Recognizing that education is the foundation for achieving prosperity, health and well-being, the City of Dallas supports lifelong learning opportunities through various partnerships that benefit the community.
The Dallas Public Library is committed to informing, entertaining, enriching, and fostering the self-learning process by providing all members of the community access to its collections, services, and facilities. The Library will make available a broad spectrum of ideas reflecting diverse points of view and provide collections that reflect the needs and diversity of the communities it serves.
- “Express Yourself” Youth Poetry Competition. Students in grades 2 through 12 who live in the City of Dallas and/or attend a Dallas school may enter their original poem. Finalists are honored at an awards ceremony during National Poetry Month and their poems are published in an anthology. Artists may enter a design for the anthology Cover Art Contest.
- The Hispanic Heritage Drawing contest is open to children ages 7-18 to submit drawings and paintings based on the theme of Hispanic Heritage. The program is sponsored by the Consulate General of Mexico.
- The Library held its first annual Fairy Tale Closet at the Martin Luther King, Jr. branch library and provided donated prom dresses to 98 young ladies.
- More than 23,000 people again enjoyed Mother Goose Storytime sponsored by GTECH. This program has become a State Fair tradition for families using Texas-themed nursery rhymes, songs and finger plays to promote reading and library services to the whole family.
- February 2014 was the year to rebrand the International Book Fair, now officially called the Dallas Book Festival and featuring a new logo and color scheme. The 2014 event featured award winning authors Betty Ibarra and Dr. Lawana Gladney.
- The community-based literary festival, Tulisoma: South Dallas Book Fair celebrated its 12th year in 2014, starting with the annual Heart & Soul Bus Tour.