Branch Highlight: Cornelia Crenshaw Library

Entering the doors of Cornelia Crenshaw Branch Library (531 Vance Ave.) might feel like home. A warm welcome from staff members and overall family feel has made this small but impactful library a main attraction in South Memphis for generations. Named after Civil Rights activist and trailblazer Cornelia Crenshaw and only blocks away from the local headquarters of the NAACP, this historic haven is rich with culture, Southern hospitality and a love for learning. This can be seen by the DiscoverREAD Learning Center for kids and parents that encourages family time and educational play; the rows of computers for public use; creative and fun library displays about current events or upcoming holidays; and shelves of books on a near-endless variety of topics.

“Every day, we try to make a difference in Memphis, one customer at a time, one interaction at a time,” said Branch Manager Inger Upchurch. “There’s nothing more rewarding than to see smiles on customers’ faces after they’ve polished their resumes or attended a library program or holiday party. We identify our customers’ needs and work to supply that. But, working with the kids is the best! Making a difference for them is certainly a long-standing passion of mine.”

But one thing Cornelia Crenshaw Library doesn’t have is Friends. This literary force in South Memphis needs a driver, and we hope that person to start a Friends organization to raise funds and support programs, events, and other needs at Cornelia Crenshaw Library is you!

“Everyone could use a ‘Friend,’” Upchurch continued, “and by becoming our Friend, you will make many more friends than you could ever imagine!”

For more information on how to start a Friends group at Cornelia Crenshaw Library, call 901-415-2840.

Friends’ Spring Book Sale Coming Soon!

The near-endless selection of your favorite books and other items is coming to the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library (3030 Poplar Ave.) for the Friends of the Library Spring Book Sale. Mark your family’s calendar for 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. on Friday, May 24 and Saturday, May 25, 2019.

“Our book sales are not like watching paint dry,” noted Friends of the Library President Jacqueline Wallace. “They are full of excitement, fun activities, and an amazing selection of books and other items.”

Kids will enjoy face painting, food trucks and free popcorn, while parents shop from a variety of DVDs, CDs, vinyl records, specialty books, sheet music and more – all for $2 or less!

“You cannot beat the prices! You really can’t, because if you look on the inside of some these, they are $28 books and they look new. Now that I’m here, I want to get every book that I can. We’re glad we came,” said a few book sale shoppers at last year’s record-breaking spring sale.

A complete price list is below.

Friends Spring Book Sale Price List
Hardbacks $2
Paperbacks $1
Children’s hardbacks $1
Children’s paperbacks $0.50
Records $0.50
Cassettes $0.25
Loose Magazines $0.25
CDs $1
DVDs $2
Sheet Music $0.25

Saturday shoppers will also meet Rockey the Redbird and take selfie, while promoting literacy in Memphis.

“Literacy is the most basic currency of the knowledge economy. We want everyone in our community to be rich in knowledge. Our book sales help to lead with literacy because you’re never too old to enjoy a good book,” Wallace concluded.

For more information about Memphis Library Friends or the upcoming book sale, call 901-415-2840