Explore Memphis


Explore Memphis

Welcome to Explore Memphis. Read. Engage. Share. And of course, Explore from June 1st through July 31st.

Libraries Rock!

Summer Kick-off @ the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library

Come celebrate the start of summer and Explore Memphis with us on June 2nd from 11AM to 3PM! For more information see our Summer Kick-off flyer. Want to see what other branches are doing to start the summer? View our calendar.

Learn more about Explore Memphis

It’s that time again. Memphis Public Libraries are your free ticket to a summer full of reading and loads of fun activities this June and July. And the best part? All MPL programs are free and open to the public.
This summer, we’re celebrating how libraries rock! Art-making, book talks, sharing perspectives and building character–we’re striving to share books and programs that teach kindness, crafting, and tolerance. So join us in finding out how libraries rock!



Registration begins: Monday, May 21
Last day to register: Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Kids from birth to age 12, teens from age 13-18, and adults can register to be part of the Explore Memphis Summer Reading program to read and earn great prizes!

  • Register: You can register online or at any branch of Memphis Public Libraries.
  • Read: Read or be read to for at least 20 minutes a day. Keep track of your time on the Reading Log. You can pick your Log up at the library. Reading Logs are also available for download:
  • Return: When you’ve tracked five days of reading, bring your Reading Log back to the library to collect a prize and get a new Log.

First day to log reading: Friday, June 1
First day to pick up prizes: Wednesday, June 6
Last day to turn in a reading log for the Kindle fire drawing: Friday, July 27
Last day to record reading: Tuesday, July 31
Last day to pick up prizes: Saturday, August 4


Did you know children and teens who don’t read during the summer lose knowledge and skills? Click here to learn more about the “summer slide.”


Still have questions? We’re here to help you. For more information, call 901-415-2700.