Library Closing

Hollywood Branch Library is closed today 7/9/24

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Senior Health Fair

Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library
July 19 11:00 AM
This event is aimed at informing, educating, and providing health care screenings, resources, and health information to seniors.  It is FREE to vendors and participating seniors.  

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.

Meet the Candidates

There’s an election coming up! Do you know who is running? Don’t go to the polls unprepared. Visit this page to find links to official web pages and Facebook pages for candidates in the upcoming August 1 election.

Pride Fest Arts Submissions

AN OPEN CALL TO ARTISTS! If you have any artworks that fit the theme of LGBTQIA+ Pride, we invite you to submit them for a chance to be part of our Pride Fest Art Display! If selected, your art will be shown for the month of September on the walls of the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library’s Goodwyn Gallery.

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.

Back to School Programs


See what programs and giveaways we have for students!

Summer Pajama Jam

Whitehaven Library
July 17 4:00 PM
Join us at the library for a Summer Pajama Jam! Come jam out with your coziest pajamas on. There will be games, snacks, and crafts ready for us to dive into.

Groovy ~Tie Dye

East Shelby Library
July 20 3:00 PM
Get ready for summer with some custom dyed t-shirts! Bring your own white t-shirt or item you wish to Tie Dye. We will provide all other supplies!

Glow in the Dark Adventuremobile!

Randolph Library
July 24 1:00 PM
Kids: Join us at Your Randolph Branch to design your own adventuremobile using recycled materials and glow in the dark tape!

Harmony and Hues

Cossitt Library
July 24 6:00 PM
This is a four week painting series that focuses on the relationship of visual representation to aural stimulation. ART meets MUSIC in this guided painting series with Stacey Saed.

Orange Mound Olympic Games

Orange Mound Library
July 25 3:00 PM
Join us for our very own 2024 Olympic Games (Nintendo Sports).  We will play friendly competitive games  such as soccer, golf, volleyball, tennis, and fencing- all of which are being played at the 2024 Summer Olympic Games. 

Fairy Escape Room

Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library
July 26 Time Slots
You have stumbled into fairyland and been captured by a group of fairies! Now you need to find away to escape or else you’ll be trapped here forever!

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

July
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., Jul. 18, 10:30 am

Storytime
Cordova Library
jue., Jul. 18, 11:00 am

Summer Lunch Programming
Parkway Village Library
jue., Jul. 18, 12:00 pm

Tween Scene Yoga
Hollywood Library
jue., Jul. 18, 12:00 pm

Borrow a Book, Get Free Ice Cream!
Cordova Library
jue., Jul. 18, 12:00 pm

Emotional Painting For Ages 4-5 W/Violet Newborn
Frayser Library
jue., Jul. 18, 2:00 pm

Hollywood Theater
Hollywood Library
jue., Jul. 18, 2:00 pm

Library Olympics
South Library
jue., Jul. 18, 2:00 pm

Tween Movie Day

jue., Jul. 18, 2:00 pm

Water Color in the Courtyard
Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library
jue., Jul. 18, 3:00 pm

TWEENS&TEENS Beginner's Hand Embroidery
Cordova Library
jue., Jul. 18, 3:00 pm

Board to Play!
Cossitt Library
jue., Jul. 18, 4:30 pm

Reading Wizard
Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library
vie., Jul. 19, 11:00 am

K-Talk: Intro to Korean
Whitehaven Library
vie., Jul. 19, 1:00 pm

Family Fun Friday Activities
Raleigh Library
vie., Jul. 19, 2:00 pm

Smoothie Moves @ Levi
Levi Library
vie., Jul. 19, 2:00 pm

T.O. Fuller Park Ranger visit!
Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library
vie., Jul. 19, 3:00 pm

The Great Whitehaven Beach Read
Whitehaven Library
sáb., Jul. 20, 10:00 am

Family Fun – Dinosaurs and Fossils
Cordova Library
sáb., Jul. 20, 11:00 am

Diversity Camp 2024
CLOUD901
jue., Jul. 18, 11:00 am

Summer Lunch Programming
Parkway Village Library
jue., Jul. 18, 12:00 pm

Tween Scene Yoga
Hollywood Library
jue., Jul. 18, 12:00 pm

Borrow a Book, Get Free Ice Cream!
Cordova Library
jue., Jul. 18, 12:00 pm

Hollywood Theater
Hollywood Library
jue., Jul. 18, 2:00 pm

TWEENS&TEENS Beginner's Hand Embroidery
Cordova Library
jue., Jul. 18, 3:00 pm

Cordova Coding Club
Cordova Library
jue., Jul. 18, 4:00 pm

Board to Play!
Cossitt Library
jue., Jul. 18, 4:30 pm

Techy Seniors – Smart Phone Basics
Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library
vie., Jul. 19, 10:30 am

Diversity Camp 2024
CLOUD901
vie., Jul. 19, 11:00 am

K-Talk: Intro to Korean
Whitehaven Library
vie., Jul. 19, 1:00 pm

Family Fun Friday Activities
Raleigh Library
vie., Jul. 19, 2:00 pm

Smoothie Moves @ Levi
Levi Library
vie., Jul. 19, 2:00 pm

The Great Whitehaven Beach Read
Whitehaven Library
sáb., Jul. 20, 10:00 am

Let's Make Cheesecake! Cooking Class for All Ages
East Shelby Library
sáb., Jul. 20, 11:00 am

Otaku Oasis: Anime / Manga Book Club

sáb., Jul. 20, 11:00 am

Groovy ~Tie Dye
East Shelby Library
sáb., Jul. 20, 3:00 pm

Electronics and Electricity Seminar
Whitehaven Library
lun., Jul. 22, 10:00 am

Teen Cyber Security Camp
CLOUD901
lun., Jul. 22, 11:00 am

Aerobics Class at Raleigh
Raleigh Library
jue., Jul. 18, 10:00 am

MALS Family Centered Legal Solutions – Legal Clinic
Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library
jue., Jul. 18, 10:00 am

Moving and Grooving with Michaela
Hollywood Library
jue., Jul. 18, 10:30 am

Borrow a Book, Get Free Ice Cream!
Cordova Library
jue., Jul. 18, 12:00 pm

Power Hour
Levi Library
jue., Jul. 18, 12:30 pm

Creative Aging Studio Course: Landscape Watercolor
Officer Geoffrey Redd Library
jue., Jul. 18, 1:00 pm

Hollywood Theater
Hollywood Library
jue., Jul. 18, 2:00 pm

Cordova Coding Club
Cordova Library
jue., Jul. 18, 4:00 pm

Board to Play!
Cossitt Library
jue., Jul. 18, 4:30 pm

Beginning Spanish
Whitehaven Library
jue., Jul. 18, 5:30 pm

LET'S TALK 24 – CORDOVA | A COMMUNITY LISTENING SESSION
Cordova Library
jue., Jul. 18, 5:30 pm

Zumba Fitness at Raleigh
Raleigh Library
jue., Jul. 18, 6:30 pm

Legal Clinic
Whitehaven Library
vie., Jul. 19, 10:00 am

Techy Seniors – Smart Phone Basics
Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library
vie., Jul. 19, 10:30 am

2024 Senior Health Fair
Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library
vie., Jul. 19, 11:00 am

Voter 901 – Need-to-know to vote
Whitehaven Library
vie., Jul. 19, 12:00 pm

K-Talk: Intro to Korean
Whitehaven Library
vie., Jul. 19, 1:00 pm

Family Fun Friday Activities
Raleigh Library
vie., Jul. 19, 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

Senior Line Dancing

Whitehaven Library held Senior Line Dancing this past Saturday. Our Patrons had a blast learning how to do the Wobble…

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