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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Music Programming

MPL hosted drum workshops, ukulele lessons, 30 Days of Opera performances, and more! 5 Fridays of Jazz, our partnership with Overton Park Shell, continued to be a popular draw with 1,187 attendees over all 5 nights!

28 Program; 2,372 Attendees

5 Fridays of Jazz saw an 8% increase in attendance over 2019!

Health and Cooking Programs

In March-May, we hosted 66 programs promoting health and wellness and providing activities to learn more about cooking and food. The Eat This Book Festival alone, held at our new Raleigh Branch Library, had over 150 attendees!

“I have enjoyed every bit of this class. Janice introduced me to food and recipes I never would have tried. I loved every recipe and socializing with everyone each week. I am going to miss our classes, but am excited we will do another session soon!” – Princess J., attendee at Cordova Library’s Health Choices, Health Lifestyles program.

924 total attendees (71.3% Health/Wellness; 28.7% Cooking/Food)

901 Personal Finance

April is Financial Literacy Month, and the Library hosted 901 Personal Finance, with sessions on extreme couponing, home buying seminars, person finance for seniors, and more!

9 Programs; 111 Attendees

Friends of the Library Spring Book Sale

The Friends of the Library Spring Book Sale raised $21,000 for the Library! A 91% increase over 2019!

Spring Outreach

MPL’s Outreach programs offered a variety of activities, including seed swaps, Earth Day crafts, and other events celebrating the arrival of Spring!

Total March – May Outreach attendees: 6907 (1,000 Adults; 5907 Children/Teens)
This is a 687% increase over 2021.


BookStock, Memphis Area Authors’ Festival, returned in-person for the first time since 2019! 1,500 people joined us in celebrating local authors, with author exhibits, cultural dance performances, choirs, live music, food trucks, book giveaways, and more!

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