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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.

 

New Citizens to Celebrate Independence Day with Naturalization Ceremonies at Central Library

By: Marcey Wright

Hundreds of new U.S. citizens will celebrate Independence Day anew at Central Library on July 3, 2014!With heads held high and hands over their hearts, hundreds of naturalized citizens will begin their pursuit of happiness during two Independence Day Naturalization Ceremonies held Thursday, July 3, 2014, 11 am and 1 pm at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library (3030 Poplar Avenue). Unlike previous ceremonies, these events are open to the public. Library customers are encouraged to wear red, white, and blue for this special occasion!

“These ceremonies mark one of the most important days of participants’ lives as they become naturalized U.S. citizens,” said Wang-Ying Glasgow, event organizer and Adult Services Coordinator. Glasgow, a naturalized citizen herself, will serve as keynote speaker and will detail her experience of becoming an American citizen.

To encourage civic engagement, the ceremonies are a part of the Library’s Explore Memphis program and are opportunities for Library customers to earn badges for their attendance.

For more information about the Naturalization Ceremonies or how to earn Explore Memphis badges, call (901) 415-2709.

 

PBS to Feature Memphis Public Library Collection on National Stage July 1

By: Marcey Wright

Recount "The Sultana Tragedy" with "History Detectives Special Investigations" and the Memphis Public Library July 1, 2014 on PBS (local station WKNO)!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When a 260-foot, wooden steamboat called The Sultana set sail in 1865, the soldiers aboard didn’t know their voyage would end with an explosion on the Mississippi River near Memphis. The tragedy claimed the lives of more than 1,800 men – an event later called the “greatest maritime disaster in U.S. history”.

With the help of the Memphis Public Library & Information Center and its historical records, PBS will reconstruct what happened on that day in History Detectives Special Investigations: Civil War Sabotage?, set to air at 8 pm (CST) on Tuesday, July 1, 2014. Local viewers can watch the show on WKNO/Channel 10.

“Our Library system is not just well regarded locally but nationally and internationally as well. PBS and Lion TV were doing research on a Memphis event, and they came to the Memphis Public Library to do the research,” noted Wayne Dowdy, historian and manager of the History Department at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library. “It shows that we have a world class collection.”

During the camera crews’ visit to Memphis, they used the Jerry O. Potter Sultana Collection, along with Central Library’s newspaper microfilm and official records of the War of the Rebellion. “Not only did we help them with the research,” Dowdy explained, “but we also hosted them for a day as they filmed here. Our TV station WYPL shot video of Central Library’s building as well.”

 

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