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.


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.


 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.


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.


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.



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

DCEDC Presents Sign Grant to Local Business

The Duncanville Community and Economic Development Corporation recently presented Steve Corder owner of State Farm Insurance and Melcor, Inc. with a $4,805.06 sign grant. The grant was used to replace an older monument sign, that inhibited drivers visibility in the area and branding of tenant businesses, with a new pole sign. Sign grants are part of DCEDC’s Design Incentive Program that is aimed at helping businesses enhance their façades and improve their sustainability. For more information on DCEDC or business incentives, please call the Economic Development Department at 972.780.5090.

Recall of Scooters/Hoverboards

Self-balancing scooters/hoverboards have been recalled by 10 firms due to fire hazard.  Per the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), “The lithium-ion battery packs in the self-balancing scooters/hoverboards can overheat, posing a risk of the products smoking, catching fire and/or exploding”.   For more information on the recalls, please visit the CPSC website.

Bring Your 4-legged Friends to Armstrong this Week

The City of Duncanville is holding a temporary dog park at Armstrong Park from July 8-17th from 9:00 a.m. – noon and 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. daily. This will serve as an opportunity for the City to collect feedback from the public on a possible permanent dog park in the future. Additional opportunities for public feedback will continue as the Parks Master Plan process begins in a couple of months. The idea of a temporary dog park was realized by Girl Scout Natalie Ortiz, with the support of the City Parks and Recreation Board and Staff. As a result, Natalie received the Girl Scout’s Silver Award, the highest award a Girl Scout can earn.

Bring your 4-legged friend to the park! Be sure to follow these temporary dog park rules and regulations:

1. Owners/handlers are legally responsible for their dog(s) and any injury or damage to facilities caused by them.
2. Dog owners/handlers must keep their dog(s) in view at all times.
3. All dogs must be under the owner’s/handler’s control.
4. Dog owners/handlers must immediately pick up and dispose of, in trash receptacles, all dog feces.
5. Dogs off their leash are limited to two dogs per owner/handler inside the park.
6. Dogs must be leashed before entering and leaving the park.
7. Dogs must be current on vaccinations, including rabies.
8. Dogs “in heat” will not be allowed inside the park.
9. Dogs using the park must be at least 4 months old.
10. Dogs are the only type animals permitted in dog parks.
11. Aggressive dogs, posing a threat to human beings or other dogs are not allowed at any time. Any bite of a person or other dog must be immediately reported to the City of Duncanville Animal Control and parties involved must wait for an officer to respond, except in the case where immediate medical care is needed.

Drug Drop Box

The Duncanville Police Department has installed a secure Drug Drop Box in the lobby of the station located at 203 E. Wheatland Rd. The drop box will allow residents a free, safe and anonymous way to dispose any unused or expired medications 24 hours a day. The drop box is NOT intended for the use of business, pharmacies, clinics, doctor’s offices or any facility that distributes medications.

IMG_35031Acceptable and unacceptable forms of medications available for drop off are listed below.

Acceptable Medications – Prescriptions, Pet Meds, Prescription Patches and Vitamins.

Unacceptable Medications – Needles, Inhalers, Aerosols, Hydrogen Peroxide, Thermometers, Ointments, Lotions or Liquids.

Why residents should turn in their unused prescription drugs:

• Medications that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to misuse and abuse.
• Drugs can be scavenged and illegally sold.
• Unused pharmaceuticals are environmental toxins; flushing them down the toilet or sink can release
them into our drinking water and soil.
Thanks to grant funding provided by the North Texas High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area and The Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse, unused and expired medications can be deposited for proper disposal.
What cannot be disposed of:

Hydrogen peroxide, Thermometers, Inhalers, Needles, Aerosol Cans, Other Ointments/ Lotions/ Liquids.

If you have any questions please contact Officer Doug Sisk 972-780-5027 or

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?


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.


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.


  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.


  The Secrets of Attraction by Robin Constantine

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


  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

Off-duty Duncanville firefighters save man’s life while mowing yards

DMN firefighter article july 5 2016Dallas Morning News (7.5.16): Battalion Chief Robert Gideon called a client the day before he was scheduled to mow his lawn Wednesday for his part-time job. The 27-year Duncanville firefighter tried not to worry when the call went straight to voicemail, even though this particular client always answered his phone.

“But we were mowing at another house down the road and saw his car in the yard,” said Gideon, 50. “So we had some idea he was there.”

His suspicions were correct. The elderly client was there, but in no position to come to the door. Gideon and his lawn-mowing partner, Duncanville firefighter Robert Shaw, entered the home and found the elderly man semi-conscious, lying on the floor.

Paramedics later determined that he had probably been that way at least a couple of days. The two firefighters shouted his name and he eventually responded as Shaw called 911 and Gideon got on the phone with his own department.

“If they hadn’t followed through with their instincts and concern, there is no doubt in my mind that the elderly male would have laid there and died,” Duncanville EMS Chief Mike Ryan said.

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Mosquito Spraying Scheduled for Friday, July 1st and Saturday, July 2nd

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 Friday July 1st, and Saturday, July 2, in the area north of Wheatland Road and east of Main Street, as well as Fairmeadows and Redbird 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. View mosquito spraying map.

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.