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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 create a community actively engaged in continuous learning. 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.

Sponsor a Literacy Mid-South student!

We need YOUR help this Spring to raise money for our Adult Learning Program! Each year, more than 500 low-literate adults in Memphis learn how to read through this program, at a cost of approximately $500 per student. You can change someone's life by sponsoring their participation in the program!

All you have to do is create a fundraising page and ask you family, friends, coworkers, neighbors and more to support a cause you believe in! Click here to get started.

If you have any questions, please contact Heather Nordtvedt at 901-601-9692 or heather [at] literacymidsouth [dot] org.

Upcoming Events


Adult Tutor Training (April)

This training is full! Thank you all for wanting to volunteer with us!

Please fill out our application, and you will be added to the registration list for July.

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, and math through Literacy Mid-South's Adult Learning 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. 

Volunteers commit to meeting 2 hours, once a week for six months.  Volunteer opportunities are available during the day or at night.  Must be 18 years or older to participate.  

The training will take place at Southwest Tennessee Community College, Macon Rd. Campus, Library room ML254. Coffee/water and snacks will be provided, just bring a bag lunch, pen and paper.

If you are interested in being a Literacy Mid-South Adult Basic Education volunteer, please complete the Volunteer Application. If you would like to be a Literacy Mid-South English for You tutor, please fill out this Application.

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The 4th Annual Literatini

Literacy Mid-South presents the 4th Annual Literatini

Friday, June 12, 2015

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. This year's Literatini event features a very special guest. More details coming soon!

Literatini proceeds benefit the students of Literacy Mid-South. Our Adult Learning Program serves more than 500 low-literate Memphians each year, at a cost of $500 per student. This program is integral to the future success of Memphis, where more than 120,000 adults read below a third grade level.

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