Groups in Irving –The Irving Convention and Visitors Bureau welcomed the following groups and organizations to Irving: TEXSOM (Aug. 6-11); Southern Dominican Province (Aug. 7-10); Embassy of the Republic of Kenya (Aug. 8); C2 Ventures/Informa Pop Culture Events – Dallas Comic Con Fan Appreciation Day (Aug. 8-9); DFW Church (Aug. 10); The ASI Show (Aug. 10-11); American Heart Association (Aug. 12-14); Dallas Fort Worth Hospital Council (Aug. 12-14); State Farm Insurance (Aug. 12-22 and Sept. 7-11); Apostolic Assembly – Texas Region (Aug. 14-17); Armed Forces Reserve Center (Aug. 14-17); NPC Texas, TLT, Inc. – Texas State Championships (Aug. 15-16); WorldVentures Marketing, LLC (Aug. 16); Quinceañeras Magazine (Aug. 17); Time Warner Cable (Aug. 17-21); The Grocer Supply Company, Inc. (Aug. 18-19); Sprint (Aug. 19); Winfree Academy Charter Schools (Aug. 20); Pathway Core Training, Inc. (Aug. 20-24); North Texas Commission (Aug. 21 and Sept. 11-12); Pakistan Society of North Texas (Aug. 23); H.D. Vest Financial Services (Aug. 24-27); Diamond Tours (Aug. 24-29); Dallas Business Journal (Aug. 27-28); NGWA National Associations USA, Inc. (Aug. 28-31); North Texas Fencing Tournament Coalition (Aug. 29-Sept. 1); Dallas Stars Select Hockey (Aug. 30-Sept. 1); Dallas Security Traders Association (Sept. 3-5); Stand Firm World Ministries (Sept. 3-6); Celanese Corporation (Sept. 4); NPC Texas, TLT, Inc. – True Strength Classic (Sept. 5-6); Yellow Entertainment/Grupo Amarillo (Sept. 5-7); American Airlines/US Airways (Sept. 7-10); Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (Sept. 8-10); and VHA – Novation Technology Expo (Sept. 9-11).
Strategic Goal No. 7: Cultural, Recreational and Educational Environments
After School Program Update –With the school year under way, the city’s recreation centers have had a successful start to this year’s after school programs. Currently servicing 14 elementary schools in the Irving and Carrollton-Farmer’s Branch independent school districts, the program has a total of 311 students enrolled. In addition, through a continued partnership with the Irving Independent School District, the centers are able to provide children a nutritional, afternoon snack. Children participate in a variety of activities including gym games, arts and craft, homework help, monthly celebrations and movie days. Programs are held at six centers across the city including: Cimarron, Lee, Georgia Farrow, Mustang, Northwest and Senter.
Online Registration Goes Live – The Parks and Recreation Department rolled out a new online registration system Aug. 26. The new process, which has been in the planning phases for more than a year, is more efficient and will save valuable time for customers. Patrons can avoid long lines at the centers by registering from home; they have access to all of their account information online; and they can view classes and programs that are available across the city. The new process was well-received with a total of 50 different families registering for a total of 381 classes on the first night of registration. In addition, more than 8,800 people have created new accounts since the system went live.
Aquatics Winds Down Busy Pool Season –City of Irving Parks and Recreation Department – Aquatics Division wrapped up a successful summer with its last day of operations on Sept. 1. During this busy season, program offerings included facility and cabana rentals, child and adult swim lessons, and collaborated with recreation centers to offer Float-In Movie Nights and Teen Splash Jams. Total attendance for the season was 123,057.
Library Outreach – Irving Library staff and Friends of the Library members visited the Irving Convention Center to provide outreach during the Learn2Inspire conference for educators. Staff and Friends promoted Irving’s Big Read and specialized programs and services to more than 100 teachers.
Summer Reading Challenge Results – Irving Public Library wrapped up the 2014 Summer Reading Challenge (SRC). Students invested in their own academic success by reading more than 16,700 hours from June to August. Adults read 6,200 books, increasing participation in their age group by 46 percent. On average, more than 80 people attended each of 77 SRC programs that allowed residents to explore science, meet authors, and enjoy magic and puppetry. The public’s overall satisfaction with library services increased to 97 percent during the third quarter.
DMN Teen Services Article – The Dallas Morning News recognized Irving Public Library as the premier spot for young adult author visits and teen events in the region with a front page article Sept. 2. The article credited Teen Services Librarian Kristin Treviño and her assistant Danyelle Barber enhancing the young adult author program. Their latest project, the North Texas Teen Book Festival takes place on March 7, 2015, at the Irving Convention Center. For more information, visit northtexasteenbookfestival.com.
Volunteer Reception – On Aug. 12,Central Library held a reception honoring student workers, adult docents, Friends of the Library members and Library Board members with a total of 74 attending. Since October 2013, library volunteers worked 8,277 hours, the equivalent of $149,410 according to the Corporation for National and Community Service.
Strategic Goal No. 8: Sound Governance
On-the-Spot Awards – City of Irving employees continue to provide excellent customer service and perform above and beyond their normal job responsibilities. The following employees have recently received On-the-Spot Awards for their performance: Joe Galvan and Elias Robles – Parks and Recreation, Cory Price – Animal Services, and Meribeth Sloan – Communications.