It's never too late to start learning! Get involved with Literacy Mid-South and learn something new! There's a whole world out there to discover.



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.


Get Involved

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.

Give Back to Literacy Mid-South!

Give back to Literacy Mid-South with every trip to the grocery store! Link your Kroger Plus Card to Literacy Mid-South, and we'll earn money anytime you shop at Kroger and swipe your Plus Card. Visit the Kroger Community Rewards website, log in to your account, and select Literacy Mid-South as your beneficiary. It's that easy! (Organization Number: 10209)

Upcoming Events


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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Annual Book Sale, sponsored by the Commercial Appeal

Saturday, December 6, 2014,

Annual Book Sale, sponsored by the Commercial Appeal

Are you looking for some great holiday gifts for the readers in your life? If so, join us at our Annual Book Sale, held this year at The Circuit Playhouse! We will transform the theatre into a bookstore, selling copies of books hot off the press. This year, we'll have more than 5000 new books for purchase. All proceeds beneft Literacy Mid-South! 

Preview Hour: 9:00am - 10:00am

Make a $15 donation to Literacy Mid-South and get the first opportunity to peruse and purchase the fantastic books for sale! Your donation includes coffee and breakfast. Tickets coming soon!

Book Sale: 10:00am - 2:00pm

Free and open to the public! 

New Books:

Hardbounds $5
Softbounds $3
Oversized Books $10


The Circuit Playhouse
51 S. Cooper St.
Memphis, TN 38104

There is free parking available in the Overton Square Parking Garage, just behind the theatre! 

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