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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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Dallas Public Library extends hours to facilitate better programming, increased staff

“Mariann Mendez has plenty of homework assignments to keep her busy, but completing them is difficult without a computer at home. So she visits the White Rock Hills branch library at least twice a week, she said. As of Jan. 2, the White Rock Hills branch was one of seven libraries in the Dallas Public Library system to extend its hours of operation. The new hours allow the libraries to be open seven days a week in addition to staying open as late as 8 p.m. on weekdays, giving students like Mendez more access to the resources needed to complete schoolwork.” (via Dallas Morning News)

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Changes within Dallas Public Library spur growth

“For the first time since 2008, seven Dallas library branches are open seven days a week, and more could follow. Public libraries have been fighting for years to stay relevant—a challenge in the face of deep budget cuts. “The library has become, really savvy and really nimble to be able to respond to the needs of the community because they had to,” said Kate Park, of the nonprofit Friends of the Dallas Public Library.” (via WFAA)

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Dallas Libraries Attempt to Raise Money the City Won’t Give Them

“If the city won’t give money to Dallas libraries, maybe the community will. Thursday was North Texas Giving Day, which means Friends of the Dallas Public Libraries, along with other north Texas do-gooder groups, were busy rattling their tin cans for spare change to raise money that, in the library’s case, the city should already be providing. Last month, city staff released the budget plan for the next fiscal year. After several rounds of negotiations, the city settled on an additional $3.8 million to go toward the library budget. The raise comes after years of cuts, steadily driving the annual budget from $32 million in 2008 to last year’s budget of $22 million.” (via Dallas Observer)

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