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

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Tuesday, Feb 20, 2018, 5:45pm-7:00pm

Continuing Education Training - Syllable Types for Quick Decoding

Learn the six syllable types to help your learner attack larger words effectively. 
You'll leave with hands-on materials to use with your learners.

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!