CLP Blog

Sun Studio

Mon., May. 16
Memphis is known as the "Home of the Blues, Birthplace of Rock 'n Roll." One of the city’s most famous recording studios was Sam Phillips's Sun Studio down on Union Avenue. Opened in 1950, the studio is probably most famous for discovering a teenage Elvis Presley, who has stopped in to record a song for his mother and was later brought back by Phillips. Later,…

Short Stories, Big Impact

Fri., May. 13
Sherrie Flick's new collection of flash fiction might come in teeny tiny packages, but these stories pack a punch.

Gardening with Kids

Thu., May. 12
Gardening with kids can be fun and educational, but did you know that it's also full of sensory benefits? Children learn about the world using their senses, and as they grow and develop, sensory experiences help children make connections. For the child with a visual or other sensory impairment, these kinds of learning experiences are essential. Before you head out with garden gloves and trowel…

Misfit Musicals

Wed., May. 11
Even though I absolutely love musicals, I realize they exist in a weird world. I scratched the surface and found these four oddities in our collection.

The Story of Beautiful Girl

Tue., May. 10
Just as To Kill a Mockingbird was and still is, The Story of Beautiful Girl is also a game-changer, this time for people with developmental disabilities who were, once upon a time, “put away,” sent to stark and barbaric institutions with cringeworthy names like The School for the Incurable and Feebleminded, forgotten by families and by the world as a whole.

Remake Learning Days

Mon., May. 9
The Library is celebrating innovation and creativity through STEM programs during Remake Learning Days, May 9-15.

Extinct? Think Again

Mon., May. 9
In my opinion, all good novels have a twist. Whether it’s a case of mistaken identities, a long buried secret, or a suppressed desire threatening to disrupt a peaceful equilibrium only revealed in the final pages, I want my books to pull the rug out from under me. Obviously, I have no trouble finding books that provide me with these types of plot twists and…

I Absolutely Didn’t Hate The Haters

Fri., May. 6
Jesse Andrews, breakout author of the hit Me and Earl and the Dying Girl returns to the young adult genre with the equally great The Haters.

Mother's Day

Thu., May. 5
As May begins, the two pillars of American Hallmark holidays draw closer: Mother's and Father's Day. They promise luke-warm brunch for mom and a never-to-be-used power tool for dad. How much better can it get? Mother's Day in my opinion, is a host for the best kinds of activities under the most stressful of circumstances. Daughters, sons, and husbands alike scramble (often at the last…