The Dallas Public Library kicked off the Mayor’s Summer Reading Program with a concert series at branch libraries around the city. Along with the reading program, this summer the Hampton-Illinois Library offers ESL classes to help improve English skills; Library Live, which is an interactive reading experience for children; theater camps; and creative workshops. The North Oak Cliff Library has a weekly movie day; Pets Aiding Literacy Skills (PALS) with therapy dogs; and story time; in addition to the mayor’s reading program and creative workshops. To register for the Mayor’s Summer Reading Program or find out more about library programs, visit


Sunset High School science teacher Jason Hogan is one of seven DISD teachers to win $10,000 from the 2011 Texas Instruments Foundation STEM Awards. The award is given to teachers who use innovative methods to teach science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The award winners get to keep $5,000 for themselves to spend however they want, and the other $5,000 goes toward professional development or education technology at their schools.

For the fifth consecutive year, high schools at the Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Center rank No. 1 and No. 2 among the nation’s top 1,900 high schools, according to the Washington Post 2011 Challenge Index. The Science and Engineering magnet took the No. 1 spot this year, trading places with its sister school, the Talented and Gifted magnet, which is ranked No. 2.