Category Archives: reference question

I recently heard that a production by New York’s Metropolitan Opera generated protests, and I’d like to find out more about the opera. How can the library get me started?  

New York’s Metropolitan Opera has never been shy about programming controversial operas, but this season’s schedule–which includes Shostakovich’s Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, an opera once labeled “pornographic”—set a new standard with its performances of John Adams’s The Death of Klinghoffer. … Continue reading

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When I bring my kids to storytime, we always sing such fun songs! Does the library have children’s CDs that we can listen to at home?

Yes, the Children’s Center in the Central Library and the branch libraries have a wide variety of music CDs that can be checked out. They’re great for listening to in the car and around the house! Here’s a sampling of … Continue reading

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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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