Mosquito Spraying Scheduled for E. Little 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 18, Friday, August 19, and Sunday, August 21, in the E. Little 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.

View mosquito spraying area map.

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Call 811 Before You Dig: It is the Law! Calling 811 Reduces Risk of Damaged Utility Lines by 99 Percent

Did you know that, before you dig, it is required by law to call 811 to have all buried utility lines located and marked? Atmos Energy wants to thank homeowners and excavators alike for observing the law and keeping our communities safe by always calling 811 before digging.

Since 2008, Atmos Energy has seen a 36 percent increase in requests by the public to have underground natural gas lines marked. Once underground utility lines are marked, it is important to take special care around all line markings by digging by hand.

“The greatest risk to our natural gas pipelines is accidental damage while digging,” said John Paris, president of Atmos Energy’s Mid-Tex division. “Even minor damage, such as a scrape, dent, or crease in a pipeline or its coating, can cause a leak.”

Every time the excavating public calls 811 before digging, the chance of hitting an underground utility line decreases to 99.9 percent. When calling 811, homeowners and contractors are connected to their local one-call center, which notifies the appropriate utility companies of their intent to dig.  Professional locators are then sent to the digging site to mark the locations of underground utility-owned lines with flags and spray paint, free of charge.

“Atmos Energy located 1.5 million underground natural gas lines in 2015. We appreciate our customers observing this important safety law. Calling 811 is the law in every state that we serve. All excavators call 811 at least three business days before digging on public or private property,” said Paris.

For more information, visit atmosenergy.com/811 or call811.com.

Library Staff Reads

There are two kinds of readers: those who only read one book at a time and those who read multiple books at one time. Lately, it seems that we mostly employ the second kind.

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

 

 Colonia (movie)

This was a very intriguing movie. It is sad to view events that have happen in this world that are so tragic because of corrupt governments and crazy cult leaders. This movie has both and mixed in with it is a love story. I give it five stars.

~Stunt Clerk #3

 

Anne’s house of dreams by L.M. Montgomery

Anne’s house of dreams is the fifth book in the Anne of Green Gables series. I have read these books several times over the years and they never fail to amuse and entertain me. I really love Anne’s house of dreams mainly because of the character Cornelia. The dialogue of her outrageous speeches makes me laugh out loud. Captain Jim is another rich character in the book that constantly has something interesting to say and also likes to rile up Ms. Cornelia. Pick up this book to see if you can be counted among the “race that knows Joseph,” you’ll have to read this fantastic tale to find out what this means.

~Stunt Clerk #3

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

This book is also part of a series called Lunar chronicles. The retelling of the Cinderella story. Set in the future where there is moon people with powers, and earth people create alliances. Cinder is a working mechanic on the streets of New Beijing. In the end she finds out who she really is. I read this because I am always interested in a new take on the classic fairy tales stories.

~Emma

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 Star-Crossed (TV Series)

“An epic Romeo and Juliet romance unfolds as an Atrian boy named Roman and a human girl named Emery encounter many dangers in their pursuit of love and peace between their species and each other.”

~Emma

Underground Airlines by Ben H. Winters

What if the Civil War had not been fought, and slavery still existed in the United States today? That’s the chilling premise of this book, which unfolds in a manner which makes me think of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale. More of a thriller than I usually read, but so far it’s a good read.

~Hannah

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

This is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast – placed in a faerie world, and modified, as all the best fairytale retellings are. While it’s shelved in the Teen section, adults may enjoy it as well. Definitely not for younger readers.

~Hannah

Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow

This biography is reportedly the one that inspired that musical you may have heard of. The book is about two inches thick, so I’ve been reading it for several months and am not even halfway through – it’s not a light read, to say the least! It’s also fascinating. There’s so much more to Alexander Hamilton than I realized, and of course he was also in the thick of one of the most interesting parts of U.S. history.

~Hannah

Drop Dead Diva: Season 1
Drop Dead Diva (TV series)

Originally a Lifetime series. It’s about an extremely shallow woman named Deb who died in a horrible accident. Her time wasn’t finished on earth, so the powers that be sent her back to make good of the rest of her life; only they put her in an entirely different body. This series deals with insecurities, body image and self-acceptance. I loved every second of watching this show. It’s available on Netflix.

~Candace

Rizzoli & Isles (TV series)

A Boston homicide detective and the Chief Medical Examiner work together to solve murders. It’s a basic ‘buddy cop’ series. Guess which one has a tortoise for a pet.

~Buffy the Netflix watcher

USA National Floorball Championship comes to Duncanville

The Official 2016 USA National Floorball Championship takes place at the Duncanville Fieldhouse! Join adult and youth teams from across the nation beginning Saturday thru Monday, September 3-5th, as they compete in elite and recreational floorball games. Floorball is similar to ice hockey played with 5 players on each team and one goalie on the court at a time. Visit usafloorball.org for more information.

 

 

Citizen Input Needed for City’s Comprehensive Plan

Public Meeting Set for August 17, 2016, 7 p.m., D.L. Hopkins, Jr. Senior Center

What: The City of Duncanville will host a Community Wide Comprehensive Plan Meeting to proactively partner with the public and seek citizen input and feedback to develop the City’s first Comprehensive Plan. The plan is designed as a framework for guiding future development, redevelopment and community enhancement throughout the next 20 years and beyond.

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 basis of understanding of what the community deems as important, issue identification, and to begin formation of the overall vision of the City.

Community participation through events like the Community Wide Meeting is vital for the comprehensive plan development process. For more information and to take the Comprehensive Plan community survey, please visit: www.DestinationDuncanville.com.

When: Wednesday, August 17, 2016; check-in begins at 6:30 p.m., meeting begins at 7:00 p.m.

Where: D.L. Hopkins, Jr. Senior Center, 206 James Collins Blvd, Duncanville, TX 75116

The meeting is being hosted in partnership with the consultant Freese and Nichols, Inc., which has offices around the country and throughout the State.

Duncanville Public Library Treated for Bedbugs

BedbugThis week, staff discovered bedbugs in various chairs and couches in the Duncanville Public Library. The affected pieces of furniture were deemed untreatable and were promptly discarded in order to prevent the bedbugs’ spreading further throughout the Library. Exterminators were then brought onsite to assess the rest of the facility.

The Library underwent treatment for bedbugs after closing at 6PM on the evening of Friday, August 12th. The treatment required only 4 hours to take effect and dissipate before the building is safe to enter, so the Library was able to open for normal service hours at 10AM on Saturday, August 13th. Exterminators will return for a post-treatment inspection within approximately one week.

As a precaution, Library visitors (as well as the general public) are advised to check their homes, cars, and workplaces for signs of bedbugs, such as small rust-colored spots on mattresses or furniture, or a sweet, musty odor. While bedbugs can live in many places, they are most commonly found close to where a person sleeps.

Once discovered, bedbugs can be treated with heat (as by running clothes and bedsheets through the dryer on high heat, or steam-cleaning carpets) or with insecticides and other chemical agents. Severely affected areas should be treated by a professional exterminator.

More information about bedbugs (including signs/symptoms, treatment, mitigation, prevention) can be found through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Dallas County Health and Human Services.

For more information regarding Library facilities and services, contact Library staff at 972-780-5050.

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.

 

Fats, Oils, and Grease: It Doesn’t Stop at the Kitchen Sink

Fats, Oils and Grease (FOG), the residue left over from cooking meats, such as bacon, that hardens after it cools can cause problems when poured down the drain and clog pipes in your home. This grease also clogs the sewer pipes under the street that takes the wastewater from your home to the treatment plant. When this occurs, wastewater will back up and come to the surface, polluting the environment. This allows untreated sewage to run into the streets and into our storm drains. This is not only a human health hazard but, since storm drains flow to creeks and rivers, can cause significant environmental damage and impact aquatic life forms. You can avoid unnecessary sewer repairs, expense and damage to the City sewer system by following a few simple rules.

Did You Know?

Duncanville residents can pick up free Fat Trapper Bags and can lids at the Duncanville Service Center, located at 330 Shady Trail, or at City Hall (Public Works Counter), located at 203 E. Wheatland Rd. (Please limit 5 per visit.)

Mosquito Spraying Scheduled for E. Little & Greenstone Court

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 11, Friday, August 12, and Sunday, August 14, in the E. Little and Greenstone Court areas 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 these areas.

Residents living near these areas 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 or visit www.duncanville.com.

See spraying map.

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.

~Candace

 

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.

~Stephanie

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.

~Emma

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?”

~Emma

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.

~Stephanie

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!

~Danene

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.

~Carole

“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.

~Ron