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Oak Lawn Library Friends – Flash

Vol 5 Issue 4 – Dec. 1st, 2016

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Invite from the 1996 dedication of our current bldg.

Join us on Saturday Dec. 17th from     2 p.m. to 4 p.m. to celebrate the 20th Anniversary/birthday of the opening of our current location of the Oak Lawn Library, a branch of the Dallas Public Library.   There will be a variety of activities that afternoon for the entire family and a cake provided by Kroger.

North Texas Day of Giving

            Oak Lawn Library Friends (OLLF) raised almost $1700 in this year’s North Texas Day of Giving. We want to thank all of our donors and sponsors including Baron & Budd and Veritex Bank. These funds will support adult programming in 2017.

Starting in January 2017

          Adult art classes were a big hit this fall and so there will be a 2nd round of art classes for adults starting on Tuesday Jan. 17th at 6:30 p.m.   These classes will run for 12 weeks.

Sign Classes starting in Jan. 2017

Sign classes will be offered for 12 weeks starting on Thursday Jan. 19th at 6:30 p.m.

Book Pages

          Are you looking for new books to read, Book Pages is one of those sources. The Oak Lawn Library Friends (OLLF) had been paying for a subscription of 50 copies per month; however, the library was running out well before the end of the month.   Therefore, OLLF has increased the number of copies to 100 starting in November.   If you have not picked up a copy, this is a great source of information on new books that are coming to your library soon.   I always check the library catalog when I get the Book Pages to reserve books that interest me.

Kroger Community Rewards Program

It’s easy to continue your support every time you shop and use your Shopper’s Card. Just login to Kroger.com/CommunityRewards and select the Oak Lawn Library Friends # is 41560. Your selection is good until August when you have to choose again. It does not raise your grocery bill but it does benefit the library.

December Art Show

          Art from Rob Conover and artists from Gallery Three will be hanging on the walls of the library for December 2016.

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Upcoming Art Shows 2017

Jan – Julie Brown

Feb. – Becky Escher

March – Tony Bennet

Dallas Public Library – mobile app

Did you know the Dallas Public Library has a new mobile app? You can download the Dallas Public Library app for Android or Apple phones.   It allows you to access your account, order materials or renew your materials from your phone. It is a handy tool when you are on the go and don’t have access to a personal computer.

 Ongoing Events at the library

Every Saturday – Knittie Gritties 10 a.m. Small Conference Room.

Crime watch meetings:

Every Third Wednesday 12 p.m.

Every Fourth Wednesday at 7 p.m.

4th Wednesday of the month 11 a.m.

Reverchon Rec. Center Senior Book Club

Tom Thumb Good Neighbor Rewards

  • If you shop at Tom Thumb, you can link your Tom Thumb Rewards card with Good Neighbor Charity #2923. OLLF will get 1% of money you spend at Tom Thumb. For more information, visit Tom Thumb’s Good Neighbor Program webage.
  • Visit our new webpage: http://oaklawnlibrarydallas.com for information on how to become a member.

Join the Oak Lawn Library Friends

 Why the Friends?

The Oak Lawn Library Friends was formed to assist the branch in meeting the needs of all its patrons. The Friends actively support the branch by:

  • Encouraging donations and volunteering
  • Organizing and hosting programs and special events
  • Volunteering at the direction of the branch manager
  • Publicizing OLLF activities to the media and patrons
  • Advocating for the branch and the Dallas Public Library system

 

Membership levels are:    

Student/Senior Citizen: $6                           Sustaining: $20

Household: $25

Close Friend: $75                                              Corporate: $250

Memorial/Other Contribution: Open amount

  • If paying by check, please make it payable to: Oak Lawn Library Friends (OLLF).

Suggested Books to read this winter

As they days grow shorter and the weather gets colder and wetter, it is the perfect time to stop by the library to get some new books or read some classics.   Here are some suggestions of non-fiction and fiction books currently available in the Dallas Public Library.

Non-fiction

Blood and Faith by Matthew Carr. This is a history of the Spanish government 200 year effort to remove all Jews & Muslims who would not convert to Catholicism from Spain from around 1400 until 1600.   After the capture of Granada in 1492, the Spanish promised to allow Jews & Muslims to practice their religion without interference but soon those promises were broken. The Jews were expelled and many moved to Greece and other Muslim countries.   The Muslims managed to linger for another century in parts of Spain but they faced the Inquisition, murder, torture all in the pursuit of religious uniformity.   These efforts crippled Spain economically for centuries since the Muslims and Jews were the hardest working people in Spain.

The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohllben. This is a non-fiction book written by Peter Wohllben who manages a forest in Germany.   It is amazing what he and scientists have discovered about trees.   In the forest, they can lives for hundreds of years.   They collaborate with other trees when dealing with predatory insects.   They protect each other during severe weather and they depend on a multitude of microscopic creatures to survive.   All of these elements are missing when trees are planted on streets in cities and helps explain why urban trees tend to have much shorter lives. It is a great book to read if you are interested in trees.

Fiction

The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan. This is a fun book about a librarian who is made redundant and decides to do something different with her life. In Nina’s case, she decides to buy a large van and open a book shop on wheels.   She is from Birmingham but can’t find a place to park her van so she moves to Scotland where she finds everyone is hungry for something good to read. This is a good back to show the importance of reading in everyday life.   Jenny Colgan has written a number of books which are in the Dallas Public Library System.

The White Mirror by Elsa Hart. This is the 2nd novel featuring a former imperial librarian Li Du set in the early 1700’s. This time Li Du’s travels have taken him to the borderlands between China & Tibet.   A dead monk on a bridge greets the caravan that Li Du is riding with on their way to an isolated valley.   Over the next few days, Li Du has to unravel the mysterious visitors and their connection to the murdered monk.   This is an excellent glimpse into an interesting time period in Chinese history.

Strip Tease by Carl Hiaasen. I had an opportunity to hear Carl Hiaasen at the Library of Congress Book Festival in Sept. He said he used newspaper headlines as inspiration for his novels about the crazy people who live in Florida. He claims that Florida attracts all of the crazy folks in the United States.   After reading this novel, I think he does seem to have a point. This novel is about a stripper who is currently fighting for custody of her daughter. Her ex-husband steals wheel chairs for a living.

The novel begins in a strip club where a bachelor party gets out of control.   The groom gets attached to a stripper and she is rescued by a drunken congressman who is in disguise. The groom is taken to a hospital in serious condition and his friends have to concoct a story about an attack at a synagogue. The police are trying to figure out who attacked the groom, the congressman’s handler is trying to cover up the story and primary funder of the congressman “Big Sugar” are just trying to keep their government subsidies.             It is a hilarious look at Florida politics and what can go wrong if you venture into a strip club the night before your wedding.

A Noble Radiance by Donna Leon. In the 7th novel of Inspector Brunetti, a body is discovered in a field in North ern Italy.   At first the identity of the body is in question until a signet ring is discovered which confirms that the body is of a young man kidnapped from Venice a few years back.

When Inspector Brunetti begins the investigation, the simple story of a dead body begins to become more complicated as he interviews the family and girlfriend of the deceased.

As always, this novel is as much a critic of Italy government and business practices as a murder mystery. The importance of family vs the truth is also a major theme.

Accessing Library Services Online

            My favorite activity on Sunday afternoons or evenings is to go online to the Dallas Public Library website at http://dallaslibrary2.org .

I explore the catalog for books I have seen mentioned in the Sunday paper & order those books if they are available or I renew books or DVDs that are close to being due.

Oak Lawn Library Friends – Flash

Vol 5 Issue 3 – Sept. 1st, 2016

Annual meeting of the Oak Lawn Library Friends is Saturday Sept. 17th at 11 a.m. in the Library Auditorium.

North Texas Day of Giving September 22nd

            Oak Lawn Library Friends (OLLF) has participated in the North Texas Day of Giving for the past three years. This year, we have raised the bar by securing matching donor funds. So far, we have secured $750 in 1:1 match which means the first $750 we raise this year will be doubled.

The board and the library staff have discussed using these funds to add additional programming for adults.

The funds that were raised last year are being used to fund art and photography classes for adults in August and September.

The free art lessons start on Thursday August 18th and run thru Oct. 13. This will be every Thursday evening at 6:30 p.m.   The senior art lessons will start on Thursday Sept. 1st at 11 a.m. and will run every week thru Oct. 6th.   These classes will cover a number of art topics.

Visit our new webpage: http://oaklawnlibrarydallas.com for information on how to become a member.

 

Kroger Community Rewards Program

It’s easy to continue your support every time you shop and use your Shopper’s Card. Just login to Kroger.com/CommunityRewards and select your current organization or pick a new one. Kroger’s ”new year of giving” starts September 1, so even if you are registered already, you have re-enroll now and make every shopping trip count!  The Oak Lawn Library Friends # is 41560.

October Art Show

          The 10th Annual Juried Art Show will be held from Oct. 3rd thru Oct. 29th.   The theme for this year’s show is “Dallas”.   Artists can bring up to two paintings or photographs (ready to be hung) as art show entries.   Intake for art is Saturday Oct. 1st from 2 to 4 p.m.   There is no entry for this year’s show.

There will be a reception on Thursday Oct 20th from 6:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.   This is sponsored by the Oak Lawn Library Friends and Whole Foods. This is your opportunity to meet the artists.

 

September Artist Profile

 

Guinn Powell is a Dallas-based artist whose paintings and artwork explore a range of topics from an honest and thoughtful perspective. “My paintings are characterized by the use of everyday themes seen through the eyes of an African American for whom recognition and a conceptual approach play an important role,” Powell says.

This current exhibition will feature five new pieces by Powell from his collection Long Road to Freedom: Historic Witness Accounts of Freed Slaves, which explores the slave narratives of the 1930s through the artist’s lens.

This is Powell’s third exhibition at the Oak Lawn Library, following a popular and well-received exhibit in 2012. His work has been frequently awarded and recognized, most recently at the 2015 Lakewood Library Annual Art Show.

 

Upcoming Art Shows –

September Artist – Guinn Powell

October 10th Annual Art Show – “Dallas”

November Artist – Rob Conover

December Artist – Gallery 3 Artist show

Children’s Programs

Dallas Public Library – mobile app

Did you know the Dallas Public Library has a new mobile app? You can download the Dallas Public Library app for Android or Apple phones.   It allows you to access your account, order materials or renew your materials from your phone. It is a handy tool when you are on the go and don’t have access to a personal computer.

Join the Oak Lawn Library Friends

Membership is quick, easy, and affordable.

 

 

Ongoing Events at the library

Every Saturday – Knittie Gritties 10 a.m. Small Conference Room.

Crime watch meetings

Every Third Wednesday 12 p.m.

Every Fourth Wednesday at 7 p.m.

4th Wednesday of the month 11 a.m.

Reverchon Rec. Center Senior Book Club

 

New Adult Programs

Thursday Aug 18th 6:30 p.m. thru Oct. 13th , art lessons for adults will be offered every Thursday evening.

Thursday Sept. 1st at 11 a.m. thru Oct. 6th, art lessons for seniors will be offered every Thursday morning.

Starting on Tuesday Sept. 6th at 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. , a new program called “Chill Time in the Nook” will be offered in the auditorium.

Take a break from that book; come chill in the nook with snacks, drinks, games and conversation. This program will be offered every Tuesday.

 The Coloring Club (Every 2nd Tuesday of the Month)

Do you love to color? Do you work all day and need to de-stress? Have you wanted to try something new? Come and join us at Coloring Club for Adults! We will provide you with colors and coloring pages or you can bring your own. Enjoy time with other creative people, de-stress, and have some fun! Adults 18 and up.

Suggested Books to read this Fall

As they days grow shorter and the weather gets colder and wetter, it is the perfect time to stop by the library to get a new book.   Here are some suggestions of non-fiction and fiction books available in the Dallas Public Library.

Non-fiction

Margo – the Life and Theater of Margo Jones by Helen Sheehy. This is the story of Margo Jones a girl from a small town in East Texas who grows up to become the founder of the first non-profit repertory theater in Dallas.   She was a bigger than life personality. She helped establish theater groups in Houston and Dallas.   She wanted to bring new plays to the stage in regional theaters instead of just on Broadway.   Her life was short but her impact on theater was immense.

 

Rome: An Empire’s Story by Gregory Woolf. This book provides a short summary of the history of the Roman Empire.   Each chapter covers a topic about the empire and at the end of each chapter is a list of further recommended reading.   This is a great introductory history that covers the longest lasting empire in world history.

The City in Texas by David G. McComb.   This is a history of the development of the city in Texas from the time of the first Spanish settlements thru 2013.   It is an insightful look at how cities developed in Texas.

Yokohama Burning by Joshua Hammer. This is a history of the Kanto Earthquake which leveled Yokohama and Tokyo on Sept. 1st, 1923.   This was a particularly devastating earthquake because it occurred a lunch time. As the families were setting down to lunch, the fires used to fix the meal tipped over and set the mostly wooden houses on fire.   The fires, earthquakes and tsunamis killed an estimated 120,000 people.   The author’s contention is that some of the people who died could have helped prevent the attack of the Japanese on the United States on Dec. 7th, 1941 because of their positions in the Japanese govt. or as foreign diplomats.

 

Fiction

Suffer the Little Children by Donna Leon. This is the 16th mystery of Donna Leon set in Venice. As the book begins, the Carabinieri (Federal Police) break down the doors of an apartment, assault a man in his bed and grab an 18th month old boy.   Inspector Brunetti has to determine why the federal police are in Venice without giving notice to the local police, why was the man assaulted and why was the little boy taken.  As this story unfolds, issues such as childless couples, adoption and surrogacy with foreign women cloud the investigation. It is that kind of book you can’t put down until you finish the last page.

The Girl Who Wrote In Silk by Kelli Estes. This is an historical novel with two parallel stories. The first is set in Seattle in 1886 and the 2nd in contemporary Seattle area.   In the first tale, a young Chinese American girl and her family are forced to leave Seattle and take a boat back to China.   The 2nd tale is about a young woman who inherits an old estate and discovers a silk sleeve.     As the book progresses these two stories intersect and eventually merge. It is a bit contrived at the end but it is an interesting book to read about how past actions can impact the present even generations later.

A Most Peculiar Malaysian Murder by Shamini Flint.

My mother told me about this book and author since I like murder mysteries.   This is the first in a series of murder mysteries featuring a Sikh police inspector.   He lives in Singapore and he is a quite unusual policeman.   He wears a turban since Sikh men’s religion forbids the cutting of their hair.   He is overweight; he smokes and wears white tennis shoes for comfort.

His superiors don’t like him because he focuses on solving crimes instead of taking the easy way out.   In this first book, Inspector Singh is sent to Malaysia to investigate the murder of a wealthy Chinese man whose wife is a Singapore citizen.   They don’t expect him to solve the crime but use this as an excuse to get him out of Singapore.     He comes across as a Sikh version of Hercule Perot.     There are 7 books in this series so far. The Dallas Public Library does not have all of these books in their catalog.

Accessing Library Services Online

            My favorite activity on Sunday afternoons or evenings is to go online to the Dallas Public Library website at http://dallaslibrary2.org .

I explore the catalog for books I have seen mentioned in the Sunday paper & order those books if they are available or I renew books or DVDs that are close to being due.