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'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.


Health Fairs at Memphis Public Libraries Offer Customers Free Consultations with Health Experts

By: Marcey Wright

Thanks to a partnership between Memphis Public Libraries and Baptist Memorial Health Care, Library customers now have access to FREE health information!The Memphis Public Library and Information Center in partnership with Baptist Memorial Hospital is bringing free health care to you! Through a series of health fairs at local Library branches, customers now have access to free consultations with health experts, blood pressure screenings, and more.

“Baptist Memorial Hospital is a great partner for the Library and a wonderful resource for our community. These fairs will enable people across the city to access free health information at convenient times,” said Diane Jalfon, executive director of the Memphis Library Foundation. “Through this initiative, Library customers can be proactive about their health concerns and get answers from top experts about their health questions.”

With tons of information at their fingertips, Library customers can visit the following Baptist Health fairs.

  • Raleigh Health Fair
    3157 Powers Road
    Monday, September 8, 2014 
    10:30 am – 1:30 pm
  • Cordova Health Fair
    8457 Trinity Road
    Saturday, September 20, 2014
    1:30 pm – 5 pm
  • Whitehaven Health Fair
    4120 Millbranch Road
    Saturday, September 27, 2014 
    11 am – 2 pm

For more information about the Baptist Memorial Hospital Health Fairs at Memphis Public Libraries, call each Library branch.



‘Beautiful Ruins’ Author Jess Walter Slated for Memphis Library Foundation’s Annual Libration Event

Event ‘chapters’ offer unique experience with New York Times bestselling author

By: Obsidian Public Relations

'Beautiful Ruins' author Jess Walter is coming to Central Library for Libration 2014!The Memphis Library Foundation announced New York Times bestselling author Jess Walter will join Beautiful Ruins fans and Library supporters during the Foundation’s annual Libration event. The event, which features three “chapters,” takes place Thursday, October 16 and Friday, October 17, and benefits the Memphis Public Library.

The event kicks off with Chapter One on October 16, where Library supporters are invited to an exclusive evening with Walter at the Galloway Mansion from 7 to 10 pm. Guests will enjoy gourmet food, premium wine, and a full bar during the intimate experience. Tickets to Chapter One of Libration are $200. Chapter Two brings Walter to the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library (3030 Poplar Avenue) for a public talk and book signing Friday, October 17 at 11 am. This event is free and open to the public. Libration concludes with Chapter Three on Friday from 7 to 10 pm again at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library. The celebration features live music, a silent auction, dinner buffet, beer garden, wine, a signature cocktail, games, and a silent disco. Guests are invited to dress as a favorite book character if they would like. Tickets are $75 per person or $125 for a VIP experience with champagne, full bar, and gift bags.


Teen Learning Lab Renderings Complete

Reprinted from Memphis Library Foundation Website

First Floor RenderingThe Memphis Public Library & Information Center is excited to reveal the preliminary plans for our Teen Learning Lab project. Rebecca Courtney, a design specialist and partner at Looney, Ricks, Kiss, worked closely with Margaret Sullivan of Margaret Sullivan Studio in New York and one of the foremost designers of teen spaces in the country, to come up with this innovative plan.

The nearly 8,300 square foot lab will occupy space on the ground floor as well as the second floor of the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library. The new space will be a state-of-the-art social, creative, production, research and performance lab exclusively for teens.


Second Floor RenderingVisit the Memphis Library Foundation website and donate to support the Teen Learning Lab project.





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Library Customers to Show Off Creations at Explore Memphis Finale

Showcase set for Saturday, August 2 at Central Library

By: Marcey Wright

Kids and teens are invited to show off their Explore Memphis creations August 2, 2014 at Central Library!It’s okay to be a showoff Saturday, August 2, 2014, 10 am – 2 pm at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library (3030 Poplar Avenue, meeting rooms A – C). The Explore Memphis Showcase is a chance for kids and teens to “show” their families and friends what they’ve learned or created over the summer. (No registration is required.)

“Customers who made tie-dye T-shirts, bracelets, drawings, robots, or other items are asked to bring them to Central Library for display in our Explore Memphis gallery. The day will be filled with learning and recreational activities for children and teens,” explained Janae Pitts-Murdock, event planner and teen services coordinator.

To cap a summer of fun, education, and exploration, customers will enjoy a technology game zone, Memphis trivia, face painting, balloon art, a magic show, a popcorn experiment, dance performances, prize drawings, and more. It’s the perfect finale to a summer full of Library programs and family fun!

“Explore Memphis has been very successful over the past several weeks, encouraging children and teens to read outside of their comfort zones,” added Jason Sharp, Explore Memphis organizer and senior youth services librarian at Whitehaven Branch Library. “Parents were also thrilled to discover all the free places and events they could visit with their children this summer.”


Express Yourself at Memphis Journal Writing Project

By: Marcey Wright

Express yourself through written word during the Memphis Journal Writing Project!Tuesdays in July at 6 pm are your times to express yourself through written word! Central Library customers can learn writing techniques from University of Memphis assistant professor Jennifer Schnabel during the Memphis Journal Writing Project.

Help us tell the story of The Bluff City by adding your unique touch and perspective! This event – held July 1, 8, 15, and 22 – will take place in the Memphis & Shelby County Room (4th floor) of the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library (3030 Poplar Avenue).

For more information, call (901) 415-2742.


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