Category Archives: reference question

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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I heard someone talking the other day about an award for creative geniuses called the MacArthur Fellows Program.  Does the library have any information about the award or the people who have received it?

The library does have many items about and by MacArthur Fellows.  According to their website, these awardees are all “talented individuals who have shown extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits and a marked capacity for self-direction… Although nominees are reviewed … Continue reading

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My neighbors have just moved here from China and would like to find some books in Chinese for their children. Does the library have any Chinese language materials?

The Children’s Center does have books in Chinese, as well as in a variety of other languages including Spanish, Vietnamese, Hindi, German, and French, for children of all ages. Many branch libraries also have foreign language materials. Here are some … Continue reading

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Our local theatre group is staging a performance of Les Liaisons Dangereuses by Christopher Hampton. The play, like the movie, is set in Eighteenth Century Paris. We need books that would not only show us in detail what the fashions were like but also what life was like for the nobles of Paris in that time period. Can you help us?

The History and Social Sciences Division hosts the fashion collection and can provide costume ideas from all historical periods and places.  Perhaps illustrations from the following books will inspire you or you may stop by to browse our extensive collection. … Continue reading

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