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Kids are Always ‘Happily Ever After’ at Library Storytimes

By: Marcey Evans-Wright

Babies, toddlers, and preschoolers' storytimes at Memphis Public Libraries are a blast and a learning experience for kids!Children’s stories shouldn’t be confined to bedtime hours. At Memphis Public Libraries, babies, toddlers, and preschoolers can enjoy storytime any time of day!

“Storytime captures the imagination,” said Youth Services Librarian Sharon Evrard, who does toddler and preschool storytimes at the Cordova Branch Library. “At our storytimes, we include movies, crafts, songs, puppet shows and even food as we open the world of books, learning and imagination.”

Programs are 20 to 30 minutes of reading, rhyming, songs, and exercises – all of which help to excite young and developing minds. Amy Chinn is a children’s librarian who does baby storytimes at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library. “Babies thrive on repetition of patterns, sounds, and experiences. Starting to read to children at birth is ideal. It’s never too early to establish a habit of reading because reading, talking, singing, and playing are stimulating the growth of their brains and forming the building blocks for literacy and future learning,” Chinn said.

“All of this translates into better reading and learning once children get to school,” added Evrard, “and every week we have new families to join the fun!”

A list of storytimes is available on the Library’s website, www.memphislibrary.org, on the Calendar of Events.

For information on storytimes at your local Library, simply call the branch nearest you!

Bookstock Jr. 2013 Offers Fun for the Library’s Youngest Booklovers

By: Marcey Evans-Wright

Bookstock 2013 is more than a festival and book signing for local authors and adults. Bookstock Jr. – the youthful piece of Bookstock – was designed with the Library’s youngest readers in mind!

On Saturday, October 5, 2013, 10:30 am – 3:30 pm at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library (3030 Poplar Avenue), kids and their parents will enjoy meet and greets with local children’s authors, along with special presentations, face painting, live music, balloon hats for kids, a crash course in journal making, and the popular Read with Me – Sign with Me Storytime for deaf, hard-of-hearing, and hearing children.

Library Youth Services Coordinator and event organizer Mary Seratt noted, “Children are readers too, or at least we hope that they will become readers. So, we want them to get interested in books and reading.”

To spur kids’ love for literacy, Bookstock Jr. will offer a rare chance for kids to meet authors who wrote the books and to create their own storylines as well. “We’ll have a ‘Once Upon a Time’ mural on the wall, where festivalgoers can write or draw part of a story that will grow throughout the day until ‘they all lived happily ever after’ at the end of the day,” Seratt exclaimed.

Other exciting events are also on the day’s agenda. “Artist Yancy Villa-Calvos will help children to recreate illustrations from Stephanie Painter’s book Liz Tames a Dragon in chalk on the ground in the courtyard of the Children’s Department. We’re planning activities that will engage children and their families,” Seratt concluded.

Parents can take home the fun of Bookstock Jr. by purchasing authors’ books, which each writer will have on hand.

Bookstock Jr. was funded by the Friends of the Library, a volunteer and philanthropic organization that supports Library collections, resources, programs, events, and services. Volunteers from White Station High School’s Helping Hands Club and the Junior League of Memphis helped to make the event possible.

For more information on Bookstock Jr., call (901) 415-2739.

Stretch Your Dollars a Lot Farther at the Friends of the Library Fall Book Sale

All Items $2 or Less!

By: Marcey Evans-Wright

Forget your budget at the Friends of the Library Fall 2013 Book Sale! Everything is $2 or less!

CLICK HERE to see why so many people love the Fall Book Sale!

Two dollars doesn’t go a long way these days, but you can stretch your dollars a lot farther at the Friends of the Library Fall Book Sale on Friday, October 25 - Saturday, October 26, 2013, 10 am – 4:30 pm at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library (3030 Poplar Avenue). A special sneak-peek sale will be held for Friends of the Library members on Friday, October 25, 2013 from 8 am to 10 am.

Book lovers will shop from rows of books – approximately 15,000 items – on a variety of topics, all at affordable prices. Large print books are also available.


 Book Sale Price List

Hardbacks$ 2.00
Paperbacks $ 0.50
Children's Hardbacks$ 1.00
Children's Paperbacks$ 0.50
Children's Board Books$ 0.50
Records$ 0.50
Cassettes$ 0.25
Loose Magazines$ 0.25
Videos & CDs$ 1.00
Readers' Digest$0.25


Proceeds from the event will help to expand Library collections and community resources.

So, what will you do with your $2 on October 25 and 26? Join us at Central Library for the Friends of the Library Fall Book Sale!

CLICK HERE to see why so many people love the Fall Book Sale!

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.

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