Explore Memphis

Explore Memphis

June 1 – July 31


Reading Log – Children

Pick up a Children’s Reading Log at any of our Libraries, or download the reading log here. Bring your reading log into your library branch every time you read 100 minutes, or when you are finished! Prizes are available for every 100 minutes read, while supplies last.

Reading Log – Teens & Adults

Pick up a Teen/Adult Reading Log at any of our Libraries, or download the reading log here. Set your own goal. Once you complete your goal, bring your map into your library branch for a prize, while supplies last.

Library Card

Need a Library Card? Sign up online and access our online services immediately!


Search our catalog for your next read. Place books on hold and pick them up from your closest branch. Just a reminder, we do not have overdue fines!

Libby e-books, e-audio, e-magazines

Access our digital collection straight from your home computer or smart device.

Attend and Explore!

Explore Memphis Web Series

A young scholar wishes to have a quiet peaceful job at Memphis Public Library; however, he’s unaware of the journey he’s embarked on. He travels to multiple libraries to find peace, but another individual is on the hunt for TREASURE!


We have events for all ages throughout the summer. Browse our calendar by age group, location, and event type.

Summer Camps

Memphis Public Libraries Summer camps engage youth in fun, STEAM-based curriculum. Camps range from science, robotics, coding, art, and more.

Explore Memphest

Do you love Memphis? We do! Join us in celebrating our city all summer. Enjoy free food, learn about your libraries and community organizations, and more!

901 Student Passport

Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris’ Office of Innovation and YMCA of the Mid-South provide the 901 Student Passport program that provides free access to certain local attractions.

About Explore Memphis


When children and teens don’t read during the summer, they lose important knowledge and skills gained during the school year. This is called the summer slide. The slide isn’t something easily made up, either; children don’t catch up the following school year, because other children are moving ahead with their skills. At MPL, we’re determined to help families prevent this slide by offering opportunities to read and learn throughout the summer.

Did you know?

  • Reading over the summer helps to prevent the summer slide.
  • Combining reading, learning, and exploration improves student interest and academic growth.
  • Reading improves your overall health–it increases mental stimulation and relaxation, among other health benefits.
  • Reading and learning together helps families bond and grow.

Our Mission: To motivate participants to read and learn during the summer through engaging programs, creative partnerships, and free resources.
Our Vision: A more literate Memphis.