Category Archives: reference question

It’s a new year and I’ve set a resolution to write the great American novel I’ve been meaning to write for years. Does the Library have any resources that can help me to get started?

Yes, the Humanities Division on the third floor of the Central Library offers free use of the Frances Sanger Mossiker Writers Study Room to aspiring writers. Ms. Mossiker was an award-winning Dallas historian and philanthropist who used the special writers … Continue reading

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I’ve heard that the Texas Open Carry law went into effect on January 1, 2016. How does the law affect the library?

All Dallas Public Library locations are public buildings and do not ban Open Carry except for Arcadia Park and Hampton-Illinois Branches as they are attached to schools. Only schools, houses of worship & privately owned businesses may ban guns from … Continue reading

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I’d like to learn about the Legacies Dallas History Conference. When is it held, and what kinds of topics does it cover?

The Texas/Dallas History & Archives Division of the Dallas Public Library is one of several proud sponsors of the 17th Annual Legacies Dallas History Conference, which will be held on Saturday, January 30, 2016 at The Hall of State, Fair … Continue reading

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I visited the Children’s Center this past weekend and picked up a calendar with daily early literacy activities on it. I read lots of books to my three-year-old. How does singing help him learn to read?

Early literacy is all of the things a child knows about reading and writing, before he starts to read and write. It is wonderful that you’re reading lots of books to your child! Reading books about things he’s interested in, … Continue reading

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I’d love to do some volunteering, but there are so many possibilities, I feel overwhelmed. Can the Library help me narrow down the options?

During the holidays, people often begin to think of how they can serve others. The recent book A Path Appears (also a documentary film) details the incredible impact individuals can have when they devote time to service. There are many … Continue reading

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