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Facing big budget cuts, librarians to get the boot from almost a dozen Dallas ISD schools

“Almost a dozen Dallas schools will soon no longer have a librarian. Among them are four high schools — Roosevelt, Lincoln, A. Maceo Smith New Tech and Gilliam Collegiate Academy. So are three middle schools in the district’s ACE turnaround program: Edison, Rusk and Zumwalt. School officials say it’s the result of drastic budget cuts as the district scrapes around to make up for a $60 million shortfall next year. The changes will save $2 million.” (via Dallas News)

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Downtown Dallas Public Library Reaching Out to the Homeless

“The downtown Dallas Public Library is a place where people connect, whether it’s online, with books, or with other people.”Out there on the streets people seem to look down on me,” explained Alex Stewart, who has been homeless for the last three years. “In here there’s a sense of normalcy where I can feel like I’m not an outsider.” (via NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth)

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Dallas Library Embraces Role As Haven For The Homeless

“In a lot of cities, homeless people use libraries as places to rest, especially when the weather’s bad. The Dallas Public Library system has chosen to embrace this role. Courtney Collins of member station KERA reports, librarians aren’t just tolerating; they’re welcoming the homeless.” (via NPR)

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Dallas on path to becoming one of the few U.S. cities to regulate Little Free Libraries

“After a year-long case of writer’s block, Dallas City Hall is one step away from issuing rules that will regulate Little Free Libraries.On Monday morning, a Dallas City Council committee signed off on a proposal that would limit the size and location of community book exchanges that have taken root in some two dozen Dallas residents’ front yards.  As far as city officials can tell, if the full council gives its blessing, Dallas will become one of the only cities in the country to specifically regulate the take-a-book, leave-a-book boxes, which, in the past, have been subject to building laws and zoning codes.” (via Dallas Morning News)

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DALLAS LIBRARIES STRIVE TO SURVIVE IN A DIGITAL WORLD

“In a bright, open space inside Dallas’ downtown library, about 50 women and men stand alert at a table with their hands tied behind their backs. “3-2-1, go!” someone counts down, and they begin to change diapers on children’s dolls. Their hands bound, the competitors fumble with the stand-in babies. A few onlookers hover over the cupcake table, sipping coffee. Three women are visibly pregnant, clutching colorful bags filled with small gifts — pacifiers and bath books and other things that could be tucked away into the larger bags holding the rest of their belongings. It was an odd scene for a public library, but there they were, staffers, volunteers and homeless people celebrating the impending arrival of new life.” (Via Dallas Observer)

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