Category Archives: reference question

I am working on researching my family history. What are some services and resources that are available in the genealogy department?

Take a tour! – The Dallas Public Library is one of the most highly regarded genealogy research facilities in the country. The Genealogy Division houses an impressive collection of books, microfilm and microfiche. The department offers a walking tour highlighting the most important parts of our collection. The tour showcases our print and microfilm resources, military records, … Continue reading

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I’ve been hearing stories on the news lately about a type of identity theft called “skimming”. Could the library direct me to any resources that explain what this is?

“Skimming” is a type of credit card fraud in which criminals use a small electronic device to capture information from a consumer’s credit or debit card.  In today’s society, the threat of identity theft can leave us feeling vulnerable. Fortunately, … Continue reading

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What is the library doing to address the issue of homelessness?

The Dallas Public Library is celebrating the first anniversary of its innovative Homeless Engagement Initiative (HEI). The first year has been a successful and rewarding experience as the library works towards increasing community awareness of homelessness and promoting the public … Continue reading

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What kinds of unique books does the library have? Are there any handcrafted books like the livre d’artiste?

In an age dominated by mass-produced, word-processed books, it’s rare to experience a book in which every aspect of its creation, from the paper to the types of fonts selected, is carefully considered and crafted together as a single work … Continue reading

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I’ve heard that Denton residents will soon vote on whether or not to ban “fracking” in the city. Does the library have any sources that consider both the pros and the cons of fracking?

On November 4, Denton voters will consider a ballot initiative which will ban hydraulic fracturing (also known as “fracing” or “fracking”) within the city limits.  As reported in a recent Dallas Morning News article, voter approval of the measure would … Continue reading

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