Library Closing

All Libraries will be closed Monday February 19 for President’s Day.

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Black History Month

Celebrate Black history with us all month long with programs at our various branches. Be sure to check out our collection to learn something new!

5 Fridays of Jazz

Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library
Starting Mar. 1st 6:30 PM
Five Fridays of Jazz, sponsored by the Memphis Library Foundation and in partnership with Overton Park Shell and Shell on Wheels, aims to unite jazz enthusiasts and newcomers, fostering community through music.

Memphis Sound Connection

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

Care Angels Caregivers Support Group

Whitehaven Library
Feb 24 10:00 AM
The support group is for individuals who are Family Caregivers. The activities will include a fun engaging, informative discussion on the importance of self-care and wellness as a family caregiver.

Sankofa African Diaspora Festival

Cossitt Library
Feb 24 11:00 AM
Celebrating the rich culture, lived experiences and creative expression of African descended communities. Join us for an afternoon of performance, dance, art, vendors, readings and much more as we culminate Black History month.

Pride Card Contest Winners Reveal

Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library
Mar 5 6:00 PM
The unveiling of the winners of the Library Pride Card Contest is here! Come join us!

Beginning Spanish

Whitehaven Library
Mar 5 10:00 AM
A beginning Spanish class designed for students that have no familiarity with the language. Registration not necessary and we can start you with our beginners group and work you up to our advanced group.

Help Is On The Way

North Library
Mar 7 11:00 AM
A beginning If you need help paying your utility bills ,and prescriptions, you should visit the North Branch Public Library and talk to  the great staff of the Community Services Agency (C.S.A.)

Gadget Lab

Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library
Mar 11 10:00 AM
Bring your tablet, laptop, or smart device and receive one-on-one technical assistance in accessing the Library’s digital services.  This is not a formal class and customers receive assistance on a first-come first-served basis.

Women’s History Month Spotlight: Harriet Tubman

Hollywood Library
Mar 13 4:00 PM
Teens will be exposed to the contributions of Harriet Tubman and other women of the Underground Railroad, through video and spoken history.

Bookstock

Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library
Apr 6 11:00 AM
Calling all bookworms, literary enthusiasts, and fun lovers!  Mark your calendars for 2024 Bookstock  the Memphis Area Authors’ Festival, celebrating over 10 years of local talent!  Join us on Saturday, April 6th, from 11am to 3pm at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library for a fun-filled day of literary discoveries.

Tax Assistance 2-1-1

Check out all of the locations in Shelby County and surrounding areas for free tax help!

Memphis Public Libraries Newsletter

February
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!

Pre-School Storytime
Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library
Mon., Feb. 26, 10:15 am

Toddler Storytime
Randolph Library
Mon., Feb. 26, 10:30 am

Family Storytime
East Shelby Library
Mon., Feb. 26, 11:00 am

Reading with Lovie our Therapy Dog
Raleigh Library
Mon., Feb. 26, 3:30 pm

Crafternoon
Randolph Library
Mon., Feb. 26, 4:00 pm

Hollywood Storytime
Hollywood Library
Mon., Feb. 26, 4:00 pm

Tweens and Teens Crochet Club
Bartlett Library
Mon., Feb. 26, 4:00 pm

Babies & Books
Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library
Tue., Feb. 27, 10:15 am

Read, Create, Move: Storytime at North!
North Library
Tue., Feb. 27, 10:30 am

Baby Storytime
Cordova Library
Tue., Feb. 27, 11:00 am

Healing Through Art
Whitehaven Library
Tue., Feb. 27, 3:00 pm

Tween Zone
Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library
Tue., Feb. 27, 3:30 pm

Black History Month Spotlight
South Library
Tue., Feb. 27, 4:00 pm

Long Live the King!-Chess Club
Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library
Tue., Feb. 27, 6:00 pm

Lev(I)magination
Levi Library
Wed., Feb. 28, 12:00 am

Toddler Storytime
Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library
Wed., Feb. 28, 10:15 am

Lapsit Story Time
Bartlett Library
Wed., Feb. 28, 10:30 am

Lev(I)magination Storytime
Levi Library
Wed., Feb. 28, 10:30 am

Storytime
Cordova Library
Wed., Feb. 28, 11:00 am

Electronics and Electricity Seminar
Whitehaven Library
Mon., Feb. 26, 10:00 am

Reading with Lovie our Therapy Dog
Raleigh Library
Mon., Feb. 26, 3:30 pm

H2SCORE: Hollywood's Gaming Corner
Hollywood Library
Mon., Feb. 26, 4:00 pm

Tweens and Teens Crochet Club
Bartlett Library
Mon., Feb. 26, 4:00 pm

Robotics Team Skill Building Sessions
CLOUD901
Mon., Feb. 26, 4:15 pm

Beginning Spanish
Whitehaven Library
Tue., Feb. 27, 10:00 am

Healing Through Art
Whitehaven Library
Tue., Feb. 27, 3:00 pm

Expressing Myself Through Creative Writing
North Library
Tue., Feb. 27, 4:00 pm

Robotics Team Skill Building Sessions
CLOUD901
Tue., Feb. 27, 4:15 pm

Long Live the King!-Chess Club
Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library
Tue., Feb. 27, 6:00 pm

Back in Time: Escape from Stax
Hollywood Library
Wed., Feb. 28, 3:00 pm

Music Club
South Library
Wed., Feb. 28, 4:00 pm

Rhythms of India: Traditional Dance & Culture
CLOUD901
Wed., Feb. 28, 4:00 pm

Robotics Team Skill Building Sessions
CLOUD901
Wed., Feb. 28, 4:15 pm

Discover An Artist: Jean-Michel Basquiat
Frayser Library
Wed., Feb. 28, 4:30 pm

Teen Innovation Center
Cordova Library
Wed., Feb. 28, 4:30 pm

Harmony @ The Haven
Whitehaven Library
Wed., Feb. 28, 5:00 pm

Disaster Uno
CLOUD901
Thu., Feb. 29, 4:00 pm

Robotics Team Skill Building Sessions
CLOUD901
Thu., Feb. 29, 4:15 pm

Computer Basics with Windows 10
Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library
Fri., Mar. 01, 10:30 am

Electronics and Electricity Seminar
Whitehaven Library
Mon., Feb. 26, 10:00 am

AARP Tax Prep
Bartlett Library
Mon., Feb. 26, 10:00 am

AARP Free Tax Preparation
Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library
Mon., Feb. 26, 10:00 am

United Way Taxes
North Library
Mon., Feb. 26, 11:00 am

Celebration of African American Dance
Hollywood Library
Mon., Feb. 26, 12:00 pm

Power Hour
Levi Library
Mon., Feb. 26, 12:30 pm

Power Hour
Levi Library
Mon., Feb. 26, 12:30 pm

Adult Computer Class
East Shelby Library
Mon., Feb. 26, 3:00 pm

Reading with Lovie our Therapy Dog
Raleigh Library
Mon., Feb. 26, 3:30 pm

Aerobics Class
Raleigh Library
Tue., Feb. 27, 10:00 am

Beginning Spanish
Whitehaven Library
Tue., Feb. 27, 10:00 am

AARP Tax Prep
Bartlett Library
Tue., Feb. 27, 10:00 am

AARP Free Tax Preparation
Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library
Tue., Feb. 27, 10:00 am

Free Tax Preparation by United Way Mid-South
Raleigh Library
Tue., Feb. 27, 10:00 am

Gameday Tuesdays
Hollywood Library
Tue., Feb. 27, 11:00 am

Power Hour
Levi Library
Tue., Feb. 27, 12:30 pm

Fabric Collage @ Levi
Levi Library
Tue., Feb. 27, 1:00 pm

Healing Through Art
Whitehaven Library
Tue., Feb. 27, 3:00 pm

BookTok Book Club
Officer Geoffrey Redd Library
Tue., Feb. 27, 3:00 pm

Let's Get Moving featuring Yoga
Cordova Library
Tue., Feb. 27, 5:30 pm

View our full calendar of events!

Library Videos & Posts

Santa is at the Benjamin L Hooks Central Library! Come and see us! We have cocoa, popcorn, and crafts!

Posted by Memphis Public Libraries on Saturday, December 16, 2023
Graduates get a first look at the Melrose High School building renovation

Graduates of the old Melrose High began singing the school song as they got a tour of the renovation of the property. The former school is being transformed into a library and genealogy center, and senior apartments. Phase 1 of construction should be complete in early 2024.

Posted by Memphis Public Libraries on Monday, November 27, 2023
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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Bookstock is the largest annual local authors festival in Memphis!  Sponsored by our wonderful Friends of the Library, Bookstock 2024 is scheduled to be on Saturday, April 6th, 2024 from 11am – 3pm at Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library. 

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