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The Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library Saturday celebrated its 10th anniversary with a family-friendly blowout bash featuring artistic performances and words of support and encouragement from community leaders.

Performances by the New Ballet Ensemble and Stax Music Academy, live music from the RAFE band, and appearances by Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr., Memphis City Council chairman Myron Lowery, U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Memphis, and University of Memphis men’s basketball coach Josh Pastner highlighted the event.

“This is not simply a birthday party for a building; this is a birthday party for a place that can take you all around the world, and you don’t have to buy a ticket at all,” said Wharton, addressing the many young children in attendance.

The celebration, hosted by V101 Radio personality Stan Bell, also featured Sean and Leigh Anne Tuohy of “The Blind Side” fame, honorary chairs of the library’s 10th anniversary activities.

“We’re honored to be a part of this,” Leigh Anne Tuohy said. “The staff is amazing. It’s a beautiful facility; we are blessed to have it in the city of Memphis. I hope we all take care of it, preserve it and use it.”

The facility’s actual 10th anniversary is Nov. 10, but library officials decided to hold the celebration in June in an effort to draw attention to the library’s Summer Reading program and encourage attendance during summer vacation.

About 3 million people annually visit the Memphis Library and Information Center’s anchor facility at 3030 Poplar Ave. The system includes 18 branches throughout the city and county. (more)

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