Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Imagine That! A Bright Future at Southlake Public Library.

Take the 2021 Library Survey and tell us what you see for the future of the library.

The Southlake Library opened on September 26, 2001, and since that time it has enjoyed over 2.4 million visitors, offered thousands of programs to over 525,000 participants and circulated over 5.6 million books, movies, audiobooks and more. That’s a savings to Southlake Library cardholders of over $85 million on the cost of those materials. How great is that?!

Now, we’re looking ahead to the future of the Southlake Public Library. How do you want your library to improve? Are there new services you would like to see? What programs are the most important to your family? Are you finding what you need at the library, or would you like to see changes to the collection? It’s time to tell us what you want to see for the future of Southlake Library.

Take the 2021 Library Survey and share your thoughts. The survey will be available online from August 9–30, 2021. We want to hear from you, and your neighbor, and your neighbor’s neighbor. Pass it on!

Take the survey at www.CityofSouthlake.com/2021LibrarySurvey.

“We Are Southlake” Contest Winners Artwork Chosen for New Library Cards

The Southlake Library is proud to introduce two new library card designs for patrons, which showcase the artistic talent of Southlake residents.

Carroll High School Senior Bella Hanson and Southlake resident, John P. Denk Jr., were selected by Mayor Laura Hill and the Mayor’s Alliance for Unity & Culture as two of the winners of the “We are Southlake” Poster Contest last September. The contest was held to kick off celebrations for the City’s 64th birthday and encouraged artists to visually represent what they love about Southlake. “We were thrilled to see the creativity of our incredible community,” stated Mayor Hill at the time.

This spring, when the Library decided to order new library cards, two of the winning submissions were selected for the card designs.

“The Southlake Library is very excited to be able to promote the talent of residents and celebrate their gifts by using the winning artwork designs for the two new library card covers,” stated City Librarian Cynthia Pfledderer. “The artwork chosen recognizes the vibrant culture and community pride of Southlake.”

Bella Hanson is a talented artist and is looking forward to attending Texas A&M next year after graduating in May from Carroll High School.  Hanson is an AP Art Student and cheerleader, and her artwork has been selected previously by the City as a winning submission for another contest.

John P. Denk Jr. has been a Southlake resident for almost seven years and comes this way most recently by way of Chicago, although he grew up just outside of the DFW metroplex.  He is an Art School graduate and has been a commercial and graphic artist.

If you haven’t visited the Southlake Library, or it has been a while, please stop by soon! The Library has exciting upcoming programs for Summer planned, and you can always stay informed of what is going on by following the Southlake Library on social media at Facebook and Instagram.

Artist – Bella Hanson


Artist – John P. Denk Jr.

Southlake Public Library Employees Bring Southlake Together Through Online Content

In one of Mr. Rogers famous pieces of advice to his neighbors about scary situations, he says, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’

In mid-March, the City of Southlake closed facilities and asked office employees to work from home to protect residents and employees. Southlake Public Library employees began brainstorming ideas of how they could foster a sense of community and bring a light and positivity into people’s homes.

The dynamic duo of Amy Pearson and Abrianna Burton stepped up with a plan to increase the Library’s online presence with photos, videos and social media. What was once a small part of the Library’s daily tasks became the Library’s direct connection with Southlake readers.

“Overnight we went from librarians to content strategists,” Burton said. “We consulted our entire Library team so that we could breach the digital divide and fill a void with online content for everyone, from niche audiences to children.”

Burton’s background in marketing and communication gave her the skills to implement the Library’s online and social media projects. She became the Library’s film director, video editor and sound technician.

“We could not have implemented our social media initiative without her talent on staff,” City Librarian Cynthia Pfledderer said. “She’s my creative go-to person from signs to videos and she never lets me down with her level of care in design.”

A quick scroll of the Library’s Facebook page ranges in content from book reviews, cooking and art classes, as well as the popular Getty Museum Challenge.

“The pandemic brought the Library together as a team,” Pearson said. “We discovered that we’re philosophers, artists, chefs and creators who set out to help educate, be a voice of reassurance and an escape from what had become a scary time.”

Pearson started as the Library’s administrative secretary in February and barely had a chance to warm her office chair and understand her duties before she found herself telecommuting and helping to redefine Library services in this new social distancing world.

“What stands out most about Amy is her ability to generate great ideas and see them through with very little direction. She sees a situation, quickly identifies opportunities and offers to take on any challenge,” Pfledderer said. “I was amazed how quickly she became a vital part of the team, even in such unusual circumstances.

Both Pearson and Burton said they couldn’t have stepped up to the challenge without the creative freedom and inspiration from their fearless leader.

“Working for the City of Southlake is nothing like you’d expect,” Burton said. “This isn’t a boring government job, it’s a chance to innovate and bring your best every day to this world-class community.”

“We want to continue to grow and to provide creative services to Southlake. We take personal responsibility and are committed to delivering excellence to make an impact within the community we serve,” Pearson said. “We’re going to continue to do more.” To learn more about the Southlake Public Library, visit its website, or follow its Facebook page or Instagram page to keep up with all of the fun activities. For more information, call the Library at 817-748-8243.

Curbside Service – City of Southlake Style

The City’s restaurants and businesses are using curbside services to assist their customers, and now so is the City of Southlake.

Library Curbside Service

Starting Monday, May 11, Library cardholders will be able to pick up their favorite books and movies curbside by parking in the designated spots on the east side of Town Hall.

To utilize curbside services, look for this sign on the east side of Town Hall.

To ensure your items are ready, simply go online at SouthlakeLibrary.com, locate the items you would like and then select Place Hold. You will receive an email notifying you when your items are ready.

Once you have your email confirmation, drive to the Library and park in the designated parking spaces, and then call us at (817) 748-8243 to let us know you have arrived.

The staff will connect with you at that time. Please note that not all items may be available at the time of your request. Your confirmation email will let you know what materials are available.

Library curbside service is available Monday – Friday from 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Building Inspections Curbside Service

Building Inspections is also offering curbside service for its customers as well.

Items such as paper plans or any item that people cannot submit digitally are available for drop off or pick up.

To use this service, simply call (817) 748-8236 to establish what you need.  A building services employee will help you work through the details of your request and set up a time for Town Hall pickup.

Building Services curbside service is available Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Stay Informed

The City regularly updates ProtectSouthlake.com and CityofSouthlake.com for easy, quick access to the City information you need. If you have COVID-19 questions, please call the Tarrant County Coronavirus Hotline at (817) 248-6299.

We’re ready to be safely back, Southlake. We are looking forward to seeing you around town.

Curbside Service at Southlake Library

The Southlake Public Library will offer curbside pickup for books and movies starting May 11.

Are you ready to start reconnecting with your Library? Library team members are excited to be taking this first step with you. The health and safety of staff and customers is our highest priority, so precautions are being taken to restart services thoughtfully. Beginning the week of May 11, the Library will begin offering curbside service to cardholders Monday – Friday from 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.

How will it work?

Library cardholders will log into their accounts online at SouthlakeLibrary.com and search for books, movies or other materials. Lots of online browsing options have been created and will be updated regularly to keep materials fresh.

  • Simply locate the items you would like and select Place Hold, then wait for an email to let you know when your items are ready.
  • Once you have your email confirmation, drive to the Library and park in the designated parking space by Town Hall. Then, call us at 817-748-8243 to let us know you have arrived.
  • Staff will connect with you at that time. Please note that not all items may be available at your time of request. Your confirmation email will let you know what materials are available.

What can I do now?

Friday, May 1: Begin returning materials to the Library. All returned materials will be subject to quarantine and disinfection processes before being checked in and made available for others. Materials will show a checked out status to the current borrower until this process is complete. (We are not accepting donated books or movies at this time.)

Monday, May 4: Customers may begin requesting items online through their accounts for curbside pickup, which will begin the following week, May 11. Limited staff will be available to process orders and prepare for curbside service.

Monday, May 11: Curbside service begins, Monday – Friday, from 12 p.m. – 6 p.m. Customers who have received confirmation emails for held items may arrange for pickup by calling 817-748-8243.

Stuck at Home? The Library Has You Covered!

Since events have been postponed, the sports world has all but shut down and there are only so many shows you can binge watch, you might feel like you’ll run out of entertainment options for your family during the next few weeks.

While the Southlake Public Library might not be physically open, you can still connect to us! We offer a variety of free entertainment options you can enjoy at any time, on any day, from the comfort of your home. All you need is your library card.

Don’t have a library card? Click here or call us at 817-748-8243.

Here are four FREE entertainment options for the whole family:

  1. BookFLIX – Grab a tablet and log the kids into BookFLIX for ebooks, audiobooks and videos for free!
  2. World Book – Here’s an option for kids and adults alike! Learn about nature, history and science with World Book. Use the login: Southlakelib and password: books.
  3. Cloud Library – Over 135,000 options of ebooks and e-audiobooks are available on our Cloud Library. There’s something for everyone in the family.
  4. Flipster – Looking for a magazine rather than a great work of fiction? Check out Flipster. From lifestyle, entertainment, to home and gardening, there’s bound to be an option you’re interested in. Use the login: Southlakelib and password: TxSouthLake2!.

Your Southlake Public Library is working on a few more innovative entertainment options. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for future announcements on how we’re continuing to enhance and deliver excellent services to our citizens.

Also, to help our community find the latest news and resources on the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak, the City has created a new information page on its website at www.ProtectSouthlake.com. Bookmark this page for easy, quick access to the information you need and stay on top of how the City is responding.


Bookstacks more popular than screen time

Are you a fan and frequent visitor to the Southlake Public Library? You’re in good company.

In 2019 alone, the library received more than 135,000 visitors.

According to a recent Gallup poll, Southlake isn’t the only city across the country receiving attention from visitors. The survey, taken from December 2-15, 2019, revealed that Americans visit their local public library an average of 10.5 times per year. That’s nearly twice as much as attending a movie at a movie theater, which occurs at a rate of 5.3 times per year.

A quick stroll through Southlake’s Public Library, and you’ll understand its popularity and draw. From free coffee or tea to reading nooks for children and adults alike, the library has a cozy, quiet atmosphere. It also has a host of resources for all ages, including computers, meeting rooms and, of course, stacks of books.

If the book stacks are intimidating, you might ask the library staff for help locating a book or even reading suggestions. If there’s a younger reader with you, the team might suggest checking out their most popular book, Barbie: A fairy secret, which has been checked out 1,093 times!

While books may line the walls, the library offers much more than just reading material.

“Our goal is to make the library a fun place for discovery and a welcoming place to spend time,” Cynthia Pfledderer said. “We look at every aspect of the Library and ask – how do we make this the best it can be with our available resources?”

For staff members, improvement at the library is always a moving target because the needs and interests of the community are continually evolving.

“Fortunately, our staff is energized by the challenge. We love finding new ways to delight our patrons,” Cynthia said. “There’s just no substitute for knowing your community, and the trick is to stay connected to them so the ideas come organically.”

Items available for check out at the Southlake Public Library include audiobooks on CD, eBooks, eAudiobooks, digital magazines, DVDs, music CDs, magazines, business journals, online research databases, and online children’s books. Library cards are available to Southlake residents with a proof of residence address or property ownership. Children under 16 years old must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to obtain a library card.

The Southlake Library is located on the first floor of Town Hall in Southlake Town Square at 1400 Main Street, Suite 130, Southlake, TX 76092. The library is open Monday through Thursday from 10 am to 8 pm, Friday and Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm and closed on Sunday.

For more information on the Library, visit https://www.cityofsouthlake.com/93/Library.

Southlake Public Library kicks off 2020 with Self-Discovery and Educational Programs

It’s no secret, the Southlake Public Library has always been the hub for impactful educational programs. This New Year, the Library has programs focused on health and wellness, as well as fun filled activities such as celebrating the Lunar New Year. Check out our offerings below.

DNA Basics: The Impact of Direct to Consumer DNA Testing
Thursday, January 16 | 6 p.m. | 3CD
Have you ever considered taking a genetic test? The impact of genetic testing goes beyond knowing where your ancestors are from. Your DNA holds a vast ocean of information about you and your health. Learn about the benefits and limitations of genetic testing, what precision medicine is and how DNA is changing society.

Stress Awareness and Management
Thursday, January 23 | 6 p.m. | 3CD
Have you ever asked yourself, how can I lessen the stress I am having? This presentation increases awareness of the health and well-being benefits of physical activity as part of the management and reduction of stress our daily lives.

Lunar New Year Story Time with Southlake Sister Cities
Tuesday, January 28 | 11:15 a.m. | Library
It’s the Year of the Rat and Southlake Sister Cities is hosting a special Chinese New Year Story Time at the Library. Enjoy songs and stories about the New Year as well as fun treats. Best for ages 2-5.

Truth or Trash: Online Health Information
Thursday, January 30 | 6 p.m. | 3CD
With a sea of information available online it can be difficult to know what is the truth and what is trash. In this 45 minute class, learn the barriers to finding quality health information, how to identify truth vs. trash and trusted health resources.

Lunar New Year Lantern Workshop & Lantern Walk
Saturday, February 8 | 2-4 p.m. & 6:30-8 p.m. | Southlake Town Hall
It’s the Year of the Rat! Rat is the first in the 12-year cycle of the Chinese zodiac. The Years of the Rat include 1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020, 2032… Celebrate the Lunar New Year with Southlake Sister Cities and the Southlake Library as we light up Town Square with light and hope for 2020. First, join us from 2-4 p.m. in Southlake Town Hall for a Lantern Workshop. You can bring your own supplies to make a custom lantern or use our supplies to make a basic lantern. The Lunar New Year Walk through Town Square begins at 6:30 p.m., shortly after sunset. A reception with cake and beverages will be held on the 3rd floor of Southlake Town Hall following the Lantern Walk. This is a free event.

A Month of Celebration at the Library

Southlake Library has a host of fun holiday activities available for you and your family this December.

Are you looking to create memorable experiences with your family this holiday season? The Library is offering a month full of free and fun activities! Discover the list of activities below. Registration is required where noted.

Mr. Vic & Friends Visit Story Time | Dec. 3 | 11:15 a.m. | Library
Mr. Vic and his puppet friends put on a one-of-a-kind show for young audiences. Best for ages 2-5 years.

Story Time at the Station – Holiday Edition | Dec. 4 |10 a.m. | 600 State Street

There will be no in-Library Story Times this day.
It’s one of our favorite events! We’re having Story Time at the Fire Station in Southlake. Our wonderful firefighters and police officers join in on the fun which includes, stories, songs and more. Best for ages 2-5 years.

Ornament Making Party | Dec .5 | 4:30 p.m. | Town Hall 3rd Floor

This season comes but once a year, let’s get together for some holiday cheer. Join us as we make ornaments, enjoy holiday music and nibble on holiday treats. All ages.

Holiday Open House | Dec. 7 | 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. | Library

Visit with us on this Saturday morning to hear the music of Mistletoe & Melodies with the Guy Forsyth & Jesika Bailey, enjoy holiday snacks and a cocoa bar, make a holiday craft and take pictures with special guest – Olaf! All ages.

Sugar Cooking Decorating for Kids | Dec. 12| 4:30 p.m. | Town Hall 3rd Floor Registration is required.

Join us and Frosted Cookies Organic Bakery in a sweet workshop. Each participant will get to decorate two delicious cookies to take home. Ages 5 and up only.

STEAM Story Time | Dec 13 | 10 a.m. or 11 a.m. | Library

A hands-on storytime that introduces young children to early concepts of science, technology, engineering, arts & math. Registration not required. For ages 3-5.

Wizart | Dec 13 | 4:45 p.m. | Town Hall 3rd Floor

Award-winning student artists teach artistic techniques to children ages 5-12. A different project is planned each month to develop a variety of skills.

Advanced Sugar Cooking Decorating for Adults & Teens | Dec 13 | 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. | Town Hall 3rd Floor | Registration required

Master cookie decorator Alexis Ruddock teaches you the fine art of cookie decorating. Each attendee will have two cookies to decorate with an intricate design. Step by step directions are given and all supplies are provided.
Adults & teens ages 13 & up only.

Story Time with Mrs. Claus | Dec. 20 | 9:30 a.m. or 10:45 a.m. | Town Hall 3rd Floor

Join Mrs. Claus in celebration of the season with sing-a-longs, books, hot cocoa and cookies–what a treat! Don’t forget your cameras, photos after the program. All ages.

James Wand Magic Show | Dec. 30 | 11 a.m. | Town Hall 3rd Floor

Children will enjoy the exciting magic and hilarious tales of top-secret adventures and learn a ton of important information. Best for ages 4 and up.

Noon Year’s Eve Toast | Dec. 31| 11:45 a.m. | Town Hall 3rd Floor
There will be no in-Library Story Times this day.

Count down to the almost New Year with this kid-focused celebration.  Enjoy crafts, party food and an apple juice toast to the Noon New Year. All ages.

Mad Science Show | Jan. 2 | 11 a.m. | Town Hall 3rd Floor

This spectacular show thrills audiences with impressive science experiments. The event includes foggy dry ice storms and love demonstrations on how giant beach balls can float in the air. Best for ages 3 and up