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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 mobilize resources that empower literacy and learning organizations to reach their goals”. 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.

Mid-South Book Festival

The 2014 Mid-South Book Festival is scheduled for Thursday, September 25th through Sunday, September 28th.  While some events are ticketed, the Mid-South Book Festival is FREE and open to the public.  

Thanks to our wonderful sponsors, this event will raise funds for Literacy Mid-South's many programs for children and adults!

The event will feature celebrity authors from around the country, including:

  • Daniel Wallace, Big Fish: A Novel of Mythic Proportions 
  • Julia Reed, Newsweek 
  • Neil White, In the Sanctuary of Outcasts 
  • Jennifer Chandler, Simply Grilling
  • Lisa Patton, Yankee Doodle Dixie
  • And 30 more!

The event will also feature:

  • Creative writing seminars
  • Speaking panels
  • Author's Hall for local and regional authors
  • Children's Area
  • Chalk Walk poetry and short story area
  • Food trucks
  • Live musical performances
  • Roving performance artists
  • Cooking demonstrations
  • Book store
  • And much more!

Visit the Mid-South Book Festival website here!

Upcoming Events


One Club Challenge

Saturday, October 4, 2014, Registration at 11:45 AM, Shotgun Start at 1:00 PM
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Adult Tutor Training

Saturday, November 15, 2014, 10:30am-4:30pm

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 Benjamin L. Hooks Library at 3030 Poplar Ave, Room L56. Coffe/water and snacks will be provided, just bring a bag lunch, pen and paper.

If you are interested in being a Literacy Mid-South volunteer, please complete the Volunteer Form.

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