Thursday, July 06, 2017

MEMPHIS READS QUESTION

We all go to the movies for various reasons- to see the show, to compare and contrast the book versus the motion picture, or even to enjoy the refreshments while escaping the elements.

So, Memphis Reads wants to know:

When you saw a movie based on a book, did you enjoy the book or movie better? Why do you think this was the case?

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Thursday, June 29, 2017

UPCOMING HOLIDAY CLOSING JULY 4, 2017





All locations of the Memphis Public Library &  Information Center will be closed 
in observance of INDEPENDENCE DAY, Tuesday, July 4, 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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Saturday, June 10, 2017

[LIBRARY EVENTS] STORYTIME FOR ADULTS AT CENTRAL LIBRARY (3030 POPLAR AVENUE)



Library customers don’t have to be young to enjoy a good story – just young at heart! Memphis Public Library’s new Adult Storytime is planned for 10 a.m. on every Wednesday in the Memphis and Shelby County Room of the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library (3030 Poplar Ave., 4th floor).
All adult customers are welcomed to attend the storytimes, but they are designed specifically for adults with special needs.
“We developed this storytime because several organizations who serve adults with Autism, Down Syndrome and other intellectual disabilities had requested a program for adults similar to children’s storytime, but one was not available,” noted Central Library’s History Department Manager Wayne Dowdy. “History Department staff members were troubled that we had no specific service for adults with special needs.”
As a result, Central Library’s History Department developed partnerships with organizations like SRVS to begin spreading the word about the upcoming program.
“Our hope is that Adult Storytime will benefit Memphis’ adult special needs population by providing a structured program that will stimulate their thought processes and provide positive social interactions,” Dowdy concluded.
For more information about Adult Storytimes at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, call (901) 415-2742.

By: Marcey Wright, public relations supervisor


Monday, June 05, 2017

[Library Events and Programs] Explore Memphis at all Memphis Public Libraries

June 1 - July 31st

"Build a Better World" by participating in Explore Memphis 2017. 

Families can beat the heat and avoid the summer slide by reading, participating in library programs, exploring the city, and sharing your experiences.

Visit our Explore Memphis page to find free programs and activities for all ages at any Memphis Public Library location. 

Learn which local attractions offer free or discounted admission with a library card.

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Thursday, June 01, 2017

[BOOK REVIEW] HILLBILLY ELEGY by J.D. Vance

Nonfiction/Memoir 

Andrea K. reviews Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance (HarperCollins, 2016)

        I am going to admit I was very skeptical to read this because so many customers had asked about it or asked me to read it. I thought surely it could not be that good. I mean, several times when a book is so good and named a bestseller, I have not liked the actual book.
        Anyway, I am glad to be mistaken about Hillbilly Elegy, the bestseller by Appalachian native, J.D. Vance. The author claims this book is not recounting his own triumphs and accomplishments but it is about the trials, tribulations, and victories of his mother’s parents, Mamaw and Papaw.
        Like the author, I was blessed to have a wonderful relationship with my own maternal grandparents whom I also called Mamaw and Papaw. They also came from a poor, humble background but always wanted for their descendents to push hard and strive for upward mobility.
        This memoir is well-written in the fact Vance relays stories about his childhood (some heartwarming stories, some heartbreaking tales) but also peppers the book with grim, cruel truths about Appalachia.
This book will either break your heart or else it will warm your soul. Whichever happens does not matter because most likely you will not forget the Vance family.


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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.  


Click to view price list

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