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Computer Basics with Windows 10

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library
Computer Lab

Join us for a Computer Basics with Microsoft Windows 10.  This operating system for Windows offers a array of enhancements and functionality in an easy to use interface.  The training teaches the most basic skills needed to operate a Library computer:

  • Using a mouse
  • Knowing certain terminology like Desktop, Icons, Menu, Taskbar, Toolbar, etc.
  • Opening a program
  • Saving a document

This class is intended for beginners and assumes no prior knowledge of computer use. It is a good introduction to other computer classes offered by the Library.

For in-person attendance please register by clicking View More and completing the registration or calling 901-415-2723.  

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How to Launch a Children's Book Workshop

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library
Meeting Room A
Author/consultant T'arrah Marje shares some of the tools needed to help aspiring authors in their efforts to get their works published.  
 
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Lego Club

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library
Children's Program Room
We provide the Lego blocks and you make the creations.  Each month we will have a special Lego challenge to complete.  Come get your build on!  Ages 6-12, limit first 20 participants.  
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Evicted

3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library
Meeting Rooms
The Memphis Public Interest Law Center and the Black Clergy Collaborative of Memphis present Evicted, a multi-media exhibition that explores the causes and consequences of housing insecurity through the eyes and voices of those who have experienced eviction.
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Pre-School Storytime

10:15 AM - 11:00 AM
Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library
Children's Program Room
Enjoy stories, songs, and fun as children ages 3-5 are introduced to the joy-filled world of children’s books. Groups must pre-register.

We will have a special guest reader today!
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READ TO THE DOG

3:30 PM - 4:15 PM
Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library
Children's Program Room
Come meet Lovie, the Library's official therapy dog.
Lovie will love to meet you and share some hugs and kisses.
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Babies & Books

10:15 AM - 11:15 AM
Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library
Children's Program Room
Parents and children ages 6-18 months are invited to join us for stories, songs, rhymes, and early literacy fun. No groups.
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Long Live the King - Chess Club

6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Games - Chess board
Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library
Lobby
Free chess tutorials for all ages. Beginners are invited to learn to play, and veterans are welcome to challenge each other to a friendly match of strategy and tactics. For this event we will meet in our main lobby behind the escalators.  Long Live the King! 
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Toddler Storytime

10:15 AM - 11:15 AM
Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library
Children's Program Room
Join us for stories, songs, fingerplays, and fun with the toddler in your life. Appropriate for children ages 18-36 months. No groups.
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Tween Club

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library
Children's Department
Tweens ages 8-12, join us for Tween Club as we rotate through weekly themes such as learning to play fun & strategic board games, create a variety of art activities, and learn about nature and plants.  

This week is Nature Week!

Space is limited to the first 15 tweens each week, and registration is required, so don't forget to sign up! Hope to see you there! 
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Teen Art Squad Online

4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library
Virtual Program
Do you like drawing and are looking to brush up on your skills? Or, maybe, you're new and wish to start learning? Please, join us virtually for our Teen Arts Squad art classes. Learn to draw in structured but fun lessons that aim to improve your understanding of anatomy, perspective, and even character design! No experience needed. Just bring some paper and a pencil!

Click Here! --Link to join Teams Meeting for Teen Art Squad!
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Carnegie Writers Workshop

6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
All Locations
Come join us virtually every fourth Wednesday of the month for the Carnegie Writer's Group, a free workshop for writers! The sessions will be conducted over Microsoft Teams, at least for now. Please see below for details on how to join us.
Would you like to improve your writing skills while working in a collaborative environment with other writers? If so, please join Memphis Public Libraries and the Carnegie Writers' Group for a free online writing workshop series beginning Jan. 26 and meeting monthly thereafter.
This will be a community-based writing group for diverse individuals and genres. All are welcome, whether you're a polished writer looking for a few tips or someone just starting their writing career. The meetings include power writing, writers’ corner, writers’ workshop, guest speaker presentations, and professional reading events.
If you're interested, please follow this link to register. We'll see you next Wednesday!
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Getting Started with Microsoft Word

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library
Computer Lab

This class is designed to introduce the basic functions of  Microsoft Word for Office 365 in order to create professional documents, resumes, and any other text documents.  The following skills will be covered:

§ Learn to navigate using Ribbons, command groups, dialog boxes, and backstage view.

§ Format text

§ Format paragraphs

§ set up pages and margins

§ Insert and format pictures

§ Insert and format tables

§ Save and retrieve documents with OneDrive and your computer


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Creating Presentations with Microsoft PowerPoint

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library
Computer Lab

This class is designed for students and professionals who would like to learn how to develop strong, visual PowerPoint slides to enhance any presentation. Participants will learn:

  • The basic functions and tools available in PowerPoint
  • How to employ slide layouts and design templates in a meaningful way
  • How to utilize high quality images to enhance the message
  •  How to utilize custom animation to achieve a professional look
  • How to use the Design feature to generate automated slide designs
  • How to incorporate strong design principles
For in-person attendance please register by clicking View More and completing the registration or calling 901-415-2723.  If you wish to participate virtually, simply click the link below to join the meeting a few minutes before start time. 

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Front Porch Music Series - Sounds of the Season

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library
Goodwyn Gallery
The Ridgeway High School Choir, led by Dr. Rosalyn Lake, will kick off our Sounds of the Season series with favorite holiday songs sure to brighten your day!

The Front Porch Music Series features diverse genres of music for all ages. The series aims to bring people together in an intimate public space to experience the rich variety of cultures and music in Memphis.



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Free Saturday Legal Clinic

10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library
Meeting Rooms
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Rainbow Family Storytime

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library
Children's Program Room
Come to the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library for a Rainbow Family Storytime.
Celebrate your uniqueness and learn about respecting others in a fun storytime and craft program.
Families and all ages welcome!
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Gadget Lab

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library
Lobby

Bring your tablet, laptop, or smart device and receive one-on-one assistance in accessing the Library’s digital services.

  • Located in the main lobby near the entrance to the Children’s department
  • Ensure device is charged
  • Have you account usernames and passwords with you
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Pre-School Storytime

10:15 AM - 11:00 AM
Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library
Children's Program Room
Enjoy stories, songs, and fun as children ages 3-5 are introduced to the joy-filled world of children’s books. Groups must pre-register.
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Front Porch Music Series - Sounds of the Season

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library
Goodwyn Gallery
The Saint Louis School Choir, led by choir Director Ms. Leiza Collins, will delight us with holiday favorites.

The Front Porch Music Series features diverse genres of music for all ages. The series aims to bring people together in an intimate public space to experience the rich variety of cultures and music in Memphis.

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Checking Out Small Business Help From the Public Library (Webinar)

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library
Virtual Program
This webinar is designed to give you an overview of the various resources and tools available at Memphis Public Libraries for your small business development. This event is hosted virtually by SCORE, so click here to reserve your spot.
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Babies & Books

10:15 AM - 11:15 AM
Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library
Children's Program Room
Parents and children ages 6-18 months are invited to join us for stories, songs, rhymes, and early literacy fun. No groups.
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Front Porch Music Series - Sounds of the Season

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library
Goodwyn Gallery
The Overton High School Choir, led by Director of Choral Programs Dr. Dena Vaughn, will bring joy to your day with holiday favorites. 

The Front Porch Music Series features diverse genres of music for all ages. The series aims to bring people together in an intimate public space to experience the rich variety of cultures and music in Memphis.





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Memphis Fair Housing Center: Free Legal Advice Clinic

4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library
3rd Floor I
Memphis Fair Housing Center, a division of Memphis Area Legal Services, will hold a free legal advice clinic addressing housing questions.

Bring your rental rights and fair housing related questions and receive free legal advice from a licensed fair housing attorney. The clinic will be held on the 3rd Floor in Study Room #1.

For more information, call Memphis Fair Housing Center at (901) 432-4663.
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Front Porch Music Series - Sounds of the Season

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library
Goodwyn Gallery
The Overton High School Jazz Band, led by Mr. Robert Doggett, will play toe tapping holiday music for your enjoyment.

The Front Porch Music and Cultural Series features diverse genres of music for all ages. The series aims to bring people together in an intimate public space to experience the rich variety of cultures and music in Memphis.
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