Book an Appointment to Tour One of These Outstanding In-Home Libraries


Home libraries are a place for quiet respite, reflection, or escape. While library design reflects individual style, these rooms all share a common purpose: to celebrate our favorite tales. Here are four homes with beautiful libraries.

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The mahogany paneled library at 14816 Bellbrook Drive features wall-to-wall bookcases and an elegant gas fireplace. This custom French style home is located in a secluded Addison neighborhood on a lushly landscaped lot with a pool, a spa, an outdoor kitchen, a greenhouse, and a pergola. Interior amenities in this five-bedroom home include a gourmet kitchen, a media room, a fitness room, and a private guest suite.

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The unique library at 3521 Beverly Drive features a painted tin ceiling and moldings, a wall of built-in shelves, and a private screened-in porch. From the original hardwoods to the red concrete-tile roof, this rebuilt home mixes modern with traditional. Other interesting details of this 10,482-square-foot home include a carved black marble fireplace, a Spanish antique chandelier, an oversize game room with a fireplace, a 1,200-bottle wine cellar, a large second-floor terrace, and an outdoor living area with a kitchen, a fireplace, and a resort-style pool complete with Italian glass mosaic tiling.

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Grab a classic tale and settle in to the elegantly traditional paneled library at 3421 Saint Johns Drive in Highland Park. This five-bedroom Mediterranean home features stone columns, iron doors, a billiards room, a covered veranda, an outdoor kitchen, and a pool.

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The seven-bedroom home at 10770 Inwood Road is situated on 1.74 acres of gorgeous grounds. The grand library is large enough to be mistaken for a corporate board room, and features a wall of bookcases and abundant natural light. The home has a gymnasium, a wine cellar, and a saltwater pool.

Highland Park Summer Reading Club Wraps Up With Scientific Celebration


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Three of Highland Park’s youngest readers work on creating rockets during Friday’s Summer of Science Celebration Party, sponsored by Christine McKenny and Dave Perry-Miller & Associates.

A little wet weather couldn’t dampen young readers’ spirits Friday morning during the Summer of Science Celebration Party, a capstone to the Highland Park Library’s Summer Reading Club. Presented by Christine McKenny and Dave Perry-Miller & Associates, the event originally scheduled for Prather Park was moved indoors to the Department of Public Safety’s garage.

Bill Bland avoids a rocket launched by Grace Bland.
Bill Bland avoids a rocket launched by Grace Bland.

“As the mother of a child growing up in Highland Park, enjoying books from our wonderful town library, I know the importance of reading over the summer,” McKenny said. “That’s why I’m so honored to sponsor this season-ending celebration for the Summer Reading Club.”

Club members were treated to science-themed events all summer long. That’s why Friday’s celebration included activities such as making spider and alligator finger puppets, creating thaumatropes, and launching rockets. In addition, former Highland Park High School teacher Kent Smith was on hand to sell autographed copies of his new book, My Homework Ate My Dog, which was illustrated by one of his former students, Elizabeth Ygartua.

Children kept track of the number of books they read (or had read to them) during the summer. When they logged five books, they receive a free ticket to the Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus. If they reached the goal of 10, a book was donated in their honor to Readers 2 Leaders, an organization that works to develop reading and language skills in West Dallas children.

“We wanted a beneficiary that could help children appreciate what they have at our library,” said Pam Hatcher, a member of the children’s staff. “You could drive five or 10 minutes and find a neighbor who doesn’t have easy access to good books.”

Nicholas Fernandes decorates a "Franken-cookie," while Nicholas Fontenot helps himself to some elements on the "Periodic Table of Fruits and Vegetables."
Nicholas Fernandes decorates a “Franken-cookie,” while Nicholas Fontenot helps himself to some elements on the “Periodic Table of Fruits and Vegetables.”