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GP Memphis Corporate Volunteer 2016


GP Corporate Volunteer Award 2016

Memphis Library Foundation Announces Georgia Pacific Memphis Cellulose as the Memphis Public Library’s 2016 Corporate Volunteer

The Memphis Library Foundation (MLF) announced Georgia Pacific Memphis Cellulose (GP) as this year’s Corporate Volunteer at the MPLIC annual Volunteer Appreciation event on Sunday, April 10, helping to kick off National Library Week, a celebration of how libraries transform. This follows GP’s recent investment of CLOUD901, the new teen learning lab in the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library at 3030 Poplar, with the GP Collaboration Zone.

“GP is headquartered in Atlanta, but has given its full support as a community partner transforming Memphis,” said MLF Executive Director Diane Jalfon. In Jalfon’s GP introduction at the event, she said “GP has supported our teachers, our firefighters, and many of our non-profits, and even donated an entire building to United Way of the Mid-South.”

Last year at this time, GP donated $25,000 toward transforming teens through CLOUD901. “Innovative projects such as CLOUD901 leverages education and entrepreneurial activities to help enrich our community,” said Chuck LaPorte, GP Memphis Cellulose mill manager. “We anticipated the project would create long-term value by encouraging the use of hands-on activities and critical thinking skills that stimulate interest in science, technology, engineering, arts, and math in dynamic and fun ways and we’ve been impressed so far.”

GP also participates in the MLF’s annual Corporate Knowledge Bowl event, even bringing an enthusiastic crew of fellow employees to cheer them on. Their employees are interested in further supporting CLOUD901 by volunteering and mentoring, and they’re always looking for ways to be involved with the MPLIC.

In recent years, through the GP Foundation, the Memphis Cellulose mill and the nearby GP Cellulose Technology & Innovation Center have donated approximately $300,000 to local charitable organizations that support education, community enrichment, entrepreneurship and the environment.


Orion Federal Credit Union, Dream Catchers

Orion Federal Credit Union has donated $25,000 to make possible a very special area in the Cloud901 teen lab: the Dream Catchers Zone. 

There’s something about kicking back and gazing up at the stars that inspires dreaming.  We wanted to have a designated place in our Cloud901 lab for teens to do just that, since dreams are the starting point of any creative endeavor.  Our Dream Catchers Zone, featuring long lounges for reclining and starry-sky ceiling panels, will be the place teens can go to relax and let their creative imaginations soar.  Orion’s generous sponsorship of this area is a true gift to Memphis teens who want to dream big.

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The Urban Child Institute partners with Explore Memphis

Known as the Memphis Library Summer Reading program until the overhaul in 2014, Explore Memphis now includes encouraging children and teens to explore more than books. Thanks to The Urban Child Institute, and their focus on the importance of language and literacy in Memphis and Shelby County, Explore Memphis continues to thrive. The ongoing support from The Urban Child Institute is crucial and their partnership is appreciated.




GP Memphis Cellulose Collaborates with Memphis Library

In April, 2015, Georgia-Pacific Memphis Cellulose operations donated $25,000 to have a named sponsorship in the new teen lab at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, otherwise known as Cloud901.

Cloud901 is shaping up to be a state-of-the-art social, creative, production, research and performance lab, exclusively for teens, to create and produce 21st century skills in the digital world, and life-skills as well.

The “GP Memphis Cellulose Collaboration Zone” will be used for teens to work in small groups, housed next to the “Grizzlies Gaming Zone,” and the yet to be named “Maker’s Space.” Activities for Cloud901 include: coding and game design; filmmaking and editing; 3D printing; robotics design and creation; music recording and editing; graphic design; creative writing; entrepreneurial programs; and painting and drawing to name a few.

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Baptist Health Care and the Children’s Courtyard

This Spring the Memphis Library Foundation unveiled the lovely mural donated by Baptist Health Care in the Children’s Courtyard. Many families attended, and enjoyed the day with a chalk artist, music, pictures with PD Parrot, and more. Thanks to Memphis Library Foundation Board Members Heather Grosvenor and Lorri Cordelli, the area featured beautiful flowers, herbs, and much more!

Baptist continues to partner with the Memphis Library Foundation, enhancing the environment for children learning, adding to our health information collection, health fairs, and other health related programs.



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SIMs and Teen Tech Camp

We are thankful our teens learn from Society of Information Management members at the annual Teen Tech Camp at the Memphis Library. SIMs has generously partnered with the Memphis Library since 2005 for this wonderful program.

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Durham Foundation Funds iPad Classes for Seniors

We’re pleased to announce a grant award from the Durham Foundation that is enabling the Library to host iPad classes for our senior customers. The classes have been an overwhelming success thus far with all sessions completely filled.

Upcoming classes are scheduled for the Benjamin L. Hooks Central branch along with Raleigh, Whitehaven, Cordova and Cherokee. Classes at the Central branch will be held from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm on the 4th Friday of every month.  Read More >

Hattiloo at the Library

Beginning in October and continuing each month through March, Hattiloo will present an adaption of the classic book Little Red Riding Hood called “Red’s Riding While Cookin’ Show.” The plays allow children and families to experience Read More >