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Friends of the Library Spring Book Sale

Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library
Apr 18-21
Join us at the Memphis Public Library Friends of the Library Spring Book Sale! Explore a vast selection of books, DVDs, and CDs at unbeatable prices. All proceeds support the Memphis Public Library, helping us continue to provide valuable resources and programs for our community.

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!

Hattiloo at the Libraries

Multiple Locations
@ 11:00 AM
Hattiloo Theatre performs a live children play based on the book, Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters. Attendees will be able to participate in an interactive activity based on the play following the performance. 

Japanese Culture Club

Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library
Apr 20 10:30 AM
Join us for MPL’s Japanese Culture Club! This monthly meeting will be dedicated to the appreciation of Japanese culture. The club will focus on immersing attendees in Japanese customs and traditions as well as popular culture in a fun and engaging environment. 

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!

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

April
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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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Earth Day Explorers: Storytime Celebration! with Dr. Chris Cooper
Cornelia Crenshaw Memorial Library
Mon., Apr. 22, 10:00 am

Pre-School Storytime
Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library
Mon., Apr. 22, 10:15 am

Toddler Storytime
Randolph Library
Mon., Apr. 22, 10:30 am

Family Storytime
East Shelby Library
Mon., Apr. 22, 11:00 am

Earth Day Crafts For Children
Frayser Library
Mon., Apr. 22, 3:30 pm

Read to the Dog
Officer Geoffrey Redd Library
Mon., Apr. 22, 3:30 pm

CodeCrafters: Intro to Web Development
Hollywood Library
Mon., Apr. 22, 4:00 pm

Crafternoon
Randolph Library
Mon., Apr. 22, 4:00 pm

Crafternoon Special Feature: Earth Day Seed Bombs
Randolph Library
Mon., Apr. 22, 4:00 pm

Earth Day Recycled Crafts
South Library
Mon., Apr. 22, 4:00 pm

Babies & Books
Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library
Tue., Apr. 23, 10:15 am

Read, Create, Move: Storytime at North!
North Library
Tue., Apr. 23, 10:30 am

Read, Create, Move: Storytime at North!
North Library
Tue., Apr. 23, 11:00 am

Baby Storytime
Cordova Library
Tue., Apr. 23, 11:00 am

CodeCrafters: Intro to Web Development
Hollywood Library
Tue., Apr. 23, 4:00 pm

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

Pickleball with Purpose
Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library
Tue., Apr. 23, 6:00 pm

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

Electronics and Electricity Seminar
Whitehaven Library
Mon., Apr. 22, 10:00 am

Cordova Writing Club
Cordova Library
Mon., Apr. 22, 3:00 pm

CodeCrafters: Intro to Web Development
Hollywood Library
Mon., Apr. 22, 4:00 pm

Smash Bros Tournament at CLOUD901
CLOUD901
Mon., Apr. 22, 4:00 pm

Beginning Spanish
Whitehaven Library
Tue., Apr. 23, 10:00 am

CodeCrafters: Intro to Web Development
Hollywood Library
Tue., Apr. 23, 4:00 pm

Computer Club
South Library
Tue., Apr. 23, 4:00 pm

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

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

Pickleball with Purpose
Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library
Tue., Apr. 23, 6:00 pm

Chair Yoga
South Library
Wed., Apr. 24, 1:00 pm

After School Club
Officer Geoffrey Redd Library
Wed., Apr. 24, 3:30 pm

CodeCrafters: Intro to Web Development
Hollywood Library
Wed., Apr. 24, 4:00 pm

Expressing Myself Through Creative Writing
North Library
Wed., Apr. 24, 4:00 pm

Rhythms of India: Traditional Dance & Culture
CLOUD901
Wed., Apr. 24, 4:00 pm

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

Harmony @ The Haven
Whitehaven Library
Wed., Apr. 24, 5:00 pm

Compose Yourself 2.0: Digital Literacy
Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library
Wed., Apr. 24, 5:30 pm

Bingo
South Library
Thu., Apr. 25, 2:00 pm

Hunt through History
Hollywood Library
Thu., Apr. 25, 3:00 pm

Electronics and Electricity Seminar
Whitehaven Library
Mon., Apr. 22, 10:00 am

Gadget Lab
Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library
Mon., Apr. 22, 10:00 am

Eating Smart & Moving More
Hollywood Library
Mon., Apr. 22, 11:00 am

Senior Health Chats Part 2: Health Matters
Whitehaven Library
Mon., Apr. 22, 12:15 pm

Power Hour
Levi Library
Mon., Apr. 22, 12:30 pm

Adult Computer Class
East Shelby Library
Mon., Apr. 22, 3:00 pm

AI for Beginners
Cordova Library
Mon., Apr. 22, 3:00 pm

Cordova Writing Club
Cordova Library
Mon., Apr. 22, 3:00 pm

Zumba Fitness
Raleigh Library
Mon., Apr. 22, 6:30 pm

Aerobics Class at Raleigh
Raleigh Library
Tue., Apr. 23, 10:00 am

Checking Out Small Business Help From the Public Library
Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library
Tue., Apr. 23, 10:00 am

Beginning Spanish
Whitehaven Library
Tue., Apr. 23, 10:00 am

Tuesday Morning ESL Chat
Cordova Library
Tue., Apr. 23, 10:30 am

Word, Internet & Facebook 101
Levi Library
Tue., Apr. 23, 10:30 am

Gameday Tuesdays
Hollywood Library
Tue., Apr. 23, 11:00 am

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

Friends of the North Library
North Library
Tue., Apr. 23, 4:00 pm

The Podcast Office Hours
Cossitt Library
Tue., Apr. 23, 5:00 pm

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

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