Saturday, June 10, 2017


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



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




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 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, May 12, 2017


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


[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


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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