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Second Editions Bookstore is One-Stop Shop for Signed Book Lovers

By: Marcey Evans

A monthly Signed Book Sale is coming soon to Second Editions Bookstore. Don't miss it!An author’s signature adds a personal touch to a book, turning it from printed words on bound pages to its owner’s treasured possession.

“People develop strong feelings for their favorite authors and having a signed book means that the author actually held it long enough to sign it,” said Sherman Dixon, Friends of the Library volunteer.

Starting in June 2013, hundreds of these valued items will be available for sale during the first week of each month throughout the remainder of the year. For a limited time, signed book lovers can take advantage of this sale at the Second Editions Bookstore, located in the lobby of the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library (3030 Poplar Avenue).

Friends of the Library volunteers say shoppers will find racks of signed books on a variety of topics ranging from fiction to politics to sports and much more. “There will really be some nice (signed) books for the first week of each month,” said Friend of the Library volunteer Herm Markell. “This is a very unique opportunity for people to own a (signed) book whose author is meaningful to them.”

After years of collecting signed book donations, Friends of the Library volunteers say Second Edition’s customers can choose from a list of familiar names. “We have now accumulated enough signed copies to offer a wide and impressive selection that will appeal to a large number of customers,” Dixon said.

Authors whose names appear among the signed collection include sports figures like John Calipari and Terry Bradshaw; political figures like Lamar Alexander, John McCain, and Jimmy Carter; general fiction writers like James Patterson, Sue Grafton, Lee Smith and Mitch Albom; local names from the Tri-State area like John Grisham, Hampton Sides and Eudora Welty, and the list goes on.

“Books will be changed every month to give people who want to buy (signed) books a normal stop,” said Markell. “Second Editions is a quality place!”

In addition to quality items, customers are certain to love the affordable deals. “Our prices will be consistently lower than market prices,” Dixon promised.

For more information on the monthly signed book sale or Second Editions Bookstore, call (901) 415-2836.

Family Tunes and Tales 'Crosses Bridges Between the Arts'

By: Marcey Evans

Children and parents visiting the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library on May 11, 11 am, will see Pete Seeger's book, "Abiyoyo" come to life during Family Tunes and Tales!When librarians and musicians join forces, the result is Family Tunes and Tales, a musical narrative that transforms children’s storytime into a dramatic presentation of the arts.

This free entertainment offers kids (ages 3 – 8) and their families a chance to experience storybooks read aloud, accompanied by the Memphis Symphony Orchestra. Whether woodwinds, brass, percussion, strings, or a kinder trio, stories are brought to life with each musical note and turning page.

Families are invited to attend the final concerts of the season, each on Saturday, May 11, 2013 at 11 am.

          Abiyoyo by Pete Seeger              
          Kinder Trio
          Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library
          3030 Poplar Avenue 
          Memphis, Tennessee 38111
          (901) 415-2700

          Coyote and the Laughing Butterflies by Harriet Peck Taylor
          String Quartet 
          Cordova Branch Library
          8457 Trinity Road
          Cordova, Tennessee 38018 
          (901) 415-2764

          Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears by Verna Aardema 
          Randolph Branch Library
          3752 Given Avenue
          Memphis, Tennessee 38122
          (901) 415-2779

“Musicians from the Memphis Symphony Orchestra come up with really creative ways to accompany books,” said Susan Penn, children’s librarian at Central Library. Kids are really engaged (during performances) and get to see musicians up close, so it’s a combination of what they hear and what they see. Their attention is drawn in a number of directions.”

In addition to stories and music, children at Family Tunes and Tales also enjoy arts and crafts that complement each story’s subject matter. “Performances bring the arts together,” Penn added. “It’s not just stories and music. We also add craft activities that children can take home to remember their experiences. Family Tunes and Tales crosses bridges between the arts. It is something the whole family can enjoy together.”

For more information on Family Tunes and Tales, call each Library branch at the numbers listed above.

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