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All Memphis Public Libraries are closed Monday January 17th for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. See our Holidays and Closings page for more details.

DnD Beyond and You: Creating Characters

Virtual Program – January 27 – 4:00 PM

Take the first step to playing the world’s most popular role playing game: Create a Character!

In this program, stretch your imagination and learn how to use DnD Beyond to create your very own Dungeons and Dragons character, ready to play in under an hour!

Family Fun – Chinese New Year

Cordova Library – January 29 – 11:00 AM

Come to the Cordova Branch Library for a Family Fun program.  Celebrate Chinese New Year!  It’s the Year of the Tiger!  Share stories, music, food and crafts.  For all ages, no registration is needed.

How Do I Braid?

Levi Library – January 29 – 12:00 Noon

For any teenagers who want to learn about different braiding styles, we encourage them to attend this program. Here they will get to see one of our teen patrons demonstrate her favorite braiding techniques.

happy hour storytime

Virtual – Thursday nights – 7:00 PM

Join Juana and her trained therapy dog, Lovie, for a relaxing, fun evening story time for the whole family.  We play games, sing songs, and learn about the world through award-winning children’s books from our Overdrive Kids collection. 

Healthy Choices, Healthy Lifestyles

Cordova Library – Wednesdays – 11:00 AM

February 2 – March 9

University of Tennessee Extension Representative, Janice Harper, will be returning to Cordova Library for a 6- week series of nutrition classes for adults 18 and up. Each week we will learn ways to grocery shop smarter, cook better, and eat healthier. 

Grand Opening of the New North Teen Innovation Center!

North Library – February 5 – 2:00 PM

Join the North Library as we celebrate the Grand Opening of the new Teen Innovation Center with great fun and music. The Men With Soul Band will be the special musical guest. Kailyn Maclin, Miss Memphis Volunteer 2022,  will make a special appearance. 

STEAM Projects for Children

Frayser Library – February 5 – 12:00 Noon

For children who like the challenge of participating in STEAM projects, this is the program to attend!  Join us as we experiment science projects. 

Will you be my Valentine? Storytime and Craft

South Library – February 12 – 10:30 AM

Join us for a storytime about different types of love and to make valentines for all your loved ones! This program is geared towards children ages 3-8.

creative movement with kristen

Join us virtually, Thursdays at 12:55 PM January through February.

The Creative Aging Commission is BACK! Dancer Kristen L. is leading a Creative Movement class for our senior population.

Learn some new techniques for light exercising and feeling good! No experience is necessary. Registration required.

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Write-In Club

Join us virtually every Thursday in January from 6PM to 7PM.

Do you love to write? Do you have a novel or similar work gathering dust that needs finishing? Then join our virtual Write-In Club! Enjoy some calm, concentration music such as lo-fi or classical and a live stream of a Memphis Public Library writer-buddy writing at their desk for added ambiance!

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Teen Art Squad Online

Join us virtually Wednesdays from 4:30PM to 5:30PM.

Do you like drawing and are looking to brush up on your skills? Or, maybe, you’re new and wish to start learning? Please, join us virtually for our Teen Arts Squad art classes. Learn to draw in structured but fun lessons that aim to improve your understanding of anatomy, perspective, and even character design! No experience needed. Just bring some paper and a pencil!

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Carnegie Writers’ Group

The Carnegie Writers, Inc. 
Educate. Write. Collaborate

The Carnegie Writers’ Group (CWG) is a community-based writing group for diverse individuals and genres. The meetings include power writing, writers’ corner, writers’ workshop, guest speaker presentations, and professional reading events. The Memphis group will begin in January and hold monthly workshops. Register now to join us.

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DIG MEMPHIS MYSTERIES

We need your help! Explore images from our digital archive that are missing important details.

See if you can help us fill in some of the gaps.

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IMLS NATIONAL MEDAL VIRTUAL AWARD CEREMONY

MPL has received the 2021 National Medal for Museum and Library Service! We are the first ever two-time recipient!


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