Join the Center for Southern Literary Arts at the Halloran Centre next Tuesday evening, February 27, 2018, for its Lyceum Mainstage Series featuring Tayari Jones, award-winning novelist and author of An American Marriage, a 2018 Oprah Book Club selection!

Visit Novel Bookstore in Laurelwood to get your copy in advance of the reading. Tickets: https://orpheum-memphis.com/event/tayari-jones

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2016 Christian Summer Camp at Raleigh Community Church of Christ | 4748 New Allen Rd., 38128 | 901-335-0642
 
Dates: Now until Friday, August 5th
Daily Hours of Operation: 7 am to 6 pm, Monday – Friday
$40 registration fee (one time)/$25 per week
Summer reading with LEXIA, field trips & community service projects, sports & recreation, arts & crafts
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Friends of the Library Spring Book Sale, coming to the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library (3030 Poplar Avenue), 10 am – 4:30 pm on Friday, May 27 and Saturday, May 28, 2015.
 
Non-profit organizations and schools that would like to get books are welcome to come AFTER the sale (at 4:30 pm) on Saturday, to pick up boxes of books for their group.  Please contact Terrice Thomas at terrice.thomas@memphistn.gov , or 901-415-2840 if you are interested.  Thanks!
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Summer is around the corner and this year’s summer camp will be better than ever! The Davis YMCA will offer a summer day camp for kids ages 5-12 from May 26thJuly 31st.  Join us for 10 weeks of fun, sun, and excitement! Feel free to contact the Davis YMCA Welcome Center at 901-398-2366 with any questions regarding summer camp!

Kimberly Morgan-West, Youth Development Director

THOMAS B. DAVIS YMCA | 4727 Elvis Presley Blvd., Memphis, TN. 38116

(P) 901 398-2366 (D) 901 505-0967 (F) 901 346-3348 | (E) kmorgan@ymcamemphis.org (W) ymcamemphis.org

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The Friends of the Library Fall Book Sale is a book lover’s dream come true – with children’s to adults’ 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 andSaturday, 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 to 10 am on October 24.

 

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It’s time to spread the word, again, that First Book-MidSouth is accepting completed book grant applications.  We will be accepting them from 7/1 until 8/30/14.  Our board will meet mid-September to determine how we’ll allocate the $25,000 we’ve raised to give back to school-based and community-based tutoring and mentoring programs focusing on improving literacy levels among our neediest children.

I’m attaching a copy of our application form here.  As it says on page one of the form, completed applications should be emailed to:
midsouth_tn@firstbook.org

Thank you for helping us spread the word!
All best,
Lolly Easley
First Book-MidSouth, Chair

 

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Check out the latest novel by Memphis author, Shulanda J. Hastings: “Marriage Thorn: My Husband Is Not My Boaz?”  This novel is full of drama, suspense with a twist of humor. Here is a teaser: 

Sherri Pearce is a born and raised Mississippi Delta woman who believes in the Biblical principles that her preacher grandfather and outspoken grandmother instilled in her.  Walking in her grandparents’ footsteps, she is active in church leadership and plans to be the ideal first lady. After years of being committed to God, at age 30, she believes that she has finally met her “Boaz” and marries the infamous Pastor Ronald from Memphis, Tennessee, who Sherri thinks to be transformed from his previous North Memphis lifestyle.  But before the ink is dry on their marriage license, Sherri finds herself feeling the painful thorns of marriage and ministry. Believing in God’s design for marriage, she is determined to make her marriage work.  Just when things seem to be going well, Sherri is faced with a major crisis that causes her pain like no other. She has to make an ultimate decision that regardless of her choice could leave an everlasting thorn in her side.

AVAILABLE April 30, 2014 in electronic and print copies. You may purchase on Amazon on at www.shulandajhastings.com. Order your copy today and find out what the latest buzz in Memphis is about!
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2014-2015 STAR Academy College Preparatory Charter School Job Openings

Elementary Instructors (Interim and Permanent)

STAR Academy College Preparatory Charter School is currently seeking licensed 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade Mathematics and Reading/Language Arts teachers for the 2014-2015 school year. Qualified applicants must have a passion for urban education, have high academic and social expectations for students, and enjoy collaborating with a team in an innovative environment.  Experience with preparing students for high levels of performance on state mandated assessments is a “plus.”  Retired certified teachers are urged to apply for interim status. Interested applicants should submit a resume and cover letter, electronically, by May 2, 2014 to Angela Holloway, school principal.

STAR Academy Charter School

3260 James Road

Memphis, Tennessee 38128

901-387-5050

aholloway@staracademycharter.org

 

Elementary Instructors (Interim and Permanent)

STAR Academy College Preparatory Charter School is currently seeking licensed kindergarten and first grade teachers for the 2014-2015 school year. Qualified applicants must have a passion for urban education, have high academic and social expectations for students, and enjoy collaborating with a team in an innovative environment.  Experience with preparing students for high levels of performance on state mandated assessments is a “plus.”  Retired certified teachers are urged to apply for interim status. Interested applicants should submit a resume and cover letter, electronically, by May 2, 2014 to Angela Holloway, school principal.

STAR Academy Charter School

3260 James Road

Memphis, Tennessee 38128

901-387-5050

aholloway@staracademycharter.org

 

Substitute Teachers

STAR Academy College Preparatory Charter School is currently seeking skilled individuals to substitute teach during the 2014-2015 school year. A college degree and experience in the elementary school environment is preferred.  Qualified applicants must have a passion for urban education, have high academic and social expectations for students, and enjoy collaborating with a team in an innovative environment. Retired certified teachers are urged to apply. Interested applicants should submit a resume and cover letter, electronically, by May 2, 2014 to Angela Holloway, school principal.

STAR Academy Charter School

3260 James Road

Memphis, Tennessee 38128

901-387-5050

aholloway@staracademycharter.org

 

 

Reading/Language Arts and Mathematics Interventionists (Part-time)

STAR Academy College Preparatory Charter School is currently seeking content area interventionists to provide additional academic support for students who struggle in Mathematics and/or Reading/Language Arts for the 2014-2015 school year.  Qualified applicants must have a passion for urban education, have high academic and social expectations for students, and enjoy collaborating with a team in an innovative environment.  Experience with school intervention and closing the achievement gap, preferred. Retired educators are urged to apply. Interested applicants should submit a resume and cover letter, electronically, by May 2, 2014 to Angela Holloway, school principal.

STAR Academy Charter School

3260 James Road

Memphis, Tennessee 38128

901-387-5050

aholloway@staracademycharter.org

 

Chess Instructor (Part-time)

STAR Academy College Preparatory Charter School is currently seeking a highly skilled chess instructor for the 2014-2015 school year. Qualified applicants must have a passion for urban education, have high academic and social expectations for students, and enjoy collaborating with a team in an innovative environment.  Experience in the elementary school setting and/or with elementary students, preferred. Interested applicants should submit a resume and cover letter, electronically, by May 2, 2014 to Angela Holloway, school principal.

STAR Academy Charter School

3260 James Road

Memphis, Tennessee 38128

901-387-5050

aholloway@staracademycharter.org

Music Instructor (Part-time)

STAR Academy College Preparatory Charter School is currently seeking a highly skilled music educator for the 2014-2015 school year. Qualified applicants must have a passion for urban education, have high academic and social expectations for students, and enjoy collaborating with a team in an innovative environment.  Experience in the elementary school setting and/or with elementary students, preferred. Interested applicants should submit a resume and cover letter, electronically, by May 2, 2014 to Angela Holloway, school principal.

STAR Academy Charter School

3260 James Road

Memphis, Tennessee 38128

901-387-5050

aholloway@staracademycharter.org

 

 Bartlett (386-8968)

  • Preschool Storytime (ages 2-5) March 12 and 13 @10:15 and 11:15 am both days; call to register.
  • Tunes and Tales (ages 4 – 11) with a Create a Craft Session March 8 @11 amMusical Performance by Memphis Symphony’s String Quartet; call to register.
  • Computer Basics Class for Adults March 14 @ 1 pm

Central (415-2700)

  • Free Saturday Legal Clinics for Adults March 8 @10 am in Meeting Rooms A, B, and C
  • Family Tunes and Tales (ages 4 and older) March 8 @11 am Musical Performance by Memphis Symphony Orchestra Roxaboxen
  • The “A to Z of Used Car Buying” for Adults sponsored by Autozone March 8@11:15 am and @noon in First Floor Magazine Area
  • Paws for Reading March 8 @1pm Children read with trained READ therapy dog Teva
  • Literacy Through Steampunk March 8  @3 pm in L-56 Part of Teen Tech Week activities
  • Preschool Storytime (ages 3- 5) March 10 @10:15 am
  • Crafternoon – Crafts + Books = FUN March 10 @3:30 pm (ages 6-12)
  • Central Reader’s Club (Memphis and the Super Flood of 1937 by Patrick O’Daniel)

March 10 @6:30 pm in the Humanities Department

  • Baby and Books March 11  @10:15 am
  • Internet Basics for Adults March 11 @10 am
  • Teen Tech Tuesday March 11 @2:30 pm in L-56 Teens celebrate Teen Tech Week with the latest gadgets and gizmos to produce a movie, arrange a song, and write a book. Call 415-2739 for details.
  • Toddler Story Time March12 @10:15 am (ages 18-36 months) in Children’s Department
  • Wider Angle Film Series (Broken directed by Rufus Norris) March 12 @6 pm in the Humantities Department
  • Preschool Storytime March 13  @10:15 am (ages 3 – 5)
  • Dixon Gallery’s Art to Grow: Stained Glass a la Marc Chagall March 13

 @1:30 pm (ages 6 and older) Groups must register by calling 415-2700

  • Small Business Start-Up March 13

@6 pm in Business/Sciences Department, third floor

  • Paws for Reading March 15 @1pm Children read with trained READ therapy dog Olly. Hablan espanol e ingles.

 Cordova (415-2764)

  • Tunes and Tales  Woodwind Quartet March 8 @11 am (for children)
  • Internet Basics Class for Adults March 12 @10 am
  • International Storytime Celebrating Poland March 15 @11 am (ages 4- 11)

Crenshaw (415-2765)

  • Spring Cleaning at Crenshaw March 12 @10:30 am Children and teens pick up litter and clean up and enjoy a pizza party following.
  • Miz Crenshaw’s Farmers Market March 13 @10:30 am Children eat fruits and veggies from the farmer’s market named for Mrs. Cornelia Crenshaw. UT Extension Program guest Rita Jackson will read to the children and provide coloring booklets and recipe cards to parents.

 East Shelby (415-2767)

  • Preschool Storytime March 8 @1 pm

Gaston Park (415-2769)

  • It’s All About Matter March 11 @11 am With this introduction to chemistry, kids ages 8 and up will explore the concept of matter changing using root beer floats and balloon racing.
  • I Am A Builder March 12 @ 11 am With this introduction to engineering, children ages 5 and up will design geometric spaces using marshmallows, gumdrops, toothpicks, and plastic straws.
  • I Can’t Believe My Eyes March 13 @ 11 am With this introduction to biology, children ages 8 and older will learn how to use a microscope and conduct simple experiments.

Parkway Village (415-2776) 

  • Towel Origami March 11 @3 pm Adults make their own whimsical animals from towels like ones seen on cruise ships
  • Children’s Movie Day March 12 @2 pm Children will enjoy a movie and refreshments.
  • Teen Yu-Gi-Oh! March 13 @2 pm Teens battle for championship as they play this popular game.

Raleigh (415-2778) Registration required for activities below.

  • Art to Grow March 10 @10:30 am
  • Print It, Stamp It, Make It Your Own March 11 @10:30 am
  • Slime and Other Science Fun March 12 @10:30 am
  • My Green Thumb March 13 @10:30 am

 South (415-2780)

  • Computer Basics March 11 @10 am

Whitehaven (415-2781)

  • Seed Seedling Swap for Adults March 8 @11 am

Bring the power of writing to 

your school, church, or nonprofit!

Write Memphis 

Train-The-Trainer Event

March 12th from 10:00am-11:15am

Junior League Community Resource Center

3475 Central Avenue

Memphis, TN 38111

 

Want to bring a writing group to your organization? Literacy Mid-South provides free training sessions for education coordinators at local nonprofits, churches, and schools to implement the program.

WriteMemphis is a program where each writer’s life experiences influence their understanding of the reading process, the development of their own individual voices, and the particular way the writers tell their own story. The WriteMemphis model can be used for adults and children.

Those involved in a WriteMemphis writing group will: 

  1. Develop New Listening Skills
  2. Increase Individuality
  3. Enhance Writing Proficiency
  4. Improve Reading Comprehension
  5. Raise Self-Esteem

Literacy Mid-South is providing this free training session for coordinators to implement the program. Attendees will leave with everything they need to start a writing group. Space is extremely limited!  Reserve your spot today!

As space is extremely limited, we ask that only one person per organization register.