Thursday, April 27, 2017

[Library Events and Programs] Bookstock 2017 Saturday, April 22, 2017

We invite you to join us for Bookstock 2017

The event will be taking place on Saturday, April 29, 201711 am – 3 pm at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library (3030 Poplar Avenue)

There will be 40 local authors, as well as food trucks and live music! 

You don't want to miss this year's keynote speakers: Lisa Wingate, ReShonda Tate Billingsley, Daniel Connolly, Adrienne Berard

Visit Bookstock 2017 for a full schedule of events and participating local authors. 

This event is free for the entire family. 

Bookstock 2017 from Memphis Public Library on Vimeo.

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Monday, April 17, 2017

[Book Review] The Johnstown Flood by David McCullough


Marilyn U. reviews THE JOHNSTOWN FLOOD by David McCullough (Simon and Schuster, 1968)

David McCullough has written a thoroughly researched book accounting the Johnstown Flood in Pennsylvania. The author is able to hold the reader's attention by recounting stories from survivors. I enjoyed reading this captivating story. 

Readers of this book will realize two things: a 70-foot wall of water is a powerful force and one the most destructive forces of nature is a flood. When a wall of water and flood were combined by man-made dam, one of the greatest disasters in the United States occurred. On May 31, 1889, the town of Johnstown, Pennsylvania was wiped out by a dam collapse. In The Johnstown Flood, author David McCullough has explored the building of the South Fork dam, its maintenance, and eventual collapse, which led to the destruction of Johnstown and a national response to over 2,000 deaths. 

Marilyn U., Staff

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Upcoming Holiday Closing April 14 & April 16, 2017

Please note that all Memphis Public Library locations will be closed Friday, April 14 and Sunday, April 16, 2017. 

Customers have the option of  reserving or renewing books by going to or calling 452-2047. 

The Library’s website also offers several resources customers can use anytime—24 hours a day—seven days a week.   

E-books and downloadable audio books, magazines, and music can be checked-out for free; online databases contain searchable newspaper and magazine articles, reference books and more; and blogs and newsletters on everything from fiction bestsellers to travel can be read on the web.

Friday, March 31, 2017

[BOOK REVIEW] Orleans by Sherri L. Smith

Fiction/Young Adult/Science Fiction

Darletha reviews ORLEANS by Sherri L. Smith (Putnam’s Sons, 2013)

The fate of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast goes from bad to worse after Hurricane Katrina. More devastating hurricanes strike and thousands die. Fifty years later, what is left of New Orleans is now called Orleans. The Delta region is walled off from the rest of the United States due to an incurable blood disease called Delta Fever. Despite rumors from the Outer States that everyone inside the quarantine is dead, there are survivors.

Inside the wall people have divided themselves into tribes based on blood type. Fen de la Guerre is a young girl from the O-positive tribe, genetic carriers not affected by Delta Fever. Members of the “OP” tribe are hunted by other blood tribes who need their universal blood type to stay alive. After one such attack, Fen becomes the guardian of a newborn she calls Baby Girl. Fen strives to protect Baby Girl from being tainted by Delta Fever, kidnapped, or captured by blood hunters. When Fen encounters Daniel, a scientist who secretly enters Orleans with plans to find a cure for Delta Fever, she reluctantly joins forces with him to get Baby Girl out of the Delta region. Although Daniel enters with noble intentions, he finds himself in a world more grim and dangerous than he imagined.

I picked up this book because the front cover caught my attention. The post-disaster setting and the author’s descriptive writing style places readers right in the dark, murky city of New Orleans where familiar historical areas are overrun with standing water and decrepit buildings. Fen is a fearless young girl, scarred and toughened by this unmerciful world that doesn’t make exceptions based on age or gender. Told from Fen’s point of view, readers will never forget how it this novel addresses class differences, government corruption and survival.

Darletha M., Staff

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017


All library locations will be closed for Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial on Tuesday, April 4, 2017.

Visit to request materials and to browse our online collection of e-books, e-audio books, magazines, and more.  

Thursday, March 23, 2017

[Book Review] Death Comes as the End by Agatha Christie


Marilyn reviews DEATH COMES AS THE END by Agatha Christie (Bantam Books, 1984, c1944)

Death Comes as the End by Agatha Christie is set in Ancient Egypt. Reniseneb lives on the west bank of the Nile at Thebes in Egypt about 2000 B.C.

Reniseneb’s family will soon be killed, and because of this, she can trust only two people, Esa, a relative, and her friend, the family's scribe, Hori. It is up to Reniseneb, Esa, and Hori to identify the silent killer by using their wits alone. Reniseneb has suspected the killer might be even someone within her family. Unfortunately, she has no real proof, but she does have Esa’s and Hori’s suspicions and loyalty. These suspicions are keeping Renisene alive.The killer must be exposed, but first Reniseneb must stay alive.

When I initially chose this book I expected a Poirot or Miss Marple mystery and for it to be set in the late 19th century. This story was a pleasant surprise when I discovered the mystery was set in ancient Egypt. Like her other stories, Agatha Christie will have readers wondering to the end who the killer is. 

Marilyn U., Staff

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

[Library Events and Programs] Best Selling Author Greg Iles at Central Library March 24, 2017

Greg Iles

New York Times best selling author of Mississippi Blood, Natchez Burning, and The Bone Tree 

FREE Meet & Greet and Book Signing

Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library 
3030 Poplar Ave

Friday, March 24, 2017
Noon – 2 p.m.  

Click for event details

Browse the catalog for novels by Greg Iles

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Friday, March 03, 2017

[Book Reviews] Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

Fiction/ Science Fiction/Fantasy/ Young Adult

Melissa reviews THREE DARK CROWNS by Kendare Blake (HarperTeen, 2016)

What happens when the glorious war of sisterly rivalry becomes a matter of life or death? When the right to reign supreme is eclipsed by the ever-consuming desire to win at all costs? Kendare Blake answers both questions in this novel, by giving readers a glimpse into the minds and hearts of the eponymous crowns’ bearers.

The island of Fennbirn bears witness to the birth of a set of triplets every generation. Each sister, all of them queens, has a magical gift that marks her as a worthy candidate for the title of Queen Crowned. In Rolanth, the elemental temple, Mirabella appears to be the most promising candidate with her ability to summon lightning, fire and windstorms...but she cannot escape the persistent dreams of a long-forgotten childhood, nor can she ignore her own reluctance to kill her sisters. In the naturalist city of Wolf Spring, Arsinoe is shadowed by her feelings of inadequacy regarding her late-blooming powers--to the point that she is willing to resort to some less-favorable means to further her chance at victory. And lastly, there is the poisoner city of Indrid Down. Within it resides the powerful Arron family, responsible for grooming Katharine, who is the youngest of the triplets...and also the most physically and emotionally unstable due to her poisoner's gift.

With the festival of Beltane rapidly approaching, all three sisters have nothing to lose and everything to gain from becoming the Queen Crowned. Will Mirabella find a way to overcome both her hesitance the visions plaguing her mind? Can Arsinoe, the underdog, unlock her true potential and become the dark horse of this battle? Fragile Katharine’s support from the Arrons can only go so far--but will it be enough to secure her victory?

As the tagline says, “When kingdom come, there will be one.”

Melissa W., Staff

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