Thursday, June 17, 2021

“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

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

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

The Vinyl Stripes Rock Southlake on July 27

Are you ready to rock this summer? Well now is your chance.  The Vinyl Stripes will get you dancing and singing to those old 60’s rock and surf tunes under the evening sky at Aria Amphitheater at The Marq Southlake on Saturday, July 27 from 7 p.m. to dusk.

The Vinyl Stripes consists of three members: Steve Curry, Greg New and Mark Baker.  Curry is a renowned guitarist and vocalist who has toured and recorded with many diverse bands across the nation from the Texas Gypsies, The Jacksons, Boney James to Rapper D.O.C. and more!  He has composed music and played guitar for prominent media companies such as Disney, Bravo, Cartoon Network and Fox TV and on commercials for Mercedes, EA and Ford. He formed Vinyl Stripes in 2015 to perform their versions of classic and original roots rock.

Greg New plays bass and is also a vocalist. New is a musician around the DFW Metroplex and has performed with other bands since 2004.

Mark Baker, who plays drums and on vocals, is a Grammy-nominated recording artist with over 20 years of regional, national and international touring experience.

All three talented men will be here in Southlake for you to see in person. Make sure you pack your lawn chairs, blankets and bring some with dinner along with your non-alcoholic beverages for this FREE family-friendly event. We will also have fulfilled activities for the youth to enjoy during this performance. Kids can explore games like life-size Connect Four, Hula Hoops, Punch Balloons, Bubble Wands and more!

This event is free and open to the public.

Jump into July with Southlake Public Library

Just because school is out, doesn’t mean you can’t learn a thing or two. The Southlake Public Library has a broad selection of events that anyone can enjoy for all ages from epic storytelling to a Young Picasso film night, to a writing course for those who paint with words; there is something for everyone. Check out our programs now while it’s still summer.

Magik Theatre presents Kingdom of Texas Show
July 16 at 2 p.m.
For more than 100 years Texas was a Spanish Colony known as “The Kingdom of Texas” – that’s just one of many Texas facts in this crash course in Texas lore. Stories like the Legend of the Bluebonnets, the tale of Pecos Bill and of course, Davey Crockett and the saga of the Alamo will also be included. This show is sure to make your kids are experts in all things Texas.

Master Storyteller DeCee Cornish
July 18 at 11 a.m.
Sometimes it is okay to just have some FUN!  Come and enjoy storytime with DeCee Cornish. Enjoy stories from Tall Tales to Fairy Tales and all things in between.

Jenny Martin Writing Class
July 18 at 6 p.m.
Join Jenny Martin for an inspiring workshop, in which you’ll discover the keys to unlocking your own unforgettable, spellbinding prose. This workshop is for fiction writers of all levels; participants will be able to discuss, brainstorm and ask questions about the writing and publishing process.  Teens and adults only. To register, click here.

Hampstead Stage presents Jungle Book
July 19 at 11 a.m.
The Jungle Book comes to life as Mowgli, an abandoned “man-cub” raised by wolves, embarks on an adventure in the jungle. Through the use of puppets and masks, we meet Baloo the bear and Bagheera the black panther, who guide Mowgli on his journey. Mowgli must escape from Kaa, the python, and defeat Shere Khan, the tiger. Join us on a daring quest, discovering the importance of family and a heroic battle of good versus evil. Best for ages 5 and up.

Young Picasso Film Night
July 19 – 6 p.m.
Too long ignored, it is time to look at the early years of Picasso: the upbringing and the learning that led to his extraordinary achievements. APEX Arts League and the Southlake Public Library invite you to Exhibition on Screen, a unique exploration of artistic masters. Beverages and appetizers will be served at this event. Ages 21 & up only. To register, click here.

SPACE – The Final FUNtier
July 23 at 2 p.m.
The universe is an amazing place and full of people of all kinds.  We will meet many of them in stories and songs.  Nancy and her friends will encourage her audience to learn more about Science, Technology, Engineering and Math and introduce some wonderful facts about space. Best for ages 4-8.

End of Summer Playdate!
July 25 at 10 a.m. in the Library
All preschoolers are invited to join us for a fun-filled playdate, toys and snacks provided. Best for 5 an under.

Dallas Zoo
July 25 at 2 p.m.
A 45-minute interactive program that features animals from around the world. Best for ages 4-10.

DIY Beauty Workshop
July 25 at 6-8 p.m. Town Hall 3rd Floor
These classes are pure, natural and fun. Join two of your favorite Southlake librarians as they explore making beauty products from natural ingredients. Supplies, instruction and hilarity are provided. This workshop is for ages 13 & up. To register, click here.



It’s National Library Week 2019

It’s National Library Week and this year we celebrate Libraries = Strong Communities.

Celebrate libraries with us this week!  April 7-13 is National Library Week and that gives us a chance to celebrate all the wonderful ways libraries support the community. This year, Melinda Gates is the Honorary Chair and she is stepping forward to advocate for libraries. On April 23, she will debut her book, “The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World.” This candid and inspiring book demonstrates the link between women’s empowerment and the health of societies and includes conversations she’s had with women all over the world.

Don’t let National Library Week be the only reason you stop by to see us, we want you to check out our offerings all year! The Southlake Library offers interactive story times for kids and educational programs for both youth and adults. The library also has a wide selection of books and audio books and helps support the needs of the community through educational, business and personal growth. Whether you want to find a book, movie, program, notary or even a toll tag, the Southlake Library is here to help.

To find Melinda’s book or for more information, please contact the Southlake Library at 817-748-8243.

Join #MyLibraryMyStory

The American Library Association has launched a social media initiative called #MyLibraryMyStory. Share your videos, stories, photos or text sharing your library story and #MyLibraryMyStory to join the conversation. One person will be randomly selected to win a $100 Visa gift card for sharing their story. Post your story to Instagram or Twitter by April 13 at noon CT for your chance to win.


Free Tax Preparation with AARP

AARP Tax Aide is coming to Southlake Library to provide free tax preparation for seniors and low to moderate income individuals.

The Southlake Public Library will host AARP Tax Aide volunteers starting in February to provide help for low to moderate income and senior taxpayers in filing their Federal income taxes electronically. Interested individuals can make an appointment with the Library for Thursday afternoons between February 7 and April 11. Appointments are available between 2:00 and 6:00 PM. Call the Library Reference Desk at 817-748-8247 to schedule an appointment for this service.

There are no age requirements and this is a free service.