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By: Marcey Wright
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The “world’s largest newsstand” is now available at the Memphis Public Library & Information Center! Zinio Digital Magazines offer Library customers unlimited access to complete, full-color issues of popular magazines for free. Using their Library cards to check out and download their favorite titles, readers can convert their traditional magazine racks into digital ones.
“We want to continue to provide the information our customers want and need, in whichever formats they prefer to use,” said Library Collections Development Manager Alan Stewart. “Zinio should appeal to anyone who appreciates magazines and is reasonably comfortable with technology. You can’t beat the convenience of being able to browse, check out, and download new magazines anywhere, at any time. And it’s free!”
The result of a partnership with Recorded Books, this digital magazine service offers Library customers more than articles but full magazines and well-known titles like Cosmopolitan, Seventeen, Rolling Stone, The Economist, Esquire, and Us Weekly. For readers with more specialized tastes, several other magazines are available, like Runner’s World, Billboard, Food Network Magazine, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, and even children’s magazines, Chickadee and Owl.
“We currently have 97 different magazines available, covering a wide variety of interests,” Stewart noted, “and new issues become available in Zinio the same day they go on sale. This means that the Library often has a magazine digitally before we have it in print!” To stay current in its collections, Memphis Public Libraries have made the transition along with popular magazines like Newsweek and PC World that have converted to digital editions.
Using this new service, magazine lovers will not be bound by checkout limits or return dates. Plus, magazines do not expire, meaning customers can start their own collections! To get started, customers must establish an account using their Library cards. New users are required to set up a Zinio account as well. After establishing the Zinio account, customers can search for specific magazines and purchase them from Zinio, if they are unavailable in the Library’s collection. “Library customers can rest assured that they will never have to pay for magazines from the Library,” Alan stressed.
All customers need to get started is their Library card number and a computer or other Internet-ready device. Although readers are not required to download special software to read magazines, certain apps are available for Windows and Mac computers, Kindle Fires, and Apple and Android mobile devices that will enable customers to download magazines and read them anytime – whether or not they are connected to the web!
Library customers needing assistance in using the new Zinio Digital Magazine service can bring their devices to a special Gadget Lab, offered during the second and fourth Mondays of each month at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library (3030 Poplar Avenue). For more information, call (901) 415-2700.
By: Marcey Wright
More than 2,000 jobseekers are expected to gather at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library (3030 Poplar Avenue) on Tuesday, July 15, 2014, 10 am – 3 pm for the JobLINC Career and Information Fair. This annual event links workers (ages 18 and older) directly to potential employers!
Job hunters are advised to arrive early for this much-anticipated event, a partnership between the Memphis Public Library & Information Center, the Society for Human Resource Management – Memphis, and the Workforce Investment Network (WIN).
An extension of JobLINC’s mobile unit and other services, the Career Fair will host recruiters and job readiness agencies. These potential employers will be on hand to accept resumes and, in some cases, to conduct on-the-spot interviews.
Jobseekers are advised to come prepared with plenty of resumes and to dress for success. No registration is required for job hunters wishing to attend the Fair.
For more information about the JobLINC Career and Information Fair or other JobLINC services, call (901) 415-2700.
By: Marcey Wright
Library customers dreaming of starting their own businesses can start making their dreams reality during Free Small Business Mentoring Sessions, offered each Tuesday, 2 pm – 6 pm at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library (3030 Poplar Avenue). A partnership between the Memphis Public Library & Information Center and Start Co., these 30- to 45-minute counseling sessions are a chance for aspiring entrepreneurs to get expert advice and much more!
“Since the Library’s Small Business programs and Legal Clinics are well attended, we decided to take it a step farther. Now, we’re offering one-on-one sessions which provide follow up and a continuing source of help through our partner, Start Co.,” noted Jessie Marshall, Business & Sciences Department Manager. “This program is like a developmental curriculum.”
Aspiring entrepreneurs (adults only) can take the first step toward business ownership by calling (901) 213-7795 or by emailing email@example.com to schedule a free consultation. Walk-ins are welcome also. Once there, customers will meet with a professional in a private meeting room to openly share their ideas and receive step-by-step advice on how to achieve their goal of business ownership.
“Participants get assignments too and considerations to think about from a business perspective,” Marshall added. “But customers have to do their homework. They will be told what to do, but then they have to get out and do the legwork to make their dreams happen. This process identifies the people who want it the most.”
For the most persistent go-getters, follow-up opportunities are available also to provide ongoing assistance. Customers will receive ideas on how to “package” and market their ideas, along with answers to their questions.
“There is a need out there,” Marshall said, referring to customers who are seeking information on entrepreneurship. “We’re trying to meet this need that we knew existed,” she concluded.
For more information about the Small Business Center at Central Library or its programs, call (901) 415-2734.
By: Marcey Wright
Teens hoping to stay busy this summer are invited to EXPLORE MEMPHIS from June 2 to July 25, 2014 at any Memphis Public Library location. A summer full of fun, free, and exciting programs are planned for teens ages 12 to 17.
“While teens are exploring Memphis, they should also explore the creative programs at their local Library,” encouraged Teen Services Coordinator Janae Pitts-Murdock. “Each Library has something that will spark their interests!”
Teens visiting the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library (3030 Poplar) can have a “Robotic Afternoon,” as they “Rainbow Loom” or perform “T-shirt Surgery”. Teens can also “Spark a Reaction and Catch Some Fire,” or why not “Espresso Yourself,” “Get Your Game On,” or “Get Crunk @ the Library”? Each program offers entertainment with an edge of education in one of four major S.T.E.A.M categories – Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, or Mathematics.
Bartlett Library (5884 Stage) teens will enjoy everything from “Wolf River Artifacts,” “Art of Zentangles,” “Making Hemp Jewelry,” and “Tie-Dye” to educational lessons on “Heredity” and “DNA”.
Teens at Cherokee Branch Library (3300 Sharpe) will learn “Line Dancing,” while Cordova Library (8457 Trinity) teens “Hang Out, Geek Out,” solve “Murder Mysteries” and “MythBusters,” and enjoy “Cupcake Wars” and “Teen Movie Madness”! Teen customers visiting Cornelia Crenshaw Library (531 Vance) will learn to “Sink or Float” and to “Be a Sport,” as they practice “Marshmallow Engineering” and “Programming with iPads”. Meanwhile, teens at East Shelby Library (7200 E. Shelby) will learn to produce their own music and how to be a teacher.
Frayser Library (3712 Argonne) teens will enjoy the Frayser Teen Book Club and movies galore, as Gaston Park Library (1040 S. Third) entertains with a “Comic Conference,” “Creating a Video,” and teaching teens to “Market a Brand: Design a Personal Logo”.
Teens who like taekwondo should head to Hollywood Library (1530 N. Hollywood) for a free demonstration, along with “Mad Science Experiments,” “Movie Day!,” and a crash-course cooking class on making tortilla wraps. Levi Library (3676 Highway 61S) teens can flex their creative muscles in “Artistic Creativity” class and the “Pinkalicious Cooking” program, or they can explore the world of sports. At North Library (1192 Vollintine), customers will “Rap About It,” compete during “Game Day,” and engage in book clubs.
Parkway Village Library (4655 Knight Arnold) will kick off their summer fun with a “Summer Fest Kick-off Party,” then they’ll “Recipe Swap” and explore technology, similar to teens at Poplar-White Station Library (5094 Poplar) who will embark upon a “Digital Scavenger Hunt,” enjoy “Lego Construction,” “Cupcake Decorating,” and “Making Avatars”.
Customers ages 13 to 17 at Raleigh Library (3157 Powers) will engage in “Robot War,” after conducting a “Zombie Experiment,” an “Egg Drop,” “Art Tech Lab,” and “Game Day”. South Library (1929 S. Third) teens will create “Rainbow Bracelets,” explore “Cupcake Colors,” and then do some “Creative Movement”. And Whitehaven Library (4120 Millbranch) will wow teens with “Wii Gaming Day,” a “Podcast Radio Show,” “Crazy Science Experiments,” “Creative Writing,” “Family Engineering,” “Creating Video Games,” and much more!
From June 2 to July 25, exciting summer programs are happening everywhere teens look in the Memphis Public Library System! For information on specific program dates and times or registration requirements, call each Library location.
“Every one of our Libraries will have something cool this summer for teens to explore!” Pitts-Murdock concluded.
By: Marcey Wright
“There’s no judgment involved when children read to a dog. There’s no parental pressure, and kids aren’t being graded,” explained children’s librarian Susan Penn. “It’s just a fun, no-pressure way to practice reading with man’s best friend!”
Parents and kids can take advantage of two free programs at Memphis Public Libraries – PAWS for Reading at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library (3030 Poplar Avenue), and READ to Tootsie at Bartlett Branch Library (5884 Stage Road).
With each new word, kids are encouraged by their four-legged cheerleader and a human companion. “Children respond so well to this interaction because kids feel that they are seen truly for themselves and not what they’re supposed to be,” Penn said.
For children who aren’t natural animal lovers, they too can be worry-free. “Some kids, because of how they’ve seen others react, are inherently afraid of dogs. We show them that they are right to be cautious, but we show them how to approach the dogs too,” commented Penn.
For specific program dates and times, parents can call Central Library (901-415-2700) or Bartlett Library (901-386-8968) Mondays through Thursdays, 10 am to 8 pm; Fridays and Saturdays, 10 am to 5 pm; and Sundays, 1 pm to 5 pm.
“It’s a fun opportunity to read aloud!” Penn concluded.
By: Marcey Wright
When the doors of Second Editions Bookstore open, so does a world of knowledge and great deals. With monthly book sales on a variety of topics and new inventory all the time, Second Editions matches readers to their interests!
“Items are rotated out for new sales, so the inventory is always fresh and the selection is always new,” said Nancy Knight, assistant director of community outreach and special projects. “Many booklovers make Second Editions Bookstore a regular stop. Some customers stop by each week!”
In the lobby the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library (3030 Poplar Avenue), Second Editions keeps readers coming back for their monthly sales also. “We feature items that are specific to the time of year,” Knight noted, “so the sales are timely according to the season.”
Upcoming sales at Second Editions Bookstore are listed below.
- Summer Reading
June 14 – 28
July 5 – 18
- Back to School
July 19 – August 2
These gently-used or new items donated to Memphis Public Libraries are hand selected by the Friends of the Library, a group of philanthropic volunteers who support the Library. “The Friends are astute in identifying novelty items, which may show up in the Library’s Online Bookstore or possibly at the monthly sales in Second Editions,” Knight commented.
With items priced to sale, booklovers can stop by and stay awhile. “The Friends try to feature items that are popular among readers. That way, customers can stock up on books that are popular in different genres!”
For more information about the monthly sales at Second Editions Bookstore, call (901) 415-2700.
By: Marcey Wright
When the summer heat sets in, it’s time to cool off at a City of Memphis public pool! But first, swimmers must stop by any Memphis Public Library location to receive a City Access Card for pool season – Saturday, June 7 to Friday, July 25, 2014 from 1 pm to 6 pm. (All pools will be closed Sundays and Mondays.)
Access Cards are required for residents to use any City of Memphis Aquatics Facility. Current pool cardholders do not have to re-register, unless the card has been misplaced, if the swimmer has turned 13 years old since the card was issued, if the swimmer has turned 18 years of age since receiving the pool card, or unless the swimmer’s emergency contact information has changed.
Swimmers can register for a City Access Card at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library (3030 Poplar Avenue) Mondays – Thursdays, 10 am – 7 pm; Fridays and Saturdays, 10 am – 4 pm; and Sundays, 1 pm – 4pm. Registration at Memphis Public Library branches is available 11 am to 3 pm on days of operation. Click here to see a map of all Memphis Public Library locations and their days of operation. (City Access Cards are not available at East Shelby Branch Library or Bartlett Library.)
To register, all minors under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and must provide a valid form of identification, such as a birth certificate, along with proof of residency. (Children ages 12 and under must have an adult present to swim at City of Memphis pools, which means the adult must register for a City Access Card also.) Adults ages 18 and older must provide valid picture identification, such as a driver’s license, and proof of residency in order to register. (Acceptable proof of residency includes a utility bill, landline telephone bill, bank statement, property tax bill, mortgage or rental agreement, or Tennessee voter registration card.)
To help ensure safety this summer, affordable swimming lessons are available Mondays – Fridays at the Bickford and Hickory Hill pool locations. A two-week session for children is $25, and a two-week session for adults is $48. For more information, call (901) 547-8018 or 578-3732.
A complete list of City pools and the nearest Memphis Public Library location is below.
|ZIP||LIBRARY BRANCH||LIBRARY ADDRESS||LIBRARY PHONE (901)|
|Charlie Morris||1225 Brown||38107||North||1192 Vollintine||415-2775|
|Douglass||1616 Ash||38108||Hollywood||1530 N. Hollywood||415-2772|
|Ed Rice||2907 N. Watkins||38127||Frayser||3712 Argonne||415-2768|
|Gaisman||4223 Macon||38122||Randolph||3752 Given||415-2779|
|Gooch||1974 Hunter||38107||Hollywood||1530 N. Hollywood||415-2772|
|L. E. Brown||617 S. Orleans||38126||Crenshaw||531 Vance||415-2765|
|Lester||317 Tillman||38112||Central||3030 Poplar||415-2700|
|Pine Hill||973 Alice||38106||South||1929 S. 3rd||415-2780|
|Raleigh||3678 Powers||38128||Raleigh||3157 Powers||415-2778|
|Riverview||182 Joubert||38109||South||1929 S. 3rd||415-2780|
|Tom Lee||328 Peach||38105||North||1192 Vollintine||415-2775|
3676 Hwy 61S
|Willow||4777 Willow||38117||Parkway Village||4655 Knight Arnold||415-2776|
|Bickford||235 Henry||38107||North||1192 Vollintine||415-2775|
|Hickory Hill||3910 Ridgeway||38115||Parkway Village||4655 Knight Arnold||415-2776|
|Orange Mound||2590 Park||38114||Central||3030 Poplar||415-2700|
|Skinner||712 Tanglewood||38104||Central||3030 Poplar||415-2700|
The fun happens June 7 at Frayser Library!
By: Marcey Wright
Frayser Library customers know how to have fun! On Saturday, June 7, 2014 from 11 am to 3 pm, they will be doing just that – at FRAYSER FUNFEST – held at the Frayser Branch Library (3712 Argonne Street).
“Each year, Frayser Library plans a funfest for the community to kick off the Memphis Public Library’s Summer Reading Program. This year it’s called Explore Memphis,” explained Dean Moore, Frayser Library branch manager. “The goal of this event is to energize customers for the Explore Memphis program.”
To help energize customers, several entertainers and community agencies will attend the free event. Plus, families will enjoy games, face painting and balloons for kids, and food trucks!
“Customers look forward to the Frayser Funfest every year,” noted event organizer and customer service library assistant Lanny Ross. “It helps customers to get excited about reading over the summer and, with community organizations in attendance too, customers get information that will benefit them.”
The Frayser Funfest has been offering entertainment and information for 15 years, rain or shine! “When we began, we were the only community festival in Frayser,” Moore reflected. “Now, there are several other great community festivals in our area. We are excited to host the first and longest-running annual celebration in the Frayser community!”
For more information about Frayser Funfest, call (901) 415-2768.
By: Marcey Wright
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Library customers won’t have to break the bank at the Friends of the Library Spring Book Sale on May 23 – 24, 10 am – 4:30 pm at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library (3030 Poplar Avenue). All items are $2 or less! Whether readers want to find great “beach” reads or create a home library, the Friends’ Book Sale is just the place. (A preview sale for Friends of the Library members will be 8 am – 10 am on Friday, May 23.)
“Customers can get amazing bargains on items that they may not find anywhere else and certainly not at these prices,” said Nancy Knight, director of community outreach and special projects. “Creating a library for your child doesn’t have to be expensive. With items priced from 25 cents to $2, parents can bring a little (money) and leave with a lot (of books)!”
A booklover’s paradise, the sale offers more than 15,000 items on a variety of topics – hardbacks and paperbacks. While perusing the aisles, customers will find CDs, DVDs, records, coffee table books, children’s books, and lots of specialty books – matching readers to their interests!
These new or gently-used items were donated by Memphis Public Library supporters. “The Friends of the Library sort through thousands of donated items throughout the year to corral the best material for the book sale,” Knight commented.
And every dollar raised from the sale goes toward a good cause! “All proceeds will help to expand Library collections and improve Library services to our community. We offer a ton of material that brings in thousands of dollars for the Library each year,” Knight concluded.
For more information about the Friends of the Library Spring Book Sale, call (901) 415-2840.
By: Marcey Wright
Memphis Public Libraries have given their 30-year-old Summer Reading Program a facelift! The new and improved EXPLORE MEMPHIS is planned for June 2 - July 25, 2014 at each Memphis Public Library location. An expanded version of the traditional program, EXPLORE MEMPHIS will offer Library customers of all ages a chance to explore their interests, while exploring the Bluff City with free trips to several local attractions!
“We want customers to know that Memphis is more than any one community. We want them to learn new skills and to broaden their horizons personally and professionally,” emphasized Jason Sharp, an EXPLORE MEMPHIS organizer and youth services senior librarian at Whitehaven Library. “EXPLORE MEMPHIS is a way for kids, teens, adults, and even book clubs to find what they love and to explore that!”
Customers can choose from a few areas of “exploration,” centered on this year’s theme – Fizz, Boom, READ! – and the acronym STEAM, which stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics. Customers are encouraged to pick a STEAM category that interests them and read books, magazines, articles, or other material to learn more about it. Then, let the exploration begin! With a Library-issued “passport” in hand, customers can continue learning by visiting places like the Memphis Zoo, Pink Palace Museum, Dixon Art Gallery, Brooks Museum, Stax Museum, the Belz Museum of Asian & Judaic Art, Lichterman Nature Center, Theatre Memphis, and the Magevney House on designated dates and times to gain free admission! At each destination, teen and adult customers will receive a claim code that they can enter into the EXPLORE MEMPHIS website to receive a digital badge! (Children ages 12 and under will receive sticker badges for participating.) Customers are also invited to EXPLORE MEMPHIS by attending exciting STEAM programs throughout the Memphis Public Library System!
Families can compete to earn a badge in each STEAM category for reading, exploring, participating, and sharing their new skills! Each badge earns them points on the EXPLORE MEMPHIS website leaderboard, and at the summer’s end, customers will showcase what they’ve learned.
“We want to comply with and support Shelby County Schools’ Common Core Curriculum. Plus, parents can model for their children the importance of reading, as families EXPLORE MEMPHIS together,” noted Adult Services Coordinator Wang-Ying Glasgow. “By reading and participating, we plan to make programs fun enough to educate and entertain at the same time,” Sharp added.
Customers who want to beat the summer heat indoors can still participate in EXPLORE MEMPHIS by reading books and winning prizes! As under the traditional Summer Reading Program, customers can still enjoy the perks of Summer Reading at the Library, including the popular Baby Bingo and winning weekly prizes like free books and gift cards. The grand prize at the summer’s end will be a Kindle Fire! Plus, The Urban Child Institute (EXPLORE MEMPHIS event sponsor) will give a free activity book to each child ages three to five – just for participating.
To get started with EXPLORE MEMPHIS, kids ages 12 and under can visit any Memphis Public Library location. Teen and adult customers can visit the EXPLORE MEMPHIS website or any Library location.
“We want customers to EXPLORE MEMPHIS this summer but to start at your local Library!” Sharp concluded.
This event is a collaboration between the Memphis Public Library & Information Center, the City of Memphis, The Urban Child Institute, the Memphis Library Foundation, and Friends of the Library. Event partners include the Memphis Zoo, Pink Palace Museum, Dixon Art Gallery, Brooks Museum, Stax Museum, the Belz Museum of Asian & Judaic Art, Lichterman Nature Center, Theatre Memphis, the Magevney House, and others.
For more information about EXPLORE MEMPHIS, call (901) 415-2700 or visit www.explorememphis.org.
Bring your gently used books to the nearest Memphis Public Library & Information Center location. Proceeds from Friends of the Library book sales benefit the Memphis Public Library & Information Center.