Wednesday, November 23, 2016


This is a reminder that all library locations are closed Thursday and Friday, November 24 - 25, 2016 for Thanksgiving. 

Thursday, November 17, 2016

[Book Review] Pretending to be Erica by Michelle Painchaud

Fiction/Young Adult

Andrea reviews PRETENDING TO BE ERICA by Michelle Painchaud (Viking, 2015)
Violet is not your average good girl. She is one of the most intelligent con artists this side of Las Vegas. Adopted and raised by single guy Sal, he taught Violet every scam and hustle he knew and some Violet was able to learn on her own.
Sal has been grooming Violet her entire life for this major hustle. The two of them, with lots of help from doctors and specialists paid under the table, are going to transform Violet into Erica Silverman, the golden child who was abducted when she was in preschool.

It’s been nearly a decade since young Erica was taken from her very affluent family. Her father is grieving in a mental institution but her mother never gave up hope she would see her daughter alive again. The Silverman family also owns a very special and expensive oil painting that Sal must get his grubby little paws on; therefore, the heist was put in motion.
Sal and Violet know there have been two other “Ericas” who have tried and failed, so their plan must be fine-tuned to the nth degree. They also know the FBI, reporters, and detectives will be watching Violet’s every move. People are skeptical this is the real Erica, but as long as Mrs. Silverman believes, Violet and Sal are that much closer to stealing the painting.
Violet knows the risks of this endeavor but losing Mrs. Silverman’s trust and maternal love for her saved daughter is going cost Violet more.
Full of twists and turns, Ms. Painchaud has given her readers quite a thriller that questions what is really important in life. Would you rather have love and protection or material possessions to make you happy? And what would you sacrifice for either?

Andrea Bledsoe King, Cordova Branch Library

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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

[Library Events and Programs] Today at 5:30 p.m., Great Conversations: At the Existentialist Cafe'

Join us for our final Great Conversations session tonight at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library. 

Great Conversations: At the Existentialist Café
Freedom, Being, and Apricot Cocktails

 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library
3030 Poplar Ave., Rm. L-56
Led by Rhodes College Professor Jonathan Judaken

For more information, call (901) 415-2742. 


Monday, November 07, 2016


All locations of the Memphis Public Library will be closed Friday November 11, 2016 for Veterans Day

Wednesday, October 26, 2016



All locations of the Memphis Public Library & Information Center will be closed Friday October 28, 2016 for staff training. 

Thursday, October 20, 2016

[Library Events and Programs] Great Conversations November 1, 2016 at Central Library

By: Marcey Wright, public relations supervisor

The Great Conversations Series will continue on Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016, 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at Central Library (Room L-56), as customers discuss the controversial topic of biotechnology with Professor Kim Gerecke, Ph.D., associate professor of Psychology and Director of the Neuroscience Program at Rhodes College. Using advanced pharmaceutical, bioelectronics, and genetic technologies, people may be able to boost human mental and physical capabilities in the coming decades, along with curing diseases. Gerecke will pose ethical questions to Library customers about life in a bioengineered society.

Great Conversations
Our Grandchildren Redesigned: Life in the Bioengineered Society
Prof. Kim Gerecke

November 1, 2015
6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Meeting room L-56
Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library
3030 Poplar Avenue

Call 901 - 415 - 2734 for more information. 


Wednesday, October 12, 2016

[Library Events and Programs] Friends of the Library Fall Book Sale October 21-22

Friends of the Library Fall 2016 Book Sale
Friday, Oct. 21 & Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016 
10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library 
3030 Poplar Ave.

Preview sale for Friends of the Library members
Friday, Oct. 21, 2016
8 a.m. – 10 a.m.


Thursday, October 06, 2016

[Book Review] If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo

Fiction/Young Adult

Allison reviews IF I WAS YOUR GIRL by Meredith Russo (Flatiron books, 2016)
Amanda moves from her mom’s place in Atlanta to live with her dad in Lambertville, Tennessee. Who would willingly move from a big city to a small town, especially before their senior year of high school?
Someone hiding a secret.
Amanda was born Andrew, and transitioning into a girl wasn’t an easy situation, even in a big city. Amanda just wants a fresh start before she can leave for college and be whoever she wants, with no traumatic past.
Then Amanda meets Grant, and feels emotions she didn’t think she’d feel. She wants to share herself--all of herself--with him… but should she?
This book is an interesting crash course in transgender issues.

Allison Renner, Cordova Branch Library

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