Early Childhood

Discover read centers

Many libraries have DiscoverREAD centers, a rich environment that engages children and caregivers in fun and meaningful learning activities that meet the developmental needs of children ages birth to five. The spaces are designed for caregivers to help children build early literacy skills and enter kindergarten ready to succeed. Our vision is families reading, talking, and playing together for a more literate Memphis.

Click here for more details and locations.

We also have a DiscoverREAD on the Go Outreach service. Would you like to schedule DiscoverRead on the Go for your organization? Or maybe a story time for your daycare center? Visit our Outreach page for more information on scheduling this event.

World book early learning

World Book Early Learning is an interactive online learning environment where the youngest explorers have fun while immersed in content and tools that will prepare them for a successful educational journey!

Includes “Early Learning Basics”, designed to teach young learners’ essential skills for preschool and kindergarten, including letters, numbers, and early math concepts.

Training Resources:


(e-Books, e-Audiobooks, e-Magazines)

Our Libby service offers many ebooks for early learners including:

Visit our eCollection page for more details.

ABCmouse.com for Libraries
Accessible inside the Library only.


ABC Mouse:  When you stop by the Library, you can use any public access computer to access ABCmouse. ABCmouse.com is a comprehensive early learning site for children ages 2 through 6+, covering reading and language arts, math, science, social studies, art, and music. It is completely child-safe, with no advertising or links to other websites.

world book ebooks

World Book eBooks provides a robust library of titles to suit every need. From basic board books to the most famous classic novels, the easy-to-navigate shelves of eBooks hold exactly what every student needs to round out their learning. These eBooks do not require checking out and they are always available.

Training Resources:

Children's BookLetters


(Emailed Book Suggestions)

Knowing what to read next can always be a challenge. Our Children’s librarians produce a monthly newsletter with book suggestions for children. View the most recent edition here and sign up to receive emails:

children’s reading lists

Visit our Children’s Reading List page for all sorts of award winners and recent additions. Each list includes links to our Catalog so you can check availability and place holds.

Porter-leath books from birth

Books from Birth is the local affiliate of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. This amazing program promotes kindergarten readiness and strengthens family bonds in Shelby County by providing age-appropriate books for all children from birth to age five. Sign up to begin receiving your books in the mail.

early childhood community services

Our LINC/2-1-1 service provides community information. Review the Early Childhood services in the Tennessee 2-1-1 Database or simply dial 2-1-1.

Visit our LINC/2-1-1 page for more details.


Visit or call the Library or submit a question online.

Early Childhood Events

Science Spectacular: A Day of Discovery at the Library
Cornelia Crenshaw Memorial Library
Wed., May. 22, 10:00 am
Toddler Storytime
Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library
Wed., May. 22, 10:15 am
Lapsit Story Time
Bartlett Library
Wed., May. 22, 10:30 am
Lev(I)magination Storytime
Levi Library
Wed., May. 22, 10:30 am
Cordova Library
Wed., May. 22, 11:00 am
Preschool Story Time
Bartlett Library
Wed., May. 22, 11:30 am
After School Club
Officer Geoffrey Redd Library
Wed., May. 22, 3:30 pm
Story Time
Officer Geoffrey Redd Library
Thu., May. 23, 10:30 am
Cordova Library
Thu., May. 23, 11:00 am
Family Fun – Pet Day
Cordova Library
Sat., May. 25, 11:00 am
Family Storytime – Pets
South Library
Sat., May. 25, 11:00 am
Crafternoons at Cossitt
Cossitt Library
Sat., May. 25, 12:00 pm
Sowing the Seeds for My Community
Levi Library
Sat., May. 25, 1:00 pm
Pre-School Storytime
Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library
Mon., May. 27, 10:15 am
Babies & Books
Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library
Tue., May. 28, 10:15 am
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