Library Closing

Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library is closed and will re-open Monday July 29th.

Support the Library

Senior Health Fair

Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library
July 19 11:00 AM
This event is aimed at informing, educating, and providing health care screenings, resources, and health information to seniors.  It is FREE to vendors and participating seniors.  

Explore Memphis
Read, Attend, Explore

June 1 – July 31
Join our summer reading program and earn prizes – all ages! Attend some of our many programs including summer camps, Explore Memphest, and an adventurous Web Series.

Value Line Investment Research

We now offer access to Value Line, a single, cost-effective research package covering multiple asset classes that can transform an average investor into an extremely profitable one.

Meet the Candidates

There’s an election coming up! Do you know who is running? Don’t go to the polls unprepared. Visit this page to find links to official web pages and Facebook pages for candidates in the upcoming August 1 election.

Pride Fest Arts Submissions

AN OPEN CALL TO ARTISTS! If you have any artworks that fit the theme of LGBTQIA+ Pride, we invite you to submit them for a chance to be part of our Pride Fest Art Display! If selected, your art will be shown for the month of September on the walls of the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library’s Goodwyn Gallery.

Library of Things

Memphis Public Libraries lends non-traditional items, too! You can try before you buy, discover a new hobby, or borrow a device you’ll only need to use once. 

Continuing Education and Lifelong Learning

Multiple Libraries & Times
Memphis Public Libraries is providing continuing education and lifelong learning classes designed to give people an opportunity to grow in their professional and personal lives by offering 4 intense weeks of study in various subject areas.

MPL Summer Camps

Multiple Libraries & Times
Summer camps are back with new lessons to learn while having fun! Registration is open now!

Explore Memphis Web Series: The Adventurer


Join us on the journey to find the treasure of Memphis Public Libraries. This comical, light-hearted exploration is fun for the whole family to enjoy.

Back to School Programs


See what programs and giveaways we have for students!

Groovy ~Tie Dye

East Shelby Library
July 20 3:00 PM
Get ready for summer with some custom dyed t-shirts! Bring your own white t-shirt or item you wish to Tie Dye. We will provide all other supplies!

Glow in the Dark Adventuremobile!

Randolph Library
July 24 1:00 PM
Kids: Join us at Your Randolph Branch to design your own adventuremobile using recycled materials and glow in the dark tape!

Harmony and Hues

Cossitt Library
July 24 6:00 PM
This is a four week painting series that focuses on the relationship of visual representation to aural stimulation. ART meets MUSIC in this guided painting series with Stacey Saed.

Orange Mound Olympic Games

Orange Mound Library
July 25 3:00 PM
Join us for our very own 2024 Olympic Games (Nintendo Sports).  We will play friendly competitive games  such as soccer, golf, volleyball, tennis, and fencing- all of which are being played at the 2024 Summer Olympic Games. 

Fairy Escape Room

Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library
July 26 Time Slots
You have stumbled into fairyland and been captured by a group of fairies! Now you need to find away to escape or else you’ll be trapped here forever!

Pet Portrait Art Show

Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library
August 2 6:00 PM
Join us August 2nd from 6-8pm at the Benjamin L. Hooks’ Goodwyn Gallery for a celebration of arts and animals! The Pet Portrait Art Show will feature art from the Memphis community that is inspired by our mutual love of pets.

Memphis Sound Connection

Discover Memphis Sound Connection: free platform showcasing local music. Join now and explore the city’s musical diversity!

Memphis Public Libraries Newsletter

July
Check out our newsletter for what’s coming up this month!!

Creative Aging Programs

Talented professional artists and musicians play, perform and teach at locations where seniors live and gather. Musical performances and hands-on arts workshops reach diverse audiences, improving participants’ cognitive vitality and emotional well-being, and making arts access a reality.

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Upcoming Events

View our full calendar of events!

Library Olympic Games For Tweens
Frayser Library
Tue., Jul. 23, 2:00 pm

Memphis Zoo Storytime
Connect Crew
Tue., Jul. 23, 2:30 pm

Explore Memphis – Art to Grow with Dixon Gallery
Cordova Library
Tue., Jul. 23, 3:00 pm

Art with The Dixon Gallery and Gardens
Officer Geoffrey Redd Library
Tue., Jul. 23, 3:00 pm

Long Live the King!-Chess Club
Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library
Tue., Jul. 23, 6:00 pm

Toddler Storytime
Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library
Wed., Jul. 24, 10:15 am

Lev(I)magination Storytime
Levi Library
Wed., Jul. 24, 10:30 am

Preschool Storytime
South Library
Wed., Jul. 24, 11:00 am

Storytime
Cordova Library
Wed., Jul. 24, 11:00 am

Ocean Animals Craft
East Shelby Library
Wed., Jul. 24, 11:00 am

Summer Lunch Programming
Parkway Village Library
Wed., Jul. 24, 12:00 pm

Animal Ambassadors
Hollywood Library
Wed., Jul. 24, 1:00 pm

Glow in the Dark Adventuremobile!
Randolph Library
Wed., Jul. 24, 1:00 pm

KidKuisine-Adventures in the Kitchen
Levi Library
Wed., Jul. 24, 1:00 pm

Summer Cookin'
Whitehaven Library
Wed., Jul. 24, 1:00 pm

LEGO Masters
Raleigh Library
Wed., Jul. 24, 3:00 pm

Tween STEM

Wed., Jul. 24, 3:00 pm

Story Time
Officer Geoffrey Redd Library
Thu., Jul. 25, 10:30 am

Raleigh Story Time
Raleigh Library
Thu., Jul. 25, 10:30 am

Teen Cyber Security Camp
CLOUD901
Tue., Jul. 23, 11:00 am

Memphis Zoo Storytime
Connect Crew
Tue., Jul. 23, 2:30 pm

Art with The Dixon Gallery and Gardens
Officer Geoffrey Redd Library
Tue., Jul. 23, 3:00 pm

Computer Club
South Library
Tue., Jul. 23, 3:30 pm

Tech Help @ the Haven
Whitehaven Library
Tue., Jul. 23, 6:00 pm

Long Live the King!-Chess Club
Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library
Tue., Jul. 23, 6:00 pm

Pickleball 101
Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library
Tue., Jul. 23, 6:00 pm

Teen Cyber Security Camp
CLOUD901
Wed., Jul. 24, 11:00 am

Summer Lunch Programming
Parkway Village Library
Wed., Jul. 24, 12:00 pm

Animal Ambassadors
Hollywood Library
Wed., Jul. 24, 1:00 pm

Summer Cookin'
Whitehaven Library
Wed., Jul. 24, 1:00 pm

Teen Spicy Chip Challenge
Cordova Library
Wed., Jul. 24, 1:30 pm

Electronics and Electricity Seminar
Hollywood Library
Wed., Jul. 24, 2:00 pm

Frayser Anime Club: Sumi-e Inspired Art
Frayser Library
Wed., Jul. 24, 2:00 pm

How to Crochet for Teens!
East Shelby Library
Wed., Jul. 24, 2:00 pm

LEGO Masters
Raleigh Library
Wed., Jul. 24, 3:00 pm

Teen Innovation Center
Cordova Library
Wed., Jul. 24, 4:30 pm

The Writer's Block
Connect Crew
Wed., Jul. 24, 6:00 pm

Capoeira Class
Cossitt Library
Wed., Jul. 24, 6:30 pm

Power Hour
Levi Library
Tue., Jul. 23, 12:30 pm

Memphis Zoo Storytime
Connect Crew
Tue., Jul. 23, 2:30 pm

Let's Get Moving featuring Yoga
Cordova Library
Tue., Jul. 23, 5:30 pm

Tech Help @ the Haven
Whitehaven Library
Tue., Jul. 23, 6:00 pm

Long Live the King!-Chess Club
Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library
Tue., Jul. 23, 6:00 pm

Pickleball 101
Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library
Tue., Jul. 23, 6:00 pm

Line Dancing at Raleigh
Raleigh Library
Wed., Jul. 24, 10:30 am

Tri State Community Health Center Health Screening
Cordova Library
Wed., Jul. 24, 10:30 am

Bingo Wednesday @ Levi
Levi Library
Wed., Jul. 24, 11:30 am

Power Hour
Levi Library
Wed., Jul. 24, 12:30 pm

Summer Cookin'
Whitehaven Library
Wed., Jul. 24, 1:00 pm

Summer with Seniors
Connect Crew
Wed., Jul. 24, 1:30 pm

Electronics and Electricity Seminar
Hollywood Library
Wed., Jul. 24, 2:00 pm

Learn to Speak English
Cordova Library
Wed., Jul. 24, 4:00 pm

Do You Want to Become a U.S. Citizen?
Cordova Library
Wed., Jul. 24, 5:00 pm

The Writer's Block
Connect Crew
Wed., Jul. 24, 6:00 pm

Capoeira Class
Cossitt Library
Wed., Jul. 24, 6:30 pm

Aerobics Class at Raleigh
Raleigh Library
Thu., Jul. 25, 10:00 am

View our full calendar of events!

Library Videos & Posts

Learning does not have to be dull! At Memphis Public Libraries, Continuing Education & Lifelong Learning classes range from sign language to calligraphy to public speaking! Here's a sneak peek at what you can expect in a CELL class! 👩‍🎓🧑‍🎓 #CELL #Memphis #MemphisPublicLibraries #StartHere

Posted by Memphis Public Libraries on Tuesday, July 23, 2024
Bookstock 2024

We are just one month away from BOOKSTOCK 2024! The Memphis Area Authors' Festival is on April 6 at the Benjamin L Hooks Central Library. Check out this video and learn more about this year's featured authors and what is planned for this fantastic event that supports local writers. We are counting down the days until this event! #Bookstock #MPL

Posted by Memphis Public Libraries on Wednesday, March 6, 2024

Are you ready to Explore Memphis? The adventure begins at Memphis Public Libraries on June 1. So grab a map from your local branch 🗺️ Check out some books 📚 Get ready to have fun ✅ Hopefully, win prizes 🏆

Posted by Memphis Public Libraries on Thursday, May 2, 2024
Overdue book? Don't worry! Just return it.

Did you forget to return your library book? It can happen. Our Urban Fellow Abby Utley made this short film for entertaining and explaining that MPL no longer charges fines for overdue books. Check it out!

Posted by Memphis Public Libraries on Thursday, August 24, 2023
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