The City of Dallas supports lifelong learning opportunities through various partnerships to benefit the community.
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The Dallas Public Library is committed to inform, entertain, enrich, and foster self-learning by providing access to its collections, services, and facilities to all. Service efforts focus on customer expectations and needs. The Library will make available a broad spectrum of ideas reflecting diverse points of view, and collections that reflect the needs and diversity of the communities it serves.
- Express Yourself Youth Poetry Competition- Students in grades 2 through 12 who live in Dallas and/or attend a Dallas school entered their original poems. Finalists were honored at an awards ceremony during National Poetry Month and their poems published in an anthology.
- Hispanic Heritage Drawing Contest- Nearly 300 children ages 7-18 submitted drawings and paintings in the contest sponsored by the Consulate General of Mexico.
- Mother Goose Story Time- Nearly 20,000 people again enjoyed this event at the State Fair of Texas. This program uses Texas-themed nursery rhymes, songs and finger plays to promote reading and library services to the whole family.
- International Book Fair- This year’s featured speaker was author and award winning journalist, Nancy Smith who presented her new book: Dallas International with J.R. Ewing: History of Real Dallasites in the spotlight of Dallas, South Fork and the 1980’s Gold Rush. Special attractions included the First Annual Miriam Rodriguez Short Story Contest, Spanish language film and Zumba.
- Tulisoma: South Dallas Book Fair- The community-based literary festival opened with the annual Heart & Soul bus Tour. Special events included Taste of Gospel showcasing some of South Dallas’ finest choirs, Pork Chops & Politics with award winning journalist Bob Ray Sanders and Conversation & Roses with panelists Diane Ragsdale, Rev Wanda Bolton-Davis, Vicki Meek and Judge Cheryl Williams.