Library staff reads

This week, it seems our staff is watching more TV than they are reading books. That’s okay, we’ve got lots of TV shows on DVD. We may even have your favorite show! You’ll have to supply your own popcorn though.

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

 

H20: Just Add Water (TV Series)

This show is about best friends going on adventures and becoming a magical creature: the mermaid. This show is enjoyable for kids of all ages. So are you ready for an adventure into the world of possibility?

~Emma

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  The Waste Lands by Stephen King

This is the 3rd book in the Dark Tower series and so far is the most bizarre. What I kept thinking was it seems like I’m reading the account of someone’s really weird dream. The imagery was rich especially when Jake was trying to escape the haunted house. In my mind I could hear dramatic classic horror movie scores and felt that exasperation that we all feel when the protagonist can’t get away smoothly because of classic clumsy blunders or inaction because of the terror consuming the character. All in all the story is classic Stephen King and a must read for those who like to read something a little different from time to time.

~Stunt Clerk #3

Gilmore Girls (TV series)

This is a fun show. I can relate in so many ways to the character Lorelai because I know what it is like to raise a teenage girl. I can also relate to the character Rory because once upon a time I was a teenage girl. The best part is the humor that is constantly present to amuse the viewer.

~Stunt Clerk #3

 

How We Learn by Benedict Carey

Carey digs into the science of how our brains acquire, store, and recall information, and overturns many of our long-held notions about learning and memory being developed only through blunt-force effort. It turns out, for example, that distractions and daydreaming can help strengthening memory in ways that perfect focus and endless repetition cannot, and that “testing” and “studying” are more alike than one might expect. Highly recommended for students of ANY age.

-Dennis

Product Details  Simply Tuesday by Emily Freeman

A meditation on the importance of the small things in our lives.

~Hannah

 Summer Jackson: Grown Up by Teresa E. Harris

It is a cute story about a little girl who doesn’t want to be little anymore. She wants all the privileges of being an adult, but she didn’t think about the responsibilities. This book is for any kid who doesn’t realize how great it is to be a kid.

~Candace

 The Winter at Valley Forge by F. van Wyck Mason.

I just finished reading this book last night. It made me appreciate the summer heat we have.

During the winter of 1777-1778, George Washington wintered with about 10,000 American troops only 20 miles from Philadelphia and British troops. While there were some skirmishes during that time, the operative word was survival. It was desperate with American troops freezing and starving. Twenty-five hundred men died. Supplies were just not getting through. The book relates an incident in which American soldiers in disguise stole back an entire wagon train of supplies that American turncoat farmers (Tories) had sold to the British.

American forces employed the local Indians (among them the Iroquois six-nation Confederacy and Micmac who were sworn enemies of each other) for their acumen in hunting and tracking. While most soldiers looked at the Indians as savages they never failed to appreciate roast rabbit or anything else brought in by the Indians to help keep body and soul together.

It was during the winter at Valley Forge that the French committed their support to the American cause embodied in the twenty year old superstar Marquis de Lafayette.

In the spring of 1778 the British moved out of Philadelphia, having fully expected the Americans to capitulate and not make it through the winter. But there would be five more winters before the ultimate American victory.

~Ron

Supernatural (TV series)

This show is just about to start its 12th season. Brothers, Dean & Sam Winchester, are continuing the family business of keeping the world safe from monsters of all kinds.

~Buffy the Netflix Watcher

 The Walking Dead (TV series)

I’m re-watching the most current season so I can be ready and up to date when the new season premieres.

~Buffy the Netflix Watcher

 

Mosquito Spraying Scheduled for Highgate Dr. 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 25, Friday, August 26, and Sunday, August 28, in the Highgate Dr. 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.

Click here to see spraying map.

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.

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Duncanville’s Kroger Completes Four-Month Remodel

On Wednesday, August 17, the Kroger located at 200 West Camp Wisdom Road hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of its latest remodel. The store now features new décor, improved deli, updated bakery, refreshed produce department, and enlarged pharmacy-waiting area.

Back (from left): Steve Lewis , VP of operations for the Kroger Dallas division; Jacob Coday, facility engineering project manager for the Kroger Dallas division; David Green, Mayor of Duncanville; Joe Miskimins, VP of merchandising for the Kroger Dallas division; Pete Loredo, assistant store manager for the Duncanville Kroger; and Sudhir Kayastha, assistant store manager for the Duncanville Kroger

Front (from left): Bethany Blankmeyer, district manager for the Kroger Dallas division; Jackie Kreda, real estate specialist for the Kroger Dallas division; Andrea Landry, store manager for the Duncanville Kroger; and April Martin Nickels, public affairs manager for the Kroger Dallas division.

Duncanville Police Looking for Robbery Suspect

The Duncanville Police Department is requesting the public’s help in identifying and locating a robbery suspect that entered a Duncanville Pizza Hut, located at 210 South Cedar Ridge Dr., on August 15th at approximately 9:46 p.m.

According to reports, the suspect displayed a handgun in his waistband and handed the clerk a note demanding money. He fled on foot with stolen money from the cash register.

The suspect was described as a black male, in his 20’s, measuring 5’8”, and wearing a yellow hat, Dallas Cowboys shirt, jeans, and grey shoes.

Click here to see video.

Anyone having any information concerning these offenses is asked to contact Detective Jeff Pollock with the Duncanville Police Department at 972-707-3831.

 

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City Honored with a “Duncanville Tower” in Italy

Duncanville’s Sister City, Monasterolo di Savigliano in Italy, has dedicated a special corner of its remodeled castle entitled “The Duncanville Tower.” The corner, located in the southeast tower of Il castello di Monasterolo di Savigliano, displays a movie about the City of Duncanville and the history of the Sister City relationship. A grand opening was held in June during Texas Senator Jane Nelson’s visit to Monasterolo di Savigliano.castello di Monasterolo di Savigliano.3 castello di Monasterolo di Savigliano.2

“It has been a great moment where we remembered the history of the Twin City Relationship and the big friendship between our cities,” said Marco Cavaglià, Mayor of Monasterolo di Savigliano.

In March of this year, Mayor Cavaglià visited Duncanville to reaffirm the partnership and friendship between the two cities. City leaders showcased Duncanville and held a reception at City Hall honoring Mayor Cavaglià and wife.

The history behind the Sister City relationship:
The relationship had its earliest beginnings in 1994 and 1995 through the friendship between Drs. Nancy and Cecil Wood (Dentists in Duncanville at the time) and Mr. Dario Crosetto (a Physicist formerly with the “super collider” and a native of Monasterolo di Savigliano, Italy).

The friendship blossomed into a semi-formal visit to Duncanville in 1997 by a delegation of Italians, including Monasterolo di Savigliano Mayor Antonio Prochietto. Under the leadership of then Mayor Ed Purcell, the City of Duncanville sponsored a reception at City Hall in recognition of the Italian guests.

In 1998, the Duncanville City Council passed a resolution supporting the “twin-city” (Gemelaggio, in Italian) relationship. In July, a delegation of 13 Texans including State Senator Jane Nelson, were led by Mayor Glenn Repp to Monasterolo di Savigliano to participate in a formal ceremony instituting the arrangement. Italian dignitaries attended the celebration.

In September 1999, a delegation of 39 Italians from all walks of life visited the City of Duncanville to formalize the Sister City program. During their stay, they were hosted by local citizens. A formal ratification ceremony was held at City Hall on September 28th with an exchange of documentation and gifts. Local dignitaries, including City Council Members and Staff, Duncanville Independent School Administration Officials, and the Honorary Vice Council of Italy participated. The visitors were treated to tours of local businesses, as well as a visit to the State Capitol, San Antonio, Galveston, and the Houston Space Center. They witnessed the Duncanville ISD homecoming parade as well as a football game.

Exchange visits to Italy and Duncanville continued from 2003 to 2006, where cities such as Venice and Lake Como were toured, and more memories were created.

Since these initial visits, there have been numerous personal exchanges between citizens of both cities while friendly communication continues to this day between families and young people in both communities.

The City hopes to renew visits to Italy in the coming years. Plans include establishing a committee made up of citizens and staff that would facilitate this opportunity to other Duncanville citizens.

Duncanville Police Looking for Robbery Suspects

The Duncanville Police Department is requesting the public’s help in identifying and locating two separate nonrelated robbery suspects.

 The first offense occurred on Monday, August 15th at approximately 10:39 p.m. Duncanville Police was dispatched to a robbery in progress at the Quick Trip located at 102 East Camp Wisdom Road. The suspect was described as a black male, 40-45 years of age, measuring 5’7”-6’, weighing approximately 220 lbs. and wearing a camouflage Ford hat, white t-shirt and black pants. Witnesses say the suspect stole a plastic tub full of cigarettes from behind the counter. When confronted by employees, the suspect directed them to “back off” as he reached behind his back.

 A second nonrelated offense occurred on Tuesday, August 16th at approximately 5:48 p.m. when a suspect entered a Duncanville Shell gas station at 602 South Clark Road and threatened the clerk with a machete. According to reports, the suspect stole money from the register and a carton of cigarettes before fleeing the scene running behind the business. The suspect was described as a black male, 17-23 years of age, measuring 5’6”-5’8” and weighing approximately 140 lbs. The suspect was wearing a maroon Mesquite hoodie with black pants. 

Click here for video of the Shell gas station suspect.

Anyone having any information concerning these offenses is asked to contact Detective Jeff Pollock with the Duncanville Police Department at 972-707-3831.  

 

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.