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If you or your organization is helping to create a Reading/Learning Community in the Mid-South or you need additional resources to make your program flourish, join us! We can help.


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Help an adult student learn to read or help with a special event. Host a fundraiser or sponsor a special event. There are many ways to help us start a reading revolution!


Our vision is 100% literacy in the Mid-South.

Literacy Mid-South (LMS) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide literacy resources to learners of all ages and backgrounds. Somewhere between 20% to 30% of adults in the Memphis metro area are functionally illiterate. That means more than just unemployment — their minds are unused and their dreams are unrealized.

Read our Annual Report here.

Our 2014-2015 Annual Report

Thank you for being a part of the biggest year yet for Literacy Mid-South.  Whether you are a volunteer tutor, donor, sponsor, board member, or just a person interested in literacy, we thank you for making Memphis a better place and your help in making our organization stronger.  

Click here to read our 2014-2015 Annual Report online.  The report features financial information, donor information, and program summaries.  

We are excited for what the future holds and hope you are a part of our reading revolution!

Upcoming Events


Adult Tutor Training (May)

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

Literacy Mid-South has adults on our waiting list who are willing and ready to learn but need a special person in their life to help them.  They want better lives.  They want to understand their personal finances better.  They want their driver's license.  They want to read to their children. They want to understand their world better, and they just need a chance.

YOU can help. There is no greater gift to give than helping a person succeed.  Facilitate learning in the life of an adult who struggles with reading, writing, math or English as a foreign language through Literacy Mid-South's Adult Learning Program and the English For You Program.  Volunteers are able to serve as facilitators to groups of adults or provide individual goal-centered tutoring to an adult learner.  Volunteers attend a one-day training that provides the tools for moving adults forward. 

If you are interested in being a Literacy Mid-South Adult Basic Education volunteer or an English For You tutor, please complete the Volunteer Application.

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Literatini 2016

Marx-Bensdorf Realtors presents
Friday, June 10, 2016
The Booksellers at Laurelwood
387 Perkins Extended
Memphis, TN 38117


Straight Up Fun for a Good Cause!

Come take in live music and a Martini Death Match as you sample cocktails and delicious food from top local bars and restaurants. All proceeds from the event directly benefit the students of Literacy Mid-South. Our Adult Learning Program serves over 500 low-literate Memphians each year, at a cost of $500 per student. All our programs are integral to the Memphis community, where more than 120,000 adults read at or below a third grade level.

Presented by Marx-Bensdorf Realtors
Sponsored by Booksellers at Laurelwood and Dixon Hughes Goodman

Purchase tickets here.

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