Live well. Learn with abandon.

Literacy Mid-South (LMS) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide literacy resources for learners of all ages and backgrounds.

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Our vision is
100% literacy
in the Mid-South

1 in 7

adults in Shelby County cannot read this statistic.


of 3rd graders in Shelby County Schools read below grade level.


of incarcerated individuals read below a 3rd grade reading level.

Programs That Move Literacy Forward

Adult Learning Program Learn More »

The Read Memphis Project Learn More »

Read 901 Learn More »

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Papa, you saved me...

You taught me to read

Markus Zusak, The Book Thief

Saturday, Mar 24, 2018, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Adult Tutor Training

Want to Make a REAL Difference in Someone's Life? Teach Someone to Read! 

Meet at a Memphis area library with an adult learner 1-2 hours per week for 6 months. You'll work on basic reading, or math or with English language learners. Learners come to us with goals of improving their reading skills or with a specific goal in mind like getting a drivers license or reading their Bible. By helping someone learn a skill like reading you'll be learning right along with them to make for a fulfilling volunteerr experience!

Just go here to fill out our online application!

Saturday, Mar 31, 2018, 10am-12pm

Meet-Up @ the Dixon!

Free admission
Meet us for snacks and coffee and wander the galleries!
The Pissarro work in the residence has an iPad with more info about the work and the artist. 
Interested in learning more about Literacy Mid-South? Join us! Meet staff, current learners and tutors. Register here so we know to expect you.