Library Closing

All Memphis Public Libraries will be closed Wednesday June 19 for Juneteenth Holiday.

Support the Library

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.

Pet Portrait Art Show Submissions

Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library
Now- June 24
 If you have any artworks of your favorite pets, we invite you to submit them for a chance to be part of our Pet Portrait Art Show! If selected, your art will be displayed for the month of August on the walls of the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library’s Goodwyn Gallery.

Bartlett Library Transition

The Bartlett Library is transitioning to a stand-alone library on July 1. Bartlett Residents can find out about the changes in service here.

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.

Levi’s Biggest Loser

Levi Library
June 24 1:00 PM
Join us at Levi for a fun take on the Biggest Loser  Challenge. This 8-week program will be geared toward adults looking to achieve maintainable weight loss and healthy goals. Participants will hopefully gain a new outlook on exercise, weight loss, and healthy cooking/eating.

Fire Safety with Memphis Fire Department

Raleigh Library
June 25 12:00 PM
Join us for an exciting learning experience. Children and families can learn about fire safety, how to recognize the emergency, and what to do in the event of a fire. Come out and meet our very special guests from Memphis Fire Department. 

Code Crew’s Designers & Data: Tech Wearables

Cloud 901
June 26 11:00 AM
CodeCrew and The Memphis Public Libraries, are hosting Designers & Data: Tech Wearables Program powered by Infosys Foundation USA to introduce high school students in grades 7th – 12th to computer science through fashion.

Genealogy Class: The Benefaction of You

Orange Mound Library
June 29 11:00 AM
Learn the basics of genealogy research, ways that descendants of both free people and the formerly enslaved can trace their ancestors, and how the use of DNA is leading the way to repair families torn apart by the system of slavery.

AI for Beginners: How to Use AI for Work

Cordova Library
June 29 3:00 PM
Learn how to use AI to improve your job applications, supercharge your business and save time and money! 

Hollywood Eats High On The Hog

Hollywood Library
July 1 12:00 PM
Come and view the award-winning eight-part docu-series “High on the Hog: How African American Cuisine Transformed America.”

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

June
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!

Firetruck Tour
Officer Geoffrey Redd Library
Fri., Jun. 21, 11:30 am

Hollywood Play
Hollywood Library
Fri., Jun. 21, 1:00 pm

Tween Movie Day

Fri., Jun. 21, 1:15 pm

Family Fun Friday Activities
Raleigh Library
Fri., Jun. 21, 2:00 pm

Smoothie Moves Saturdays @ Levi
Levi Library
Fri., Jun. 21, 2:00 pm

Connect Crew @ The Downtown Farmer's Market
Connect Crew
Sat., Jun. 22, 9:00 am

Family Fun – Indian Cooking and Dance
Cordova Library
Sat., Jun. 22, 11:00 am

Family Storytime – Dragons
South Library
Sat., Jun. 22, 11:00 am

Reading Wizard
Officer Geoffrey Redd Library
Sat., Jun. 22, 11:00 am

Junk Journaling
Randolph Library
Sat., Jun. 22, 11:00 am

Pop-Up Whitehaven
Whitehaven Library
Sat., Jun. 22, 11:00 am

Crafternoons at Cossitt
Cossitt Library
Sat., Jun. 22, 12:00 pm

Test Event
Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library
Sat., Jun. 22, 1:00 pm

Explore Memphest
Cherokee Library
Sat., Jun. 22, 1:00 pm

Sowing the Seeds for My Community
Levi Library
Sat., Jun. 22, 1:00 pm

Take-and-Make Craft
Officer Geoffrey Redd Library
Mon., Jun. 24, 12:00 am

Pre-School Storytime
Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library
Mon., Jun. 24, 10:15 am

Toddler Storytime
Randolph Library
Mon., Jun. 24, 10:30 am

Family Storytime
East Shelby Library
Mon., Jun. 24, 11:00 am

CLOUD Air Skateboard Design Camp
CLOUD901
Fri., Jun. 21, 11:00 am

Family Fun Friday Activities
Raleigh Library
Fri., Jun. 21, 2:00 pm

Smoothie Moves Saturdays @ Levi
Levi Library
Fri., Jun. 21, 2:00 pm

Board Game Club
South Library
Fri., Jun. 21, 3:30 pm

Connect Crew @ The Downtown Farmer's Market
Connect Crew
Sat., Jun. 22, 9:00 am

Junk Journaling
Randolph Library
Sat., Jun. 22, 11:00 am

Pop-Up Whitehaven
Whitehaven Library
Sat., Jun. 22, 11:00 am

Eat Smart @ Home
Frayser Library
Sat., Jun. 22, 12:00 pm

Explore Memphest
Cherokee Library
Sat., Jun. 22, 1:00 pm

Sowing the Seeds for My Community
Levi Library
Sat., Jun. 22, 1:00 pm

Electronics and Electricity Seminar
Whitehaven Library
Mon., Jun. 24, 10:00 am

CLOUD Air Skateboard Design Camp
CLOUD901
Mon., Jun. 24, 11:00 am

Code Crew's Designers & Data: Tech Wearables
CLOUD901
Mon., Jun. 24, 11:00 am

Summer Lunch Programming
Parkway Village Library
Mon., Jun. 24, 12:00 pm

Hollywood Eats High On The Hog
Hollywood Library
Mon., Jun. 24, 12:00 pm

Lego Party
Whitehaven Library
Mon., Jun. 24, 1:00 pm

Digi Life @ Levi
Levi Library
Mon., Jun. 24, 2:00 pm

Food Science Youth Cooking Camp
Raleigh Library
Mon., Jun. 24, 2:00 pm

Cordova Writing Club
Cordova Library
Mon., Jun. 24, 3:00 pm

Legal Clinic
Whitehaven Library
Fri., Jun. 21, 10:00 am

Yoga with Caitlin
Randolph Library
Fri., Jun. 21, 11:00 am

Cooking with SHIRLEY
Cordova Library
Fri., Jun. 21, 11:30 am

Hollywood Play
Hollywood Library
Fri., Jun. 21, 1:00 pm

Garden Club
Officer Geoffrey Redd Library
Fri., Jun. 21, 2:00 pm

Family Fun Friday Activities
Raleigh Library
Fri., Jun. 21, 2:00 pm

Smoothie Moves Saturdays @ Levi
Levi Library
Fri., Jun. 21, 2:00 pm

Connect Crew @ The Downtown Farmer's Market
Connect Crew
Sat., Jun. 22, 9:00 am

Moving & Grooving: Line Dancing at Frayser Library
Frayser Library
Sat., Jun. 22, 10:30 am

Pop-Up Whitehaven
Whitehaven Library
Sat., Jun. 22, 11:00 am

Chicago Stepping @ Levi
Levi Library
Sat., Jun. 22, 11:30 am

Eat Smart @ Home
Frayser Library
Sat., Jun. 22, 12:00 pm

Home Buyers Workshop 2-Part Series (Continuing Education & Lifelong Learning Summer)
Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library
Sat., Jun. 22, 12:00 pm

Explore Memphest
Cherokee Library
Sat., Jun. 22, 1:00 pm

Advanced ESL Reading and Discussion Group
Cordova Library
Sat., Jun. 22, 2:00 pm

Advanced ESL Reading Group
Cordova Library
Sat., Jun. 22, 2:00 pm

Crochet Class
Raleigh Library
Sat., Jun. 22, 2:00 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

Chair Yoga

Another relaxing day with Chair Yoga in the South . Our instructor Tangela Henderson always help motivate our customers to…

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Super Mario Bingo

Tween scene bingo day at Hollywood Library!!! Our tweens played Super Mario themed bingo today!

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