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Does your genealogy department have any information about tracking down individuals that were better known to the police than to reputable sectors of society? Family legend has it that my great grandpa was a rascal who was frequently on the wrong side of the law.

It seems every family has stories they would rather keep from the light of day. Fortunately, the Genealogy Division has a lot of material that may help track down the skeletons in your clan closet.   Here are some books … Continue reading

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What kinds of free resources are available in the Dallas area for local inventors?

No matter where inventors may be in the process of developing their invention, they often find they need information or assistance to: • protect the “intellectual property” of their invention idea • implement the business side of making their idea … Continue reading

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I have been reading a lot about the White House initiative Educate to Innovate that aims to improve the STEM skills of American kids. What is the library doing to support this initiative?

The Educate to Innovate initiative is a commitment to provide students at every level with the skills they need to excel in the high-paid, highly-rewarding fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).  Thanks to a generous grant from The Dallas … Continue reading

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What young adult science fiction and fantasy books do you have that are new and fun to read?

Here’s some upcoming young adult science fiction titles that will be arriving at the library soon!  You may go ahead and place a request on the books you want now so that when they arrive from our book vendor, you’ll … Continue reading

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I saw that the writer Gabriel García Márquez has died. I’d like to learn more about him.

 The critically-acclaimed Colombian writer Gabriel García Márquez led a very full life working as an author, journalist, and screenwriter.  He was a prolific writer, producing a large and varied volume of work, including novels, novellas and short stories.  Considered one … Continue reading

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