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:

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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 , 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) (W)


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:

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 Order your copy today and find out what the latest buzz in Memphis is about!