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Readers Come with A Little But Leave with A Lot at Friends’ Fall Book Sale!

Coming to Central Library on October 24 - 25!

By: Marcey Wright

The Friends of the Library Fall Book Sale is a booklover’s dream come true – with children’s to adult hardback and paperback books, magazines, CDs, DVDs, records, cassettes and more priced at $2 or less!

Library customers can take advantage of the sale from 10 am to 4:30 pm on Friday, October 24 and Saturday, October 25, 2014 at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library (3030 Poplar Avenue). A special preview sale for Friends members will be held 8 am – 10 am on October 24.

“We’re constantly getting new things, new CDs, DVDs, hardback and paperback books, and lots more,” commented Friends of the Library president Jacque Jenkins. “Even if you come on Friday, you can return on Saturday and find something different, especially for collectors! You’re always going to find new items.”

Click here to see the amazing price list!


Seniors to Get Free One-way Ticket to Library's New 'Colorcopia'

By: Marcey Wright

Senior citizens looking to add more “color” to life should take a trip to Colorcopia – Memphis Public Library’s new painting class, offered in conjunction with Dixon Gallery & Gardens. This free art series is a chance for retirees to have fun while learning new skills from professional artists.

Colorcopia is yet another wonderful and free service for seniors to encourage creative thinking, self-expression, and socialization,” explained Wang-Ying Glasgow, adult services coordinator for Memphis Public Libraries. “We expect this program to enrich seniors’ quality of life. If they want to fill a void in their time or schedule, Colorcopia is a great way to introduce something new and beautiful into their lives!”

Dixon Gallery & Gardens will supply all painting material for students, as they explore Impressionism during the month of October 2014, Printmaking in November, and Color in the Gardens in December.

The Impressionism course will take students on a journey through the Impressionist movement with painting techniques on mixing color, using specific brush strokes, and choosing a subject matter. During Printmaking class, students will learn to create prints through compositional planning and making historical connections. Color in the Gardens will consist of higher-level color techniques using the rules of complementary and tertiary colors. Three one-hour sessions will be dedicated monthly to each area of study at local Memphis Public Library branches.


Shelves of Great Catches Await at Second Editions Bookstore's Fishing Book Sale!

By: Marcey Wright

Readers looking to “catch” great deals on books should look no farther than Second Editions Bookstore for the Fishing and Angling Book Sale starting Friday, October 10 through Saturday, October 25. The Bookstore, which is located in the lobby of the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library (3030 Poplar Avenue), is filled with affordable items that keep avid readers coming back!

Open Tuesdays through Fridays 10 am to 6 pm, Second Editions Bookstore will offer fishermen a wide variety of gently-used angling books that include cover all methods of fishing. Beginners or professionals, fisherman at all skill levels will find useful books about salmon, bass, panfish, salt water fish, and even books on specific rivers by a list of well-known authors like Brooks, Gierach, Gingrich, Schwiebert, Lyons, Whitlock, Wulff and more!

In addition to the inventory itself, the best part of the sale is the prices which are $2 or $3. Readers fishing for these great deals are encouraged to come early and plan to stay awhile as they peruse through hundreds of books.

The Fishing and Angling Book Sale is sponsored by the Friends of the Library. All proceeds from the sale benefit the Memphis Public Library & Information Center.

For more information, call (901) 415-2836.


Fun for Fall Break, Anyone?

By: Marcey Wright

Instead of sitting at home bored during fall break, kids and parents are invited to join the fun at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library (3030 Poplar Avenue)! Arts and crafts, family movies, and a special 100th birthday celebration for Memphis’ Central Station are all on the agenda for Library customers to enjoy!

The complete schedule of events is listed below. (All events will take place at Central Library.) 

  • Crafternoon Monday, October 6, 2014, 1:30 pm – 3 pm
    Join Ms. Luna for an afternoon of books, crafts, and fun! 
  • Art to GrowTuesday, October 7, 2014, 1:30 pm – 3 pm
    Customers will make their own sculptures to take home, as artists from Dixon Gallery & Gardens teach them about sculptor Auguste Rodin. 
  • Movie Day Wednesday, October 8, 2014, 1:30 pm – until
    Enjoy complementary popcorn and candy, while watching a family movie! 
  • Central Station’s 100th Birthday Celebration Thursday, October 9, 2014, 1:30 pm – 3 pm
    To help celebrate Central Station’s 100th birthday, Mr. Oliver of the Memphis Railroad and Trolley Museum will display a model train while teaching Library customers all about these locomotives.

Don’t miss the fall break fun at Memphis Public Libraries! For more information, call (901) 415-2739.


Take Your Family Out for a Few ‘Tunes & Tales’ at Memphis Public Libraries!

By: Marcey Wright

Family Tunes & Tales is the perfect combination of storytime and music, thanks to a partnership between Memphis Public Libraries and Memphis Symphony Orchestra. Kids and adults alike are amazed by how children’s stories come to life through rhythmic percussions, string quartets, or brass ensembles.

Back by popular demand, Family Tunes & Tales Storytime will begin another “encore” season of concerts on October 25 and November 22, 2014 at the following Library locations.

  • Saturday, October 25, 2014, 11 am
    Brass Quintet – Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library
    Woodwind Quintet – Cordova Branch Library
    Kinder Trio – Bartlett Branch Library
  • Saturday, November 22, 2014, 11 am
    Brass Quintet – Cordova Branch Library
    String Quartet – Bartlett Branch Library
    Percussion – Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library

Mark your calendars today for family fun at your Memphis Public Libraries! For more information about storytimes and concerts, call each Library location.


Free ‘iPads for Seniors’ Classes Now at Memphis Public Libraries!

By: Marcey Wright

"iPads for Seniors" classes are now available for free at several Memphis Public Library locations!Seniors visiting Memphis Public Libraries no longer have to rely on kids or grandkids to answer their technology questions. Thanks to a grant from the Durham Foundation and new iPads for Seniors classes, they can learn for themselves at their own pace.

These interactive technology sessions offer senior students an opportunity to learn basic functions on an iPad, how to research information, and how to access the Library’s e-book collection. But the curriculum does not end there. A team of trained librarians teach seniors button placement on the iPad, how to connect to and navigate Wi-Fi, along with how to snap photographs, record video and share them with friends. Students take a virtual field trip to the iTunes App Store and learn to install apps on the portable device, which are provided for the Library’s classes. (Students are not required to bring their own iPads.)

Several Library locations offer the free course, including the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library (3030 Poplar Avenue), Cherokee Library (3300 Sharpe Avenue), Cordova Library (8457 Trinity Road), Raleigh Library (3157 Powers Road), and Whitehaven Library (4120 Mill Branch Road). Classes will be available through selected community centers and senior centers also.

Classes are offered at Central Library (room L-50) on the fourth Fridays of each month,10:30 am to 12:30 pm.

For more information about other iPads for Seniors classes, call each Library branch or call (901) 415-2709.


'Fall' into Central Library for the Friends of the Library Fall Book Sale

By: Marcey Wright

Mark your calendar now for the Friends of the Library Fall Book Sale on October 24 - 25, 2014 at Central Library!Readers of all ages should “fall” into the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library (3030 Poplar Avenue) 10 am – 4:30 pm on Friday, October 24 and Saturday, October 25, 2014 for the Friends of the Library Fall Book Sale. With a wide variety of new inventory and all items priced at $2 or less, this book sale is a collector’s dream come true!

“We’re constantly getting new things, new CDs, DVDs, hardback and paperback books, and lots more,” said Jacque Jenkins, Friends of the Library president. “Even if you come on Friday, you can return on Saturday and find something different, especially for collectors! You’re always going to find new items.”

Friends of the Library members enjoy the finest picks at a special preview sale from 8 am to 10 am on Friday, October 24. Avid readers interested in becoming Friends members can sign up at any Memphis Public Library branch or online and receive discounts at the book sale – a great opportunity for parents to cash in.

“We have tons of items that help to build family night,” Jenkins commented. “Sometimes, parents can find a book and movie to match. One night you can read the book together and then, watch the movie another night. The Friends of the Library Fall Book Sale is the perfect chance for parents and children to read and learn together.”


Library’s New eBooks Service for Kids Brings Storytime to Life

By: Marcey Wright

Enjoy the Library's new TumbleBooks collection just for kids!

Storytime just got a little more "interactive" with Memphis Public Library’s new TumbleBooks collection – a web-based e-book service designed especially for young readers.

Library customers can now enjoy animated and talking picture books among the Story Books collection, math stories, read-along chapter books, language learning tools, videos, puzzles and games, and more!

“Story Books bring children’s picture books to life with animation and audio narration,” explained Library Collection Development Manager Alan Stewart. “A beginning reader can following along with highlighted words while they listen, or they can turn off the audio and read independently. They can pause the story, rewind it, fast forward, and control the pace of the story,” he said.

Easily accessible on a desktop, laptop, or mobile device (using the website’s mobile version), TumbleBooks is available through the Library’s website. Parents can simply click the Mona Lisa button labeled “eBooks & Audiobooks” located on the homepage, and then select the TumbleBooks icon in the left pane. The “TumbleBook Library” will appear offering customers a list of options to choose from, including a site tour.

Stewart continued, “Interactive e-books can help children to improve their reading comprehension skills and to ‘de-code’ new words. Voice narration also aids them in pronunciation of particular words and with understanding syntax.”


Teens to Build Recyclable Structures, Professional Networks at Paper Power 2014

Register today for Paper Power 2014 at Central Library.

By: Marcey Wright

Paper Power 2014 is coming again September 27, 2014 to Central Library!The power is in your hands – power to recycle! Back by popular demand, Paper Power is returning to the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library (3030 Poplar Avenue) on Saturday, September 27, 2014. A chance to make the world a “greener” place, Paper Power is a competition for high school-aged teens to design innovative structures made of recycled paper. Winners will take home trophies, prizes, and a year’s worth of bragging rights!

Krissy Buck is an architect, a member of the U.S. Green Building Council (Memphis chapter), and event organizer. “Paper Power will bring together students, teachers, parents, professional design and construction organizations, and community leaders through teamwork for a fun and educational service project,” she said.

In addition to constructing recyclable structures, teens will build professional networks and perhaps a foundation for future career options. Buck commented, “Teens will benefit from participating in Paper Power by learning valuable design and construction techniques, along with management and leadership skills that could help to shape their professional careers someday. Plus, they’ll have lots of fun building one of a kind creations,” she said about the “Green Apple Day of Service” event.


New ‘Special Edition’ Library Card to be Unveiled August 29 at Central Library

The general public is invited to attend official unveiling ceremony.

Click here to view the City of Memphis Proclamation for National Library Card Sign-up Month.

By: Marcey Wright

The Memphis Public Library & Information Center will unveil its new "special edition" Library card on August 29, 2014! (Pictured is the current Library card.)To celebrate National Library Card Sign-up Month (September), the Memphis Public Library and Information Center will host the official unveiling of its new special edition Library card at 11 am on Friday, August 29, 2014 at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library (3030 Poplar Avenue). Students from Memphis College of Art (MCA) submitted several designs for the competition, Library staff and the general public voted, and one design reigned supreme!

MCA student artists will be present for the surprise announcement, and the general public is invited to attend and support Memphis Public Libraries. In addition to the unveiling, Director of Libraries Keenon McCloy will speak at the event, and other City of Memphis officials are expected to attend.


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