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Poplar- White Station Branch Library
Address: 5094 Poplar Memphis TN 38117
Phone: (901) 415-2777
Library Hours: Monday -Thursday 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. Friday & Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday CLOSED
Holiday Closings for all Memphis Public Library & Information Center libraries can be found here.
The Poplar-White Station branch library is located on Poplar Avenue between White Station and Mendenhall roads, in front of the Clark Tower and White Station Tower office buildings.
History of the Poplar- White Station Branch Library
The branch opened on August 9, 1964 to great acclaim. Customers were eager for the ninth library building to begin offering service to East Memphis. There were only 20,000 volumes on the shelves and all checked out in the first month. The library director at the time, Lamar Wallis, requested an additional $7,000 to add books to the collection. Today the branch has almost 80,000 items and provides a wide range of material for all ages, including a travel section, large print books, DVDs, and a collection of books-on-CD.
When the Poplar- White Station Branch opened in 1964, the world was very different from today. The building of the World Trade Center had just been authorized. The World's Fair opened in New York City. Martin Luther King accepted the Nobel Peace Prize. The Warren Commission had just released it's report on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 passed in July. Willie Mays was the highest paid professional baseball player, earning $105, 000 that year. The Beatles came to the United States for the first time and released "A Hard Days's Night" later in the year. Mary Poppins, Hello Dolly and Dr. Strangelove were hit movies. -Information taken from The World Almanac.
Use our Reader’s Center which includes resources on specific kinds of books - mystery, historical fiction, romance, thrillers, science fiction and more. Magazines and booklists are part of this collection.
The meeting room is available for reservation by groups. It holds a maximum of 40 people. There is no charge for non-profit groups to use the room. Fees are charged for profit-making groups and for use of the TV and VCR.
Contact 901-415-2777 for more information.
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