Early Childhood

Early Childhood:  The Library offers a wealth of services for parents of early learners. Getting your child off to a great start will help them for the rest of their lives. Visit our Early Childhood page to get started!

The Library offers a wealth of services for parents of early learners. Getting your child off to a great start will help them for the rest of their lives.

Below is a listing of our offerings. You can also check out our list of other free resources here.


Apply online to receive a Library Card Number that you can use immediately to access our eCollection and public computers.  This card number is good for 2 years.  Visit any Memphis Public Library with your documentation requirements listed below to check out physical items. (Customers age 13 and up are invited to apply online.) If you are an educator, ask about an Educator account when you visit the Library. It allows you to check out 50 physical items instead of 25!

Visit our Start Here page for more details on obtaining a Library Card.

story times and other programs

Library story times are not only free, but they encourage children to enjoy the adventures of books with other children. Story times can also introduce children and parents to new books and authors. Parents can learn techniques that they can use later when they read to their own children. Parents can also connect with other parents in the community. We also offer other programs. Click here to view all programs for Children age 0-5.

youtube videos

Visit our YouTube channel for more activities such as Story Time and Arts and Crafts videos.

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! (TEL Resource)

World Book Early Learning Flyer

overdrive ebooks and audiobooks

Our OverDrive service offers many ebooks for early learners including:

You can check out three titles at a time per library card. Titles automatically return after 21 days or you can return them early.

Visit our Kids OverDrive or use the Libby app if you are using a smart device/tablet. Visit our eCollection page for more details.

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.

World Book eBooks Flyer

rbdigital magazines

Our rbDigital service offers downloadable magazines, including magazines for children including Highlight magazines.

Visit our rbDigital page to register. Install the app if you are using a smart device/tablet. Visit our eCollection page for more details.

Children's BookLetters

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 here 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.

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.

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.