MPL By The Numbers


Keep up with the Library with these bimonthly reports showcasing some of the events and services we provide daily.

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Oceans of Possibilities Explore Memphis Reading Challenge

The Explore Memphis Reading Challenge saw a 12% increase in overall minutes read, with the largest increase among tweens (a 149% increase over 2021!)

  • 982,370 total minutes read, all ages
  • Children 0-5 Beanstack Minutes: 77,106
  • Children 6-8 Beanstack Minutes: 190,774
  • Tweens Beanstack Minutes: 229,132
  • Teens Beanstack Minutes: 172,792
  • Adults Beanstack Minutes: 312,566

Items Checked Out

  • 198,254 total items checked out, all ages
  • Adult: 48,186 physical items; 72,253 electronic (120,439 total)
  • Young Adult: 8,833 physical items; 5,707 electronic (14,540 total)
  • Juvenile: 55,666 physical items; 7,609 electronic (63,275 total)

Program Attendance

  • 175% increase over Explore Memphis ’21!
  • Children 0-5: 3,062
  • Children 6-8: 3,694
  • Tween: 476
  • Teen: 1,356
  • Adult: 4,850

Explore Memphest

Over 300 people attended five Explore Memphest festivals at various libraries, enjoying local music, food, and activities with community groups!

Summer Camps

  • 13 Camps; 148 participants
  • Top Attended Camps
    • CLOUD901 Film Camp
    • CLOUD901 Music Camp
    • General Robotics Camp
    • Sewing Camp
    • SIM Food Science 4 Kids

Juneteenth at the Library

350 Attendees across 3 events, at Cordova, Hollywood and the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library!

“Wonderful! A celebratory Juneteenth afternoon. Oh, and the selections from the food trucks were absolutely delicious!” – Stacy Ladonna, Founder of Black Children’s Books and Authors

Senior Health Fair

Hundreds stopped by the library for our Senior Health Fair, an event connecting local seniors to 60 community vendors providing health resources – in addition to entertainment, exercise and giveaways!

Strategic Plan 2020-2025

  • Enhance Equitable Access
  • Champion Literacy for All Ages
  • Promote Workforce Development
  • Advance Role as Community Anchor
  • Increase Community Awareness of Offerings
  • Reach Beyond the Walls with Strategic Outreach and Innovation
  • Strengthen the Backbone of MPL by Supporting Staff