Category Archives: reference question

I was interested to see that Dallas is possibly moving to ease restrictions on the selling of produce from neighborhood gardens. What kinds of information does the library have on community gardens and urban agriculture?

There was a recent story regarding regulation of neighborhood gardens in the Dallas Morning News City Hall Blog. And whether you’re looking to learn more about the environmental and social impacts of community gardens in urban areas, or are interested … Continue reading

Posted in reference question | Tagged , , , , , , | Comments Off

At the Library, you’re surrounded by some of the best fiction ever written. Do you have any favorites you like to recommend?

Staff of the Humanities Division on the 3rd floor of the Central Library carefully tend one of the largest fiction collections in the country.  We’re often asked for our personal favorites.  Here they are: The Moviegoer, by Walker Percy. Picked by … Continue reading

Posted in "Best of" lists, fiction, reference question | Tagged , , , | Comments Off

I heard that the 7th floor of the Central Library will be renovated next year. Will I still be able to use the Texas / Dallas History collections?

The Texas / Dallas History and Archives Division on the 7th floor of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library will be closed for renovation starting Monday, March 2, 2015.  Renovation is expected to take approximately one year with an anticipated … Continue reading

Posted in Dallas, fine books, history, reference question, special collections | Tagged , , , , , , | Comments Off

Q. With Presidents’ Day around the corner, I’m looking for some interesting facts on the U.S. Presidency. What would you recommend?

A. We have quite a few books you may be interested in. To start with, we have Inventing George Washington: America’s Founder, in Myth and Memory. As with any major historic figure, a multitude of legends has grown up around … Continue reading

Posted in history, holiday, reference question | Tagged , , , , , | Comments Off

Q: I have noticed many vinyl record stores opening in the Metroplex in the last few years  and have been reading in print media of its superior frequency range and warmth of sound  compared to compact discs. Does the Dallas Public Library have any vinyl albums? If so, what do you have?

A: The Fine Arts Division of the Central library has a vinyl collection of over 35,000 records, in a vast array of musical styles and genres. Here are a few examples: The collection of classical recordings is extensive, featuring such … Continue reading

Posted in fine arts, music, reference question | Tagged , , , | Comments Off