survivors lives on a space station. It is decided to send 100 teenagers to Earth’s surface to find out whether the planet is again habitable.

~a volunteer

  Cat Running by Zilpha Keatley Snyder

Set in California during the Dust Bowl era. Cat is the fastest runner in her school, at least until a destitute ‘Okie’ family comes to town.

I started reading this to keep myself entertained while hanging out at DuncanSwitch this past weekend.

Library staff reads

Product Details Rise by Mira Grant

A collection of short stories set in the “Newsflesh” universe. Basically, it’s about a zombie apocalypse with the twist that human civilization DIDN’T completely collapse.

~Stephanie

Product Details Grimm (TV series)

This takes a spin on the Grimm fairy tales. What if what they wrote was the real deal? You think you might know your fairy tales.

~Emma

 Product Details Sweet by Emmy Laybourne

Laurel regrets accepting her friend Viv’s invitation to go on a luxurious celebrity cruise launching the trendy new diet sweetener Solu. She’s too seasick to even try the sweetener and she’s already completely embarrassed herself in front of celebrity host Tom Forelli–the hottest guy ever! Tom and Laurel notice the passengers acting really strange and the shocking side effects of Solu are exposed.

~Danene

Product Details
Collapse, by Jared Diamond, who also wrote Guns, Germs, and Steel.

Diamond seeks to answer the question of why various civilizations of the past vanished into antiquity, and what lessons we can learn from them (as well as from those that still survive) in order to avoid a similar fate for ourselves. His survey sweeps the globe and the timeline, covering societies past and present from places such as Easter Island, the Yucatan peninsula, the American southwest, Greenland, Japan, Rwanda, and Australia.

~Dennis

The Cookies & Cups Cookbook: 125+ sweet & savory recipes reminding you to Always Eat Dessert First
Cookies & Cups cookbook by Shelly Jaronsky

I’m always looking for a new nummy recipe. Regardless of the title, I’m probably going to try the “Essential Blueberry Streusel Muffins.” Nom, nom.

~Stephanie

PokémonGO

Some of the staff (and staff-in-laws) are playing this. We also are a PokeStop.

Library picks

Here’s what the library staff are reading this week… You may notice we’re a bit short on staff members this week. It seems some of them were too busy reading to actually tell me the titles. Silly bookworms!

Use the comments to tell us what you’re reading.

  Smallville (season 4)

It was the weekend of July 4th. What’s more American than Superman?

~Stephanie

When by Victoria Laurie. It’s about a teenage girl who can see death dates on people’s foreheads, but the question is, can she do anything to change them? It’s a good mystery with drama and suspense. I liked it a lot.

~Candace

One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia. A junior fiction book about 3 young sisters who live in Brooklyn, New York. They travel to Oakland, California to visit their mother who abandoned them and along the way meet a lot of different characters. It’s a coming of age trilogy; a fun book that definitely take you on a journey.

~Candace

  View from the Cheap Seats, by Neil Gaiman. This is only the second book by Neil Gaiman I’ve read, but I love his writing and have become fond of his blog. So being able to read all of these “selected nonfiction” pieces is enjoyable. Recommended.

~Hannah

  The Secrets of Attraction by Robin Constantine

I love a fun teen summer romance novel that’s a quick read!

~Danene

  Creativity, Inc. : overcoming the unseen forces that stand in the way of true inspiration, by Edwin E Catmull. The book was  a recommendation from a tech podcast that I listen to. When reading this book you will get a glimpse of behind the scene at Pixar Animation. Also the creative process and the struggles that they went through to become what they are today. It was a wonderful read to get some new fresh ideas.

~ Emma

Council Seeks Citizens to Serve on City Boards & Commissions

The Duncanville City Council is currently accepting applications from citizens interested in volunteering their service on one of the City’s boards or commissions. To be eligible to serve, one must be a resident of the City of Duncanville, and not be in arrears on City of Duncanville ad valorem taxes or fines or fees.

Applications are being accepted for the following Boards and Commissions:

  • City Planning & Zoning Commission
  • Zoning Board of Adjustment
  • Parks & Recreation Advisory Board
  • Library Advisory Board
  • Sign Control Board
  • Duncanville Community & Economic Development Corporation (DCEDC)
  • Keep Duncanville Beautiful Board
  • Duncanville Community Multicultural Commission
  • Duncanville Social Engagement Partnership
  • Tri-City Animal Shelter Advisory Board
  • Civil Service Commission
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Duncanville Community Economic Development Corporation members at the 2016 Boards & Commissions Banquet.

Applications will be accepted thru July 15, 2016. Following the application deadline, each applicant will be contacted to schedule a brief interview with the City Council. Appointments to the Boards and Commissions are then made in August by the City Council.

Anyone interested in serving is encouraged to forward a completed application no later than July 15, 2016 to Mary Jones, City Secretary, P.O. Box 380280, Duncanville, Texas, 75138-0280; or to mjones@ci.duncanville.tx.us; or in person at City Hall, 203 E. Wheatland Road.

DOWNLOAD APPLICATION

Applications may also be obtained at City Hall. For more information, please call 972-780-5017.

City Cleanup Crews Respond to Sanitary Sewer Overflow

City Cleanup Crews Respond to Sanitary Sewer Overflow

The Duncanville Public Works Department is currently undergoing clean-up, remediation of spill and disinfection of a Sanitary Sewer Overflow (SSO) that occurred October 24, 2018, with overflows in the vicinities of the 700 block of Forest Lane; 400 Block of South Alexander; and intersection of Allen and South Alexander, flowing into Mauk Branch Creek. This SSO event is a result of weather conditions and heavy rainfall. The overflows were observed at 9 pm and stopped at 1:05 pm on October 25.

City Officials will continue to cooperate with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) to meet their requirements for a discharge over their threshold limit of 100,000 gallons. Once the water overflow completely resides at the manhole locations, crews will begin taking laboratory samples at various points along the creek to ensure the water and environment are safe.  There has been no observation of any fish kills to-date.

Duncanville citizens should not be concerned when using water, as at no time was the City’s water system affected by this sewer spill. The City will continue to collect samples of the creek area for any contaminants or distress of marine life and to assure our residents that the area is safe. The public should avoid contact with waste material, soil, or water in the area potentially affected by the spill. If the public comes into contact with waste material, soil, or water potentially affected by the spill, they should bathe and wash clothes thoroughly as soon as possible.

For more information, citizens are encouraged to contact the Duncanville Public Works Wastewater Department at 972-780-4900.

City Cleanup Crews Respond to Sanitary Sewer Overflow

City Cleanup Crews Respond to Sanitary Sewer Overflow

The Duncanville Public Works Department is currently undergoing clean-up, remediation of spill, and disinfection of a Sanitary Sewer Overflow (SSO) that occurred October 15, 2018, and October 16, 2018, flowing into Mauk Branch Creek, Horne Branch Creek, Ten Mile Creek and Ten Mile Creek Tributary 11 in the vicinities of:

Areas of continuation from October 15:

  • 300 block of Cedar Creek
  • Little & South Main
  • Austin Stone Apartments
  • Allen & S. Alexander
  • 300 block of S. Horne
  • 100 block of S. Venice
  • 700 block of Forest
  • 400 block of S. Alexander
  • 400 block of Falling Leaves

New areas as of October 16:

  • 400 block of Shorewood
  • 500 block of W. Center
  • 400 block of Calder
  • 200 block of S. Venice
  • Merribrook Trail & Memory
  • Merribrook Trail & Harrington
  • 500 block of Towne Place

These SSO’s are a result of weather conditions and heavy rainfall, and they are still overflowing.

City Officials will continue to cooperate with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) to meet their requirements for a discharge over their threshold limit of 100,000 gallons. Once the water overflow completely resides at the manhole locations, crews will begin taking laboratory samples at various points along the creek to ensure the water and environment are safe.  There has been no observation of any fish kills to-date.

Duncanville citizens should not be concerned when using water, as at no time was the City’s water system affected by this sewer spill. The City will continue to collect samples of the creek area for any contaminants or distress of marine life and to assure our residents that the area is safe. The public should avoid contact with waste material, soil, or water in the area potentially affected by the spill. If the public comes into contact with waste material, soil, or water potentially affected by the spill, they should bathe and wash clothes thoroughly as soon as possible.

For more information, citizens are encouraged to contact the Duncanville Public Works Wastewater Department at 972-780-4900.

City Cleanup Crews Respond to Sanitary Sewer Overflow

City Cleanup Crews Respond to Sanitary Sewer Overflow

The Duncanville Public Works Department is currently undergoing clean-up, remediation of spill, and disinfection of a Sanitary Sewer Overflow (SSO) that occurred October 15, 2018, flowing into Mauk Branch Creek, Horne Branch Creek and Ten Mile Creek Tributary in the vicinities of:

  • 300 block of Cedar Creek
  • Little & South Main
  • Austin Stone Apartments
  • Allen & S. Alexander
  • 300 block of S. Horne
  • 100 block of S. Venice
  • 700 block of Forest
  • 400 block of S. Alexander
  • 400 block of Falling Leaves

These SSO’s are a result of weather conditions and heavy rainfall. City personnel were notified of the overflow at 11 am, and they are still overflowing due to rainfall.

City Officials will continue to cooperate with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) to meet their requirements for a discharge over their threshold limit of 100,000 gallons. Once the water overflow completely resides at the manhole locations, crews will begin taking laboratory samples at various points along the creek to ensure the water and environment are safe.  There has been no observation of any fish kills to-date.

Duncanville citizens should not be concerned when using water, as at no time was the City’s water system affected by this sewer spill. The City will continue to collect samples of the creek area for any contaminants or distress of marine life and to assure our residents that the area is safe. The public should avoid contact with waste material, soil, or water in the area potentially affected by the spill. If the public comes into contact with waste material, soil, or water potentially affected by the spill, they should bathe and wash clothes thoroughly as soon as possible.

For more information, citizens are encouraged to contact the Duncanville Public Works Wastewater Department at 972-780-4900.