Adult Tutor Training

Saturday, Jan 25, 2020

Can you read this? Many adults in the Mid-South cannot. You can make a difference! With just 2 hours a week for 6 months, you can help teach an adult to read. You’ll meet one on one with an adult at a Memphis Public Library, Germantown or North Mississippi library. Our clients come to us in order to reach a variety of goals. Some may want to be able to get into a High School Equivalency (HiSet) class, help their children with homework, read the Bible, or get a driver’s license.

You’ll attend a one-day training that will go over how our program works, why teaching adults is different than children, and the basics to get you started tutoring an adult basic education learner or English language learner.

Fill out a volunteer application here.


Stacy Early

(Stacy, she/her)

Literacy Mid-South | Adult Program Director

Call or Text! 901.201.6157

The Center for Southern Literary Arts Presents

the First Memphis Literary Arts Festival

Founded and presented by the Center for Southern Literary Arts (, the first annual Memphis Literary Arts Festival ( will take place June 16, 2018 and strives to be a world-class festival celebrating storytelling and the city’s unique arts, culture, and historical legacies. The event is free and open to the public, and will feature a street fair, musical performances, and literary work from a broad cross-section of storytellers. #MLAF is proud to make its home in the historic Edge District, an intersection of industry and culture since the city’s earliest days. By featuring renowned, award-winning authors from across the globe alongside exceptional local writers, artists, and civic leaders, we celebrate the stories of those folks most marginalized by region, race, class, gender, sexuality, ability, and/or citizenship.

The CSLA is a 501(c)(3) organization and was founded in 2017 by writers & native Memphians Jamey HatleyMolly Rose Quinn, and Zandria F. Robinson.




The Center for Southern Literary Arts Presents Dinner

at the Hibiscus Salon

The Center for Southern Literary Arts annual benefit, Dinner at the Hibiscus Salon, takes place this year at Premiere Palace Ballroom, 629 Monroe AvenueJune 15, 2018 from 6 PM to 9 PM. The evening features a special four-course dinner and cocktails designed by renowned Chef D. Arthur, a performance by Americana star Adia Victoria, a reading from award-winning southern writer Kiese Laymon, and work from acclaimed documentary photographer Andrea Morales. Individual General Admission tickets are $85, and individual VIP tickets, which include access to the author reception on June 16th, are $250. Tables of eight are available for $1,000. Sponsorships are available; contact admin AT southernliteraryarts DOT org. for more information. The dinner benefits all CSLA programming, including the Lyceum Mainstage, youth writing workshops, and The Tiny Temple Reading Series.

The CSLA is a 501(c)(3) organization and was founded in 2017 by writers & native Memphians Jamey HatleyMolly Rose Quinn, and Zandria F. Robinson.

Buy tickets here.


Literacy Mid-South: Free Books for Ages 13-18

Literacy Mid-South has 15,000 additional young adult books for ages 13-18.

If your organization would like some or all of these books, please contact Kevin Dean at

No phone calls, please. These books are available on a first come, first serve basis.

Half a Million Books for the Mid-South. Apply today!

The largest book distribution in Mid-South history!


Literacy Mid-South and First Book have partnered to bring more than 500,000 books to Memphis to distribute throughout the Mid-South.  These books are available to schools, churches, and nonprofits and are available on a first come, first serve basis.  Your organization MUST have a free First Book account to apply for this book grant.


Organizations are responsible for picking up their own books during the designated times between March 9-13.


Please share with all school, church, and nonprofit personnel that may be interested.  The application closes very quickly, as we will receive many applications.



Volunteers Needed for the 500K Book Giveaway!

Literacy Mid-South and First Book to distribute 500,000 children’s books in the Mid-South

It’s the largest book distribution in the history of Shelby County!

In March, Literacy Mid-South is teaming up with First Book to bring 500,000 books to Memphis to be distributed to schools, churches, nonprofits, and teachers.

We need one hundred volunteers to help sort books and prepare them for distribution.

Volunteers will help with various tasks including organizing boxed inventory (books), affixing shipping labels to boxes, and preparing orders for group book pick-ups. Volunteers must be able to stand for the duration of their shift, as well as lift up to 30 pounds. Volunteers must be 18 and up.

Volunteer opportunities are available to individuals and groups on Monday, March 9-Friday, March 13.  

Information regarding book grants coming soon.  Be sure to follow us on Facebook for important announcements.

Register, HERE!

The Friends of the Library Fall Book Sale is a book lover’s dream come true – with children’s to adults’ hardback and paperback books, magazines, CDs, DVDs, records, cassettes and more priced at $2 or less! Library customers can take advantage of the sale from 10 am to 4:30 pm on Friday, October 24 andSaturday, October 25, 2014 at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library (3030 Poplar Avenue). A special preview sale for Friends’ members will be held 8 am to 10 am on October 24.


library fall book sale

It’s time to spread the word, again, that First Book-MidSouth is accepting completed book grant applications.  We will be accepting them from 7/1 until 8/30/14.  Our board will meet mid-September to determine how we’ll allocate the $25,000 we’ve raised to give back to school-based and community-based tutoring and mentoring programs focusing on improving literacy levels among our neediest children.

I’m attaching a copy of our application form here.  As it says on page one of the form, completed applications should be emailed to:

Thank you for helping us spread the word!
All best,
Lolly Easley
First Book-MidSouth, Chair


grant_application 2014

Tennessee Brewery Untapped, Thursdays-Sundays, 6:00pm-11:00pm

495 Tennessee St.(Downtown Memphis), FREE ADMISSION

Every Thursday through Sunday from April 24 through June 1, the Tennessee Brewery will be converted into a beautiful beer garden with local craft beers, food trucks, pop-up retail, live music, and more. This event will only take place for a short period of time due to the owner’s inability to sell the property to a suitable buyer. If no one purchases the property by July, the owner is going to demolish the building.


Using Digital Media to Connect and Build, Tuesday, May 20 (See Attached Flyer)

 Connecting the Dots

Invest In You Workshop, Saturday, June 7, 11:00am-12:30pm

This workshop will be led by Adrian Davis, Frank C. Davis & Associates in Nashville, TN. He’s making a special trip down to share helpful and practical investment tips for YPs, regardless of your income. The amount of money you earn is not the only factor that determines your financial future. How that money is put to work has a much larger role that you could ever imagine! Take control of your finances and build wealth through an interactive, practical and unbiased learning experience. Limited Seating: RSVP at

Invest In You


National Civil Rights Museum Mixer, Thursday, May 22, 6:00pm-8:00pm

Hosted by the Memphis Chapter – National Black MBA Association​

450 Mulberry Street,  $20.00 Admission

Includes private group tour and networking reception. Purchase tickets online,


MULYP Night Out with Rickey Smiley, Friday, June 20, 8:00pm

Cannon Center for Performing Arts, 255 North Main St.

Enjoy an evening with premier seating for MULYP Group (Open to Members and Non-Members) Call Tommie Thompson(901)576-1269 to receive special discounted tickets.


SugaShack Lounge, 8:00pm-11:00pm

Celebrating Black Music Month, June 6 – June 28

150 Monroe Ave, Memphis, TN 38103

4 weekends of honoring the legendary work of artist such as Marvin Gaye, Teddy Pendergrass, Al Green, Otis Redding, Isaac Hayes, Maurice White, Aretha Franklin, Pattie Labelle, Michael Jackson and many more.



Check out the latest novel by Memphis author, Shulanda J. Hastings: “Marriage Thorn: My Husband Is Not My Boaz?”  This novel is full of drama, suspense with a twist of humor. Here is a teaser: 

Sherri Pearce is a born and raised Mississippi Delta woman who believes in the Biblical principles that her preacher grandfather and outspoken grandmother instilled in her.  Walking in her grandparents’ footsteps, she is active in church leadership and plans to be the ideal first lady. After years of being committed to God, at age 30, she believes that she has finally met her “Boaz” and marries the infamous Pastor Ronald from Memphis, Tennessee, who Sherri thinks to be transformed from his previous North Memphis lifestyle.  But before the ink is dry on their marriage license, Sherri finds herself feeling the painful thorns of marriage and ministry. Believing in God’s design for marriage, she is determined to make her marriage work.  Just when things seem to be going well, Sherri is faced with a major crisis that causes her pain like no other. She has to make an ultimate decision that regardless of her choice could leave an everlasting thorn in her side.

AVAILABLE April 30, 2014 in electronic and print copies. You may purchase on Amazon on at Order your copy today and find out what the latest buzz in Memphis is about!