Oak Lawn Library Friends (OLLF) – February 2021 Newsletter – Issue 10 Volume 1

Library Services during the time of the Pandemic.

New hours for Library to Go

          Beginning the week of Feb. 2nd, Library to Go hours will change on Wednesday’s from 10:30 to 5 to 12 – 7 p.m. by appointment only.

          Library to Go hours for the remainder of the days will be unchanged.  

Book Page

          Are you looking for new books to read?  Book Pages is a new source for new books that are just coming out.   The Oak Lawn Library Friends (OLLF) has increased our monthly subscription from 50 to 100 per month.  These are being distributed as part of Library To Go.           

Online Services at DPL

          Several library services are available at the DPL website at the following location:


          I have been using Hoopla for streaming TV shows and movies.   It also has audio books and music albums.


          Lynda, an online program, is available from the Dallas Public Library.  It provides a wide variety of online classes.   You can access Lynda by going to the databases tab on the Dallas Public Library Home page then select online learning.   You will need to login to Lynda with your library card.   The service is free.  Course lengths vary but can be an hour or more.

Art News

Upcoming Virtual Art Shows for 2021

          We kept hoping that the library would open but those dates have continued to slip, so we are taking our art exhibits and art show online to our website.  

          The new schedule for art exhibits and the art show are as follows:

Feb. – Irma Ramirez

March – Larry Wainsen

April – Nona Jones

May – Lauri Osburn Thomas

June – UNT Gay Pride History Exhibit

July – Cara Sullenger

August – Duke Horn

September – Vidya Lakshmi

October – Melinda Randall

November – Josiah Lucas Marciano

December – Karen Anderson

Tom Thumb Good Neighbor Rewards

If you shop at Tom Thumb, you can link your Tom Thumb Rewards card with Good Neighbor Charity #2923. OLLF will get 1% of money you spend at Tom Thumb. For more information, visit Tom Thumb’s Good Neighbor Program webpage.

Kroger Community Rewards Program

It’s easy to continue your support every time you shop and use your Shopper’s Card. Just login to Kroger.com/CommunityRewards and select the Oak Lawn Library Friends # is 41560.

You need to renew your selection starting in August.  It does not increase your grocery bill, but it does benefit the library

Book Festivals – Online

          My book festivals have gone online this past year due to Covid19.   Here is a link to Book Festivals in the US by State.



Online Resources for Book Lovers



Join the Oak Lawn Library Friends

 Why the Friends?

The Oak Lawn Library Friends was formed to assist the branch in meeting the needs of all its patrons. The Friends actively support the branch by:

  • Encouraging donations and volunteering
  • Organizing and hosting programs and special events
  • Volunteering at the direction of the branch manager
  • Publicizing OLLF activities to the media and patrons
  • Advocating for the branch and the Dallas Public Library system

Membership Levels:

Student/Senior Citizen: $6
Sustaining $20
Household $25
Close Friend$75
Memorial/Other contributionany amount
If paying by check, please make it payable to: Oak Lawn Library Friends (OLLF).



          Since our last newsletter, the Oak Lawn Library Friends website has been updated and expanded.     

The website has information on authors and book festivals in the US.

There is even a link to NPR’s list of top books for 2020.

There are currently over 1700 author pages on the website and the list is updated weekly.

Suggested Books to read this winter

          Looking for something new to read?   Are you tired of reruns on TV, or looking for an excuse to stay home and read a book in print or on your e-reader?  The Dallas Public Library is filled with tens of thousands of new books that cover just about any interest.  


Putin’s World by Angela Stent.  I found this book to be both informative and insightful when discussing Vladimir Putin and how he sees Russia’s role in the world.   He governs from a position of weakness and uses his training as KGB agent to thwart the West.    

He is a modern-day TSAR with unimaginable power with feet of clay.

He views the former Soviet Republics as Russia’s safe space and that is why he opposes efforts by Ukraine & Georgia to enter NATO.

A Peace to End All Peace by David Fromkin.  A history about the fall of the Ottoman Empire and the creation of the Modern Middle East.  It helps explain why the Middle East has been such a troubled part of the world for the last century.   It is a bit long, but it does underscore how the British and the French governments created Syria, Iraq, Jordan, Palestine (now Israel) and Saudi Arabia.   Oil played an important role in how the boundary lines were drawn.

Palaces of Pleasure by Lee Jackson.  A history of entertainment venues from music halls to football (soccer) stadiums.    This is a broad overview of entertainment in England in the 19th century.

On Writing by Stephen King.  A handy guide for how one should write a book and an autobiography by Stephen King.

The Last Kings of Shanghai by Jonathan Kaufman.  The story of two families from Baghdad who made fortunes and then lost it in Shanghai.   One family moved to the UK and the other moved to Hong Kong.  It covers the period from 1900 to the present day.   A fascinating tale of a forgotten time in Chinese history.


The Little Old Lady Who Broke All the Rules by Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg.   The first in a trilogy of novels about Old Age Pensioners in Sweden who, fed up with poor conditions in their retirement home, decide to become criminals.  Their plan is to be arrested and live-in prison.  They believe life in prison would be better than their retirement home.

Masterpiece by Fiona Davis.  A novel that jumps back and forth between 1929 and 1974.  The setting is Grand Central Terminal in NYC and an art school located at the terminal.  The primary characters are Clara an Ilustrationist in 1929 and Virginia a divorcee in 1974.  A secondary character is Grand Central Terminal.

Followers by Megan Angelo.   A science fiction novel set in the future where the original Internet has collapsed, and the government has created a new safer internet where sharing is encouraged.   It looks at the role of followers and influencers plus their impact on society.

Black Sun Rising by Matthew Carr.   A thriller set in Barcelona in 1908.   A man is blown up in a terrorist incident and Harrow Lawton, PI, is dispatched from London to confirm the identity of the bombing victim.  What starts out as a simple investigation turns into a complex thriller as Barcelona descends in to chaos.

Late Checkout by Carol Perry.  A cozy murder mystery set in Salem, MA.   Lee is a reporter for a local tv station.  She lives at home with her aunt & cat.    Her aunt works at the local library.   The book begins when Lee discovers a dead body at the library and the mystery unravels.

The Other Side of the Line by Andrea Camilleri.  In this latest installment of Inspector Montalbano, the inspector is dealing with nightly waves of refugees and Livia’s pressure to get a new suit for an upcoming wedding.    The inspector grudgingly goes to the tailer who turns out to be a woman.    He takes a shine to her and everything is going well until she is murdered, and the inspector must figure who did it and why. 

5 Carat Soul by James McBride.  A collection of short stories covering everything from life in a poor community near Pittsburgh to life in a Zoo.

Sleep No More by PD James.  A collection of 6 short stories about murder.   Each story is compact, clever and has a surprise twist.  This is a perfect book to read for a book club.

The Lady of the Eternal City by Kate Quinn.  The latest in a series of historical novels set in the 1st and 2nd centuries A.D. in the Roman world.  This book is told from the perspective of the women in and near the various Roman Emperors.

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