July 2021 Newsletter Vol 10 Issue 2

Library To Go

          Library Services during the time of the Pandemic.

          Because of the dangers posed by Covid19, library services have been changed.

            Open for Limited Service (May 4, 2021)

Safety Precautions

  • Masks are strongly encouraged for any visitors ages 2 and older. All library staff are also strongly encouraged to wear masks, as well.
  • Sanitize your hands when you enter the library building and before using the computer.
  • Maintain at least six feet of distance between yourself and other visitors and staff.
  • No food and drink currently.

Online Services at DPL

          There are a  number of library services available at the DPL website at the following location:


          I have been using Hoopla for streaming TV shows and movies.   It also has audio books and music.


          Lynda, an online program, is available from the Dallas Public Library.  It provides a wide variety of online classes.   You can access Lynda by going to the databases tab on the Dallas Public Library Home page then select online learning.   You will need to login to Lynda with your library card.   The service is free.  Course lengths vary but can be an hour or more.

          Subjects that Lynda covers include business, web design, marketing, and programming to name a few.   It is a new way to learn without attending a school.

Hampton Illinois Library Friends (HILF)


          Since our last newsletter, HILF has gotten a website up and running. The address for the website is:


This website has information on authors and book festivals in the US and around the world.   

There is even a link to NPR’s list of top books for 2020.

There are currently over 1250 author pages on the website and the list is updated weekly.   These author pages include a brief bio of the author, a list of books that have been published in date order and a YouTube interview where available.

For our next phase, we want to add “Virtual” art shows to our website.  These would be monthly art shows open to any artist.   Content must be suitable for all ages.   If you are an artist or know of an artist who would like to be on the website, email HILF at the following email address: hamptonlibraryfriends@gmail.com

Other Online Resources

                    In 2020 & now 2021, “the years of limbo”, book lovers have an opportunity to spend more time reading and exploring new channels for information about books.

            I have been exploring these channels locally and  nationally where you can see the authors online, talk about their books.

Local sources of book information:

Dallas Public Library –


Interbang Books – Chats with authors online:


National Sources

Politics and Prose Bookstore which has 3 locations in D.C. offers P & P live which is online interviews with authors.


The Strand bookstore in NYC with 14 miles of bookshelves offers a live program as well: 


From our new manager:

Thank you, Friends of the Hampton-Illinois Branch Library, for the opportunity to write in this month’s newsletter. I am Katharine Gulyamova, the newest member and manager of the team at Hampton-Illinois.

I have a science and natural resource management background. In addition, I worked in Guatemala, Peru, and the Occupied Palestinian Territory. I started working at the Central Public Library in downtown in 2016 and at Hampton-Illinois in February of this year.

The Library has laptops and internet hotspots available for borrowing with your library card! Reserve one today by calling us 214-670-7646 or stopping by during open hours from Tuesday – Saturday.

Our SMART Summer Program is open to all ages to participate with fun and engaging virtual programs throughout the summer. And youth participants can earn prizes for every 10 days of reading logged, and those who log 50 days of reading by August 14th will be entered to win grand prizes.

Adults can have fun too! Share book reviews, explore diverse book lists, earn digital badges and tickets to win behind-the-scenes tours of the Central Public Library. Join today at https://dallaslibrary.beanstack.org/

While the original Hampton-Illinois Branch Library was built in 1964, this August marks 15th anniversary of our current building.

We are in the process of planning a virtual Quinceañera themed celebration to commemorate the building’s 15th year. Please stay tuned for announcements and updates on this program as well as our anticipated return to in-person programming later in the fall.

Here is a picture of me during the volunteer cleanup day with the Oak Cliff Nature Preserve (June 2021). There were over 20 volunteers that cleared out enough garbage from the preserve to fill 4 of the Hampton-Illinois Branch Library parking spots!

Staff Snapshot:

Name: Katharine

Currently reading: The Changeling by Victor LaValle

Number of items currently checked out from the library: 16

Fun fact: I met my husband at a  DART bus stop.

Join the Hampton Illinois Library Friends

Membership rates are as follows:

Student/Senior – $6

Sustaining – $15

Household – $25

Close Friend – $75

Corporate – $250

Memorial/Other Contribution – $ any amount

Make your check payable to Hampton Illinois Library Friends (HILF).   You can leave the check with any staff member at the library or mail it to the following address:


2951 S. Hampton Road Dallas, TX 75224.

Kroger Community Rewards Program

     It is easy to continue your support every time you shop and use your Shopper’s Card. Just login to Kroger.com/Community Rewards.

      Kroger’s ”new year of giving” starts September 1, so enroll or re-enroll now and make every shopping trip count!   The Hampton Illinois Library Friends # is 83802.

Tom Thumb Good Neighbor Rewards

If you shop at Tom Thumb, you can link your Tom Thumb Rewards card with Good Neighbor Charity #12083. HILF will get 1% of all the money you spend at Tom Thumb. For more information, visit Tom Thumb’s Good Neighbor Program webpage.

Suggested Books to read this summer

          Looking for something new to read?   Are you tired of reruns on TV, or looking for an excuse to stay home and read a book in print or on your e-reader?  The Dallas Public Library is filled with tens of thousands of new books that cover just about any interest.  

          Books that the Hampton Illinois Library Friends Book Club has been reading this year:

January 2021 – The Masterpiece by Fiona Davis.

February 2021 – China Doll by Fiona Davis

March 2021 – The Secret Chord by Geraldine Brooks

April 2021 – Daughters of the Samurai by Janice Nimura

May 2021 – Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

June 2021 – Furious Hours by Casey Cep

July 2021 – Squeeze Me by Carl Hiaasen

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