Library Closing

Hollywood Branch Library is closed today 7/9/24

Support the Library

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.

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!

Storytime
Cordova Library
Wed., Jul. 17, 11:00 am

Lego Club
Officer Geoffrey Redd Library
Wed., Jul. 17, 11:00 am

Ocean Animals Craft
East Shelby Library
Wed., Jul. 17, 11:00 am

Porter Street Barbershop Storytime
Connect Crew
Wed., Jul. 17, 12:00 pm

Summer Lunch Programming
Parkway Village Library
Wed., Jul. 17, 12:00 pm

Art to Grow
Randolph Library
Wed., Jul. 17, 1:00 pm

Drumming 101 @ Levi
Levi Library
Wed., Jul. 17, 1:00 pm

Story Time with Overton Park
North Library
Wed., Jul. 17, 2:00 pm

Emotional Painting For Ages 4-5 W/Violet Newborn
Frayser Library
Wed., Jul. 17, 2:00 pm

Summer Pajama Jam
Whitehaven Library
Wed., Jul. 17, 4:00 pm

Story Time
Officer Geoffrey Redd Library
Thu., Jul. 18, 10:30 am

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tween Movie Day

Thu., Jul. 18, 2:00 pm

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

Diversity Camp 2024
CLOUD901
Wed., Jul. 17, 11:00 am

Summer Lunch Programming
Parkway Village Library
Wed., Jul. 17, 12:00 pm

Drumming 101 @ Levi
Levi Library
Wed., Jul. 17, 1:00 pm

Teen air freshener ( Watercolor and Sublimation)
Cordova Library
Wed., Jul. 17, 1:30 pm

Electronics and Electricity Seminar
Hollywood Library
Wed., Jul. 17, 2:00 pm

How to Crochet for Teens!
East Shelby Library
Wed., Jul. 17, 2:00 pm

Let's Rap About It
North Library
Wed., Jul. 17, 4:00 pm

Teen Innovation Center
Cordova Library
Wed., Jul. 17, 4:30 pm

The Writer's Block
Connect Crew
Wed., Jul. 17, 6:00 pm

Capoeira Class
Cossitt Library
Wed., Jul. 17, 6:30 pm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Line Dancing at Raleigh
Raleigh Library
Wed., Jul. 17, 10:30 am

Tri State Community Health Center Health Screening
Cordova Library
Wed., Jul. 17, 10:30 am

Power Hour
Levi Library
Wed., Jul. 17, 12:30 pm

Summer with Seniors
Connect Crew
Wed., Jul. 17, 1:30 pm

Colorcopia: Free Art Class
Officer Geoffrey Redd Library
Wed., Jul. 17, 2:00 pm

Electronics and Electricity Seminar
Hollywood Library
Wed., Jul. 17, 2:00 pm

Gardening: Questions and Answers
Parkway Village Library
Wed., Jul. 17, 4:00 pm

Learn to Speak English
Cordova Library
Wed., Jul. 17, 4:00 pm

Do You Want to Become a U.S. Citizen?
Cordova Library
Wed., Jul. 17, 5:00 pm

The Writer's Block
Connect Crew
Wed., Jul. 17, 6:00 pm

Capoeira Class
Cossitt Library
Wed., Jul. 17, 6:30 pm

Testing Registration
Cossitt Library
Wed., Jul. 17, 7:45 pm

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

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

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

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

Power Hour
Levi Library
Thu., Jul. 18, 12:30 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

Haunted Mansion Series

Our teen social at Hollywood was a great! We enjoyed pizza, ice cream, and games!!! Then our tweens crashed the…

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