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The Commercial Appeal Named "Smartest Company in Memphis" at CKB 2013

By: Marcey Evans-Wright

The Commercial Appeal won "Smartest Company in Memphis" at the Library's Corporate Knowledge Bowl 2013!They came. They fought. They conquered. On Friday, September 20, 2013, The Commercial Appeal was named the undisputed champion of the Memphis Public Library & Information Center’s 16th Annual Corporate Knowledge Bowl. In the final match, The Commercial Appeal defeated Valero by one point, and now the CA stands firm as the “Smartest Company in Memphis”.

“Local trivia buffs know that Corporate Knowledge Bowl is the best trivia contest in town,” said Diane Jalfon, executive director of the Memphis Library Foundation and event organizer. “Our librarians work hard writing questions all year in anticipation for the competition. So, questions are challenging, and the event is very professional.”

Seventeen teams representing 13 local companies began the bracket-style contest on Monday, September 16. With cheers from co-workers and other supporters, competitors came to the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library (3030 Poplar Avenue) each day on their lunch breaks to vie for the coveted titles. By the week’s end, Buckeye Technologies won “Knowledge Bowl Idol” for bringing the most enthusiastic group of relatives, friends, and co-workers. The University of Memphis took home the “Best Team Spirit” title, and St. Jude’s “Fifty Shades of Grey Matter” won “Most Creative Team Name”. “Win or lose, everyone had a great time,” Jalfon commented.

More than $7,500 was raised during this year’s event, which also serves as a fundraiser for Memphis Public Libraries. All proceeds from the event will be used to enhance the Library’s collections and services system wide. “Corporate Knowledge Bowl provides critical support for the three million customers served annually by the Memphis Public Library & Information Center,” Jalfon added.

In addition to said competitors, other Library supporters for Corporate Knowledge Bowl 2013 were FedEx (two teams), First Tennessee (two teams), Orion, The Memphis Flyer, Cargill, Ensafe, Rhodes College, MLGW, and St. Jude (three teams).

Jalfon said, “Each year we have at least one or two teams who are new to the competition, and we fine tune the event in response to feedback we get from (previous years’) teams. We strive to make it a great experience for everyone involved!”

To register your company for Corporate Knowledge Bowl 2014, contact Diane Jalfon (diane.jalfon@memphistn.gov), Kelly Wetter (kelly.wetter@memphistn.gov), or call (901) 415-2831.

Nationally Renowned Counterterrorism Expert is Bookstock 2013 Keynote Speaker

By: Marcey Evans-Wright


Nationally renowned counterterrorism expert and author Philip Mudd is the Library's Bookstock 2013 keynote speaker!Click here to find out which other local authors are coming to Bookstock 2013!

Bookstock Jr. is especially for kids! Click here to learn more!

Library customers to Bookstock 2013 on Saturday, October 5, 2013, 10:30 am – 3:30 pm at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library (3030 Poplar Avenue) will enjoy a firsthand account of America’s history from nationally renowned author and counterterrorism expert John Philip Mudd, who will be this year’s keynote speaker.

With a career in government stretching from 1985 to 2005, Mudd has been on the frontlines of America’s fight against terrorism through his roles with the Central Intelligence Agency. He started as an analyst specializing in South Asia and then the Middle East before eventually climbing to second-in-charge as deputy director of counterterrorism analysis in the Counterterrorist Center. Mudd later served as senior intelligence advisor of the Federal Bureau of Investigation through 2010, when he retired from government service as a notable contributor to our nation’s security and a recipient of numerous CIA awards. Currently, he is director of Global Risk at SouthernSun Asset Management in Memphis, Tennessee and sits on the advisory board of the National Counterterrorism Center and the Aspen Institute’s Homeland Security Group.

At Bookstock 2013, Mudd will discuss his recently published book Take Down: Inside the Hunt for Al Qaeda. Through his book and his Bookstock presentation, customers will experience the aftermath of 9/11, the years of threat, along with the intelligence that help to combat it.

“Americans are very interested in issues relating to national security and counterterrorism,” said Wang-Ying Glasgow, adult services coordinator and event organizer. “To have an author with an insider’s account is very exciting and relevant.”

Customers will meet and greet 40 other local authors with newly-published books while enjoying a festive environment with food trucks, live music, cooking demonstrations, and much more! Glasgow said, “Readers can come and discover new authors, be inspired, entertained, and informed. Each author has a compelling story to share.”

In addition to promoting and selling their work, Glasgow said local authors will benefit from the camaraderie that Bookstock will offer. “Whether it is by creative imagination of a fiction writer or a realistic account of a nonfiction writer, authors love to listen to their peers, exchange ideas, and share stories of their creative processes. Everyone – come and enjoy the festival!” she concluded.

For more information about Bookstock 2013, call (901) 415-2709 or visit www.memphislibrary.org.

For more information about Bookstock Jr., the youthful component of Bookstock especially for kids, click here or call (901) 415-2739.

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


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