Saturday, June 25, 2022

City Council Gives Direction On New Southlake Library

At their June 7 meeting, the Southlake City Council gave direction to City Staff to locate the Southlake Library within the Carillon Parc development.

They also recommended that a performing arts space be included as part of the new Library.

Earlier this year, the Library Task Force was charged with researching and envisioning options for a new Library outside of Southlake Town Square. A new location and the possibility of a performing arts space were just part of their considerations.

The Council’s guidance follows two open houses and town hall meetings hosted by the Library Task Force and a Library Board meeting. All three public gatherings allowed the Task Force to report on what they had learned during the research process.

“This is, to me, is good governance. It’s a lot of folks coming together and doing really intentional work and really thoughtful work, work that is deliberate,” said Mayor John Huffman. “…at the end of the day, it’s designed to seek out as much community input as possible because ultimately, when this gets built, it’s your Library.”

To watch the item in its entirety, please visit this link: https://southlaketx.new.swagit.com/videos/175130?ts=3352

Library Task Force to Present to City Council on June 7

The Southlake Library Task Force is scheduled to present its recommendations to the City Council on Tuesday, June 7, 2022.

“The level of engagement on this issue has been extraordinary,” said Councilmember and Task Force Co-Chair Kathy Talley. “We have heard from hundreds of community members who are passionate about this new opportunity and what it will mean to Southlake.”

Many citizens used an online comment form to share their thoughts. Councilmember Talley noted that the comment form will be open until Monday, June 6, 2022.

“It’s vital that our residents have the opportunity to get involved in such an important decision,” said Talley.

Earlier this year, the Library Task Force was charged with looking closely at the future of the library and working with the community to envision a new space that welcomes people at the front door and invites them to experience a library in a whole new way.

          

After visiting libraries and community spaces in other DFW Metroplex cities, the Task Force hosted two Open Houses and Town Hall Meetings. Those meetings held on May 11, 2022, and May 16, 2022, helped provide the Task Force with citizen feedback and allowed them to report what they had learned through the research process. Then, on May 25, 2022, the Task Force presented location options to the Library Board, facility amenities, and complementary uses that could be incorporated into the facility.

The Council will review the Task Force recommendations and the Library Board’s feedback at the June 7 meeting. The public is invited to the in-person meeting or can watch online. The meeting starts at 5:30 in the Town Hall Council Chamber. The Task Force is expected to present their findings at approximately 7:00 p.m. following Executive Session.

Achievement of Library Excellence Awarded to Southlake Public Library

The Southlake Public Library has received the 2021 Achievement of Library Excellence Award from the Texas Municipal Library Directors Association (TMLDA.)

Southlake Public Library demonstrated its commitment to excellence through its programs and services including expanded digital services through cloudLibrary, Flipster, and Brainfuse. The library also demonstrated support for underserved populations by becoming a Sensory Inclusive library, providing AARP Tax-Aide services, providing delivery services to Watermere and the Senior Center, and offering curbside pickup services during the pandemic. Other notable achievements include cultural programming, literacy support for all ages, summer reading programs, and more.

“It’s just incredible,” said Deputy Director of the Library Cynthia Pfledderer. “The Southlake Public Library ensures the community is provided consistent and innovative services to meet the changing needs of its residents, and we are so proud to be one of only 59 libraries awarded in 2021.”

TMLDA is an affiliate of the Texas Municipal League. Each year, TMLDA presents awards to public libraries that have done comprehensive and outstanding work in their communities.

To receive the Achievement of Library Excellence Award, a library must exhibit excellence in the services to underserved and special populations, innovative marketing for programs and services, cultural, topical, and educational programming, support for literacy, summer reading opportunities, collaboration with community groups, workforce development, digital inclusion, and comprehensive staff training.

 

How the Southlake Public Library Connects People and Builds Community

Whether you are in a small town or a major city, the public library is the centerpiece that helps bridge the gap between resources and the community which is why the Southlake Public Library is a beloved masterpiece.

Being an educational resource to an entire community is a big responsibility, but the Southlake Public Library takes on the challenge with grace and pride.

They work diligently to provide free access to the tools and information Southlake citizens seek to improve their lives, whether that’s learning a new skill or finding their next great reading adventure.

They also offer programs, workshops and exhibitions for customers of all ages to enjoy, from Summer Reading Programs to literary works by diverse artists and writers.

Need a particular book? No problem. In efforts to expand their collection and make them readily available, the Southlake Public Library partners with over 34 North Texas libraries coordinating through an interlocal partnership between libraries to share digital content via the  Cloud Library app.

Their overall goal is to be the heart of the community where all are welcome to learn and grow.

So, if you’re in need of a great place and resource to fill your heart with warmth and mind with creativity, come visit the Southlake Public Library, where learning is love and coffee is served daily.

For more information about the services offered at Southlake Public Library, please visit us online or follow us on Facebook.

“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 Library Offering FREE Online Tutoring

Parents don’t have to know it all!

The Southlake Public Library now offers an online tutoring program called Brainfuse to help students of all ages with help with their homework.

The program provides students with access to live tutors every day from 2 – 11 p.m. in a variety of subjects. The platform also allows students to schedule sessions with friends in a private virtual study room.

“This program is great for our students because tutors are easily accessible online in the evenings to suit a busy kid’s schedule,” City of Southlake Library Deputy Director Cynthia Pfledderer said. “Students can create and share flash cards, tests and games to personalize their learning experience.”

Sign up is free! Just use your Southlake Public Library card to set up your user ID and password.

Happy studying!

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.

Hoot & Howl Fall Festival at Bob Jones Nature Center

Southlake Library and Bob Jones Nature Center are hosting an autumn festival at the Preserve on Saturday, October 26 from 10 am – 1 pm.

Celebrate the beauty of autumn at Bob Jones Nature Center and Preserve. This Saturday, bring your family out for the Hoot & Howl Fall Festival where you can enjoy an easy nature hike with storytellers on the trail. Explore the Inspiration Station with cool animals and artifacts to discover. There will be music, seasonal treats and great places to get that family photo.

The festival runs from 10 am – 1 pm and is open to the public. Handicapped parking and limited regular parking will be available at the Nature Center. Additional parking with shuttle or trail access to the festival will be at the Bob Jones Equestrian Center parking area. Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring the kids’ off-road strollers to enjoy the trails. Perfect for families with young children. Free event.

Festival Location:
Bob Jones Nature Center & Preserve
355 Bob Jones Rd, Southlake, TX 76092

Equestrian Center Parking

Parking:
Bob Jones Equestrian Center Parking
Corner of White Chapel & Bob Jones Road
Shuttle or trail access to the festival

Festival Map

 

Edgar Allan Poe Visits Southlake Library

Once upon a midnight dreary, we were feeling light and cheery, going to an autumn show, to see Edgar Allan Poe.

The Southlake Public Library presents the Edgar Allan Poe on Thursday, September 19 at 6 p.m. in Southlake Town Hall on the third floor in rooms 3A-3D

This one-night performance will be bought to you by Broadway and film veteran Duffy Hudson.

You’ll be ravin’ about this haunting Edgar Allan Poe historical theater production as Hudson takes you on an historical journey about the American editor, writer and literary critic and his most famous works.

The Shadow of the Raven begins as Edgar Allan Poe rises from the scene of his mysterious death and continues as he pieces together the events of his life. Using a combination of biographical information and the dramatic interpretation of Poe’s literature; Annabel Lee, The Raven and The Tell Tale Heart, Hudson provides a unique, in-death theatrical experience of the life and works of one of America’s best-known and enigmatic personalities.

Registration is not required for this event. For more information, please contact the Southlake Public Library at 817-748-8243 or visit www.SouthlakePublicLibrary.com