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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

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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

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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

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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

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I’m a teacher, and I used to bring my class to the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library every year for a tour. We always had fun exploring everything in The Children’s Center, and it was a great way for my students to become familiar with the public library. Are there any plans to make this service available again?

YES! With the increase in hours and staff, The Children’s Center is once again offering tours, and we are so excited! Teachers, or other group leaders, can schedule a tour for a day and time that best fits their schedule. … Continue reading

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