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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.

Comic Con

Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library
May 18 10:00 AM
Hey, fans of comics, movies, anime, manga, video games and pop culture in general! Come check out legendary comic creators Matt Wagner and Gene Ha as well as more than 50 local vendors selling art, comics, toys, prints, graphic novels, art supplies, knick-knacks and more! Register for the Cosplay Contest and Super Smash Bros. Tournament!

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!

Through the Lens: Exploring Photography with Grind City Meet

Cossitt Library
Multiple Dates 6:00 PM
Meet up with photographer all around the city while exploring the fundamentals and intermediate techniques of photography! 

North Branch Community Health Fair

North Library
May 29 10:00 AM
The North Branch Library is excited to invite you to participate in our upcoming Community Health Fair. Our goal is to inform and empower our community by providing valuable health resources and promoting healthier lifestyles.

25th Annual Frayser Fun Fest

Frayser Library
May 31 2:00 PM
Join us for the 25th annual Frayser Fun Fest! Enjoy vendors, games, and more as we say goodbye to the old Frayser Branch building.

Gardening at the Library

Multiple Libraries & Times
Discover a gardening program to spring your Spring forward! Start Here and develop your green thumb at the library!

Memphis Sound Connection

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

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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

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Pre-School Storytime
Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library
Mon., May. 20, 10:15 am

Toddler Storytime
Randolph Library
Mon., May. 20, 10:30 am

Park Ranger Visit featuring The BONE BOX!
Bartlett Library
Mon., May. 20, 10:30 am

Family Storytime
East Shelby Library
Mon., May. 20, 11:00 am

REad to the Dog!
Whitehaven Library
Mon., May. 20, 2:00 pm

Summer Sockhop
Whitehaven Library
Mon., May. 20, 3:00 pm

CodeCrafters HTML & Web Design
Hollywood Library
Mon., May. 20, 4:00 pm

Crafternoon
Randolph Library
Mon., May. 20, 4:00 pm

Tweens and Teens Crochet Club
Bartlett Library
Mon., May. 20, 4:00 pm

Babies & Books
Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library
Tue., May. 21, 10:15 am

Baby Storytime
Cordova Library
Tue., May. 21, 11:00 am

Preschool Storytime (ages 3-5)

Tue., May. 21, 2:00 pm

Long Live the King!-Chess Club
Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library
Tue., May. 21, 6:00 pm

Pickleball – Open Play Tuesdays!
Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library
Tue., May. 21, 6:00 pm

Science Spectacular: A Day of Discovery at the Library
Cornelia Crenshaw Memorial Library
Wed., May. 22, 10:00 am

Toddler Storytime
Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library
Wed., May. 22, 10:15 am

Lapsit Story Time
Bartlett Library
Wed., May. 22, 10:30 am

Lev(I)magination Storytime
Levi Library
Wed., May. 22, 10:30 am

Storytime
Cordova Library
Wed., May. 22, 11:00 am

Electronics and Electricity Seminar
Whitehaven Library
Mon., May. 20, 10:00 am

POSTPONED – Summer Cooking Class with UTHSC Health Hub
Whitehaven Library
Mon., May. 20, 12:30 pm

Cordova Writing Club
Cordova Library
Mon., May. 20, 3:00 pm

Summer Sockhop
Whitehaven Library
Mon., May. 20, 3:00 pm

Tweens and Teens Crochet Club
Bartlett Library
Mon., May. 20, 4:00 pm

Beginning Spanish
Whitehaven Library
Tue., May. 21, 10:00 am

Board Game Club
South Library
Tue., May. 21, 4:00 pm

Long Live the King!-Chess Club
Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library
Tue., May. 21, 6:00 pm

Pickleball – Open Play Tuesdays!
Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library
Tue., May. 21, 6:00 pm

Cultures in the Haven: Pop Culture Trends
Whitehaven Library
Wed., May. 22, 2:30 pm

After School Club
Officer Geoffrey Redd Library
Wed., May. 22, 3:30 pm

Whodunnit?!
Hollywood Library
Wed., May. 22, 4:00 pm

Teen Innovation Center
Cordova Library
Wed., May. 22, 4:30 pm

Lit at the Library: Living Poets Society
Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library
Thu., May. 23, 6:00 pm

Getting Started with Excel 365
Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library
Fri., May. 24, 10:30 am

Graffiti Workshop
Randolph Library
Fri., May. 24, 3:00 pm

Teen Innovation Center
East Shelby Library
Fri., May. 24, 3:00 pm

Teens Turn Up Fridays
Hollywood Library
Fri., May. 24, 4:30 pm

Eat Smart @ Home
Frayser Library
Sat., May. 25, 12:00 pm

Sowing the Seeds for My Community
Levi Library
Sat., May. 25, 1:00 pm

Electronics and Electricity Seminar
Whitehaven Library
Mon., May. 20, 10:00 am

Chair Yoga
Officer Geoffrey Redd Library
Mon., May. 20, 10:30 am

Nercher Older Adult Community Resource
Raleigh Library
Mon., May. 20, 10:30 am

Resume Workshop

Mon., May. 20, 11:00 am

POSTPONED – Summer Cooking Class with UTHSC Health Hub
Whitehaven Library
Mon., May. 20, 12:30 pm

Power Hour
Levi Library
Mon., May. 20, 12:30 pm

Gentle Chair Yoga
Frayser Library
Mon., May. 20, 1:00 pm

Levi's Biggest Loser
Levi Library
Mon., May. 20, 1:00 pm

Adult Computer Class
East Shelby Library
Mon., May. 20, 3:00 pm

Cordova Writing Club
Cordova Library
Mon., May. 20, 3:00 pm

Aerobics Class at Raleigh
Raleigh Library
Tue., May. 21, 10:00 am

Beginning Spanish
Whitehaven Library
Tue., May. 21, 10:00 am

Mobile Vet Center
Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library
Tue., May. 21, 10:00 am

Tuesday Morning ESL Chat
Cordova Library
Tue., May. 21, 10:30 am

Book Club
Officer Geoffrey Redd Library
Tue., May. 21, 11:00 am

Gameday Tuesdays
Hollywood Library
Tue., May. 21, 11:00 am

Creative Aging Studio Courses: Memory Collage
Randolph Library
Tue., May. 21, 11:00 am

Power Hour
Levi Library
Tue., May. 21, 12:30 pm

Book Chat Book Club
Bartlett Library
Tue., May. 21, 1:00 pm

View our full calendar of events!

Library Videos & Posts

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
Get ready Memphis Gardeners!

Spring is just around the corner, and MPL is ramping up its gardening programs and activities. From the Seed Library open house to programs to teach you how to test your soil to active garden clubs, MPL is your gardening source. Check out the gardening section on our website at memphislibrary.org to find upcoming activities.

Posted by Memphis Public Libraries on Wednesday, January 25, 2023
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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