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I’ve heard that giving children unpopular names can l have a long-term negative impact on their self-esteem. Do you have books or other resources about naming babies?

The History & Social Sciences Division has a large collection of baby books that can be checked out.  Books like these are useful resources for baby names:   Baby Names 2014: Over 8,000 of This Year’s Favorite Names by Ella Joynes … Continue reading

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I am new to the area and want to make a complaint against a local business. Can you tell me what options I have?

A good place to begin is with the Texas Attorney General’s Office. A helpful overview of the process is provided on their website: What to Do if You Have a Consumer Complaint.  Another useful option is the Better Business Bureau. … Continue reading

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I’m about to leave for my summer vacation and want a good beach read to help me escape. What do you suggest?

There are so many books to choose from, but here are some recent books that make excellent summer vacation beach reads! The Secret of Magic by Deborah Johnson Regina travels into the Deep South to investigate the murder of a … Continue reading

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I’ve heard stories about the library owning a collection of rare and valuable books kept in a vault. Is that true? Can the public see items in this collection? How do you find out what the library has?

The Dallas Public Library’s Fine Books Division is located on the seventh floor of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library.  The division was established in 1950 by the Friends of the Dallas Public Library and focuses on three areas of … Continue reading

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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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