2018 Newsletters

Oak Lawn Library Friends – Flash

Vol 7 Issue 1 – March 1st 2018

  Adult Programs for the spring

Novel discussion book club meets the 4th Wednesday at 11 a.m. Here are some of the books for 2018:

March – “The Japanese Lover” by Isabel Allende.

April – “The Address by Fiona Davis

May– “The Rat Catcher’s Olympics” by Colin Cotterill

June – “Locking up our Own” by James Forman Jr.
July – “The Cuban Affair” by Nelson Demille

   New book club

          A new book club focused on LGBTQ books meets on the 4th Wednesday at 6 p.m. to choose books to read from the library’s collection.

Art classes for Adults – has changed from a 12 weeks to a monthly program.   The classes are March 14th and April 11th at 6 p.m. Check the reference desk for additional dates.

ESL Conversational Classes take place every Saturday at 11 a.m. in the Auditorium.

Signing Social – learn sign language every Thursday from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

          Children Programs for spring

Toddler Story Time takes place every Tuesday at 11 a.m.

Kickback Saturdays for Children – Every Saturday at 3 p.m.   Enjoy at hour of games, crafts, movies and much more.

Book Pages

          Are you looking for new books to read, Book Pages is one of those sources. The Oak Lawn Library Friends (OLLF) has a subscription of 50 copies per month.

If you have not picked up a copy, this is a great source of information on new books that are coming to our library soon.   Check the library catalog when you get the Book Pages to reserve books that interest you.

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. You need to renew your selection starting in August when you have to choose again. It does not increase your grocery bill but it does benefit the library. Last quarter, Kroger shoppers generated over $64 for the Oak Lawn Library.

Upcoming Art Shows for 2018

March – Ric Barton

April – Anthony Bennett

May – Arnold Wayne Jones

June – Vince Kniffin

July – Dallas Public Library staff

Recent Projects funded by OLLF

          OLLF provides $1,000 a year in support of programming for children and adults.

We also take care of the monthly art shows that are displayed on the walls of our library.

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 webpage.

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).


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You can find additional photos of events at our library and a calendar of upcoming events at our library.

Suggested Books to read this spring

As they days grow longer and the weather gets warmer, 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.


Theodore Rex – by Edmund Morris. This is a wonderful book about Teddy Roosevelt from the time he becomes president in 1901 until the end of his 2nd term in 1909.   In this book, you get a better understanding of how Teddy helped transform our country domestically and deal with numerous foreign policy challenges.

It also provides an interesting insight into how the President helped bring an end to the war between Russia and Japan. It makes you appreciate this man even more as a world leader at a time when the US was still trying to understand its place in the world.

Destination Casablanca – by Meredith Hindley.   This book explores the important role that the city of Casablanca played during WW2. Morocco was ruled by a king with French guidance.   After France was defeated by the Germans in 1940, there were Germans and Italians in Casablanca.   However, since America was neutral, there were also some Americans in Casablanca.

Even though America was not at war, Americans were in Casablanca to spy and gather information to decide if Morocco should be an invasion site in the effort to defeat the Germans. Casablanca was also a major center for refugees from mainland Europe as everyone was looking for a way to escape the Nazi menace.


Eternal – by Dara Horn. A novel that asks the question, what it would be like if you could never die. The premise of the novel is a Jewish woman in the 1st century A.D. makes a vow to god to save the life of her son. As part of that vow, she can never die. 2,000 years later she is tired of living and watching her endless generations of children live and die while she keeps on living.    She has become tired of living and wants to find a way to die.

The Girls in the Picture – by Melanie Benjamin. This novel, by the author of the Aviator’s Wife , is a historical novel about Mary Pickford “America’s Sweetheart” and Frances Marion, an early screenwriter for motion pictures.       Mary Pickford was one of the first major motion picture stars in “Silent Movies”.   She played many roles but was typecast as a young girl in most of the films.   She was also married to Douglas Fairbanks. Mary, Douglas, Charlie Chaplin & D.W. Griffith start the United Artists studio in 1918.

Frances Marion meets her in 1914 as the motion picture industry begins. Eventually she gets a job as scenarist which later evolves into a job as a screen writer.

After “Talkies” come along Mary Pickford stops making films while Frances continues to succeed as a screen writer.

Journey To Munich – Jacqueline Winspear. This is the 12th in a series of novels about Masie Dobbs.   In this novel, Masie has just returned to London from the Spanish Civil War where she has been a nurse helping victims of the fighting in Spain.

She is unsure what her next move will be when she is approached by the British government to undertake a secret mission to Munich. In Munich she is to pretend to be the daughter of British businessman who is being held at Dachau and bring him home.

Masie has to draw on all of her investigative skills to successfully bring the man home while avoiding the SS and the dangers of Nazi Germany.

Killed at the Whim of a Hat – by Colin Cotterill.   First in a series of murder mysteries set in Southern Thailand.   Jimm Juree is a crack crime reporter who has relocated to Southern Thailand with her family.   She has nothing going on in her life until a VW Combi is uncovered in a field with two dead bodies.

She tries to solve the mystery of the missing people and then is confronted by a murder of a Buddhist Abbott which has been covered up by the authorities.