Donate to a Southlake Cares organization and earn a drawing entry for a Southlake Town Square Gift Card!
The holiday season means joy, peace and spending quality time with our closest loved ones. Bring a little extra happiness to our community this year with a donation to one, two or all of our Southlake Cares organizations and enter our drawing for a $250 Southlake Town Square gift card.
To enter, make a donation to a Southlake Cares organization on or between December 1 and December 20 then take a screenshot of your donation receipt(s) and upload with your entry form. You will earn one entry for each organization you support with a donation, for up to six entries! A random drawing for one winner will take place the week after the contest closes.
For the official rules and to submit an entry, visit: CityofSouthlake.com/SouthlakeCares.
The Southlake Public Library is excited to offer its 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program, a nationwide challenge that encourages parents and caregivers to regularly read aloud to their children. By reading just one book a day, families can reach the 1000-book goal in three years while providing their children essential early literacy skills.
Research shows that the most reliable predictor of school success is being read to during early childhood. Reading to children from an early age can help close the vocabulary gap and prepare children to enter kindergarten with the skills they need to succeed. Most importantly, sharing books with children promotes a lifelong love of books and reading.
The program is free and available for families with children from birth to five years of age. Parents and caregivers can register at the Southlake Public Library and pick up a starter kit, along with a reading log for the first 100 books.
Each time your child reads 100 books, bring your completed log to the library for a sticker and a reading log for your next 100 books. And once your child completes 1000 books, come to the library and we will celebrate this milestone with you!
For more information, come to the Library or give us a call at 817-748-8243.
Help make a child’s wish come true.
Come be an elf with us this holiday season. Southlake Cares is supporting Alliance For Children’s Christmas Connection, which provides holiday gifts for children victimized by child abuse.
Here are three easy ways to help.
Alliance For Children is the only Tarrant County non-profit organization directly involved in the protecting children from abuse. With local law enforcement agencies, Alliance coordinates teamed investigations. They also provide victims health and healing services to address the trauma of abuse. A third activity of Alliance For Children is community education, allowing children and adults to better understand the risks of abuse.
Give Tarrant County child abuse victims and their siblings a Merry Christmas!
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.
In Southlake, Bob Jones’s name is on a park, nature center and road, but who was he? An exhibit now open through September 4 at Southlake Town Hall, presented by the Southlake Historical Society, will tell the remarkable story of Bob Jones (1850-1936) and his wife, Almeady Chisum Jones (1857-1949). It’s called “Bob and Almeady Chisum Jones: A true story of resilience, courage and success.”
The exhibit will be displayed in the lobby of Town Hall and in the Southlake Public Library during regular business hours. The exhibit is free and open to the public.
Both Bob Jones and Almeady Chisum Jones, had white fathers and mothers who were slaves and grew up on the Texas frontier. Bob’s father brought him to southern Denton County in about 1860. After the war, Bob drove cattle along the Chisholm Trail and later built a prosperous ranch and farm on the Denton-Tarrant County line. In 1858, Almeady and her mother and sister were given to cattle baron John Chisum as collateral for $814 worth of cattle being driven to California. She thought of Chisum as her father.
Bob and Almeady married in 1875 and had 10 children.
“Bob and Almeady were exceptional people, able to make their way through a diﬃcult world. They earned the trust and respect of all who knew them,” said historical society president Connie Cooley. “They valued God, family and education. They took pride in who they were.”
Today, most of the couple’s 1,000-plus acres are under Lake Grapevine, which was built between 1947-1952. In 1948, their two youngest sons, Jinks and Emory, established Grapevine Auction Sales at the southeast corner of Highway 114 and what was then called White’s Chapel Road. Their wives, Lula and Elnora, ran a cafe that is thought by historians to be the ﬁrst integrated cafe in Texas. For years, the auction barn was the largest business in Southlake.
Bob Jones Road was named in the 1970s. In 1988, the City annexed land up to Lake Grapevine that included former Bob Jones property. Bob Jones Park opened in 1998 and the Nature Center & Preserve opened in 2008. Much of the original Jones homestead that is not under water is part of the nature center.
In gathering information about the Joneses, “We were lucky that amateur historians had interviewed Jones family members over the years,” said Anita Robeson, SHS historian. “This year the Jones family has shared with us memories, pictures, clothing, letters, legal records and other items that give fresh insight into the family’s story.”
“Letters written to Bob by his father, clothing Bob wore at his wedding, a lovely hand-sewn dress worn by one of his daughters, a poll tax receipt and other items will be on display,” she said.
This is the sixth summer exhibit presented by the Southlake Historical Society. Past topics have included old Southlake photos and the stories they tell; private airstrips in Southlake from about 1950-1980; Denton County history through the eyes of a cattle baron, outlaws, lawmen, church ladies and former slaves; How the War “over there” (World War I) impacted now-Southlake and Texas; and the Centennial of Carroll Hill School, the Birthplace of Carroll ISD and the City of Southlake. Each topic is chosen a year in advance.
To read more about the Jones family, see www.southlakehistory.org.
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.
We hope you miss us, because we miss you too! Over the last few weeks, the Southlake Public Library made adjustments to accommodate their happy readers while observing social distancing.
“We were heartbroken when our doors had to close, but as soon as the bolt turned, we began conversations about what we could do,” Public Library Deputy Director Cynthia Pfledderer said.
In recent weeks, the Southlake Public Library team brought customers book reviews, comforting recipes, science experiments, online Story Time and now curbside service.
“All programs were canceled and Story Time was our primary concern. Lots of little ones were displaced from their regular routine and we wanted to put some normalcy back into that.”
The Library team got creative and shortened their Story Time sessions for online viewing and then expanded online programming to help entertain everyone while they were staying at home. They sent out all of their weekly videos on social media and as part of their email newsletter.
“Our ideas come from our history of working with the interests of our customers. We always start by thinking of the demands on our Southlake families. How can we help them? How can we encourage and uplift them? How can we make them laugh? Ideas also pop up from things our team members discover – like the Getty Museum challenge,” said Pfledderer, “What fun that was!”
Pfledderer said the Library team has learned over the years that joy comes from focusing on and building up others.
“We have the opportunity to do that every day and our customers are so generous with kind words in return. We are often choked up over sweet words or a hand drawn picture from a child to their librarian,” Pfledderer said. “Don’t tell anyone – but we have the best jobs in the world.”
During this time of stress and uncertainty, the Library wants to be a place of comfort, resiliency and growth, where customers can find a friendly face.
The Library’s new curbside delivery now offers readers the chance to once again experience the magic of an actual paper book, like Southlake author Connie Cooley’s new book, Goodnight, Southlake, which will be available soon.
“We have tried to make your Library a welcoming space filled with fun, education and connection,” Pfledderer said. “We are determined to offer you as much of your Library as we can during this period of distance.”
Whether it’s picking up a book through curbside service, reading an online magazine or watching online Story Time, the Library has something for everyone!
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.
The Southlake Public Library has a variety of fun-filled treats planned for kids and families this October! These events are sure to give you and your little ones a howling good time while learning along the way. Let’s go beyond costumes, pumpkins and candy and see what everyone is growling about! Check out our offerings below:
The Other Half of Happy with author Rebecca Balcarcel
Friday, October 11, 2019 at 11 a.m.
Meet local author Rebecca Balcarcel as she sits down to discuss her debut middle grade book, The Other Half of Happy. Themed snacks and a signed copy of her newest book will be available for all that register. This event is for children ages 8 to 12. Register here.
APEX Film Night Presents: Frankenstein
Saturday, October 12, 2019, 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Captured live in 2011 from the National Theatre stage in London, this thrilling production became an international sensation, experienced by almost half a million people in cinemas around the world. Childlike in his innocence but grotesque in form, Frankenstein’s bewildered creature is cast out into a hostile universe by his horror-struck maker. Meeting with cruelty wherever he goes, the increasingly desperate and vengeful creature determines to track down his creator and strike a terrifying deal. Registration is required and opens October 1 at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. for teens and adults.
Register for your preferred time below.
Spooky Strings: A Marionette Show
Monday, October 14, 2019, 2-3 p.m.
This 30-minute variety show is presented in a short-strung or cabaret format featuring puppeteers who interact with the audience as part of the performance; a few volunteers will be chosen to help out on stage during the show! After the show, students will have a unique educational experience participating in a live marionette demonstration for a one-of-a-kind learning experience. All ages. No registration is required.
Spooky Art with ArtHouse of Southlake
Thursday, October 24, 2019, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Create something spooky to scare the ghouls and boils. All Ages.
Saturday, October 26, 2019 10 a.m.- 1 p.m.
It’s the season of Fall festivals and we’re hosting one at our favorite place to go outdoors – Bob Jones Nature Center & Preserve. Come and enjoy fall foods, storytelling on the nature trail, music and more.