Bibliophiles have plenty to celebrate in July as Dallas’ Central Library downtown hosts a variety of events for history buffs, music lovers and book collectors.

Tonight, Roy Hamilton, a citizen of the Cherokee Nation and Cherokee family genealogist, will speak about his book “Ned Christie, Cherokee Warrior.” In it, he tells the true story of Cherokee legend, patriot and hero Ned Christie, who lived from 1852 to 1892. Hamilton’s lecture begins at 6 pm on the 1st floor of the library, and he will sign copies of his book afterward in the BookEnds used book store, also on the 1st floor.

Tomorrow, you’re invited to bring a lunch and enjoy the final “Jazz on the Plaza” performance of the summer – noted percussionist Len Barnett. Barnett, originally from Memphis, began learning American jazz, blues and R&B as a child in Tennessee and has performed with Cab Calloway, Joe McBride and gospel artist Kirk Franklin.

On Saturday and Sunday July 16th and 17th, BookEnds will host their extraordinary monthly sale, offering a large selection of used books, movies, audio books and other gift items for 50 cents each or $6 per boxful.

On July 21st, Dr. Gonzalo Garza, PH.D will lecture about his book “Living with Alzheimer’s.” After 55 years of a happy marriage, Dr. Garza’s wife, Dolores, had to enter an assisted care facility due to the disease, and he will share his experiences watching the physical, mental and emotional changes that washed away her abilities, her personality and, eventually, her life. Dr. Garza will speak at 6 pm on the 1st floor, followed by a book signing at BookEnds.

Happy reading!