Thursday, May 25, 2017

UPCOMING HOLIDAY CLOSING FOR ALL LOCATIONS MAY 29, 2017

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LIBRARY CLOSED 

All locations of the Memphis Public Library & Information Center will be closed MONDAY, MAY 29, 2017, in observance of MEMORIAL DAY. 

Customers have the option of  reserving or renewing books by going to www.memphislibrary.org 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.

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Friday, May 12, 2017

[LIBRARY EVENTS AND PROGRAMS] AUTHOR MICHAEL FARRIS SMITH COMING TO MEMPHIS

Books and Beyond
 Author Michael Farris Smith
Tuesday May 16, 2017
10:15 a.m.

Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library
Meeting Room L-56
3030 Poplar Ave

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[Library Events and Programs] Friends of the Library Spring Book Sale May 26 & 27



Mark your calendars for the Friends of the Library Spring 2017 Book Sale at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library.  


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Tuesday, May 09, 2017

[BOOK REVIEW] The Girl Before by JP Delaney

Fiction/ Suspense/ Thriller

Andrea K. reviews THE GIRL BEFORE by JP Delaney (Ballantine Books, 2017)

This is the story of two young women, Emma and Jane, who will never meet, but their stories will intertwine in this prickly, eerie story.

Emma and Jane both have experienced some kind of loss in their lives. Emma was robbed and raped while she was home alone, and Jane suffered giving birth to a stillborn baby. Both women know it’s time to start over and so they begin the pursuit of living at One Folgate Street. The building itself is an amazing architectural masterpiece but its designer, Edward Monkford, is an eccentric control freak. In the lease it is mandated there will not be any personal effects, and the renters must relinquish full control to Monkford.

Things get curiouser and curiouser when Emma finds out Edward’s wife and son were buried under Folgate after dying in a freak accident. Later, Jane finds out Emma fell down the glass staircase and sustained massive brain bleeding.

If Edward knows from separate occurrences that One Folgate Street is a deathtrap, why isn’t he changing its architectural structure? Or maybe, because the place is a deathtrap, Edward refuses to change anything?

Readers will be mesmerized by the cunning Edward and will plead with Emma and Jane to get away from him before it’s too late.

Andrea K., Staff

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Friday, May 05, 2017

[BOOK REVIEW] Indigo by Beverly Jenkins

Fiction/Historical Fiction/African-American Fiction/Romance


Syma C. reviews INDIGO by Beverly Jenkins (iUniverse, 2000)

After reading Indigo, I had to take a deep breath. I learned so much from this book; lessons I will remember for the rest of my life.

Of course, after slaves were given legal papers proving themselves to be free, there were still people who used them for sport. They were called "slave catchers." There were ex-slaves, such as Hester, whose role in the safety and well-being of runaways who found themselves in need, proved to be vital. Her help was especially vital when she encounters an injured man known as "Black Daniel." African-Americans had little but accomplished much; they even devised methods of communication without mumbling a word. No one can verbally express a warning to readers what Galen and Hester were about to embark upon in this pre-Civil War America.

Knowing the law can not only make trouble for you but also the ones whom you love and care for, blacks learned when to express themselves and when to hold on to emotions. Throughout this book, readers learn not only do all the characters possess a certain strength to protect one another in the present, but also to guard and cherish tragic and beautiful events from the past.

Black Daniel, who was born Galen, is by no stretch of the imagination a dim witted man, passive person, or a slave to cower. Instead, he is a person of morals, trust, affection, dedication, and above all, he has real love for Hester, whom he named, “La Indigo.”

This historical romance explores the truth about love and passion between a man and a woman.

Super awesome book!

Syma C., Staff

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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. 






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Monday, April 17, 2017

[Book Review] The Johnstown Flood by David McCullough

Nonfiction/History

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 www.memphislibrary.org 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.


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