Students at Macon Elementary in Pleasant Grove devour books

Wed, Apr 15, 2015 - 9:17am

The library at Macon Elementary School is definitely not quiet.

Boys and girls chat excitedly as they hunt for books. They read aloud tales of crime-fighting lunch ladies and guitar-strumming cats.

Then Mary Bilbrey, the school librarian, announces the “Dynamite Readers” of the week — those who read at least four picture books or one chapter book.

“Congratulations, you guys rocked and rolled,” Bilbrey says. She returns to her desk and the line of kids waiting to check out books.

Students at Macon Elementary consume books like no other campus in the Dallas Independent School District. They’ve checked...

Future of weapons in jeopardy

Wed, Apr 15, 2015 - 9:06am

Denton County officials fear a part of county history will forever be lost due to impending auction of the Bates Family weapons owned by the University of North Texas.

According to officials with the Denton County Office of History and Culture, the university had loaned the weapons to the Courthouse-on-the-Square Museum to display, but is now seeking to sell them. University library officials have not confirmed any auction plans and said the county was welcome to purchase the firearms it wants and has 90 days to do so.

Peggy Riddle, director of the Denton County Office of History and Culture, questioned university...

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Local newspapers soon to go digital

Wed, Apr 8, 2015 - 1:05pm

The oldest business institution in Jack County will soon have all of it’s history online. Well, most of it.


Thanks to the Gladys Johnson Ritchie Public Library, Jacksboro Newspapers will soon be available on the University of North Texas’ Portal to Texas History.


Librarian Lanora Joslin wrote and received a $25,000 grant to digitize the Jacksboro Gazette-News and Jack County Herald through 1965.


Joslin wrote and received the grant through the Tocker Foundation of Austin....

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Night & Day

Thu, Apr 2, 2015 - 10:22am

Wed 1 - Nephew Tommy and Michael Shawn headline an April Fool’s Day show at the Improv in Arlington. At this death-defying performance, they’ll cut off and reattach their limbs, set themselves on fire, and take turns jumping into a mayonnaise jar. One of those previous sentences is our April Fool’s joke to you. The performances are at 7:30pm and 9:30pm at 309 Curtis Mathes Way, Arlington. Tickets are $30. Call 817-635-5555.


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Q&A: The enduring magic of libraries

Mon, Mar 30, 2015 - 11:38am

When I was a kid, weekly library visits were a highlight of summer vacation.

I took advantage of the puppet shows and story time. But the real draw was the unlimited supply of books.

As I got older, the library was my first — and, often, only — stop for researching elementary school science projects, high school speeches and college research papers.

Today, children and adults alike initiate searches for information online. And those who can afford it can get books delivered electronically within seconds.

So what do we want from libraries in the 21st century? And how are they evolving to meet our...