Monday, December 4, 2023

A peek at what’s coming to the Hood County Library


A peek at what’s coming to the Hood County Library

While the outside is cooling down, things are heating up here at the library. Fall programs are in full swing with our regularly scheduled programs resuming and new ones beginning. See our “Upcoming Events” for more information.

Bookmobile Update

The bookmobile arrived at the end of April and has been serving citizens all over Hood County ever since. It has made around 145 stops with about 1,460 visitors. It is a JOY watching the smiles spread across our patron’s faces as they get new items. To track the bookmobile stops, you can see the schedule on Facebook, or refer to the calendar included with this article. If you see that it will be near you, feel free to stop in to return books, get new ones, or pick up holds. If your neighborhood would like to be added to the bookmobile’s regular schedule, a request form can be completed online via our website under the “Services” tab. The bookmobile can also be requested for special events using the same form. Let us serve you!


Special Guest

Oct. 28 5:30 to 7 p.m.

The Hood County Library is hosting local criminologist, Dr. Kelli Tomlinson Martin. Dr. Martin is a native of Hood County. She grew up attending the Hood County Library’s summer reading programs with her little sister and developed a love for reading and writing. Martin graduated from Granbury High School in 1989. She obtained a bachelor’s degree in psychology, a master’s degree in criminology and criminal Justice, and a PhD in criminal justice. She has worked in the field of criminal justice adult probation for 28 years. These years included working as a court officer, a pre-sentence investigation officer, and specialized sex crimes unit officer. She was promoted to management and for some time supervised the Sex Crimes Unit for Tarrant County and served as the training academy director. She is currently the Research & Policy Planner for several adult probation departments in Texas. Dr. Martin has also had a career in academia teaching at Texas Christian University for ten years in the Criminal Justice Department, at Tarrant County College, the University of Texas at Arlington, and the University of Texas at Dallas. She has published numerous scholarly journal articles in criminal justice journals and conducted research for the U.S. Department of Justice on domestic minor sex trafficking.

Dr. Martin is in the process of publishing a book, Homicide in the Hood: Murders that Haunt a Small Town Girl. This covers new and exciting details of local murders that took place in Hood County during the 1980s. She will walk through her investigative process updating each case in hopes to help get these murders solved while empowering the victims' families to have a voice.


In closing

"Libraries store the energy that fuels the imagination. They open up windows to the world and inspire us to explore and achieve and contribute to improving our quality of life." Sidney Sheldon (1917-2007. American writer and producer).

Stop by the Hood County Library and fuel up! Let us help you open the windows to new worlds or connect you with tools to assist you in achieving goals.


Upcoming Events

Children Events

Mondays 10:30 a.m. Music and Motion

Wednesdays 10:30 a.m. Storytime & Craft (Preschool)

Thursdays 4:30 p.m. Code Club (8-11 yrs.)


Events for All


Oct. 3, 5 to 6 p.m. Solar System Ambassador Maria Blue presents: Dragonfly

Oct. 17, 5 to 6p.m. Solar System Ambassador Maria Blue presents: What is an Eclipse?

Oct. 25, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Crafternoon (school aged kids, tweens, teens. Under 10 must be accompanied by an adult)

Oct. 28 Spooky Story Saturday Come dressed up throughout the day and get a grab bag of treats. “Spooky” stories will be read at the following times: 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m., and 5 p.m.


Adult Events

Oct. 4, 6 to 7 p.m. The Other Book Club; House of Cotton by Monica Brashears

Oct. 10, 6 to 8 p.m. Crafting with Tammy: Wine Cork Pumpkin (register 1 week prior)

Oct. 20, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Trivia Night@Oz Coffee Bar: Twilight

Oct. 24, 6 to 7 p.m. HCL Novel Idea Book Club: The Uninvited by Cat Winters

Oct. 30, 5:30 to 7 p.m. Homicide in the Hood with local author and criminologist Dr. Kelli Martin I 817-573-3569