Thursday, May 31, 2007

2007 Summer Reading Club Kick-Off Party

Saturday, June 2
11 am -2 pm

Join us for an afternoon of fun-filled activities and entertainment! Children's Performer Mr. Heath will sing from 1 pm to 2 pm. Children's librarians Mr. Jesse and Ms. Elizabeth will be doing storytimes and crafts throughout the days. Bob Jones Natures Center folks will also be doing crafts. It's the first opportunity of the summer to sign up for summer reading club. Call 817-748-8243 for more details.

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Author Birthdays

May 24

Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan (born Robert Allen Zimmerman, May 24, 1941) is a Grammy, Golden Globe and Academy Award-winning American singer-songwriter, author, musician, and poet who has been a major figure in popular music for five decades. Much of Dylan's most notable work dates from the 1960s, when he became an informal documentarian and reluctant figurehead of American unrest. Some of his songs, such as "Blowin' in the Wind" and "The Times They Are a-Changin'",[1] became anthems of the anti-war and civil rights movements. His most recent studio album, Modern Times, released on August 29, 2006, entered the U.S. album charts at #1, making him, at age 65, the oldest living person to top those charts.

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Author Birthdays

May 24

Joseph Brodsky

Poet and writer, born in St Petersburg (then Leningrad), Russia. He studied in Russian secondary schools until 1956, wrote poetry, and was sentenced to a Soviet labour camp for his general refusal to conform. He was expelled from Russia (1972) and emigrated to the USA. He taught at many institutions, notably as poet-in-residence at the University of Michigan (1972). He was named Poet Laureate by the Library of Congress (1991), and is known for his translations, critical works, and his realistic and lyrical poetry, as in To Urania (1988).

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Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Author Birthdays

May 22

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Writer, the creator of Sherlock Holmes, born in Edinburgh, EC Scotland, UK. He studied medicine at Edinburgh, but poverty as a medical practitioner made him turn to writing. His first book, A Study in Scarlet (1887), introduced the super-observant, deductive Sherlock Holmes, his good-natured question-raising friend, Dr Watson, and the whole apparatus of detection mythology associated with Baker Street, Holmes's fictitious home. After The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes was serialized in the Strand Magazine (1891–3), the author tired of his popular creation, and tried to kill off his hero, but was compelled in 1903 to revive him. Conan Doyle himself set greater stock by his historical romances, such as The White Company (1890). He served as a physician in the Boer War (1899–1902), and his pamphlet, The War in South Africa (1902), earned him a knighthood (1902). He also wrote on spiritualism, to which he became a convert in later life.

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Sunday, May 20, 2007

Author Birthdays

May 20

Honore de Balzac

Novelist, born in Tours, WC France. He studied at the Collège de Vendôme and the Sorbonne. From 1819 to 1830 he led a life of frequent privation and incessant industry, incurring a heavy burden of debt which harassed him to the end of his career. His first success was Les Chouans (1829, The Chouans). After writing several other novels, he formed the idea of presenting in La Comédie humaine (1827–47, The Human Comedy), a complete picture of mankind, employing a cast of over 2000 characters. Among the masterpieces which form part of his vast scheme are Le Père Goriot (Father Goriot), Les Illusions perdues (Lost Illusions), Les Paysans (The Peasants), La Femme de trente ans (The Thirty-Year-Old Woman), and Eugénie Grandet, in which detailed observation and imagination are the main features. His industry was phenomenal, writing 85 novels in 20 years, whose theme was predominantly the corrupting power of money and the over-riding force of self-interest. His work did not bring him wealth. During his later years he lived principally in his villa at Sèvres. In 1849, when his health had broken down, he travelled to Poland to visit Eveline Hanska, a rich Polish lady, with whom he had corresponded for more than 15 years. In 1850 she became his wife, and three months later, Balzac died.

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Saturday, May 19, 2007

Author Birthdays

May 19

Lorraine Hansberry

Playwright, director, writer. Born Lorraine Vivian Hansberry on May 19, 1930, in Chicago, Illinois. During her brief life, Lorraine Hansberry made a lasting contribution to the field of African American literature. She also broke new ground as the first African American woman to have a play produced on Broadway. Her greatest work, A Raisin in the Sun, premiered on Broadway in 1959. The play tells the story of one African American family’s experiences—their hopes and challenges—living in Chicago’s South Side neighborhood during the 1950s. The show was a smash hit and won the New York Drama Critics Circle Award. It was later turned into the 1961 film, starring Sidney Poitier and Ruby Dee. Her second play, The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window (1964), did not fare as well. A few of her other works were produced posthumously.
Lorraine Hansberry died on January 12, 1965. She married to Robert Nemiroff in 1953; the couple divorced the year before her death. More than 600 people attended her funeral at a church in New York City’s Harlem neighborhood. Actors Paul Robeson and Ruby Dee spoke at the service. Hansberry lives on through her play, which has been performed numerous times since her death. Most recently there was a 2004 revival of the show on Broadway, featuring Sean Combs, Audra McDonald and Phylicia Rashad.

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Thursday, May 17, 2007

Southlake Business Book Collection

The Southlake Business Book Connection meets the third Friday of every month at 9:00 a.m. in the Southlake Public Library. Book topics include sales/marketing, leadership, entrepreneurship, team building, time management, and business motivation. For more information and to RSVP call 817-481-8200 or e-mail

Author Birthdays

May 16

Dennis Potter

Playwright, born in the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, SWC England, UK. He studied at Oxford, and was a journalist and TV critic before he began writing plays. Although he wrote for the stage (Sufficient Carbohydrate, 1984), he was primarily a television dramatist. His first success was Vote, Vote, Vote for Nigel Barton (1965). Other plays include Brimstone and Treacle (1976), Blue Remembered Hills (1979, BAFTA), Cream in my Coffee (1982, Prix Italia), The Singing Detective (1986), and Lipstick on Your Collar (1993). Several dealt with controversial topics, such as the treatment of the self-doubting Christ in Son of Man (1969). His work was often technically innovative, as in Pennies from Heaven (1978), which required the actors to mime to popular songs of the 1920s and 1930s that intercut the action. His work includes a novel, Hide and Seek (1973). He completed Karaoke and Cold Lazarus just before his death.

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Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Author Birthdays

May 16

Adrienne Rich

Poet, born in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. She studied at Radcliffe College, lived briefly in The Netherlands, then taught at several institutions, notably at Cornell from 1981. Based in New York City, she won many awards, and became known for her highly personal poetry, as in Diving into the Wreck: Poems 1971–2 (1973). Later works include An Atlas of the Difficult World: Poems 1988–1991 (1991) and Midnight Salvage: Poems 1995–1998 (1999).

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Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Author Birthdays

May 15

Katherin Anne Porter

Writer, born in Indian Creek, Texas, USA. After being educated mainly at home, she worked as a journalist in Denver, CO and Chicago. She would later elaborate on and exaggerate certain aspects of her life, but she does seem to have lived in Mexico and in Europe for some years, and married three times. Her first collection of short stories, Flowering Judas, and Other Stories (1930), gained her considerable acclaim, and for many years she was admired entirely for short stories and novellas, often drawing on Roman Catholic symbolism from her past, while expressing her liberal views on present society. With her best works somewhat relegated to schools as minor classics, she astonished the literary world with the publication of her only novel, Ship of Fools (1962), a rather bitter and ironic view of humanity. This gained her a final round of appreciation as her Collected Stories (1965) won both the Pulitzer and National Book Award, and she fired a parting shot with her critical account of the Sacco-Vanzetti trial and execution, The Never-Ending Wrong (1977).

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Author Birthdays

May 15

L. Frank Baum

Writer, born in Chittenango, New York, USA. A sickly child, he studied at home, became an actor (1870s), worked in the family oil business, then moved to South Dakota. While working as a journalist there, he wrote his first book, Father Goose: His Book, published in 1899 after he had moved to Chicago to work on a trade magazine for window decorators (1897–1902). It proved a success; but his next book, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900), was even more successful, and he adapted it for the musical stage in 1901. After travelling to Europe, he settled in Pasadena, CA (1902), where he turned out 13 more books in the Oz series and many other children's stories, mostly in the fantasy genre, using pen names such as Schuyler Staunton, Laura Bancroft, Captain Hugh Fitzgerald, Suzanne Metcalfe, Floyd Akens, and Edith Van Dyne. Although appreciated primarily as children's tales, the Oz books have also been read as incorporating Baum's views on American society.

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Sunday, May 13, 2007

Author Birthdays

May 13

Daphne du Maurier

Novelist, born in London, UK, the granddaughter of George du Maurier. She wrote several successful period romances and adventure stories, including Jamaica Inn (1936), Rebecca (1938), and The Flight of the Falcon (1965). She also published plays, short stories, and literary reminiscences. She was made a dame in 1969.

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Saturday, May 12, 2007

Masterworks Music Series

7:30 - 8:30 pm

Rustin Park Pavilion in Southlake Town Square. Free event and no registration required. Bring blankets, lawn chairs and relax listening to some of the area's greatest musical talents. (No alcoholic beverages or glass containers please.) The series is presented in conjunction with the Northeast Tarrant Arts Council. Continues through the summer.

May 19 Vocal Trash (Blues/Jazz)

May 26 3 Fools on Stools (Comedic Song)

Support the Library at Barnes & Noble

Barnes & Noble in Town Sqaure continues to support the Southlake Library with Library Appreciation Days, May 12th and 13th. Pick up a voucher at local businesses or in the library. Present the voucher when you make any purchase at Barnes & Noble during the Library Appreciation Days, and the library will receive a percentage of the purchase total.

If you'd like to donate directly to the library, Barnes & Noble also has a "Wish List" of items that we'd like to have. When these items are added to the collection, they'll be given labels noting the name of the donor, and we'll be more than happy to indicate that the item was donated "in honor of" your favorite graduate, a special birthday or anniversary, Mother's Day, or anything else you'd like to commemorate. You can even use vouchers when you purchase items on the Wish List, and support your library in two ways!

Children's Librarian Jesse Ephraim will present a special storytime & craft during Library Appreciation Days, in the Barnes & Noble children's department, on Saturday at 4pm. Be sure to stop by, bring your voucher, and support your llibrary.

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Author Birthdays

May 9

J. M. Barrie

Writer, playwright. Born on May 9, 1860, in Kirriemuir, Forfarshire, Scotland. After graduating from Edinburgh University in 1882, Barrie worked as a journalist. He published his first novel, Better Dead, in 1887. Barrie soon had a string of popular novels set in Scotland, including A Window in Thrums (1889).

After having some success with fiction, Barrie began writing plays in 1890s. His play, Walker London, was warmly received. The comedy poked fun at the institution of marriage. He got married himself in 1894 to actress Mary Ansell, but it didn't turn out to be a happy union. (The couple later divorced.) Perhaps to escape his difficult home life, Barrie took to going out for long walks in London's Kensington Gardens where he met the five Llewelyn Davies brothers in the late 1890s. He found inspiration for his best-known work—Peter Pan—in his friendship with the Davies family. (Barrie would later become the boys' guardian after the death of their parents.)

The famous character of Peter Pan first appeared in the 1902 book The Little White Bird. Two years later, his play Peter Pan premiered on the London stage and became a great success. Audiences were drawn in the fantastical tale of the flying boy who never grew up and his adventures in Neverland with the Darling children. Barrie also wrote a book based on the play called Peter and Wendy, which was published in 1911. The book earned raves from critics.
After Peter Pan, Barrie continued writing, mostly plays aimed at adults. Several of his later works had a dark element to them. The Twelve-Pound Look (1910) offers a glimpse inside an unhappy marriage and Half an Hour (1913) follows a woman who plans on leaving her husband for another man, but she decides she must stay when her husband severely injured in a bus accident. His last major play, Mary Rose, was produced in 1920 and centered on a son visited by his mother's ghost.

J. M. Barrie died on June 19, 1937, in London, England. As a part of his will, he gave the copyright to Peter Pan to a children's hospital in London. After his death, Barrie's beloved characters were transformed into animated figures in the Disney classic Peter Pan (1953). The story was also the basis for the 1991 film Hook. And a live-action version of the story, Peter Pan, was released in 2003.

Through the years, numerous stage productions of Peter Pan have produced and have starred such actresses Mary Martin and Kathy Rigby. Barrie's most famous play continues to be a favorite with young and old alike.

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Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Author Birthdays

May 8

Pat Barker

Novelist, born in Thornaby-on-Tees, Cleveland, NE England, UK. She started to write after attending Angela Carter's writing classes. Regeneration (1991), the first of her acclaimed trilogy about World War 1, is based on the real-life encounter between the poet Siegfried Sassoon and the medical psychologist W H R Rivers. The Eye in the Door (1993, Guardian Fiction Award), shows how conscientious objectors of the time were treated; The Ghost Road (1995, Booker), tells of one soldier's traumatic return to the Front. Later novels include Another World (1998) and Double Vision (2003).

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Southlake Saturday Nite “End of Year Luau”

May 12, 7 pm

Durham School, 801 Shady Oaks, 4th - 6th graders. Grab your Hawaiian shirt and Luau! Live DJ, dancing, 4-on-4 basketball, inflatables, prizes and more! Uniformed DPS officer will be on site. Concessions sold under $2. Register at until May 12 at 3:00 pm or in person at the Bicentennial Park Community Center, 400 North White Chapel until 4:00pm May 11. Pre-register for $7 per person. Space Limited to 500. 817.748.8203. Walk Up Registration is no longer available.

Thanks to Barnes & Noble

Barnes & Noble has generously donated a number of titles, hand picked by professional staff, that will be added to our shelves. They have also contributed multiple boxes of books that will be for sale in the ongoing Friends of the Southlake Public Library sale. We'd like to thank them for their kind gift and and for their commitment to passing on the joy of reading to the community.

Make & Take: Bouquet in Hand Card and Heart Crown

May 7, 4:00 pm

On Monday, May 7th, at 4:00, children and parents are invited to join library staff and volunteers for a fun-filled after school crafting program. The craft activities are suitable for children age two to twelve. Make Mom feel special with a handmade card and a heart crown for her Special Day. To insure that there are enough supplies for all participants, reservations are encouraged, but not required. Sign up at the children’s desk, the check-out desk, or by calling 817-748-8248 or 817-748-8243.

Monday, May 07, 2007

Author Birthdays

May 7

Peter Carey

Writer, born in Bacchus Marsh, Victoria, SE Australia. He attended Geelong Grammar School before beginning a career as an advertising copywriter. His first book, The Fat Man in History (1974), was a collection of short stories, and he was quickly regarded as an innovative force in Australian writing. Later books include Bliss (1981), Illywhacker (1985), Oscar and Lucinda (1988, Booker), The Tax Inspector (1991), The True History of the Kelly Gang (2001, Booker; Commonwealth Writers Prize), and Theft: A Love Story (2006). In 2005 appeared Wrong about Japan: A Father's Journey with His Son. He co-wrote the screenplays for Bliss (1985) and Until the End of the World (1990).

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Author Birthdays

May 7

Angela Carter

Writer, born in Eastbourne, East Sussex, SE England, UK. She studied at Bristol University, and her first novel, Shadow Dance, was published in 1966. She then wrote novels and short stories characterized by feminist themes and fantasy narratives, including The Magic Toyshop (1967, screenplay 1986), The Infernal Desire Machines of Dr Hoffman (1972), Nights at the Circus (1984), and Wise Children (1991).

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Author Birthday

May 7

Robert Browning

Poet, born in London, UK, the husband of Elizabeth Barrett. The son of a clerk, he received scant formal education. His early work attracted little attention until the publication of Paracelsus (1835). Bells and Pomegranates (1841–6) included several of his best-known dramatic lyrics, such as ‘How they Brought the Good News from Ghent to Aix’. In 1846 he married Elizabeth Barrett, and with her settled in Florence, where he wrote Men and Women (1855) and began Dramatis Personae (1864). Their son, Robert Barrett Browning (1849–1912), the sculptor, was born there. After the death of his wife (1861) he settled in London, where he wrote his masterpiece, The Ring and the Book (1869), a series of dramatic monologues for which he received widespread acclaim. His technical virtuosity and his experiments in poetic form and content considerably influenced later poets, notably Eliot and Pound.

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Saturday, May 05, 2007

Author Birthdays

May 5

Soren Kierkegaard

Philosopher and theologian, a major influence on 20th-c existentialism, born in Copenhagen. He studied theology, philosophy, and literature at Copenhagen, and came to criticize purely speculative systems of thought, such as Hegel's, as irrelevant to existence-making choices. For Hegel's rationalism, Kierkegaard substituted the disjunction Enten-Eller (1843, Either/Or). In Afsluttende Uvidenskabelig Efterskrift (1846, Concluding Unscientific Postscript), he attacked all philosophical system building, and formulated the thesis that subjectivity is truth. Other works include (trans titles) The Concept of Irony (1841), Fear and Trembling (1843), and The Sickness unto Death (1849).

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Thursday, May 03, 2007

Author Birthdays

May 3

Nicolo Machiavelli

Italian statesman, writer, and political theorist, born in Florence, NC Italy. Little is known of his early life, but he travelled on several missions in Europe for the Republic of Florence (1498–1512). On the restoration of the Medici, he was arrested on a charge of conspiracy (1513) and, though pardoned, was obliged to withdraw from public life. He devoted himself to literature, writing historical treatises, poetry, short stories, and comedies. His masterpiece is Il Principe (1532, The Prince), whose main theme is that all means may be used in order to maintain authority. It was condemned by the pope, and its viewpoint gave rise to the adjective machiavellian, applied to people who get what they want by deceiving people by cunning. His writings were not published until 1782.

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Third Annual Bob Jones Nature Center Photography Contest

Deadline extended due to popular demand!

September 1 through May 31, 2007. Capture your best shot and send it in! Categories include Adult, Teen and Children (12 and under). Prizes awarded to First, Second and Third plan and one special prize awarded Best In Show. For Entry Forms and Rules go to Winners Reception and Photo Display - May 2007 - Southlake Public Library. (817.329.4673).

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Bob Jones Nature Center Discovery Class

“Can You Hear (Smell or Taste) Me Now?”

May 6, 3 - 4:30 pm

Class will explore nature’s wonders using all of your senses. Ages: 4-8. $10 per class per child. Class held at Bob Jones Day Camp Picnic Shelters, 3901 North White Chapel Blvd. Register Online at or by mail or in person at Bicentennial Park Community Center, 400 North White Chapel Blvd., Southlake, Tx 76092. Questions? Call 817.748.8203

Family Campout at Bob Jones Park

May 5 & 6, 4 pm - 9 am

All ages welcome. Campers will enjoy fishing, roasting marshmallows, listening to stories around the campfire and the great outdoors. Cost includes dinner on Saturday evening and a light breakfast on Sunday morning. Tent set up begin 3pm on Saturday. $10 per person (ages 3 and under free). Campers provide own tents and sleep gear. Fishing gear will be provided. Campout rain or shine. Register at or by mail or in person at Bicentennial Park Community Center, 400 North White Chapel Blvd., Southlake, Tx 76092. Questions? Call 817.748.8203 or 817.748.8019.

Drivers License Express

May 2, 10 am- 2pm

Renew your license at this mobile unit at Southlake Town Square! Located at the Rustin Park Pavilion.

• Driver License Renewals (You can renew your license one year before it expires)
• Texas Identification Card Renewals and First Time Application for Identification Cards
• Duplicate Driver License or Identification Card (lost, change of address, change of name, etc.)
• Transfer of Out-of-State License for Texas License (if no examination is required)
• (Only services not requiring an examination will be provided by the Driver License Express)

􀂾 Cash or personal check is needed for fee payment.
􀂾 Maximum renewal fee for a Driver License is $24.00 (with motorcycle endorsement $32.00)
􀂾 Maximum renewal fee for a CDL is $60.00 (with motorcycle endorsement $68.00)
􀂾 Maximum ID renewal fee is $15.00
􀂾 Duplicate Driver License or Identification Card fee is $10.00

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Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Author Birthdays

May 1

Joseph Heller

Novelist, born in New York City, USA. He served in the US Army Air Force in World War 2, and studied at New York, Columbia, and Oxford universities. His wartime experience formed the background for his first book, Catch 22 (1961), which launched him as a successful novelist. The anti-war plot centred on the view that US airmen on dangerous combat missions must be considered insane, but if they seek to be relieved on grounds of mental derangement, they find themselves ineligible, since such a request proves their sanity. Hence ‘Catch 22’ has come to signify any logical trap or double bind. A sequel, Closing Time, appeared in 1994. His other works include Something Happened (1974), God Knows (1984), Picture This (1988), and the autobiographical Now and Then: From Coney Island to Here (1998).

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