Thursday, July 21, 2011

Libraries, a force for good

"And so the moment we persuade a child, any child, to cross that threshold into a library, we've changed their lives forever, and for the better.  This is an enormous force for good."  Barack Obama, President of the United States of America

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

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Thursday, July 14, 2011

More than 4000 free titles from the National Academies Press available for download

Last month, The National Academies Press (NAP) announced that it has made all PDF versions of their titles, which is almost their entire catalog, free for anyone to download. The NAP publishes over 200 books a year on a vast number of topics in science, engineering, and medicine. To learn more about the NAP and browse their selection, go here

Monday, July 11, 2011

New Books @ the library


Axline, Virginia M. Dibs in Search of self. New York: Ballantine Books, 1964. (RJ 506 .M87 A 84 1967)  July 5, 2011. ( RJ 506 .M87 A84 1967) 7/11/11

This is a story, written in 1964, about a boy who didn’t talk, didn’t play, and didn’t interact with others. He often had violent outbursts when required to do something he didn’t want to do.  This is a story about how the use of play therapy helped Dibs find himself.

Hayden, Torey. One Child. New York: Avon Books, 1980. (RJ 499 .H398 1981b)
July 5, 2011. (RJ 499 .H398 1981b, 7/11/11)

One teacher made a difference in one child’s life. This is the story of that teacher and that child. At six years old, most had given up on Sheila who was a survivor of horrific abuse and who had committed an extremely violent act against another child. Torey Hayden became her teacher and refused to give up.

Hayden, Torey. Somebody Else’s Kids. New York: Avon Books, 1982. (LB 1028.8 .H39 1982). July 5, 2011. (LB 1028.8 .H39 1982) 7/11/11

Torey Hayden works with emotionally disturbed children. This is the story of four of them, a boy who echoed other people’s words, a girl brain damaged by parental beatings, an angry violet ten year old who saw his father murdered, and a twelve year old kicked out of her previous school for becoming pregnant. Torey Hayden is not only remarkable for the work she does with children, but also her ability to convey the humanity and extraordinary qualities of children in pain.


Water. (DVD). (DAL DVD 108) 7/11/11

“Extremist groups waged a campaign of death threats, arson and riots to stop the production of this controversial film, but director Deepa Mehta would not be silenced. Set against Gandhi’s rise to power, Water tells the profoundly moving story of Chuyla, an Indian girl, married and widowed at eight years old, who is sent away to a home where Hindu widows must live in penitence. Chuyla’s feisty presence deeply affects the other residents, forcing each to confront their faith and society’s prejudices.”  Taken from the back of the DVD.


Asher, Donald. Cracking the Hidden Job Market: How to find opportunity in any economy. Berkeley: Ten Speed Press, 2011.   (HF 5382.7 .A836) 7/11/11

“Over half of all jobs go to someone who did not apply to a posted position.” This book teaches strategies for finding those jobs, and getting hired for those unposted jobs.  His strategies are straight forward and doable, but most of all he advocates not giving up, knowing what you want, and being persistent. Some of his advice is directed towards finding out information about the career you want, which includes the best way to get a job in that field.    


Budd, Peyton and Dorothy. Tested: How Twelve Wrongly Imprisoned Men Held Onto Hope. Dallas: Brown Books Publishing Group, 2010. (KF 9756 .B83 2010) 7/11/11

The title of this book almost says it all.  What it doesn’t tell you is that even though they continued to hope, none of these men would be free if good people had not done something about their situation. These interviews give a face to the people exonerated through DNA testing, new evidence, and the reexamination of old evidence.  Their faith, strength and courage during the years they were imprisoned “teaches us that no matter how we are tested in our lives, it is never wrong to have hope.”

Thursday, July 7, 2011

A rare copy of the Declaration of Independence at the Dallas Public Library

The holiday may have passed but the spirit of Independence Day lives year-round at the Dallas Public Library downtown, where one of only 26 remaining copies of this extraordinary document resides. After revising Thomas Jefferson's rough draft, the Continental Congress ordered that the Declaration of Independence be published on July 4th, 1776. The task was carried out that night by John Dunlap who owned a print shop in Philadelphia. The next morning, around 200 copies of the "Dunlap Broadsides" were distributed by members of Congress to various officials and military commanders throughout the colonies. One copy was sent to George Washington, which he ordered to be read aloud to his troops. The copy owned by the City of Dallas  was discovered in a book store in Philadelphia in 1968. Its historical significance is truly great and it can be seen on the 7th floor of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library at 1515 Young St.

 Article from the Dallas Morning News: First-edition copy of the Declaration of Independence is one of Dallas' undiscovered treasures 

Additional information from World Digital Library and The National Archives