Explore Memphis

Explore Memphis

Welcome to Explore Memphis. Read. Engage. Share. And of course, Explore starting June 1st.

A Universe of Stories

Explore Memphis Closing Party

Celebrate Explore Memphis at our end of summer party. The Closing Party will be at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library on Sunday, July 29th from 1pm to 4pm. See our schedule of events for full details. Some of the fun activities planned will include:

For Children:

  • Face painting
  • Craft activities
  • Musical storytime
  • Dance party

For Teens and Adults:
Healthy City Town Hall with Dr. Jim Bailey, author of The End of Healing, winner of Benjamin Franklin Silver Award for Popular Fiction. Dr. Jim Bailey will team up with Shantelle A. Leatherwood, MHA, the Chief Executive Officer for Christ Community Health Services and Dr. Scott Morris, the founder and CEO of Church Health Center to talk about the path to better health care for all Americans—how people can get much better health care at far lower costs than they are paying now… if they demand it.

Award winning Chef Logan Guleff.

For all ages:
Learn How to Sculpt with Jin Powell. Jin Huang Powell, a local artist will have a sculpturing demonstration and teaching children, teens and adults how to sculpt with clay.

Salsa and Latin dance performances.

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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.
Art-making, book talks, sharing perspectives and building character–we’re striving to share books and programs that teach kindness, crafting, and tolerance. Check back as summer approaches to learn more about Explore Memphis!



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.