Kids at Libraries Discovering the Joys of Reading

The age of discovery is now for kids at Memphis Public Libraries! With the opening of several new DiscoverREAD Early Literacy Centers, children are learning new skills in fun and engaging environments. The newest DiscoverREAD Center is coming to Frayser Library (3712 Argonne St.) with an official grand opening at 4 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017. Kids, parents and customers of all ages are welcomed to attend this free event!

The Memphis Library Foundation, Baptist Memorial Health Care, GP Cellulose and Friends of the Library teamed up to make the centers possible. Designed specifically for children from birth to age 5, these new educational spaces use reading, writing, talking, playing and singing to hone literacy skills and encourage parental involvement. The American Academy of Pediatrics’ Universal Parenting Place developed this hands-on approach to learning.

Memphis Public Libraries’ first DiscoverREAD Center opened in March 2017 at Cornelia Crenshaw Library (531 Vance Ave.), and others followed at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library (3030 Poplar Ave.) and Parkway Village Library (4655 Knight Arnold Road). Other DiscoverREAD Centers are opening soon at Gaston Park Library (1040 South Third St.) and Hollywood Library (1530 North Hollywood St.). Funds are being raised for centers at Cordova Library (8457 Trinity Road), Levi Library (3676 Highway 61 S), and Whitehaven Library (4120 Mill Branch Road) as well.

For more information about how your child can benefit from the DiscoverREAD initiative at Memphis Public Libraries, click here or call your local library branch.


Story / Photo by: Coordinator of Public Relations & Media Marcey Wright, @MarceyWrite