MPL in the News


MPL in the News

“How Memphis Created the Nation’s Most Innovative Public Library”

SMITHSONIAN MAGAZINENovember, 2021

The Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, a building of pale concrete and greenish glass, rises four stories in midtown Memphis. Walking through its automatic doors on a weekday afternoon, I hear unexpected sounds, muffled but unmistakable, almost shocking in a library context: the deep, quaking bass beats of Memphis hip-hop, plus a faint whine of power tools cutting through metal.”

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“Second Editions Book Store aims to be more than words”

Daily Memphian – August 12, 2022

“When walking into the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library at 3030 Poplar Ave., it’s not unusual to walk past the Second Editions Book Store without noticing it.  A small room nestled just to the right of the library’s front entrance with bookshelves nearly as high as the ceiling, Second Editions Book Store offers thousands of gently used hardback and paperback books for sale, with the average title priced at $3.”

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“Raleigh Library opens new Teen Innovation Center”

Action News 5 – July 22, 2022

“The Raleigh Library will have the grand opening for their new Teen Innovation Center Friday, July 22 at 1:30 p.m. Branch Manager Michael King, along with teen staffers Aaren Todd and Madison Virgilio joined Action News 5′s Andrew Douglas at the digital desk to talk about how this new addition will offer free resources for teens including gaming consoles, virtual reality headsets and workstations.”

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“Senior Health Fair set for July 22”

Action News 5 – July 22, 2022

“The 2nd Annual Senior Health Fair is set for Friday, July 22 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library on Poplar Avenue. Wang-Yinh Glasgow, adult service coordinator for Memphis Public Libraries, joined Action News 5′s Andrew Douglas at the digital desk to talk about what resources will be available.”

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“Memphis Teens Get Crash Course in Diversity”

La Prensa Latina – June 22, 2022

“Benjamin L. Hooks Library is hosting a Diversity Camp this week for teens 13 through18 years old. Over the five-day camp, guest speakers will discuss topics like religion, politics, sexual identity, and how to navigate and find common ground with people who share different beliefs.”

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