Library Closing

All Memphis Public Libraries will be closed Wednesday June 19 for Juneteenth Holiday.

Support the Library

Explore Memphis
Read, Attend, Explore

June 1 – July 31
Join our summer reading program and earn prizes – all ages! Attend some of our many programs including summer camps, Explore Memphest, and an adventurous Web Series.

Value Line Investment Research

We now offer access to Value Line, a single, cost-effective research package covering multiple asset classes that can transform an average investor into an extremely profitable one.

Pet Portrait Art Show Submissions

Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library
Now- June 24
 If you have any artworks of your favorite pets, we invite you to submit them for a chance to be part of our Pet Portrait Art Show! If selected, your art will be displayed for the month of August on the walls of the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library’s Goodwyn Gallery.

Bartlett Library Transition

The Bartlett Library is transitioning to a stand-alone library on July 1. Bartlett Residents can find out about the changes in service here.

Library of Things

Memphis Public Libraries lends non-traditional items, too! You can try before you buy, discover a new hobby, or borrow a device you’ll only need to use once. 

Continuing Education and Lifelong Learning

Multiple Libraries & Times
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.

MPL Summer Camps

Multiple Libraries & Times
Summer camps are back with new lessons to learn while having fun! Registration is open now!

Explore Memphis Web Series: The Adventurer


Join us on the journey to find the treasure of Memphis Public Libraries. This comical, light-hearted exploration is fun for the whole family to enjoy.

Juneteenth Fest

Cordova Library
June 15 11:00 AM
Please Join us at the Cordova Branch Library for the Third Annual Juneteenth Fest.
Memphis artist will be displaying and selling locally made jewelry, apparel, bags, candles, soap, woodwork and more. There will also be entertainment from Memphis natives.

Jazz on Juneteenth with Symmetry Jazz Band

Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library
June 15 4:00 PM
The Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library is excited to welcome back the Jazz Band Symmetry to commemorate Juneteenth.

Hollywood Eats High On The Hog

Hollywood Library
June 17 10:30 AM
Come and view the award-winning eight-part docu-series “High on the Hog: How African American Cuisine Transformed America.” We will then sample cuisines mentioned in the film. Every Monday in June and July.

V.O.I.C.E.S. : Valiant. Optimistic. Intelligent. Confident. Epitomize. Savvy.

North Library
June 18 11:00 AM
Teens along with parents are invited to participate  in an informative series on  the  impact of  emotions of depression, anger, loneliness, or rejection.

Levi’s Biggest Loser

Levi Library
June 24 1:00 PM
Join us at Levi for a fun take on the Biggest Loser  Challenge. This 8-week program will be geared toward adults looking to achieve maintainable weight loss and healthy goals. Participants will hopefully gain a new outlook on exercise, weight loss, and healthy cooking/eating.

Fire Safety with Memphis Fire Department

Raleigh Library
June 25 12:00 PM
Join us for an exciting learning experience. Children and families can learn about fire safety, how to recognize the emergency, and what to do in the event of a fire. Come out and meet our very special guests from Memphis Fire Department. 

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

June
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!

Story Time
Officer Geoffrey Redd Library
jue., Jun. 20, 10:30 am

Storytime
Cordova Library
jue., Jun. 20, 11:00 am

Summer Lunch Programming
Parkway Village Library
jue., Jun. 20, 12:00 pm

1:00 pm Registration Escape Room – Dragon's Lair
Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library
jue., Jun. 20, 1:00 pm

1:30 pm Registration Escape Room – Dragon's Lair
Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library
jue., Jun. 20, 1:30 pm

2:00pm Registration Escape Room – Dragon's Lair
Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library
jue., Jun. 20, 2:00 pm

Fly Me to the Moon
South Library
jue., Jun. 20, 2:00 pm

Music Therapy with the Star Center
Hollywood Library
jue., Jun. 20, 2:00 pm

2:30pm Registration Escape Room – Dragon's Lair
Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library
jue., Jun. 20, 2:30 pm

3:00pm Registration Escape Room – Dragon's Lair
Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library
jue., Jun. 20, 3:00 pm

TWEENS&TEENS Beginner's Hand Embroidery
Cordova Library
jue., Jun. 20, 3:00 pm

3:30pm Registration Escape Room – Dragon's Lair
Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library
jue., Jun. 20, 3:30 pm

Hollywood's Tune Talk: Teens and Tweens' Favorite Tracks!
Hollywood Library
jue., Jun. 20, 4:00 pm

Super smash brothers Ultimate tournament
Cordova Library
jue., Jun. 20, 5:00 pm

Firetruck Tour
Officer Geoffrey Redd Library
vie., Jun. 21, 11:30 am

Tween Movie Day

vie., Jun. 21, 1:15 pm

Family Fun Friday Activities
Raleigh Library
vie., Jun. 21, 2:00 pm

CLOUD Air Skateboard Design Camp
CLOUD901
jue., Jun. 20, 11:00 am

Summer Lunch Programming
Parkway Village Library
jue., Jun. 20, 12:00 pm

Music Therapy with the Star Center
Hollywood Library
jue., Jun. 20, 2:00 pm

TWEENS&TEENS Beginner's Hand Embroidery
Cordova Library
jue., Jun. 20, 3:00 pm

Hollywood's Tune Talk: Teens and Tweens' Favorite Tracks!
Hollywood Library
jue., Jun. 20, 4:00 pm

Cordova Coding Club
Cordova Library
jue., Jun. 20, 4:00 pm

Super smash brothers Ultimate tournament
Cordova Library
jue., Jun. 20, 5:00 pm

CLOUD Air Skateboard Design Camp
CLOUD901
vie., Jun. 21, 11:00 am

Family Fun Friday Activities
Raleigh Library
vie., Jun. 21, 2:00 pm

Hollywood Theater
Hollywood Library
vie., Jun. 21, 2:00 pm

Smoothie Moves Saturdays @ Levi
Levi Library
vie., Jun. 21, 2:00 pm

Board Game Club
South Library
vie., Jun. 21, 3:30 pm

Connect Crew @ The Downtown Farmer's Market
Connect Crew
sáb., Jun. 22, 9:00 am

Junk Journaling
Randolph Library
sáb., Jun. 22, 11:00 am

Pop-Up Whitehaven
Whitehaven Library
sáb., Jun. 22, 11:00 am

Explore Memphest
Cherokee Library
sáb., Jun. 22, 1:00 pm

Sowing the Seeds for My Community
Levi Library
sáb., Jun. 22, 1:00 pm

Aerobics Class at Raleigh
Raleigh Library
jue., Jun. 20, 10:00 am

MALS Family Centered Legal Solutions – Legal Clinic
Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library
jue., Jun. 20, 10:00 am

Moving and Grooving with Michaela
Hollywood Library
jue., Jun. 20, 10:30 am

Basic Adult Computer Class
North Library
jue., Jun. 20, 12:00 pm

Power Hour
Levi Library
jue., Jun. 20, 12:30 pm

Calligraphy 4-part Series (Continuing Education & Lifelong Learning Summer)
Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library
jue., Jun. 20, 1:00 pm

Paper-Mache Sculpture
Levi Library
jue., Jun. 20, 2:30 pm

Sit-n-Stitch: Fiber Arts Club
East Shelby Library
jue., Jun. 20, 3:00 pm

Cordova Coding Club
Cordova Library
jue., Jun. 20, 4:00 pm

English Coffee and Conversations
Cordova Library
jue., Jun. 20, 4:30 pm

Super smash brothers Ultimate tournament
Cordova Library
jue., Jun. 20, 5:00 pm

Beginning Spanish
Whitehaven Library
jue., Jun. 20, 5:30 pm

Accessing Capital 101: Funding for Your Small Business
Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library
jue., Jun. 20, 6:00 pm

Zumba Fitness at Raleigh
Raleigh Library
jue., Jun. 20, 6:30 pm

Legal Clinic
Whitehaven Library
vie., Jun. 21, 10:00 am

Yoga with Caitlin
Randolph Library
vie., Jun. 21, 11:00 am

Garden Club
Officer Geoffrey Redd Library
vie., Jun. 21, 2:00 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

Are you ready to Explore Memphis? The adventure begins at Memphis Public Libraries on June 1. So grab a map from your local branch 🗺️ Check out some books 📚 Get ready to have fun ✅ Hopefully, win prizes 🏆

Posted by Memphis Public Libraries on Thursday, May 2, 2024

Get moving with our Line Dance Class at the Raleigh Branch! Join the groovin' every Wednesday from 10:30 a.m. -12 p.m. Everyone is welcome to learn some new dance moves! 💃 #linedancing #groovin #Memphis #MemphisPublicLibraries

Posted by Memphis Public Libraries on Monday, May 13, 2024
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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