MPL in the News


MPL in the News

“Grown-ish workshop series at South Library prepares teens for adulthood”

Highground News – March 17, 2022

“Many teens entering adulthood find the experience overwhelming. School can only prepare kids for so much, and they often aren’t taught about life lessons they’ll encounter as young adults. The Grown-ish workshop series—named and modeled after the popular television show—is held the third Friday of every month at Memphis Public Libraries’ South Library branch.

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“Memphis’ North Branch Library opens new center for teens”

ABC 24 Memphis – February 7, 2022

“Memphis’ North Branch Library opened their new Teen Innovation Center (TIC) Saturday, February 5. 

Library representatives said the TIC offers teens a space to engage in literacy and technology-related activities. This center includes a tech and gadgets like a drone and a VR gaming headset for teens to interact with.”

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“United Way of the Mid-South offering free tax prep to families”

ABC 24 MEMPHISJanuary 30, 2022

“Filing your taxes might be a little tricky this year, but United Way of the Mid-South is helping families file for free.

In 2002, United Way of the Mid-South and the Internal Revenue Service started a coalition of local businesses, non-profits, and other partners to create the Free Tax Program. Households that made $58,000 or less last year qualify for the program.”

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“NATIONAL SUMMER LEARNING ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCES 2021 NEW YORK LIFE FOUNDATION’S SUMMER LEARNING AWARD WINNERS”

NATIONAL SUMMER LEARNING ASSOCIATION – September 15, 2021

“As the summer season sunsets and a new school year begins, the National Summer Learning Summer Association (NSLA) – the only national nonprofit exclusively focused on closing the achievement and opportunity gap by increasing access to high-quality summer learning experiences – is pleased to announce the 2021 honorees of the coveted New York Life Foundation’s Excellence in Summer Learning Awards.

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“Pilot program centers Memphis teens in library decision-making”

Higher Ground – August 25, 2021

“For Zahra Chowdhury, a 17-year-old senior at Pleasant View High School, being a part of the pilot Comeback Stronger Youth Council has been an eye-opening experience. 

“Having a seat at the table of influence means everything,” Chowdhury said. “As young people, we have specific needs, and it’s nice to have a platform to share these ideas.”

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“Students Get Involved in Memphis Public Libraries”

MEMPHIS FLYER – August 19, 2021

“This summer, Memphis Public Libraries (MPL) has partnered with BRIDGES to assemble the Comeback Stronger Youth Councils, as part of an initiative to boost teen engagement and expand libraries’ teen programming. The councils consist of middle and high school students, who represent five branches: Benjamin L. Hooks, North, Poplar-White Station, Raleigh, and South.”

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