Library’s New Early Literacy Centers Offer Free, Educational Fun!

It’s never too early to discover the joys of reading with a child. DiscoverREAD is a new initiative at 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.

Thanks to the Memphis Library Foundation, Friends of the Library and Baptist Memorial Health Care, several of these new educational spaces are coming to Memphis Public Libraries. The Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library (3030 Poplar Ave.) will host a grand opening for its new DiscoverREAD Early Literacy Center at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, May 10, 2017. This event is free and open to the public.

“We are excited to provide an additional service to families with young children,” commented Jennifer Hornby, children’s services coordinator.

The first DiscoverREAD Center at Memphis Public Libraries opened in March 2017 at Cornelia Crenshaw Library (531 Vance Ave.), and more educational centers are on the way!

These spaces, which are 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 other DiscoverREAD Early Literacy Centers at Memphis Public Libraries, visit

For more information about the DiscoverREAD Grand Opening at Central Library, call (901) 415-2739.


Story / Photo By: Marcey Wright, public relations supervisor