Sponsored by Audelia Road Library Friends

  • November 11, 2015
Adam McGough, District 10 Dallas City Councilman

Our council representative addressed the role of the Dallas Public Library and Audelia Road Library in our city and neighborhoods, the status of the proposed Town Center development, and other issues affecting our community. 

Adam McGough addresses the Friends.
  • November 13, 2014
Amee Nash, Executive Director of Psychiatric Services, Green Oaks Hospital, McKinney

Ms. Nash discussed information about mental illnesses as brain disorders and touched briefly on the different categories of illness and on what has been found to be most effective in the way of treatment and recovery. Stigma and awareness were also covered as was the passing of Robin Williams, which has brought great awareness to this difficult condition and prompted important dialog as to how individuals and families can identify conditions and can seek a path to wellness.

Amee Nash discusses mental illness.
  • October 9, 2014
Luis Farias, Team manager, Northeast Region, Texas Water Development Board

Luis discussed the operations of the Water Board and its plans for meeting the future water needs of Texas communities.

Luis Farias

Luis Farias discusses the water needs of Texas.
  • April 17, 2014
Peter Coyl, Branch Manager, Audelia Road Branch, Dallas Public Library

Peter delivered an illustrated presentation of books selected by the American Library Association 2014 Stonewall Book Awards Committee, of which he was the chairman.

Peter Coyl discusses the selected books.
  • February 27, 2014
Stephen Clayton, Senior Economic Education Specialist, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

Stephen discussed the function and operation of the Bank in today’s economy and its place in the banking community.

Stephen Clayton addresses the Friends

Stephen Clayton addresses the Friends.
  • November 13, 2013
Robin Norcross, Real Estate Professional and Community Leader

Robin spoke to the Friends about “The Changing Face of Lake Highlands: Growth, Development and Enrichment.”

Robin Norcross

Robin Norcross answers audience questions.

  • October 10, 2013
Jim Falk, President and CEO, World Affairs Council of Dallas / Fort Worth

Audelia Road Library Friends welcomed Jim Falk, an expert on the Middle East, who spoke on "Evolution, Revolution, and Commotion in North Africa."

Jim Falk discusses North Africa.

  • May 9, 2013
Steve Blow, Columnist, Dallas Morning News

Audelia Road Library Friends continued their Spring Speaker Series on Thursday, May 9th with Dallas Morning News columnist Steve Blow who has written a popular column on the Metropolitan page of the News since 1989. His remarks included: “Thinking About Dallas – Past, Present, Future.”

Speaker Series Coordinator Anne Buckley, Steve Blow, and Guest
  • April 11, 2013
Beth Sonnier, Chef Instructor / Advisor, El Centro College Food and Hospitality Service Institute

Beth Sonnier, award-winning chef / instructor from El Centro College, opened the Audelia Road Library Friends Spring Speaker series with her remarks on "The Making of a Chef – Training, Tools, Resources." She shared her culinary experiences working as restaurant owner, catering and consulting coordinator, chef manager, pastry chef, and executive chef.  She gave a hands-on demonstration of working with chocolate. 

Beth Sonnier makes chocolate-covered strawberries

  • November 8, 2012
Linda Stogner, Filmmaker, Stand-Up Comedienne and Comedy Advocate

The Audelia Road Library Friends hosted Linda Stogner in the library auditorium.  One of the founders of the Backdoor Comedy Club, Ms. Stogner's offbeat look at life has been the foundation for her comedy career spanning more than seventeen years. Her early childhood involved armed robbery and gangsters on the south side of Chicago. Rather than hide her background, she turned it into a tribute to her devoted parents by creating a short autobiographical film – "Adopted: A Love Story."

As a writer, producer and film editor she has earned four Lone Star Emmy awards for her short documentaries, "The Chip That Jack Built," "High Hopes" and " "Mighty Mites" all broadcast on KERA/Channel 13.  Ms. Stogner received three Gracie Awards for "Nowhere but Texas 2," – a fascinating tale of several forgotten people and places that make up our state and "A Special Place: Gilda's Club" with voice over by Meryl Streep.

Linda Stogner with Anne Buckley

Linda Stogner with Speaker Series Coordinator Anne Buckley

  • October 11, 2012
Cynthia Mondell, Independent Filmmaker

The Audelia Road Library Friends began their Fall Speaker Series with award-winning independent filmmaker Cynthia Mondell, producer of more than 40 historically and socially innovative films.

Committed to having an impact of people’s lives, Cynthia and husband Allen Mondell include among their most successful documentaries: "A Fair to Remember," a social history of the State Fair of Texas; "Sisters of ’77," the second wave of the Woman’s Movement with Anne Richards and Betty Friedan; "The Ladies Room," the secret world of women’s restrooms; and six films for the Sixth Floor Museum.  She is currently producing "Sole Sisters," a documentary revealing that every shoe has a story and every woman has both.

Alan and Cynthia Mondell

Alan and Cynthia Mondell
  • May 10, 2012
Lynette Norris Wilkinson, UNTOLD: The New Orleans 9th Ward You Never Knew

Audelia Road Library Friends welcomed Lynette Norris Wilkinson as the second speaker in their Spring Speaker Series.  Ms. Wilkinson’s book looks into the lives of 16 residents who shared with her their thoughts, feelings and experiences when Hurricane Katrina devastated that area. 

Born and raised in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans, Wilkinson graduated from Texas Southern University with a degree in journalism / marketing. She began her career at Dun & Bradstreet as a business reporter, then moved into publishing upon a relocation to Dallas.
In August 2005, Lynette found 16 family members and friends on her doorstep after Katrina struck New Orleans.  They arrived  with only the clothes on their backs and a few possessions they had in their car, but they had each other.
“I watched the Katrina event unfold on my TV from my home near Dallas.  As the flood waters rose, my heart sank.”
This experience prompted Lynette to engage her business and journalism skills to write a book that celebrates hurricane survivors.  She donates her book sales proceeds to organizations which help the residents recover. 


Lynette Norris Wilkinson with ARLF President Walt McCool
  • April 12, 2012
Talmage Boston1939: Baseball’s Tipping  Point

Audelia Road Library Friends welcomed Talmage Boston as the first speaker in their Spring Speaker Series.  
Many area friends and neighbors came to this event that included thirty-five adults and approximately fifteen students.   There was a questions and answer period following his remarks that had many in the audience posing questions about people and events, illustrating why many call baseball “ The National Past Time.”

Talmage Boston’s most recent book, 1939: Baseball’s Tipping  Point, is a memoir about America’s national pastime and was followed by Baseball and the Baby Boomer: A History, Commentary, and Memoir. He brought both books to event and sold most of them.  Nolan  Ryan said “Talmage Boston brings these stories back to life.”

Talmage Boston
  • November 10, 2011
Karen Blumenthal, Mr. Sam: How Sam Walton Built Wal-Mart and Became America's Richest Man

Local author and journalist, Karen Blumenthal, appeared at the Audelia Road Library on November 10, 2011 and discussed her two new books: Mr. Sam: How Sam Walton Built Wal-Mart and Became America’s Richest Man and Bootleg: Murder, Moonshine and the Lawless Years of Prohibition.  Her remarks were well attended by area friends and neighbors who enjoyed sandwiches, cookies, cake, and punch prior to her address.  The program was sponsored by the Audelia Road Library Friends as a way to raise awareness of library services, promote its role in adding enrichment opportunities to the Lake Highlands area neighborhoods, and assist with needed acquisitions not available during this current budget cycle from the City of Dallas.

Karen Blumenthal
  • May 19, 2011
Mariana Greene, Garden Stories

Audelia Road Library Friends welcomed Dallas Morning News Gardening editor and weekly columnist Mariana Greene as its second Spring speaker on Thursday, May 19, at 6:00 p.m.  Ms. Greene shared her “Garden Stories” that include successes and failures in her home garden as well as adventures with her city chickens that provide challenges and laughs every day.

Mariana Greene and Buttercup
  • April 28, 2011
Willis Winters, Fair Park

Now treasured as a National Historic Landmark for its Art Deco architecture, Fair Park once played a critical role in Dallas' emergence as a major American city.  Willis Winters is assistant director of the Dallas Park and Recreation Department in charge of revitalizing and restoring the home of the Texas State Fair.  Winters is a popular architecture speaker and author.

Willis Winters discussing Fair Park
  • November 13, 2010
Ed MillisTI, the Transistor and Me

Dallas native and Texas Instruments retiree, Ed Millis, presented his book, TI, the Transistor and Me in the library’s auditorium.  With an engineering degree from Rice University, Mr. Willis worked at Texas Instruments for 37 years and later served as a consultant.  After retirement, he found his calling as a writer and penned High Voltage, Gunpowder and Mousetraps.  This was followed by the lighter side of his career revealed in TI, the Transistor and Me. Other books by Mr. Willis include One Way to Write Your Personal Story and his latest, The Third Almost Compleat Work of Ed Millis, printed in August.

Ed Millis with Author Series Coordinator Anne Buckley

  • October 9, 2010  
Sally Rodriguez, Images of America: White Rock Lake

Dallas author Sally Rodriguez, planner and historian for the Dallas Park and Recreation Department, brought to life the White Rock Lake of yesterday and today for more than 60 Audelia Road Library readers.  She revisited our neighborhood lake's past as reservoir, beach, and camp, as well as its present as urban oasis and destination.

Sally Rodriguez with former Audelia Manager Lynn Moore and Author Series Coordinator Anne Buckley

  • May 8, 2010
Charlotte and Virginia ParkerReturn to Joy: A Family's Initiation into the Mysteries of Dementia

The second speaker in our Spring Author Series was a reading by Charlotte Parker from the book she co-wrote with her sister, Virginia, Return to Joy.  This was a how-to-book recounting the mysteries, challenges, grief and even the humor of  Alzheimer’s as they worked with their mother as she stepped into dementia.  Ms. parker graciously gave her book to members of the audience in order to help with the understanding of this difficult disease.

Virginia and Charlotte Parker

  • April 24, 2010
Anna Clark, Green, American Style: Becoming Earth-Friendly and Reaping the Benefits

Kicking off the Spring Series on Saturday, April 24th at 2:00 pm was area author, Anna M. Clark with her book, Green, American Style.  The author offered practical advice for saving money, getting healthy and protecting the future. She illustrated how families, businesses and our communities can change by conserving and sustaining precious resources and how to introduce this concept into households and the work place.  This event took place on the same day as the library's celebration of Earth Day activities. 

Anna Clark

  • November 17, 2009
Cym Lowell, Riddle of Berlin

Local author Cym Lowell discussed his most recent novel, the thriller Riddle of Berlin; his forthcoming work; and the writing and publication processes. Mr. Lowell donates the proceeds from his book sales to Scottish Rite Hospital.

Cym Lowell and former Audelia Manager Lynn Moore