Memphis Public Libraries Invite Parents and Kids to ‘DiscoverREAD’

It’s never too early to discover the joys of reading with a child. DiscoverREAD is an initiative coming to Memphis Public Libraries that gives parents and caregivers the tools they need to build early literacy skills in youth from birth to age five. But that’s not all! Designed by the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Universal Parenting Place, this hands-on model conjoins reading, singing, playing, talking and writing to support learning and increased parental involvement and engagement.

Thanks to the Memphis Library Foundation and Friends of the Library, several new DiscoverREAD Early Literacy Centers are coming to Memphis Public Libraries, starting with the DiscoverREAD Grand Opening at Cornelia Crenshaw Library (531 Vance Ave.) at 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 29, 2017. Exciting programs and educational resources will be available to parents and their kids for free!

“Our vision is families reading, talking and playing together for a more literate Memphis,” explained program organizers.

The space, which will be open during regular Library hours, will include a list of amenities.

  • Hands-on activities for children (ages birth to five years) and their caregivers to enjoy together
  • Technology to enhance learning
  • Information on Library programs for the whole family and ideas for continued learning at home
  • Referrals to additional community resources

For more information about DiscoverREAD Early Literacy Centers at Memphis Public Libraries, visit

For more information about the DiscoverREAD Grand Opening at Cornelia Crenshaw Library, call (901) 415-2765.


By: Marcey Wright, public relations supervisor