Monthly Archives: August 2013

Great Non-Fiction From Our Own Backyard: Karen Blumenthal

It’s a well-kept secret: if you want to learn the basics about a given issue/person/historical event, the best places to look are your library’s children’s and young adult departments. That’s right. There you’ll undoubtedly find concise, high-quality, visually-informative works offering … Continue reading

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I’ve enjoyed some of the recent television programs based on the folktales by the Brothers Grimm. Do you have any books with these folktales, or any books you could suggest that might provide a frightful diversion?

The History and Social Sciences Division at the Central Library has a large collection of folk and fairy tales from around the world. The Annotated Brothers Grimm, edited by Maria Tatar, is a nicely illustrated book that includes mildly scary … Continue reading

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“The Wildcat,” and the Woman Who Invented Boots

Quiet! Silent films are generally a hard sell. The acting can be…well, operatic, and there’s also no sound. And generally no color. Most of the stuff we expect from modern movies is not there, but that absence doesn’t have to keep … Continue reading

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Book Review: Dirty Love by Andre Dubus III.

That Thing That Makes the World Go ‘Round Dirty Love by Andre Dubus Readers will be happy to know that Andre Dubus III (House of Sand and Fog and much more) has returned to fiction after a wonderful foray into … Continue reading

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I’m a regular user of the Dallas Morning News Historical Archive, but I need earlier dates for Dallas history that precede the existence of the Morning News. How can the library help?

In the past, researchers had little choice but to use microfilm editions of earlier papers and various microfilm indexes. The library has now added a subscription to a new database, Genealogy Bank, which has a digitized, key word searchable Dallas … Continue reading

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