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Corporate World to Converge on Central Library for Corporate Knowledge Bowl 2013

By: Marcey Evans

Corporate Knowledge Bowl 2013 is coming to the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library (3030 Poplar Avenue) September 16 - 20, 2013! Call (901) 415-2700.The corporate world will converge on the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library (3030 Poplar Avenue) September 16 – 20, 2013 for the Memphis Public Library and Information Center’s Corporate Knowledge Bowl 2013. A special event kickoff and happy hour was Friday, September 13 at 5:30 pm, also at Central Library.

“This is the ultimate trivia contest,” said Diane Jalfon, executive director of the Memphis Library Foundation. “There are a lot of people for whom Corporate Knowledge Bowl is very competitive. This is an opportunity for people who work together to participate as a team.”

The winner of this bracket-style trivia contest will be called the "Smartest Company in Memphis". Only the strong-minded will survive this competition whose theme this year is “Brain Matters”.

Proceeds from the event will help to support Library collections, programs, and departments such as Children’s, Humanities, Business and Sciences, and the History Department.

“Knowledge is power, and since the Library is the ultimate source of information, we decided to take the lead role in hosting Corporate Knowledge Bowl as a fundraiser,” Jalfon said about the competition, which is in its sixteenth year.

In addition to the premiere title and trophy for “Smartest Company,” representatives will compete for “Most Creative Team Name,” “Most Team Spirit,” and bragging rights for a year!

For more information about Corporate Knowledge Bowl 2013, call the Memphis Library Foundation at (901) 415-2831.

Stock Up on Books by Local Authors at Library’s BOOKSTOCK 2013

Click here to find out which local authors are coming to Bookstock 2013!

By: Marcey Evans

Stock up on books by local authors at BOOKSTOCK 2013 on Saturday, October 5!Library customers can stock up on books by local authors at Bookstock and Bookstock Jr. 2013, annual events at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library (3030 Poplar Avenue) for local writers – young and old – to showcase their published work in a family-fun setting. This year’s event is set for Saturday, October 5, 2013, 10:30 am – 3:30 pm, and counterterrorism expert Philip Mudd will be the guest speaker.

“There are so many Memphis-area authors. Everyone has a story, and anyone can publish a book either by well-known publishers or self-publishing,” said Adults Services Coordinator and event organizer Wang-Ying Glasgow. “Bookstock gives local authors a platform and publicity. It is a chance for them to promote and sell their books.”

Young authors are encouraged to participate in Bookstock Jr., designed for youthful writers who have published work. “Bookstock Jr. provides activities for children, teens, and families during the regular Bookstock event,” explained Mary Seratt, coordinator of Library youth services. “Our hope is to inspire children and teens to think of books as awesome and writing as a possibility.”

Bookstock and Bookstock Jr. will offer customers a fun and festive environment with food trucks, live music, cooking demonstrations, 40 local authors with books on an array of topics, and a special keynote speaker.

Families can also go on an adventure through the Central Library on a Scavenger Hunt. The hunt will challenge customers to find a list of authors scattered throughout the Library and get their signatures. The first participants to complete their list will win a prize.

Event organizers say Bookstock and Bookstock Jr. have something for everyone. “The whole family can enjoy the fun and possibly discover something about their Library that they didn’t know before,” Seratt concluded.

For more information about Bookstock or Bookstock Jr., call (901) 415-2846.

Local authors from Memphis Public Library's BOOKSTOCK 2012 stopped to display their published work.

No Fear – Homework Help is Here at Memphis Public Libraries

By: Marcey Evans

Get help with your child's homework at any Memphis Public Library Homework Help Center!Homework just got a little easier with the Memphis Public Library and Information Center’s new Homework Help Centers. Every Tuesday and Thursday from 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm, students in grades 3 – 5 can get the help they need to complete their homework assignments without the hassle or headache.

“In doing research locally, we discovered that homework help for students is practically nonexistent. For Memphis, this help is minimal with only a few locations offering homework assistance,” noted Dean Moore, Frayser Library manager and one of the Homework Center organizers. “We want to provide a place where students, parents, and grandparents can come and say, ‘This is where we can go for help!’”

Volunteer coaches were trained through the Library to provide this free service. Staff Development Trainer Damone Virgilio led each training session. “Volunteers learned how to speak to children and help them to ask the right questions so we can provide the right answers,” he said.

Instead of tutoring students to sharpen skills, Homework Help Center volunteers will simply help students to complete their homework without the hassle. “Our end goal is for students to leave with a completed assignment,” Virgilio added.

Students can receive homework assistance in English, grammar, writing, and math. In its initial phase of the program, Homework Centers will be located at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, Frayser Library, Hollywood Library, Parkway Village Library, and Whitehaven Library.

For more information about Homework Help Centers, call (901) 415-2846.

JobLINC Career Fair Links Library Customers to Hiring Companies

By: Marcey Evans

Find your next job at the JobLINC Career & Information Fair on Thursday, July 25, 10 am - 3 pm at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library (3030 Poplar Avenue)!Pack your case with resumes and dress for success for the JobLINC Career and Information Fair on Thursday, July 25, 2013, 10 am – 3 pm at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library (3030 Poplar Avenue, meeting rooms A – C and gallery).

With more than 30 companies slated to attend, the JobLINC Career and Information Fair is a great opportunity for jobseekers to meet and greet representatives from hiring companies.

“We want to see Memphis working. The ultimate purpose is to connect jobseekers with jobs,” said Robyn Stone, JobLINC services manager and event organizer. “It’s a win-win for the local economy!”

Citizens of Memphis are encouraged to take the first step toward employment or career promotion at the Career Fair. Stone said the JobLINC Career and Information Fair is tailored for Library customers who are looking for work. “Many other fairs have more schools attending than employers, and that turns off some jobseekers,” she said. “But, we meet the needs of those seeking employment and those seeking advanced training.”

In addition to actively hiring companies, jobseekers will have access to The Tennessee Department of Labor’s Mobile Career Coach, the Workforce Investment Network, and Hero2Hired which will also attend.

“Please come to the Career Fair with a positive attitude, dressed for success, and ready to impress,” Stone advised.

For more information about the JobLINC Career and Information Fair, call (901) 415-2700.

'America's Music' FREE Concert Schedule

America’s Music Concert Schedule

Learn more about America's Music!

30 pmBlues and Gospel
Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library
3030 Poplar Avenue (meeting rooms A – C)
Memphis, Tennessee 38111
Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm


30 pmTin Pan Alley and Broadway

Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library
Meeting rooms A – C
Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
 

 

30 pmSwing Jazz
Michael Rose Theatre
University of Memphis
Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013
7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
 


 

30 pmBluegrass and Country Music
Mansion Theatre
Pink Palace Museum
Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013
7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
 

 

30 pmRock and Roll
Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library
Meeting rooms A – C
Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
 



30 pmFrom Mambo to Hip Hop
Michael Rose Theatre
University of Memphis
Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013
7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

 

 

Learn more about America's Music!

America’s Music is a project of the Tribeca Film Institute in collaboration with the American Library Association, Tribeca Flashpoint, and the Society for American Music. America’s Music was made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the Human Endeavor.

Local sponsors for the program include Honey Scheidt, the Memphis Library Foundation, and the Friends of the Library. Local partners are the Memphis Public Library and Information Center in tandem with the City of Memphis, the Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music, the University of Memphis, and the Memphis Music Commission.

 

'America's Music' Like You've Never Heard it Before

By: Marcey Evans

'America's Music' is coming to the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library (3030 Poplar Avenue), starting September 12.

See America's Music FREE Concert Schedule!

A hand-clapping, toe-tapping good time is coming to the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library (3030 Poplar Avenue) for America’s Music, a series of films, discussions, and musical presentations.

Wang-Ying Glasgow, Adult Services Coordinator of the Memphis Public Library and Information Center, is event organizer. Below, she discusses the high notes of America's Music.

Q: What is America’s Music?

A: America’s Music is a six-part public program series featuring documentary screenings, scholar-led discussions, and live performances of 20th century American popular music. The full program’s name is America’s Music: A Film History of Our Popular Music From Blues to Bluegrass to Broadway. It was created by the Tribeca Film Institute in partnership with the American Library Association, and the National Endowment for the Humanities, in consultation with the Society of American Music.

Q: What kinds of music can music lovers expect during the six-part program?

A: The six sessions will focus on what is considered uniquely American music genres: Blues and Gospel, Tin Pan Alley and Broadway, Jazz, Bluegrass and Country, Rock and Roll, and Mambo and Hip Hop.

Q: What big names (musicians) will attend America’s Music?

A: The musicians who are performing are Alvie Givhan and Earlice Taylor for Blues & Gospel; Joyce Cobb will perform Tin Pan Alley and Broadway; Jeremy Shrader is a wonderful Jazz performer; Cypress Creek of Tennessee will perform Bluegrass and Country; Matt Tutor will perform Rock and Roll; and Luis Bonilla will perform Mambo and Hip Hop. Luis Bonilla is the musician from New York.

Q: How much does each concert cost?

A: Free, free, free! That’s the best part! Not only do you learn something, but you get the free live performance with some of the best musicians that Memphis can offer, and one is from New York.

Q: Who is the scholar(s) leading discussions for America’s Music?

A: The scholar who will lead each session is Dr. Jack Cooper, the associate professor and director of Jazz Studies and Studio Music at Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music at the University of Memphis.

Q: How did the program come to the Memphis Public Library and Information Center?

A: This is really a grant that we applied for. Fortunately, we received it. There are two libraries in the state of Tennessee that received this grant, and we were one of them.

Q: Why is America’s Music such a novelty for the Memphis community or the everyday music lover?

A: Memphis is a city with a rich music heritage. So, we definitely can get a lot of good performers. We are proud to be known as the home of the Blues and the birthplace of Rock and Roll. Memphians are exposed to a lot of music, but in this series people will see documentaries offering background on the music, and then a professor will lead discussions before a live performance. It’s a learning opportunity. It’s a full package!

See America's Music FREE Concert Schedule!

America’s Music is a project of the Tribeca Film Institute in collaboration with the American Library Association, Tribeca Flashpoint, and the Society for American Music. America’s Music was made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the Human Endeavor.

Local sponsors for the program include Honey Scheidt, the Memphis Library Foundation, and the Friends of the Library. Local partners are the Memphis Public Library and Information Center in tandem with the City of Memphis, the Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music, the University of Memphis, and the Memphis Music Commission.

Judaica Book Sale is a Great Way for Customers to Support Library

By: Herman Markell, Friends of the Library

Friends of the LibraryBargain lovers, mark your calendars for August 1! It's time for the annual Judaica Book Sale at Second Editions Bookstore, located in the lobby of the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library (3030 Poplar Avenue).

For a very limited time, book lovers can purchase these specialty items for less at the best used book store in the Mid-South! With more than one thousand selections from fiction to nonfiction, Second Editions Bookstore offers great buys at great prices, and every dollar from the bookstore helps to support Memphis Public Libraries, programs, and resources.

Friends of the Library, the sponsoring agency for Second Editions, contributed more than $400,000 to the Library for the past two years, and plans are underway to exceed the total this year.

So, put your dollars to work for a good cause! The Judaica Book Sale, starting August 1, is a great place to start!

For more information about the Judaica Book Sale or Second Editions Bookstore, call (901) 415-2836.

Memphis Public Library Invites Customers on Muslim Journeys

"Muslim Journeys" at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library is an opportunity to enhance cultural understanding of the Muslim faith, people, and history.The Memphis Public Library and Information Center invites customers to go on a journey to learn more about the Muslim faith. Purposed to foster cultural awareness and understanding, upcoming program Muslim Journeys: Muslim Contributions to the United States from 1776 until Today will be held on Thursday, July 18, 2013, 6 pm at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library (3030 Poplar Avenue, meeting rooms A–C). A reception will begin at 5:30 pm. Dr. Edward E. Curtis, author of The Columbia Sourcebook of Muslims in the United States, will be keynote speaker.

“While Memphis is religiously diverse, Islam is a subject many citizens in the community are unfamiliar with. Many times, misunderstanding is generated by fear of the unknown,” noted Adult Services Coordinator Wang-Ying Glasgow. “The Library is a place where people of all backgrounds gather to learn, connect, and grow. Promoting cultural awareness is an essential part of the Library’s services, fulfilling our role as a community culture center,” she said.

To help bridge cultural divides, the Central Library will offer the “Bridging Cultures” Bookshelf, which will consist of 25 books, four DVDs and other programming resources to familiarize customers with the people, places, history, faith, and cultures of Muslims in the U.S. and around the world. Other local partners in this effort are the University of Memphis and Christian Brothers University, which will house similar collections as well.

During the presentation, Dr. Curtis will assist attendants in navigating through the resources on the “Bridging Cultures” Bookshelf. Event organizers say that customers should expect a whirlwind of reliable information from a trusted source. “We commit to providing access to responsible information about religion, race, and culture. We want to encourage interfaith and cultural awareness and dialogue, as well as promote opportunities for collaborations in Memphis,” Glasgow commented. “Recent events have triggered backlash in the Muslim community. We feel that Muslim Journeys and this partnership are more necessary and relevant than ever!”

For more information on Muslim Journeys: Muslim Contributions to the United States from 1776 until Today, call (901) 415-2709 or contact Public Relations Supervisor Marcey Evans at (901) 463-3055 or marcey.evans@memphistn.gov.

Global Lens Film Series Takes Library Customers Around the World Through Foreign Films


By: Marcey Evans

 Foreign film "Cairo 678" is the telling story of three Cairene women from different social backgrounds who have experienced the same sexual abuse. Will they recover from this harassment? Find out during the Global Lens 2013 film series! For more information, visit www.globalfilm.org.Travel the world. Immerse yourself into foreign cultures. Through Global Lens 2013, Library customers will see foreign countries and learn about distant cultures through cinema, written, directed and produced by native casts. “The purpose is to promote cross-cultural understanding,” said humanities librarian and event coordinator Nobuko Igarashi. “We want to bring the world to our community, and we want the community to come to the Library.”

Only one film remains in the Global Lens 2013 foreign film series! Make plans to attend Life Kills Me at 2pm, Sunday, November 24, 2013 at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library (3030 Poplar Avenue, meeting room C). Directed in Chile by native Sebastian Silva, this comedy is the tale of an unlikely friendship between a cinematographer and a drifter. (Parental discretion is advised.)

Presented in collaboration with Indie Memphis, Global Lens 2013 will offer families throughout the U.S. a chance to learn about other cultures concurrently. “Often, we focus on our differences,” Igarashi commented, “but we’re all human. We have a lot in common, and the human emotion behind the films is something we can all understand. Instead of asking how we’re different, we’ll see how we’re the same.”

All films are co-presented by the Global Film Initiative and are a part of the Global Lens 2013 film series. For more information, visit www.globalfilm.org.

Books on Brain Injuries are a Great Addition to Library

By: Maegan Partee, Special Contributor
 

Finding facts about traumatic brain injuries (TBI) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library (3030 Poplar Avenue) is now a lot easier. The Regional Medical Center at Memphis donated 21 books to the Memphis Public Library and Information Center in March for Brain Injury Awareness Month.

The Traumatic Brain Injury Service at The MED contacted the Library through LINC 2-1-1 (Library Information Center). Adult Services Collection Development Librarian Melissa Skipper said, “I was glad that The MED contacted us to share the resources with the community. This is a good partnership.”

The books and DVDs are about traumatic brain injuries (TBI), post-traumatic stress disorders (PTSD), the science of the brain, and tips on coping for victims and families. The book My Parent Has a Brain Injury: A Guide for Young People by Jo Johnson is one of the coping guides in the Health Information Center.

 TBI is a type of brain injury that is caused by a severe blow to the head.  In the DVD Understanding BRAIN INJURY: What You Should Know About Brain Injury and Recovery, doctors and cranial specialists explain head injuries and recovery. TBI: Shaken, but Not Stirred by Joyce Little Fahl tells about the author’s struggle with TBI, the legal system, and adjusting to life after her accident.

Brain injuries occur less often in adults than children due to the soft skulls found in children and babies. Brain Development in Children and Adolescents: What Happens After Brain Injury? by Ronald Savage Ed.D describes the changes that young children undergo after a brain injury.

Books in the collection also cover PTSD, a severe condition that occurs after one or more traumatic episodes that put large amounts of stress on the brain. The End of Stress as We Know It by Bruce McEwen and Elizabeth Norton Lasley shows the results of a study on the relationship between stress and the brain.

These books are especially beneficial for children who have parents struggling with PTSD or a brain injury. “The children’s books are great because it is much less scary when you have an idea of what is going to happen. It eases the parent’s burden of explaining the situation to them,” explained Skipper. The Get Well Soon Balloon! by Vicki Sue Parker helps children to understand emotions they experience if their parent has a brain injury. This is one of three books in the Children’s Department on the first floor of the Central Library.

With books on each floor of the Central Library, the collection also offers books on brain science. John Lloyd the reference librarian for the Business and Sciences Department said, “Anything in this collection is beneficial because it provides more sources of information.”

For more information about the donated books, contact the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library at (901) 415-2700.

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