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Friends of the Dallas Public Library, a nonprofit organization that advocates for and supports the library, is hosting a summer book sale this weekend at the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library downtown.

About 40,000 print and audio books, CDs and DVDs will be for sale, and all proceeds benefit the 29 branches of the city's library system.

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A big city library has turned around the way it handles some of its most marginalized visitors. The Dallas Public Library has committed to not just tolerating—but welcoming—every homeless person who walks through the door.

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After the July attack in downtown Dallas that left five police officers dead, mourners created a makeshift memorial in front of the Jack Evans Police Headquarters in Dallas. Nearly six months later, efforts are underway at the Dallas Public Library to preserve these items.  

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A new initiative underway at Dallas’ Parkland Hospital is giving away free bilingual books to moms who’ve just given birth. The plan is to give away as many as 14,000 books this year.

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Adult coloring books are sweeping the nation. Many say they help relieve stress and unlock their inner artist. The Friends of the Dallas Public Library caught onto the craze and put together a book of their own, hoping to raise a little money. 

Over a thousand coloring books later, sales are still going strong.

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In Texas, the debate over same-sex marriage has spilled out of county courthouses and into public libraries across Dallas-Fort Worth.

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Adult GED students often juggle family, job, and classes to get that high school-equivalency diploma. And then there’s the cost of the test. Dallas – based Atmos Energy has started picking up the tab.

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A quarter of Dallas adults never graduated from high school. The Dallas Public  Library hopes to change that with a new GED testing center unveiled Wednesday in its main downtown building. It will be the first of its kind in a Texas library.

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A.C. Gonzalez is six months into his job as Dallas' city manager, and Tuesday, he’ll present his first official budget to the city council. It includes a $5 million cut in police funding -- meaning 35 fewer officers -- and more money for libraries and animal services. Gonzalez sat down with KERA a day before his big reveal.

Dallas city manager A.C. Gonzalez has released his proposed budget today, which would cut money from the police department to help increase funds for other city services such as streets, animal services, and libraries. Gonzalez is recommending $3 million more for the libraries in next year’s budget, plus another $3 million the following year. He says it will allow 12 library branches and the central library downtown to return to opening their doors seven days per week.

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No late fees, no due dates and no shushing librarians. Those are just some of the perks of the Little Free Libraries program. Several of them are popping up in neighborhoods across Dallas this summer.

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What does the health care marketplace have in common with the Dewey Decimal Classification System? First, they both can seem extremely confusing. Second, the library is the place to go for answers.

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And you thought learning the Dewey Decimal System was hard. Librarians across the country have been recruited to help people seeking health insurance figure out their options under Obamacare.   

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In the West Dallas branch of the city’s public library system, students are learning English. That's no surprise -- especially for a neighborhood with many Latino immigrants.

What's different here, though, is that both parents and kids are in class -- right across the hallway. The dual effort is part of the new Atmos Energy Literacy Center, which opened in January as a partnership with Texas A&M University Commerce.