MPL Highlights


MPL Highlights

Read about the latest happenings in the Memphis Public Library!

HBCU College Fair!

The Raleigh Library team had a successful HBCU College Fair event. Students from Raleigh-Egypt High School, and Memphis Business Academy had the opportunity to connect with representatives from Rust College, Tougaloo College, Jackson State University, Tennessee State University, and more! Community organizations such as Literacy Mid-South, and their partnered community organization For the Kingdom, joined and offered great options for youth present. Great job to all involved in this awesome event!

New Glory Black History Program at Gaston Park Library!

Our young scholars had a great time learning about Garrett Morgan, inventor of the Three-Position Traffic Signal (traffic light). They watched educational videos, listened to interactive story-time, and made their own traffic lights! 

Crenshaw Library Customer Appreciation Day!

(February 21, 2023) We had 20 customers to participate in the drawing for our Customer Appreciation Day gift bags. The first winner name is Charlotte Levy. The second winner name is April Lewis. The customers had to check out books in order to put their name in the drawing. This increased our circulation of books. We had new customers to check out books. 

Galentine’s Day 2023 at East Shelby!

The event was held on Saturday, February, 11, 2023, from 2-4 pm. Galentine’s Day is a day for women to celebrate their friendships with other women. Patrons joined us for girl talk while wearing their pajamas, watched a movie, and enjoyed refreshments. The event was for ladies 18 yrs old and up.  

Painting at Cordova Library!

On March 18th,  a group of us at Cordova library dabbled in watercolors just for the fun of it. Even though we didn’t have any formal instructions, interestingly enough, we all painted nature scenes. Everyone said they had a fantastic time and were glad they came.  Stay tuned for more Cordova creativity.

Gaston Park Library at Lester Community Center

Gaston Park Library staff read the book, “An American Story”, and paid tribute to the inventor Garrett Morgan by making edible traffic lights.​ This is how we celebrate ​BLACK HISTORY MONTH! Their jubilant presence lit the room with excitement as she read to the youth. they were thrilled to learn and eat their crafts!

Outreach at the National Civil Rights Museum!

On Martin Luther King, Jr’s Birthday Celebration, several library staff members partnered with Uncommon Threads Quilt Guild to offer a community quilt activity at the National Civil Rights Museum. Hundreds of children and adults designed their own block of fabric, which will then be a part of a larger quilt.  The finished quilt will be displayed in the National Civil Rights Museum.  Huge props go out to Jane Jacobson for pulling together all of the inspiration, people, machines, and supplies to create this worthwhile project. 

Lester Story Time and Craft

Storytime and crafts at Lester Community Center 1/11/2023. Gaston Park Librarians had 40 participants listening to engaging storytelling and had fun with edible snowman crafts.