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Bookstock 2014 Welcomes Noted Authors to Central Library!

By: Marcey Wright

Click here to learn more about Bookstock Jr., activities especially for kids!

New York Times best-selling author Eric Jerome Dickey is coming to Central Library on Saturday, April 26 for Bookstock 2014! Photo - Joseph Jones PhotographyThe Memphis Public Library & Information Center is offering customers a chance to meet New York Times best-selling author Eric Jerome Dickey and several other noted authors at this year’s Bookstock held Saturday, April 26, 2014, 10:30 am – 3:30 pm at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library (3030 Poplar Avenue).

The annual event has several new additions this year like a Writers’ Workshop for aspiring authors, a “Summertime is Crime Time” panel with award-winning crime fiction writers discussing their upcoming novels, a cooking demonstration and book talk entitled “More Than Ingredients,” and other headlining authors. These festivities will add to the carnival-like setting of face painting, live music, balloon artistry, a scavenger hunt, food trucks, and lots of books!

“Bring your family out to meet and greet authors,” encouraged Wang-Ying Glasgow, event organizer and Library adult services coordinator. “Customers will realize that there are so many local authors that they’ve never met. They will be inspired to write their own stories and can take pride that Memphis has so much talent!”

 

Teens Can Apply Now for Teen Tech Camp 2014

IT professionals will teach teens to create their own video games!

By: Marcey Wright

Apply now for Teen Tech Camp 2014 at your Library!Today’s teens hoping to become tomorrow’s IT experts are encouraged to apply now for the Library’s Teen Tech Camp 2014, an interactive workshop July 21 – 26, 2014 at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library (3030 Poplar Avenue) for young techies to learn cutting-edge software from industry professionals.

Celebrating the tenth anniversary of Teen Tech Camp, organizers say participants should beat the last-minute rush and apply early. The application deadline is Friday, May 16, 2014.

Teens ages 13 to 15 will learn coding, how to create their own video games, and how to use Scratch, specialized software designed by MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology). IT experts from the Society for Information Management (Memphis chapter) will be on hand to teach new skills, answer questions, and to offer advice on pursuing technical careers.

“In this camp, teens will get a good foundation to start their careers. Our goal is to get teens interested in tech careers at an early age,” explained Keshia Williams, Humanities librarian and event organizer. “If we succeed in lighting the spark in teens’ eyes, there is no limit to where technology will lead them in the future!”

Only 20 campers will be admitted into Teen Tech Camp 2014. Applications include essay questions and a teacher recommendation. “Essay questions are extremely important for admission, along with what teachers have to say,” noted Williams.

 

No need to fear, tax help is here at Memphis Public Libraries!

By: Marcey Wright

Filing income taxes is free and easy at Memphis Public Libraries! The story has details.

The April 15 deadline to file 2013 taxes has some taxpayers screaming for "help", but Memphis Public Library customers are taking advantage of free tax assistance offered at several Library locations.

A partnership with AARP and VITA, this community service gives customers a reliable and worry-free way to file their federal income taxes. To get started, Memphis Public Libraries maintains a webpage of community tax resources throughout Memphis, Shelby County, and the surrounding area.

"It can be a financial burden to pay a professional tax preparer for people with low to moderate income," noted Audrey May, LINC/2-1-1 public services supervisor. "Our role as the Library is to provide information and access to these services without the financial burden. We provide people with the information and tools to make life easier, and this is one of those tools!”

Primarily serving customers ages 60 and over, AARP volunteers work on a first come, first served basis at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, Cordova Branch Library, and Bartlett Branch Library.

              Bartlett Branch Library (5884 Stage Road)
              Mondays and Tuesdays, 10 am – 1:30 pm
              Through Monday, April 14

 

Friends of the Library Spring Book Sale Sprouts Lots of Great Deals

By: Na’Tasha Farr, Special to MPLIC

Friends of the Library spring Book Sale Sprouts lots of great deals for excited customers!Where’s a place that sells hardbacks and paperbacks, children’s books, records, cassettes, magazines, CDs, and videos all for $2 or less? It’s at the Friends of the Library Spring Book Sale.

The action will take place at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library (3030 Poplar Avenue), 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. on Friday, May 23 and Saturday, May 24, 2014. A special pre-sale for the Friends of the Library members will be held from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Friday, May 23.

“Our customers get the opportunity to purchase books at extremely reasonable prices,” said Assistant Director of Community Outreach and Special Projects Nancy Knight. “There will be a really broad variety of items that will include everything from children’s books to coffee table books, art books, and encyclopedias.”

Proceeds from the event will go toward Library programs and collections throughout the Memphis Public Library System. “The Friends of the Library has two book sales annually that bring in revenue to support the Library,” Knight said. “Plus, the sales give customers a chance to get great books and give back at the same time!”

See the complete price list below

 

Earth Day - Cause for Celebrations at Memphis Public Libraries

By: Na'Tasha Farr, Special to MPLIC

Make plans to preserve the planet for Earth Day at Memphis Public Libraries!Keeping the earth clean can be a major task, but making it fun can inspire teens to recycle, throw away trash, or even to make art! Library customers can grab a friend, and get involved in Earth Day celebrations throughout the Memphis Public Library System.

Raleigh Branch Library (3157 Powers Road) will kick start the celebration on Earth Day (April 22), 3 pm with some friendly competition in the Trash to Art Contest. During the event, teens will work independently or as teams to design original artwork using their imaginations and art skills. Everyone will receive a prize, but the contest winner will have their artwork displayed in Raleigh Library’s Teen Section. Customers should call (901) 415-2778 to register, but walk-ins are welcome.

Teen Library Assistant Shelley Moore said she encourages all customers ages 13 to 18 to get involved. “We want teens to see ‘trash’ as a resource that can be reused in a new way or as a new item,” she commented. “The Library wants to engage teens by showing them how to use their imaginations to create art and to foster a passion for it also. After the program, we hope that teens will reuse, reduce, and recycle more to keep Memphis a clean and beautiful place to live, learn, and grow for future generations,” she said.

 

Library Offers List of New Books on Brain Injuries, Thanks to Regional One Health Donation

By: Marcey Wright

Library customers needing information on traumatic brain injuries should visit the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library or Cordova Branch Library for MPLIC's new brain injury book collection donated by Regional One Health.To observe Brain Injury Awareness Month (March) and honor those who live with traumatic brain injuries, Regional One Health has donated a variety of books and other educational items about traumatic brain injuries to The Memphis Public Library & Information Center.

“From major car crashes to concussions from sports, brain injury awareness is a topic that is discussed more and more. When it affects families, it can be overwhelming,” noted Melissa Skipper, adult collection development librarian at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library. “The Library is one of the places where people can come for helpful information. Here they will see that they’re not alone.”

With approximately 30 carefully-selected titles and more than 100 quick reference guides, this material will help patients of all ages and their families to navigate through traumatic experiences. Readers will better understand signs to recognize, questions to ask, actions to take, and how to complete them.

 

Library’s New ‘Axis360’ Introduces Readers to a World of New e-Books

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By: Marcey Wright

Check out "Axis360," the Library's newest downloadable e-books service! See the article for details.Library customers whose worlds revolve around e-books are sure to enjoy Axis360, the Memphis Public Library & Information Center’s newest downloadable e-books service. Compatible with Windows personal computers, Macs, Apple and Android smartphones and tablets, and other e-reading devices, Axis360 offers Library customers more e-books on more topics than ever before.

“The Axis360 collection currently includes more than 500 titles, and it’s growing all the time,” noted Alan Stewart, Library collections development manager. “As with all our downloadable content services, Library customers can access a world of information and entertainment when it’s convenient for them!”

The new service is not only convenient but easily accessible for readers also. Using their Library card and PIN numbers to log into the Axis360 website, customers of all ages can browse the titles of their choice.

“One of the leading publishers of books for children and teens, Scholastic Press is available only through Axis360,” Stewart noted. “This has allowed us to offer popular e-book titles like The Hunger Games, The Adventures of Captain Underpants, Goosebumps, and The 39 Clues. Through Atlantic Monthly press, classics like The Naked Lunch and popular mysteries by Donna Leon and others are available for adults as well.”

 

Library’s ‘Gadget Lab’ Introduces Customers to Their Electronic Gadgets and Gizmos

By: Marcey Wright

Stop by Central Library's Gadget Lab to learn how to use your mobile device to download the Library's digital collections. See the article for details.Navigating the ever-changing world of electronic gadgets and gizmos is easier at the Memphis Public Library & Information Center thanks to a new e-Book and e-Audio Gadget Lab at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library (3030 Poplar Avenue).

“This open lab is for customers who want to learn how to check out and download digital content from the Library’s various collections,” explained Staff Development Manager Damone Virgilio. “Customers now have an opportunity to meet one-on-one with a knowledgeable staff member who will assist them with learning or troubleshooting,” he said.

Instead of depending on users’ guides or online tutorials, customers can bring their electronic devices to Central Library (computer lab L-50) from 10 am to 1 pm on the second and fourth Mondays of each month. Helpful Library staff will be standing by to offer hands-on assistance and answer customers’ questions on how to download music, e-books, and e-audiobooks to their devices.

 

New e-Audiobooks ‘OneClick’ Away at Memphis Public Libraries

Click here to start downloading e-audiobooks today!

By: Marcey Wright

Try Memphis Public Library's new digital service OneClick Digital!

One click, that’s it! Memphis Public Library customers now have access to more digital audiobooks through OneClick Digital, one of the Library’s newest online resources for customers on the go.

Thanks to funding from the City of Memphis and a partnership with Recorded Books’ RBdigital, more than a thousand new e-audiobooks are available at customers’ fingertips in addition to Axis360 and Freegal Music Service.

“The Memphis Public Library & Information Center continues to address requests from the community regarding additions to our collections, namely digital collections,” said Director of Libraries Keenon McCloy. “Now, our electronic collections constitute five percent of our overall circulation.”

Library Collections Development Manager Alan Stewart added, “Our circulation of e-books and e-audio books continues to grow at a rapid rate. A boost to our budget has allowed us to add to existing collections and begin new ones. We hope to increase our e-titles to keep up with ever-growing demands, and OneClick Digital is helping us to do that.”

 

Memphis Library Friends' Online Bookstore has Aisles of Hidden Treasures

By: Marcey Wright

Memphis Library Friends' Online Bookstore is a virtual bookstore available to Library customers worldwide! See the article for details.

Library customers can browse the aisles of the Memphis Library Friends’ Online Bookstore any time of the day or night. Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, this virtual store is reaching booklovers around the world with affordable prices, speedy delivery, and great customer service that keeps readers coming back.

“We have a very good standing in the Amazon community and very good ratings with our customers,” noted Louise Brown, online bookstore manager. “We have a 100 percent customer satisfaction rating, and we work very hard to keep it. That’s very important to us!”

Rescuing and recycling gently-used book donations to Memphis Public Libraries, the Online Bookstore has had 30,000 books in stock since it opened in 2009 and currently has more than 11,000 books on a variety of topics, including textbooks, classics, and even specialty books in the medical and technical fields, to name a few. “We do not buy our inventory, so it is ever-changing,” Brown said. “Our items are all gifted to us.”

The Online Bookstore doesn’t just receive but also gives proceeds raised in the store to support Memphis Public Libraries. “Every penny that we make that’s not used for shipping goes to the Library,” Brown emphasized.

 

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