February 3: All Memphis Public Libraries will close today at 3:00 PM due to inclement weather.
September and October
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 such as culinary arts, hairstyling, languages, printing, visual arts, and more.
Cordova Library or Poplar-White Station Library
Join University of Tennessee Extension Representative, Janice Dunlap, 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. Every week will be full of information and door prizes are awarded just for attending. Join us for series of classes you will actually learn from!
Bartlett Library – August 11 – 4:30 PM
Teens! Come to Bartlett’s Teen Innovation Center to learn how to use all of Google’s productivity tools to your advantage for schoolwork.
Whitehaven Library – August 13 – 12:00 PM
Don’t miss out on the back to school fun. Giveaways, games, snacks, school information, a special treat and more!
South Library – August 13 – 3:00 PM
Come enjoy this whimsical spin on karaoke with the South Branch Crew! Students will pick from different school themed songs and sing along with our karaoke mix! The student who gives the best back to school performance will be the grand winner!
Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library – August 13 – 10:00 AM
This free legal clinic provides an opportunity for people with legal questions or problems to talk in person with an attorney for quick advice.
North Library – August 17 – 4:00 PM
Teens are given an opportunity to discuss issues affecting them.
Randolph Library – August 18 – 4:00 PM
Create your own vision board of what you want your next school year to be. We will be collaging images and text from magazines and using craft supplies to make the vision board. This will be a fun and relaxing space to create for teens!
Frayser Library – August 20 – 2:00 PM
In this program, children ages 6-11 take on a project that explores balance and the center of gravity. They will use their creative side to make a simple, yet awesome mobile using straws, beads, and paper to see if they balance it!
Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library – August 23 – 6:30 PM
Come join us as we revive the Memphis Music Listening Party with Robert Gordon! This month, we have the legendary saxophone player Jim Spake.
Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library – September 2nd & 3rd
The Pride Kickoff is a two part event that takes place on Friday, Sept. 2 from 6-8 and Saturday, Sept. 3 from 11-2. Click here for more information on how to show your pride with us!
Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library – September 18 – 1:00 PM
The Pride Kickoff is a two part Celebrate International Talk Like A Pirate Day with this swashbuckling family event full of pirates, mermaids, treasures, and more.
Library Videos & Posts
Robotics Camp is underway at the Benjamin L Hooks Central Library. These campers appear to be having a great time!Posted by Memphis Public Libraries on Tuesday, July 26, 2022
Ahoy Mateys! We've heard a rumor pirates are going to invade the Benjamin L Hooks Central Library September 18th. Mark your calendar and join us for the Pirates Raid!Posted by Memphis Public Libraries on Monday, August 8, 2022
Interested in learning about African- American Blacksmiths, including those from Memphis? MPL and the National Ornamental Metal Museum have partnered for a special program this weekend. The event is 8/6 at the Whitehaven Library. If you can't make it, there is an exhibit at the museum until September 11th.Posted by Memphis Public Libraries on Monday, August 1, 2022
Located in the Benjamin L Hooks Central Library, the Second Editions Bookstore is run by volunteers and proceeds to help fund library programs. The store has been nominated for "Best Bookstore" in the Memphis Flyer Best of Memphis contest. Please click on this link and vote if you know how great this store is! https://bom22.memphisflyer.com/goods/best-bookstore If you need more convincing on why it is the best bookstore, Bookstore Manager Antonio Quinn is here to explain!Posted by Memphis Public Libraries on Friday, July 29, 2022
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Second Editions is the place to find gently used books for sale at great bargain prices. Second Editions is located adjacent to the main lobby of the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, 3030 Poplar Avenue.
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Virtual Program – Thursdays – 6:00 PM
Do you love to write? Do you have a novel or similar work gathering dust that needs finishing? Most importantly –do you need the motivation and community of having other writers beside you writing without the distraction of noise and chatter?
Virtual – APR 27, MAY 25, JUN 22, JUL 27, AUG 24, SEP 28, OCT 26, DEC 7 – 6:00 PM
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. Register now to join us.
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.
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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