Library staff picks

What a surprise! We’ve got some more titles to share with y’all this week. It seems the library people really like books. But reading isn’t all we do… Sometimes we watch TV. Then again, we do have a few staff members who have been known to read a book while watching TV.

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


P.S. Be Eleven by Rita Williams-Garcia

This is the second part of the One Crazy Summer trilogy. Delphine, Vonetta and Fern are back home in Brooklyn, still excited from their summer spent in Oakland, California. When they return, they find that things have changed. It’s a great coming of age story about being young and staying that way. Once again, I definitely recommend to young readers.



My Lucky Day by Keiko Kasza

This is a delightful children’s book about a little pig out witting a hungry fox. It is a story your kid will want to hear again and again.

~Stunt Clerk #3

Dinosaur Kisses by David Stein

This is an amusing story of a little dinosaur discovering kisses and trying to give them out with many funny mishaps. This is a very fun bedtime story.

~Stunt Clerk #3


Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs by Mo Willems

This story is filled with classic Mo Willems humor. Read this delightful story to your child and discover together if the dinosaurs get their human bonbon.

~Stunt Clerk #3

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Loved it! I hadn’t read a play since I had to read Shakespeare in high school, but despite the format of the book it was a delightful read. I enjoyed my time back in Harry Potter’s world and so will anyone who is a fan of the Harry Potter books.

~Stunt Clerk #3

Aftershock by Chuck Scarborough

A major earthquake hits New York City!

This title appeared on a “weeding” list and I love disaster stories so I had to check it out. Plus, it sounds just like a TV movie I watched once and I wanted to see if this was the basis for that movie.


Talk like TED: the 9 public speaking secrets of the world’s top minds by Carmine Gallo.

This book is helpful for those who are beginning to public speak. Also good for people who already have been doing public speaking. I picked this book up because I was taking a class on public speaking at the time. I needed all the pointers I could get.


Jane by Design: Volume One
Jane By Design (TV series)

The show is about “Jane Quimby is leading the ultimate double life. Jane, a regular high school student, applies for a coveted internship at fashion house Donovan Decker. Through a case of mistaken identity, Jane lands a job as the assistant to Gray Chandler Murray a high-powered executive. Only her best friend Billy knows the truth about Jane’s two lives. Will she be able to juggle a life of high school AND high fashion or will they come crashing together at the most inopportune time?”


Longmire (TV series)

Based on the series of books by Craig Johnson.

Walt Longmire is the Sheriff of Absaroka county in Wyoming. He’s just starting to take an interest in life again after the murder of his wife.


Paper and Fire by Rachel Caine

I just begged our cataloger to get this book processed for me. It’s book 2 in the Great Library series and I can’t wait to read it!


Safely Home by Randy Alcorn

Synopsis: This very moving and well-written book begins, “Is this the day I die?” Two main characters, one Chinese and one American, whose lives intersect, learn what a difference living for Christ makes in everyday life and what it means to stay true to their faith even in the face of death. This novel describes the persecution Chinese Christian believers face in in China today and is based on a poignant painting by Ron DiCianni of the same title.


“G o o o d evening!”

Currently, I’m bingeing on a wonderful, classic, TV series. It is Alfred Hitchcock’s original Alfred Hitchcock Presents. The library has seasons 1 and 2 (1955-56 and 56-57). Each episode is one half hour long and is totally self-contained so there is no plot carryover from one week to the next. Different actors star each week so there is always a new face and fresh talent. Of course it is in classic black and white. It is mystery not science fiction. No gratuitous violence.


Equipment Services Receives New City Vehicles and Equipment

As a part of the FY2016 Budget, Equipment Services received approval to purchase several replacement vehicles and pieces of equipment, a few of which have already been received. The equipment received is one Toro Sand Pro bunker rake, to be used by the Parks Department, as well as two V-box sand spreaders and a concrete saw for the use of the Streets Department.  Vehicles received include three F-150 pickup trucks for the Equipment Services, Streets and Water Departments. One F-450 cab/chassis with a service body was also received for the Wastewater Department and one F-350 cab/chassis with a service body for the Water Department.  In addition, there are six new Patrol SUV Police Interceptors currently in the process of having police equipment installed.

These units are a vital part of the City’s operation and are essential in the day-to-day activities of the City. The vehicles and equipment are used in maintaining integrity of City streets, the quality of water, the flow of wastewater, and the protection of the citizens.  The bunker rake is used in maintaining the ball fields used by citizens and athletic associations.

There are a total of twenty-one vehicles and pieces of equipment being purchased this year. More deliveries are expected in the near future for the rest of the vehicles and equipment ordered.  If you have any questions regarding Equipment Services, please call Asa Low at 972-780-5062.

Notice of Tax Rate/Public Hearing

A tax rate of $0.758447 per $100 valuation has been proposed for adoption by the governing body of City of Duncanville.  This rate exceeds the lower of the effective or rollback tax rate, and state law requires that two public hearings be held by the governing body before adopting the proposed tax rate.

The governing  body  of City of Duncanville  proposes  to use revenue  attributable  to the tax rate increase for the purpose  of funding  ongoing  maintenance  and operations  including  streets,  parks,  and municipal buildings and facilities.

PROPOSED TAX RATE                                         $0.758447 per $100

PRECEDING  YEAR’S TAX RATE                       $0.758447 per $100

 EFFECTIVE TAX RATE                                        $0.704578 per $100

ROLLBACK TAX RATE                                          $0.763848 per $100

The effective tax rate is the total tax rate needed to raise the same amount of property tax revenue for City of Duncanville from the same properties in both the 2015 tax year and the 2016 tax year.

The rollback tax rate is the highest tax rate that City of Duncanville  may adopt before voters are entitled to petition for an election to limit the rate that may be approved to the rollback rate.


property tax amount= (rate) x (taxable value of your property)/100

For assistance  or detailed information about tax calculations,  please contact:

John R. Ames, PCC, CTA

Dallas County Tax Assessor/Collector

1201 Elm Street, Suite 2600, Dallas TX


You are urged to attend and express your views at the following  public hearings on the proposed tax rate:

First Hearing: August 16, 2016 at 7:00 pm at 203 E. Wheatland,  Duncanville, TX.

Second Hearing: September  13, 2016 at 7:00pm at 203 E. Wheatland,  Duncanville, TX.

Sales Tax Revenue Update

Sales Tax is paid on the sales of certain goods and services. It is an important indicator of the financial viability of our community. Sales tax is one of the top revenue sources for Duncanville’s general City operations and makes up 24% of the current General Fund Revenue Budget. Duncanville shoppers pay a sales tax rate of 8.25%, which is $.0825 for every taxable $1.00 spent. Of the 8.25% total sales tax rate, 2.0% goes to the City and 6.25% goes to the State of Texas.

$715,881 – Duncanville Sales Tax Revenue for the month of July 2016

This is a 17% increase or $104,908 more than the same month last year (July 2015)

Where does the total 8.25% sales tax go?

6.25% State of Texas

1.00% Duncanville General Fund

0.50% Duncanville General Fund for Property Tax Relief

0.50% Duncanville Community Economic Development Corporation

8.25% Total Sales Rate

Mosquito Spraying Scheduled for Thrush Avenue Area

In our continued effort against the West Nile Virus, the City of Duncanville has authorized the Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) to conduct ground spraying against mosquitos on Thursday, August 4, Friday, August 5, and Sunday, August 7, in the Thrush Avenue area from 9 p.m. thru 5 a.m., weather permitting. A positive mosquito trap pool for the West Nile Virus was reported by the County in this area.

Residents living near this area are encouraged to remain indoors and bring their pets inside during spraying. City Staff will continue to monitor areas where mosquito breeding is mostly like to occur. To prevent the spread of mosquitos, residents should remove all areas of standing water and report all pools that are not well maintained and abandoned homes where mosquitos are likely to breed to the Health and Code Enforcement Department. Everyone should continue to protect themselves against the West Nile Virus by using insect repellent containing DEET. Citizens are also encouraged to remain indoors during dawn and dusk, when mosquitos are most active.

For more information on the scheduled ground mosquito spraying in Duncanville, contact the City’s Health Inspector at 972-740-1163.

Library staff reads

Once again some of the library staff is too busy reading to tell what they’re reading. Oh, well. Leaves more room for the rest of us. But next week, I’ll make them put their books down long enough to make them send an email.

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


The Book With No Pictures by B.J. Novak

You might think a book with no pictures would be boring and serious. But in this book everything written on the page has to be said by the person reading it aloud even if the words say BLORK or BLUURF. Cleverly irreverent and irresistibly silly, this book is one that kids will beg to hear again and again.



Parts by Tedd Arnold

The boy in this book discovers a disturbing trend. There’s fuzz in his belly button, his toes are peeling, and something just fell out of his nose. The last straw is a loose tooth which convinces him of the awful truth that his parts are coming unglued!


The Watermelon Seed by Greg Pizzoli

Oh no, the crocodile in this story has just swallowed a watermelon seed! Will vines sprout out his ears? Will his skin turn pink?



Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, by Jack Thorne (based on an original story by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, and Jack Thorne).

This is the script of the stage play currently being performed in London. Despite the original insistence of those involved, it is, in fact, a sequel to the book series, as it begins at the last book’s epilogue. Since it is a play, the reading experience is vastly different from the books, and I found myself having difficulty really getting into the story because of that. The story itself seems rather fantastical, and not of the same quality as the book series, but was entertaining and fit the existing canon.

Recommended for fans of the book series – and remember, it’s paramount to read these in order…. J


Black Tide Rising (short stories)

A collection of stories by different authors, but all set in the zombie apocalypse ‘verse I was reading a few weeks ago.


 The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman

It’s got a pretty cover and a cool name. So I read the first two pages. There’s an undercover librarian on a spy mission.

Of course, I’m going to read the book.


DCEDC Awards Incentive Grant

The Duncanville Community and Economic Development Corporation (DCEDC) recently presented Randy Gaubert, President of RPG Capital Management, LLC with a $75,000.00 incentive grant.  The grant was used to complete a screening wall, utility infrastructure, fire lane, and approach paving for Phase 2 and 3 of a medical/professional office development located at 407 W. Danieldale Road.  

Incentive grants are part of DCEDC’s Design Incentive Program that is aimed at helping businesses enhance their facades and improve their sustainability.  For more information on DCEDC or business incentives, please call the Economic Development Department at 972-780-5090. 

Pictured left to right are DCEDC Vice President Barry Gordon, DCEDC President Mark Cooks, RPG Capital Management, LLC President Randy Galbert, DCEDC Board Member Steve Dial, DCEDC Board Member Dr. Matt Murrah, and DCEDC Director Jessica James


Comprehensive Plan Kickoff

The Comprehensive Plan public engagement process is kicking off! Destination Duncanville is the City’s first comprehensive plan and a critical part of plan development will be the involvement of property owners, residents, business owners, and other stakeholders in the community. The development of the Comprehensive Plan will start ‘from the ground up’, meaning that community involvement will be the foundation of the plan. There are multiple ways to get involved and to give input to the planning team.

Input Boards – There will be input boards in the foyer of City Hall, at the Duncanville Public Library, the D.L. Hopkins, Jr. Senior Center, and the Fieldhouse for citizens to write down their vision for the future of Duncanville. It is an opportunity to share where you see Duncanville in the next 10 to 20 years. Does it look exactly the same? Is it different? This is a chance to provide candid thoughts on the direction the City should go.

Destination Duncanville Website – As part of the plan development process, a website has been created to disseminate information, gather input, and provide updates on the progress of the Comprehensive Plan. The website,, will be the main source of information for those interested in keeping up on the status of the plan.

Community Survey – On the website, is a community survey. The information in this survey will aid the planning team in becoming familiar with Duncanville, its strengths, and its weaknesses from the perspective of its everyday users. It will include questions about the importance of various quality of life aspects of the City and where the City should focus its energy and resources. This survey is voluntary, all information recorded will be kept anonymous and no record of individual responses will be transferred or implied. Your input is vital and greatly appreciated.

Community Wide Meeting – Perhaps the most important way to give input on the Comprehensive Plan is to attend the first community wide meeting that will be held on Wednesday, August 17, 2016 at the D.L. Hopkins, Jr. Senior Center. Check-in will begin at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting will begin at 7:00 p.m. The meeting will be an opportunity for citizens to participate in interactive exercises and discussion facilitated by the consultant Freese and Nichols, Inc. The goal of the meeting is to walk away with a basic understanding of what the community deems as important, issue identification, and to begin formation of the overall vision of the City.

The planning team will also be meeting with various stakeholders in the community to gain further insight into specific topics to be covered in the plan including economic development and Downtown. There will also be opportunities for citizens to provide input on their own through the Meeting in a Box. The Meeting in a Box is a box of resources to allow anyone to facilitate a meeting on their own and provide the feedback to the City. More information regarding the Meeting in a Box will be provided on the website and the City website.

The Comprehensive Plan presents an opportunity to demonstrate that Duncanville residents, businesses and elected officials are committed to working together for the best possible future for our community. It is an exciting time for Duncanville and it will require everyone’s participation. Can we count you in?

Updates on the progress of the Comprehensive Plan as well as information on opportunities for public input will be provided on the City of Duncanville website as well as through the website, the Spotlight Duncanville quarterly newsletter and The Champion monthly newsletter.

Back to School Bash

Join the Duncanville Parks and Recreation Staff for an afternoon of fun, on August 6th, from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. It’s an end of summer party with bounce houses, games, prizes, and lots of fun! The event will take place at the Duncanville Parks and Recreation Center, located at 201 James Collins Blvd. It is free and open to the public. For more information contact the Recreation Center at 972-780-5070.