Library Closing

All Libraries will be closed Monday February 19 for President’s Day.

Support the Library

5 Fridays of Jazz

Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library
Mar. 8 6:30 PM
Five Fridays of Jazz, sponsored by the Memphis Library Foundation and in partnership with Overton Park Shell and Shell on Wheels, aims to unite jazz enthusiasts and newcomers, fostering community through music.

Pride Card Contest Winners Reveal

Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library
Mar 5 6:00 PM
The unveiling of the winners of the Library Pride Card Contest is here! Come join us!

Beginning Spanish

Whitehaven Library
Mar 5 10:00 AM
A beginning Spanish class designed for students that have no familiarity with the language. Registration not necessary and we can start you with our beginners group and work you up to our advanced group.

Meet the Candidates

Mar 5
Visit our Meet the Candidates page for links to websites and Facebook pages of those running for office in the next election (March 5).

Help Is On The Way

North Library
Mar 7 11:00 AM
A beginning If you need help paying your utility bills ,and prescriptions, you should visit the North Branch Public Library and talk to  the great staff of the Community Services Agency (C.S.A.)

Gadget Lab

Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library
Mar 11 10:00 AM
Bring your tablet, laptop, or smart device and receive one-on-one technical assistance in accessing the Library’s digital services.  This is not a formal class and customers receive assistance on a first-come first-served basis.

Women’s History Month Spotlight: Harriet Tubman

Hollywood Library
Mar 13 4:00 PM
Teens will be exposed to the contributions of Harriet Tubman and other women of the Underground Railroad, through video and spoken history.

Compose Yourself 2.0: Digital Literacy

Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library
Mar 13 5:30 PM
Join us for an 8-week workshop series focusing on digital literacy and online citizenship offered by writing instructors from the University of Memphis. 

Explore Memphest/East Shelby 25th Anniversary

East Shelby Library
Mar 16 5:30 PM
Do you love Memphis? We do! Join us in celebrating our city AND the 25th anniversary of the East Shelby branch this Spring Break!  

Totality! Solar Eclipse Celebration

Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library
Mar 20 6:00 PM
Join us to learn all about solar eclipses and the science behind them in preparation for the next solar eclipse in April.  

Richard Wright Literary Award

Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library
Mar 21 5:00 PM
Memphis Public Libraries will hold the 2nd annual Richard Wright Literary Awards, celebrating and awarding local authors in various categories of fiction, nonfiction, poetry and illustration.

Bookstock

Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library
Apr 6 11:00 AM
Calling all bookworms, literary enthusiasts, and fun lovers!  Mark your calendars for 2024 Bookstock  the Memphis Area Authors’ Festival, celebrating over 10 years of local talent!  Join us on Saturday, April 6th, from 11am to 3pm at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library for a fun-filled day of literary discoveries.

Tax Assistance 2-1-1

Check out all of the locations in Shelby County and surrounding areas for free tax help!

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

March
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!

Your Family, Your Library: Art Open Call
Cossitt Library
Fri., Mar. 01, 12:45 pm

Crafternoon
Randolph Library
Mon., Mar. 04, 4:00 pm

Babies & Books
Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library
Tue., Mar. 05, 10:15 am

Read, Create, Move: Storytime at North!
North Library
Tue., Mar. 05, 10:30 am

Baby Storytime
Cordova Library
Tue., Mar. 05, 11:00 am

Homeschool Bookclub
Cordova Library
Tue., Mar. 05, 12:30 pm

Cultures in the Haven: Australia
Whitehaven Library
Tue., Mar. 05, 3:00 pm

Expressing Myself Through Creative Writing
North Library
Tue., Mar. 05, 4:00 pm

Pride Card Contest Winners Reveal
Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library
Tue., Mar. 05, 6:00 pm

Long Live the King!-Chess Club
Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library
Tue., Mar. 05, 6:00 pm

Toddler Storytime
Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library
Wed., Mar. 06, 10:15 am

Lapsit Story Time
Bartlett Library
Wed., Mar. 06, 10:30 am

Storytime – African Animals
Cordova Library
Wed., Mar. 06, 11:00 am

Preschool Story Time
Bartlett Library
Wed., Mar. 06, 11:30 am

Dr. Seuss Story Time: Wacky Wednesday
Frayser Library
Wed., Mar. 06, 1:00 pm

After-School Lego Club
Officer Geoffrey Redd Library
Wed., Mar. 06, 3:30 pm

Hollywood's March to Literacy
Hollywood Library
Wed., Mar. 06, 4:00 pm

Preschool Storytime
South Library
Wed., Mar. 06, 4:30 pm

Your Family, Your Library: Art Open Call
Cossitt Library
Fri., Mar. 01, 12:45 pm

Cordova Writing Club
Cordova Library
Mon., Mar. 04, 3:00 pm

Howard University: Alternative Spring Break
CLOUD901
Mon., Mar. 04, 3:00 pm

H2SCORE: Hollywood's Gaming Corner
Hollywood Library
Mon., Mar. 04, 4:00 pm

Beginning Spanish
Whitehaven Library
Tue., Mar. 05, 10:00 am

Cultures in the Haven: Australia
Whitehaven Library
Tue., Mar. 05, 3:00 pm

Howard University: Alternative Spring Break
CLOUD901
Tue., Mar. 05, 3:00 pm

Creative Club
South Library
Tue., Mar. 05, 4:00 pm

Expressing Myself Through Creative Writing
North Library
Tue., Mar. 05, 4:00 pm

Pride Card Contest Winners Reveal
Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library
Tue., Mar. 05, 6:00 pm

Long Live the King!-Chess Club
Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library
Tue., Mar. 05, 6:00 pm

Howard University: Alternative Spring Break
CLOUD901
Wed., Mar. 06, 3:00 pm

After-School Lego Club
Officer Geoffrey Redd Library
Wed., Mar. 06, 3:30 pm

Hollywood's March to Literacy
Hollywood Library
Wed., Mar. 06, 4:00 pm

Teen Innovation Center
Cordova Library
Wed., Mar. 06, 4:30 pm

Howard University: Alternative Spring Break
CLOUD901
Thu., Mar. 07, 3:00 pm

CLOUD901 Open Art studio
CLOUD901
Thu., Mar. 07, 3:30 pm

Hollywood's March to Literacy
Hollywood Library
Fri., Mar. 08, 4:00 pm

5 Fridays of Jazz
Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library
Fri., Mar. 08, 6:30 pm

Your Family, Your Library: Art Open Call
Cossitt Library
Fri., Mar. 01, 12:45 pm

Power Hour
Levi Library
Mon., Mar. 04, 12:30 pm

Cordova Writing Club
Cordova Library
Mon., Mar. 04, 3:00 pm

Zumba Fitness
Raleigh Library
Mon., Mar. 04, 6:30 pm

Beginning Spanish
Whitehaven Library
Tue., Mar. 05, 10:00 am

AARP Tax Prep
Bartlett Library
Tue., Mar. 05, 10:00 am

AARP Free Tax Preparation
Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library
Tue., Mar. 05, 10:00 am

Free Tax Preparation by United Way Mid-South
Raleigh Library
Tue., Mar. 05, 10:00 am

Gameday Tuesdays
Hollywood Library
Tue., Mar. 05, 11:00 am

United Way Free Tax Prep
Frayser Library
Tue., Mar. 05, 11:00 am

Power Hour
Levi Library
Tue., Mar. 05, 12:30 pm

Fabric Collage @ Levi
Levi Library
Tue., Mar. 05, 1:00 pm

Bunny Art
Cordova Library
Tue., Mar. 05, 2:00 pm

Let's Get Moving featuring Yoga
Cordova Library
Tue., Mar. 05, 5:30 pm

Pride Card Contest Winners Reveal
Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library
Tue., Mar. 05, 6:00 pm

Long Live the King!-Chess Club
Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library
Tue., Mar. 05, 6:00 pm

Line Dancing at Raleigh
Raleigh Library
Wed., Mar. 06, 10:00 am

AARP Free Tax Preparation
Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library
Wed., Mar. 06, 10:00 am

Free Tax Preparation by United Way Mid-South
Raleigh Library
Wed., Mar. 06, 10:00 am

Bingo Wednesday @ Levi
Levi Library
Wed., Mar. 06, 11:00 am

View our full calendar of events!

Library Videos & Posts

Santa is at the Benjamin L Hooks Central Library! Come and see us! We have cocoa, popcorn, and crafts!

Posted by Memphis Public Libraries on Saturday, December 16, 2023
Graduates get a first look at the Melrose High School building renovation

Graduates of the old Melrose High began singing the school song as they got a tour of the renovation of the property. The former school is being transformed into a library and genealogy center, and senior apartments. Phase 1 of construction should be complete in early 2024.

Posted by Memphis Public Libraries on Monday, November 27, 2023
Get ready Memphis Gardeners!

Spring is just around the corner, and MPL is ramping up its gardening programs and activities. From the Seed Library open house to programs to teach you how to test your soil to active garden clubs, MPL is your gardening source. Check out the gardening section on our website at memphislibrary.org to find upcoming activities.

Posted by Memphis Public Libraries on Wednesday, January 25, 2023
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

Comic Con 2023

Check out one of the biggest events so far at that the library! We want to thank everyone who helped…

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Bookstock 2023 Was a Blast!

Bookstock 2023 was a blast! Many thanks to the Friends of the Library and Memphis Library Foundation’s sponsorship and support. Big…

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