thursday november 14

This year’s event, on Thursday, November 14, will bring together more than 200 library supporters for an evening celebrating and raising awareness for our most critical civic institution, the Dallas Public Library. 

The featured speaker at the dinner will be Delia Owens, former wildlife scientist and author of three bestselling nonfiction books, including Cry of the Kalahari. Delia’s first novel, Where the Crawdads Sing has topped the charts of bestseller lists for more than six months.

At the event, our 2019 May Dickson Exall Award will be presented to Kay Cattarulla, founder of the acclaimed Arts & Letters Live literary series at the Dallas Museum of Art. The award, named for the fabled civic leader who led the effort to open Dallas’ first public library in 1899, recognizes outstanding contributions to libraries and literacy in North Texas. Past Exall honorees include real estate leader and library advocate Nancy Nasher, UNT Dallas President Bob Mong and former Rosewood Foundation executive director and lifelong library supporter, Charlene Howell.

This annual fundraiser benefits Friends of the Dallas Public Library, the nonprofit organization that provides financial support and advocacy for the city’s 29 libraries and their educational programs. Rolex Watch, U.S.A. is the evening’s generous presenting sponsor, with additional underwriting and sponsorship opportunities available 

Learn More

For more information or event questions, contact our office at 214-670-1458 or email


Date, Location & Time

This year's event will be held at the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library. This year we'll celebrate on the Library's 6th floor.

 6:30pm - Check-In and dinner served, 7:30pm - Program

Underwriting & Sponsorships

Please consider underwriting or sponsoring the event and help us raise funds that will be used to promote the interest and welfare of the Dallas Public Library. Follow the link below or call for details.

Host Committee

Host Committee members are needed to help promote the event on social media, assist in selling raffle tickets (details below), attend the event and encourage others to join us.

Interested? Ccontact our office 214-670-1458 or

Questions or to RSVP by phone

 Call our office at 214-670-1458 with questions or

to pay with a credit card over the phone. 

This year’s Raffle is SPECTACULAR!

  • $1,000 NorthPark Gold coins 
  • NorthPark Center VIP valet parking pass 
  • Luxury services and other wonderful items provided by Aveda, DryBar/NorthPark, Diptyque and Fresh
  • $1,000 Gift Certificate from Eiseman Jewels, NorthPark Center
  • Ten (10) Nasher Sculpture Center admission passes 
  • Dallas Museum of Art AMBASSADOR Membership 
  • Tickets to the 2020 Arts & Letters Live season at the Dallas Museum of Art*
  • VIP Dallas Symphony Orchestra Experience* 
  • Tickets to The Dallas Opera*

*Dates based upon availability. Some restrictions apply

Raffle Package Value - $4,500+

Tickets are only $20 each

Drawing will be held November 14, 2019 during A Novel Night Out with Delia Owens.

Need not be present to win

This annual fundraiser benefits Friends of the Dallas Public Library's and allows us to provide financial support and advocate for our 29 libraries and their educational programs.

Please make checks payable to Friends of the Dallas Public Library. Questions? Call our office at 214-670-1458 or email

Raffle Tickets