Thursday, February 26, 2015

[Library Events and Programs] Created Equal Film Series Finale 6:00 p.m. at the Civil Rights Museum

Don't forget tonight is the final film showing for Created Equal: America's Civil Rights Struggle film and discussion series. 

Freedom Riders
National Civil Rights Museum
450 Mulberry Street
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Film discussion led by Dr. Aram Goudsouzian, Chair of the History Department at The University of Memphis.

Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle is brought to Memphis by the National Endowment for the Humanities, The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and the American Library Association.  


[Book Review] Island of Dreams by Patricia Potter


Reader’s Advisory Romance Genre Review

Carolina reviews ISLAND OF DREAMS by Patricia Potter (HarperPaperbacks,1991)
Jekyll Island, off the coast of Georgia, is Meara O’Hara’s island of dreams. She is a young, twenty-two-year-old lady on her way to college to be a journalist. She is on vacation with the wealthy family she nannies for when she meets the irresistible Michael Fielding. What Meara doesn’t know is that Michael is an undercover German spy sent to sabotage the wealthy families of Jekyll Island. What Michael doesn’t know is that Meara is the woman of his dreams and the one person that makes his betrayal that much harder.
Twenty-one years after the act of betrayal, Meara returns to the island. She and her daughter are in danger, but do not know it yet. An enemy of the past returns for revenge. Meara only has one person to turn to--the one who had so badly shattered her life and security twenty-one years before.
Set during the 1940s, Island of Dreams is a riveting page turner for the historical fiction fan. As one who normally does not read romance novels, this book kept me up late at night unable to put it down. I definitely would recommend this book to both romance and non-romance fans. It is a great book and one that I would reread!

Carolina Salcedo, Randolph Library

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Thursday, February 19, 2015

[Library Events and Programs] Created Equal Film Series: "The Abolitionists" Thursday February 19, 2015

***** Tonight at 6:00 p.m. ****

Created Equal: America's Civil Rights Struggle
Featured film: The Abolitionists

Discussion led by Dr. Susan O’Donovan, Associate Professor of History at The University of Memphis
6:00 - 8:00 PM
Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library
3030 Poplar Ave.
Meeting Rooms A-C


Wednesday, February 11, 2015

[Library Events and Programs] Created Equal: America's Civil Rights Struggle February 12 at Central Library

Created Equal: America's Civil Rights Struggle Session Two

The Loving Story
Thursday February 12, 2014
6:00 - 8:00 PM

Led by Dr. Beverly Bond, Associate Professor of History at The University of Memphis

The moving account of Richard and Mildred Loving, who were arrested in 1958 for violating Virginia’s ban on interracial marriage. Their struggle culminated in a landmark Supreme Court decision, Loving v. Virginia (1967) which overturned anti-miscegenation laws in the United States.

Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library
3030 Poplar Ave.
Meeting Rooms A-C

For program information, contact Wang-Ying Glasgow at 901-415-2709.


[Book Review] Throne of the Crescent Moon by Saladin Ahmed


Reader’s Advisory Fantasy Fiction Genre Review

Shelley reviews THRONE OF THE CRESCENT MOON (The Crescent Moon Kingdoms, Book 1) by Saladin Ahmed (DAW Books, 2012)

Throne of the Crescent Moon is a fantasy tale entwined with a Middle Eastern flare. Doctor Adoulla Makhslood is an old man who is ready for retirement--or death. By living his life as a ghul hunter, he has lost the chance for love in his life, and also close friends. He’s tired and is ready to give it all up. But he must team up yet again with his pious assistant, Raseed bas Raseed, and shape shifting lioness warrior, Zamia, to fight off an evil that will not only threaten to destroy the Throne of the Crescent Moon but the city and life he knows as well.

Shelley, Raleigh Branch Library

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All locations of the Memphis Public Library & Information Center will be closed for President's Day on Monday February 16, 2015.

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.

Monday, February 09, 2015

[Library Events and Programs] Black History Month at the Library

What's going on at the Memphis Public Library for Black History Month? 

Sammy Davis Jr. The Truth 
Display exhibit through the month of February
Cossitt Branch Library (901-415-2766)
(The Memphis Flyer recently profiled the exhibit curator)

More Than Motown: A photo exhibit for all ages  Cancelled as of 2/18/2015
Location: Hollywood Library (901-415-2772)
February 24 at 2:30 p.m.

Why surf all over the web when the library offers online resources for Black History Month school assignments? African American history reference materials can be found on the library's History Virtual Reference page

View the library's Events Calendar and the Memphis Public Library Facebook page for other events taking place this month. 

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Friday, February 06, 2015

[Book Review] Trust No One by Jayne Ann Krentz


Staff members from our monthly Reader’s Advisory (What's Your Flavor) classes learn about different book genres and select a book from that genre to read and review.

Reader’s Advisory Romance Genre Review

Harriet reviews TRUST NO ONE by Jayne Ann Krentz (Putnam Sons, 2015)

Julius Arkwright has two rules: Trust No One and Everyone Has A Hidden Agenda.  Grace Elland, who discovers her employer dead yet still receives emails from this dead boss, needs both of these rules and Julius to help her unravel the knot of killers, embezzlers and blackmailers.  This suspense-filled romance is one that shows everyone is not always who they seem.  

This book held my interest and kept me wondering ‘who done it’ while enjoying the growing romance between the main characters.
Harriet Burton, Bartlett Library

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