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Library curbside service begins May 19

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While Fort Worth Public Library facilities remain closed to the public, staff are preparing to offer curbside service at five locations starting Tuesday, May 19.

Curbside service will be available 10:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and noon- 5 p.m. Saturday at these locations:

"We are pleased to begin offering the curbside service as we evaluate the best ways to reopen our facilities in the future," said Library Director Manya Shorr. "Our staff will be following the recommended safety protocols, wearing masks, practicing social distancing and avoiding direct contact with the public."

Library buildings will remain closed to the public. The City of Fort Worth is working on a reopening plan for libraries, community centers and other buildings that are closed.

Library materials that have been on hold since the Library closed their doors to the public on March 13 will be available for customers to pick up starting on Tuesday, May 19. Existing holds will be transferred to the open location closest to the customer's original home location. When items are available for pickup, customers will be notified via email and given instructions on next steps.

Return of materials will be accepted only at the five curbside-service locations. Items will be held for at least 72 hours before they are sorted, checked back in and available for others to check out.

Updates on curbside-service procedures will be shared online. Digital materials and resources are available at the Library's website, social media channels and through the Libby app.

While Gov. Greg Abbott has allowed pools to open, Fort Worth city pools won't be following suit

While Gov. Greg Abbott is allowing pools to reopen throughout Texas, Fort Worth residents will have to wait to swim in city pools.

Under the state's executive order, swimming pools can operate at 25% occupancy, but only if permitted by the local government. View guidance from the Texas Department of State Health Services.

Fort Worth will not open its two pools and a spray ground for now. This is a developing situation and, with guidance from health professionals, the city-owned facilities could open later this summer.

Operators of swimming pools at apartment complexes and homeowner association complexes should review updated pool information, and this article from the Governor's office.

Courses for Pool Operators

This basic course covers water chemistry, filtration and recirculation; state and local regulations; water-borne diseases; and pool safety and water testing. This one-day course is required for people responsible for operating and managing class C, D and E public swimming pools and spas. Operators and managers of competitive and municipal pools and spas (class A and B) must have a five-year Certified Pool Operators (CPO) certificate. After successfully completing the course, operators are issued a certificate valid for three years.

Course registration fee: $65 per participant. Class is limited to 40 participants. Pre-registration is required.

2020 class schedule

Times: Check-in for all classes begins at 8 a.m. Class and exam are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Location: 818 Missouri Ave.

Neighborhood Events

May 18-22 is Texas Flood Awareness Week

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It's Texas Flood Awareness Week, and while some residents may still be sheltered in place or practicing social distancing, it doesn't mean it's safe to forget about the hazards of flooding.

When it rains, don't risk a life when coming upon a roadway covered in water. Whether in a car or walking, remember: Turn Around, Don't Drown.

The city has installed high-water warning flashers at some of the most dangerous road flooding areas. When it rains, check the real-time status of Fort Worth's high-water warning flasher locations.

When lights are flashing, follow these simple safety rules:

Flood insurance: protect what matters

When it comes to protecting your property from flooding, don't wait until a rainy day to get flood insurance. The City of Fort Worth participates in the National Flood Insurance Program through the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which means residents can get flood insurance whether they live in a floodplain or not.

To learn more, visit the National Flood Insurance Program website, contact a local insurance agent or call Floodsmart at 888-379-9531.

Double Up Food Bucks program at Cowtown Farmers Market enables SNAP recipients to stretch their food dollars

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Looking for healthy, fresh-from-the-farm produce for the family table this summer? Cowtown Farmers Market is the place to shop, and now local families that are eligible for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits can stretch their food dollars even further with the new Double Up Food Bucks initiative.

Area residents with a Lone Star Card can double their spending at the Cowtown Farmers Market. Participants can swipe their Lone Star Cards at the market information tent (Shine's Farmstand) to buy SNAP tokens and receive a matching number of Double Up Food Bucks tokens. Tokens can then be used for SNAP-eligible items at the market; tokens don't expire and can be used at the market any time.

Double Up Food Bucks is part of a national network that is working to increase healthy food access in partnership with farmers markets, farm stands, grocery stores and other retail locations. North Texas Healthy Communities and Blue Zones Project are funding the Double Up Food Bucks program in Tarrant County. While the program normally matches $1 for $1 up to $10 a day, matching will be offered on an unlimited basis at least through the summer in response to an increased need for food access related to COVID-19. North Texas Healthy Communities is the community outreach arm of Texas Health Resources that focuses on the delivery of community benefit through well-being improvement.

Access to fresh produce can drastically improve the overall health of a community. According to the Tarrant Area Food Bank, 22% of Tarrant County households have no vehicle and live more than a mile from a grocery store or supermarket. What's more, Tarrant County Public Health reports that 66% of Tarrant County residents are overweight or obese, and 63% of Fort Worth adults suffer from a diet-related chronic disease, including diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity.

Cowtown Farmers Market is at 3821 Southwest Blvd., on the Benbrook Traffic Circle. The market, which features fruits, vegetables and products all locally-grown and produced, is open from 8 a.m. to noon every Saturday.

Cowtown Farmers Market is designated an outdoor grocery and is allowed to be open during COVID restrictions. Shoppers are asked to observe social distancing and remain home if they feel sick.