Category Archives: reference question

My family’s native language is not English. Do you have children’s books in other languages?

If you and your children speak a language other than English, or you just want to practice your language skills, the Children’s Center (2nd floor) at the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library has a large selection of children’s books in … Continue reading

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I’ve enjoyed The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings books and film adaptations. Did the author J.R.R. Tolkien write any stories taking place before these books?

John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, who was born January 3, 1892, wrote a variety of stories before his death in 1973.  These include a set of stories predating The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings and published posthumously as The … Continue reading

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This year marks the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War. I’m curious to find out more about how World War I started. Does the Library have any materials that would explain its origins?

The History and Social Sciences Division has a large and varied collection about the First World War, including several key books that explore the events that led to the war. During that late summer of 1914, Archduke Franz Ferdinand of … Continue reading

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Will the library be providing free tax preparation assistance this year? When and where can I obtain printed tax forms?

We will once again be partnering with AARP and VITA to provide free tax preparation for individuals.  We anticipate that this will begin around the February 1. Free printed copies of 1040 series forms, instruction booklets and schedules will be available … Continue reading

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Elvis Presley would have celebrated his 79th birthday this January. What does the Dallas Public Library own that would interest an Elvis fan like me?

The Dallas Public library owns many of Elvis’s albums both in CD and LP format.  The library also holds many of Elvis’ films as wells as books on Elvis’s life and collectable materials. Here are some interesting facts that might … Continue reading

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