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Change is in the Air at Memphis Public Library’s Popular Library!

By: Marcey Wright

Memphis Public Library customers will notice an upgrade during checkout, starting November 3, 2014!Times are changing, and so are the Memphis Public Library’s policies for checking out high-demand books, DVDs, and other material. Starting November 3, 2014, Library customers will notice an upgrade during checkout.

Traditionally, readers could only check out Popular Library items, like New York Times bestsellers or other high-demand titles, for seven days with no renewals. Furthermore, customers could not place items on hold, check out movies for more than three days at a time, or request that desired items be sent to another Library location.

“We’ve been using the current Popular Library concept for 25 years,” noted Collection Development Manager Alan Stewart. “We’re making adjustments in our policies as a response to recent advances in technology and to changes in how Library customers use our services.”

Upcoming policy changes are below. 

  • All print books (including new and high-demand titles) will circulate for 21 days. Also, readers will be able to place these items on hold or renew them.
  • All entertainment DVDs will circulate for seven days. Customers can place them on hold also.
  • Library customers can renew all “renewable” items twice.

“Ultimately, the idea behind the changes is to provide more customers with more access to more materials,” Stewart explained. “And, we believe that this is the best way to manage our resources efficiently and to serve our customers effectively moving forward.”


Award-winning Author and Ethiopian Immigrant to Share Compelling Story with Library Customers

Dinaw Mengestu Coming to Central Library November 4

Click here to learn more about author Dinaw Mengestu's visit to Memphis!

By: Marcey Wright

Award-winning author Dinaw Mengestu is coming to the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library (3030 Poplar Avenue) on November 4, 2014!


Fleeing for safety, peace, and hope for a better future, many immigrants cross the seas to America leaving behind the harsh realities of their homelands and looking forward to dreams of a better tomorrow. No one knows this feeling better than Ethiopian immigrant and award-winning author Dinaw Mengestu. In his book The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears, Mengestu recounts his own experiences while blending them with fictitious accounts of what life is like for a refugee.

Thanks to a partnership between Memphis Public Libraries and Christian Brothers University, Mengestu is coming to Memphis! The author will lead a discussion and book signing at 5:30 pm on Tuesday, November 4, 2014 at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library (3030 Poplar Avenue). This special presentation will be followed by a panel discussion with other local immigrant authors like Morris M. Gbee, former child soldier born in Liberia and writer of War Face. Today, Gbee is an American citizen and veteran of the Iraqi War.

An American Dream author and China-native Della Adams will serve on the panel also. She is the granddaughter of a Chinese warlord. Her father was an American soldier and a prisoner of the Korean War.


TTRP Days at Memphis Public Libraries Offer Education and Bonding for Parents and Kids!

By: Marcey Wright

Memphis Public Libraries and The Urban Child Institute have teamed up to bring you "Touch, Talk, Ready, Play Days" at several Library locations!During the month of October, parents and caregivers visiting Memphis Public Libraries will learn four important components to every child’s development – touching, talking, reading, and playing. So, the Memphis Public Library & Information Center in partnership with the Urban Child Institute will host Touch, Talk, Read, Play (TTRP) Days at several Memphis Library locations to promote early childhood literacy throughout the city.

The Urban Child Institute will host the special TTRP Days at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library (3030 Poplar Avenue), Cornelia Crenshaw Branch Library (531 Vance Avenue), Frayser Branch Library (3712 Argonne Street), Gaston Park Branch Library (1040 South Third Street), and Levi Branch Library (3676 Highway 61 South).

The free two-hour interactive sessions will be held during fall and spring breaks for parents or caregivers and children ages 0 to 5 years. At the end of each TTRP Day, kids will receive a special Memphis & Me booklet from a librarian, and the Urban Child Institute representatives will even follow up with families or childcare centers to track progress!

Below is the schedule of Touch, Talk, Read, Play Days at Memphis Public Libraries.


Teens Should ‘Fall’ Into Central Library for a Season of Fun!

By: Marcey Wright

Teens are sure to enjoy the list of fall programs at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library (3030 Poplar Avenue). Take a look!Memphis Public Library is the place to be for teens this fall! With several programs specialized for adolescent readers, the Library offers teens a chance to have fun with peers while being creative!

Teens will explore Bits, Bytes, & Bots as they learn to create a new world with Minecraft on Wednesday, October 8, 2014, 2 pm at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library (3030 Poplar Avenue). Then, on Thursday, October 16 at 3 pm, teens visiting Central Library can celebrate Halloween early with a haunted afternoon and special program called Ghost of Memphis.

It will be all fun and games Thursday, November 6 at 3 pm for Teen Game Day, and on Thursday, November 20 at 3 pm, Teen Craft Day will be the ideal time for exercising teens’ artistic side! All of these programs will take place at Central Library.

“We want teens to be actively engaged at Memphis Public Libraries, and great programs are the perfect invitation,” said Teen Services Coordinator Janae Pitts-Murdock. “Whenever Library doors open, teens can find exciting and educational programs, events, technology and expansive collections. It’s all here at the Library!”

Registration is required for each event. For more information about teen events this fall, call (901) 415-2732.


Readers Come with A Little but Leave with A Lot at Friends’ Fall Book Sale!

Coming to Central Library on October 24 - 25!

By: Marcey Wright

The Friends of the Library Fall Book Sale is coming October 24 - 25, 2014 to the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library (3030 Poplar Avenue)!

The Friends of the Library Fall Book Sale is a booklover’s dream come true – with children’s to adult hardback and paperback books, magazines, CDs, DVDs, records, cassettes and more priced at $2 or less!

Library customers can take advantage of the sale from 10 am to 4:30 pm on Friday, October 24 and Saturday, October 25, 2014 at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library (3030 Poplar Avenue). A special preview sale for Friends members will be held 8 am – 10 am on October 24.

“We’re constantly getting new things, new CDs, DVDs, hardback and paperback books, and lots more,” commented Friends of the Library president Jacque Jenkins. “Even if you come on Friday, you can return on Saturday and find something different, especially for collectors! You’re always going to find new items.”

Click here to see the amazing price list!


Seniors to Get Free One-way Ticket to Library's New 'Colorcopia'

By: Marcey Wright

When Memphis Public Libraries and Dixon Gallery & Gardens teamed up, the result was “Colorcopia”! See story for details.

Senior citizens looking to add more “color” to life should take a trip to Colorcopia – Memphis Public Library’s new painting class, offered in conjunction with Dixon Gallery & Gardens. This free art series is a chance for retirees to have fun while learning new skills from professional artists.

Colorcopia is yet another wonderful and free service for seniors to encourage creative thinking, self-expression, and socialization,” explained Wang-Ying Glasgow, adult services coordinator for Memphis Public Libraries. “We expect this program to enrich seniors’ quality of life. If they want to fill a void in their time or schedule, Colorcopia is a great way to introduce something new and beautiful into their lives!”

Dixon Gallery & Gardens will supply all painting material for students, as they explore Impressionism during the month of October 2014, Printmaking in November, and Color in the Gardens in December.


Shelves of Great Catches Await at Second Editions Bookstore's Fishing Book Sale!

By: Marcey Wright

Second Editions Bookstore customers can "go fishing" for great deals during the Fishing and Angling Book Sale on October 10 - 25, 2014!Readers looking to “catch” great deals on books should look no farther than Second Editions Bookstore for the Fishing and Angling Book Sale starting Friday, October 10 through Saturday, October 25. The Bookstore, which is located in the lobby of the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library (3030 Poplar Avenue), is filled with affordable items that keep avid readers coming back!

Open Tuesdays through Fridays 10 am to 6 pm, Second Editions Bookstore will offer fishermen a wide variety of gently-used angling books that include cover all methods of fishing. Beginners or professionals, fisherman at all skill levels will find useful books about salmon, bass, panfish, salt water fish, and even books on specific rivers by a list of well-known authors like Brooks, Gierach, Gingrich, Schwiebert, Lyons, Whitlock, Wulff and more!

In addition to the inventory itself, the best part of the sale is the prices which are $2 or $3. Readers fishing for these great deals are encouraged to come early and plan to stay awhile as they peruse through hundreds of books.

The Fishing and Angling Book Sale is sponsored by the Friends of the Library. All proceeds from the sale benefit the Memphis Public Library & Information Center.

For more information, call (901) 415-2836.


Fun for Fall Break, Anyone?

By: Marcey Wright

Make time for fun this fall break at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library (3030 Poplar Avenue)! See story for details.Instead of sitting at home bored during fall break, kids and parents are invited to join the fun at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library (3030 Poplar Avenue)! Arts and crafts, family movies, and a special 100th birthday celebration for Memphis’ Central Station are all on the agenda for Library customers to enjoy!

The complete schedule of events is listed below. (All events will take place at Central Library.) 

  • Crafternoon Monday, October 6, 2014, 1:30 pm – 3 pm
    Join Ms. Luna for an afternoon of books, crafts, and fun! 
  • Art to GrowTuesday, October 7, 2014, 1:30 pm – 3 pm
    Customers will make their own sculptures to take home, as artists from Dixon Gallery & Gardens teach them about sculptor Auguste Rodin. 
  • Movie Day Wednesday, October 8, 2014, 1:30 pm – until
    Enjoy complementary popcorn and candy, while watching a family movie! 
  • Central Station’s 100th Birthday Celebration Thursday, October 9, 2014, 1:30 pm – 3 pm
    To help celebrate Central Station’s 100th birthday, Mr. Oliver of the Memphis Railroad and Trolley Museum will display a model train while teaching Library customers all about these locomotives.

Don’t miss the fall break fun at Memphis Public Libraries! For more information, call (901) 415-2739.


Take Your Family Out for a Few ‘Tunes & Tales’ at Memphis Public Libraries!

By: Marcey Wright

Mark your calendar for "Family Tunes & Tales" at Memphis Public Libraries! See story for details.

Family Tunes & Tales is the perfect combination of storytime and music, thanks to a partnership between Memphis Public Libraries and Memphis Symphony Orchestra. Kids and adults alike are amazed by how children’s stories come to life through rhythmic percussions, string quartets, or brass ensembles.

Back by popular demand, Family Tunes & Tales Storytime will begin another “encore” season of concerts on October 25 and November 22, 2014 at the following Library locations.

  • Saturday, October 25, 2014, 11 am
    Brass Quintet – Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library
    Woodwind Quintet – Cordova Branch Library
    Kinder Trio – Bartlett Branch Library
  • Saturday, November 22, 2014, 11 am
    Brass Quintet – Cordova Branch Library
    String Quartet – Bartlett Branch Library
    Percussion – Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library

Mark your calendars today for family fun at your Memphis Public Libraries! For more information about storytimes and concerts, call each Library location.


Free ‘iPads for Seniors’ Classes Now at Memphis Public Libraries!

By: Marcey Wright

"iPads for Seniors" classes are now available for free at several Memphis Public Library locations!Seniors visiting Memphis Public Libraries no longer have to rely on kids or grandkids to answer their technology questions. Thanks to a grant from the Durham Foundation and new iPads for Seniors classes, they can learn for themselves at their own pace.

These interactive technology sessions offer senior students an opportunity to learn basic functions on an iPad, how to research information, and how to access the Library’s e-book collection. But the curriculum does not end there. A team of trained librarians teach seniors button placement on the iPad, how to connect to and navigate Wi-Fi, along with how to snap photographs, record video and share them with friends. Students take a virtual field trip to the iTunes App Store and learn to install apps on the portable device, which are provided for the Library’s classes. (Students are not required to bring their own iPads.)

Several Library locations offer the free course, including the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library (3030 Poplar Avenue), Cherokee Library (3300 Sharpe Avenue), Cordova Library (8457 Trinity Road), Raleigh Library (3157 Powers Road), and Whitehaven Library (4120 Mill Branch Road). Classes will be available through selected community centers and senior centers also.

Classes are offered at Central Library (room L-50) on the fourth Fridays of each month,10:30 am to 12:30 pm.

For more information about other iPads for Seniors classes, call each Library branch or call (901) 415-2709.


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