Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Holiday Closings April 3, 5, & 6, 2015

All branches of the Memphis Public Library & Information Center will be closed on the following days for their respective holidays: 

Good FridayFriday, April 3, 2015
Easter Sunday: Sunday, April 5, 2015
Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial (Observed): Monday, April 6, 2015

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.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

[News and Notes] March is Women's History Month

Women’s History Month takes place throughout the month of March. Today's News and Notes updates are all about the women.

Bertrice Small

O'Malley Saga author Bertrice Small passed away February 24 at the age of 77. Born in 1937 and the author of 56 novels, she was best known for “bodice-ripping” historical romances, fantasy romances, and erotic novels. (Source: New York Times Obituary) (Bertrice Small--library catalog)

Louise Erdrich won this year's Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction. Erdrich's novel, The Round House, won the National Book Award in 2012. (Source: New York Times)

Carol Berkin (Revolutionary Mothers) and Ida B. Wells (Crusade for Justice), and Wilma Mankiller (Mankiller: A Chief and Her People) were among the powerful women profiled in BookRiot's So You Want to Properly Celebrate Women's History Month

African American authors Harriet E. Wilson and Toni Morrison made Flavorwire’s list of Female Firsts in the Arts  

OpenCulture shares 74 Essential Books for Your Personal Library: A List Curated by Female Creatives

Search the library catalog for featured authors or titles

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Thursday, March 19, 2015

[Library Events & Programs] Get Ready for Bookstock 2015

The Memphis Public Library's annual Bookstock Festival is Saturday April 18, 2015.

We have 40 local authors scheduled to be there, plus three guest authors: Mary Monroe, Charles Graeber, and Patricia McKissack.  

Make plans to bring the whole family for a day of live music, cooking demonstrations and activities for children. 


Friday, March 13, 2015

[Book Review] Eragon by Christopher Paolini

Science Fiction/Fantasy/Young Adult

Reader’s Advisory Science Fiction/Fantasy Genre Spotlight

ERAGON by Christopher Paolini (Alfred A. Knopf, 2003)
(Inheritance series, Book 1)

Eragon, a fifteen-year-old poor farm boy living with his uncle and older cousin, stumbles upon a large, beautiful stone in the Spine. When the stone hatches a beautiful baby dragon, Eragon’s life is turned upside down and is forced to flee his hometown with Brom, the town storyteller, who also happens to have an extensive knowledge of dragons and the ancient language of magic. Brom makes it known to Eragon that their world hasn’t seen a dragon rider in a long time until now. Eragon and his beautiful dragon, Saphira, will embark a legendary but dangerous journey into war against the oppressive King Galbatorix. Eragon alone will have to make a choice whether to turn his back on the kingdom and live his own life, or join allied forces against Galbatorix.

Carolina Salcedo, Randolph Branch

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Thursday, March 12, 2015

[Author Obit] Terry Pratchett 1948 - 2015

Image from goodreads.com

From The Associated Press London:

"Fantasy writer Terry Pratchett, creator of the exuberant, satirical "Discworld" series and author of more than 70 books, has died. He was 66...
 Transworld Publishers said Pratchett died Thursday at his home, 'with his cat sleeping on his bed surrounded by his family.' " Full AP story

More news and tributes from around the web: 

The Guardian's Terry Pratchett Tribute Page includes 15 of his best quotes and photo gallery. 

Terry Pratchett tributes on Twitter

Terry Pratchett Facebook page

Terry Pratchett's Official Website (Server currently down 3/12/15)

Browse the MPLIC catalog for the works of Sir Terry Pratchett

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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

[Book Review] An Offer From a Gentleman by Julia Quinn


Reader’s Advisory Romance Genre Spotlight

AN OFFER  FROM A GENTLEMAN by Julia Quinn (Avon Books, 2001)

An Offer from a Gentleman begins like a Cinderella story but with a twist. Sophie is a “warden” of the Penwood family, but she truly is the “outside child” of Earl of Penwood. But when Earl of Penwood dies suddenly, Sophie’s life is turned from “warden” to “slave” working for her stepmother and two stepsisters. When the Bridgeton Family holds a grand masquerade ball, Sophie gets a chance of a lifetime to live like “Cinderella“  for one night and dance with the “prince,” Benedict Bridgeton. But when the clock strikes midnight, reality kicks in and her life changes dramatically -- her home and way of life are stripped away from her forcing her to start a new life unknown and alone.

Three years later, fate steps in. Sophie finds herself on a new adventure full of twists and turns with the last person she thought she would ever see again: Benedict, her prince.

Shelley Moore, Raleigh Library

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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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