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I saw a display of old Wizard of Oz books on the Children’s Floor of the downtown library.  Does the Dallas Library have many old children’s books?

The Children’s Center at the Central Library is home to a collection of rare and historical books called the “Siddie Joe Johnson Children’s Literature Collection.” The collection includes a selection of historical books from the 19th and 20th centuries, with … Continue reading

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I enjoy documentaries about current social issues. Does the History and Social Sciences department buy Oscar-nominated documentaries that fit into this category?

We are always on the lookout for outstanding documentaries, and make it a point each year to order the Oscar nominees in the fields of history and social sciences. Here are some of the films you’ll find in our collection … Continue reading

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What has the staff of the Texas / Dallas History & Archives Division been doing since the 7th floor has been closed?

The Texas / Dallas History and Archives staff has been hard at work for the past several weeks packing and relocating the archival collections in preparation for renovation of the 7th floor.  Everything is being removed!  This includes 65,000 books, … Continue reading

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I’m new in town and was wondering about contemporary art in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Are there any events? Does the library have anything? Where do I start?

Not surprisingly, the best place to start looking for information on contemporary art in town these days is online. There are several good sources, including KERA’s Art&Seek, D Magazine’s Front Row, the Observer, and the Dallas Morning News.  Another interesting site … Continue reading

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My teacher was telling our class that there was a time when women couldn’t even vote. I can’t believe girls put up with that. My teacher said I should learn more about women’s history and feminism. Can you show me some books?

Yes! We have books on women’s history, current day gender inequality and all the waves of feminism!  A good place to start is The Feminist Promise: 1792 to the Present by Christine Stansell, which gives a chronological history of the feminist … Continue reading

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