Denton Public Library Alphabet

A is for Accounts

Of course, we would start with your library account!  It is the best way to take advantage of all the library has to offer.  You can check out books, DVDs, music CDs, magazines and kits.  Your library account also gives you access to downloadable services, online learning services, and database searching 24/7 from anywhere you have internet connection.  Stop by any of the three library branches to get your library card.

B is for Book-A-Librarian service

Need help setting up your tablet, accessing downloadable eBooks, writing your resume, or marketing your business?  Schedule a 30-minute appointment to meet with one of our knowledgeable staff members.  The service is free!

C is for the Library Catalog

We would not be able to find anything without the library catalog .  Search for a title, author, subject or keyword.  You can also check your account, place holds on items, and create reading lists through the catalog.  If you are interested in finding the newest releases and preorders, go to the “Featured Lists”  page and see what is new.  Expert tip: Use the “Featured Lists” section to place holds on new materials before they are even released.

D is for dpl2go

Did you know that the library has a mobile unit that visits local neighborhoods, schools, senior living facilities, and more?  Keep your eye out for our dpl2go van.  Be sure to stop by if you see us in your neighborhood.  Chances are you will walk away with a free book to keep!

E is for eBooks & eAudiobooks

The library’s Overdrive and hoopla digital services allow cardholders to access downloadable eBooks and eAudiobooks.  Download to your computer, tablet, eReader or smartphone.  If you are not familiar with the services, you can always schedule a Book-A-Librarian appointment to have a friendly staff member help you get the services set up on your device.

F is for Friends of the Library

The Friends of the Denton Public Libraries is a fantastic organization that helps raise funds to support the library.  The Friends group hosts quarterly book sales and operates the Secondhand Prose Used Bookstore, located at the North Branch Library.  The bookstore is open Saturdays 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Sundays 1-4 p.m., and Mondays 9 a.m.-8:30 p.m.  The funds raised by the Friends have helped purchase furniture, equipment, and summer reading club prize books.  When you become a Friends of the Library member or purchase from their bookstore, you help support the library.

G is for Genealogy

Have you been intrigued by those commercials?  Maybe you were bitten by the genealogy bug long ago and want to break down some of those research brick walls.  In either case, the Denton Public Library has the resources and support to help you find your family history.  Stop by the Special Collections Department at the Emily Fowler Central Library to learn how to start building your family tree.  Access Ancestry, Fold3, Heritage Quest,  or any of the other genealogy databases.  Attend one of the many genealogy classes to learn new resources and research tips.

H is for Homebound

The Denton Public Library provides library materials to individuals who are homebound due to illness, disability, or age and are physically unable to visit the library.  The library can mail materials to your home.  Each package includes a prepaid envelope to return the item via mail.  Ask for more information or an application at the reference desk.

I is for Interlibrary Loan

Looking for an item that is not in the library’s collection?  Request an Interlibrary Loan.  We will contact other libraries and ask them to send their copy for you to check out.  Return the item back to your closest DPL branch and we will ship it back to its home library.

J is for Job Search and Job Skills Support

Use the library computers to type and print your resume or fill out online job applications.  Access Brainfuse’s Adult Learning Center for resume writing and job searching help.  Take one of the 4,000+ courses on to learn a new skill.  Visit Learning Express Career Center to find vocational guidance and job related tests.

K is for Knowledgeable staff

Our friendly, knowledgeable staff is available to help you find the materials you need, share information about library services, and help you learn new things.  We have experts in children’s literacy, teen services, marketing, genealogy and local history, small business, technology, and more.

L is for Local History

The library has a treasure trove of local history within our Special Collections Department at the Emily Fowler Central Library.  Look at old yearbooks, access local newspaper archives, read transcripts of oral histories from longtime Dentonites, access local cemetery or funeral home records, or take a look at the 1956 items that the Denton Public Library has made available on the UNT Portal to Texas History site.

M is for Makerspace: the Forge

Visit the Forge at the North Branch Library to learn about technology, design digital creations, create music, print 3D items with the 3D printer, or solder electronics.  If you are curious, but new to these topics, come to any of the free classes in the Forge to learn how to use them.

N is for New materials

The library orders books, DVDs, and music months in advance of their release dates.  Once an item is ordered, it appears in the library collection as “On Order”.  Be one of the first to check out new materials by placing holds on “On Order” materials.  You can also request items for purchase by clicking on the “My Library” link on the online catalog and selecting “Purchase Suggestions.

O is for O’Neil Ford

O’Neil Ford is the renowned Texas architect who designed the Emily Fowler Central Library.  In 2009, a historical marker was dedicated at the Emily Fowler Central Library in Ford’s honor.  O’Neil Ford also designed the Denton Civic Center, Denton City Hall, and The Little Chapel in the Woods at TWU.  Read more about O’Neil Ford on the Humanities Texas: Texas Originals site.

P is for Pronunciator

Learn a new language with Pronunciator.  Select from over 80 languages.  Each language features learning courses for children, adults, and travelers.  You can also take part in live courses with a real instructor or participate in online conversation classes.

Q is for Quiet Room @ South Branch

The South Branch unveiled its new Quiet Room earlier this year.  Enjoy relaxing in comfortable lounge seating or working at study tables in this quiet environment.

R is for Reading

One of our favorite ways to promote reading, aside from providing all those books, is through our Summer Reading Club.  This year, the Summer Reading Club will become the 2017 Summer Reading Challenge.  The challenge is for all of Denton to read 1 million minutes.  The Summer Reading Challenge is for ALL ages.  The Summer Reading Challenge is a great way to encourage students to read during the summer months, for parents to model reading behavior, and for adults to keep up their reading skills too.

S is for StoryTime

All three branches offer StoryTime programs throughout the week.  Bring children, birth through 18 months, to Mother Goose Time and build infant and caregiver bonding through stories, songs, and activities.  The Baby & Toddler StoryTime is perfect for children ages 3 and younger.  It promotes literacy and caregiver bonding through books, songs, and fingerplays.  Toddler Time is a great way to promote literacy and social interaction using stories, songs, and toddler-appropriate activities.  StoryTime is an interactive class where children ages 1-5 use stories, songs, and puppets to build the early literacy skills that help them learn to read.

T is for Teens and Tweens

Each branch of the library has a collection of Teen Fiction, Teen Non-fiction, Teen Graphic Novels, Teen Audiobooks, and magazines for teens.  In addition, we have a variety of classes and events specifically for teens and tweens, ages 12-17, from gaming to crafts to anime to volunteering.

U is for USB & earbuds

The library sells USB drives and earbuds.  If you are working on a project and realize you need to save, visit the circulation desk where you can purchase a USB drive for $5.00 + tax.  If you need to watch a video, but forgot your earbuds, you can purchase a new set for $1.00 + tax.

V is for VHS/DVD converter

Do you have a stack of old VHS videotapes holding precious memories?  Now you can bring them to the Emily Fowler Central Library and convert them to DVDs.  The VHS/DVD conversion machine is available in the Special Collections Department.  Bring your blank writeable DVD and start moving those memories to a more current format.

W is for Wi-Fi

All three branches of the Denton Public Library provide free Wi-Fi access.  No password is needed.  Simply select the Denton Library Public Wi-Fi option in your network settings, read and accept the terms on the web page that pops up, and you are ready to conduct business, stream TV or movies, or surf the web.

X is for Xeriscape garden

You are invited to stroll through the North Branch xeriscape garden.  The garden features native plants that help conserve water.  Enjoy a family picnic on one of the stone benches.  If you find a plant you especially like, you can use the xeriscape plant guide hanging just inside the North Branch lobby.

Y is for You!!!

The library would not exist without you!  In the last year, you visited the library 522,592 times.  49,530 people attended classes and events at the library.  You checked out 1,201,378 items.  You asked 37,406 questions.  You volunteered 9,247 hours.  We thank you for your patronage and look forward to continuing to serve you and the Denton community.

Z is for Zinio

Access your favorite magazines online with Zinio.  You can download magazine issues to your PC, tablet or smartphone.  Download the Zinio for Libraries app from your app store.  Use your library card number to sign in and start downloading magazine issues.

Jennifer Bekker
North Branch Library