Saturday, June 10, 2017


Library customers don’t have to be young to enjoy a good story – just young at heart! Memphis Public Library’s new Adult Storytime is planned for 10 a.m. on every Wednesday in the Memphis and Shelby County Room of the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library (3030 Poplar Ave., 4th floor).
All adult customers are welcomed to attend the storytimes, but they are designed specifically for adults with special needs.
“We developed this storytime because several organizations who serve adults with Autism, Down Syndrome and other intellectual disabilities had requested a program for adults similar to children’s storytime, but one was not available,” noted Central Library’s History Department Manager Wayne Dowdy. “History Department staff members were troubled that we had no specific service for adults with special needs.”
As a result, Central Library’s History Department developed partnerships with organizations like SRVS to begin spreading the word about the upcoming program.
“Our hope is that Adult Storytime will benefit Memphis’ adult special needs population by providing a structured program that will stimulate their thought processes and provide positive social interactions,” Dowdy concluded.
For more information about Adult Storytimes at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, call (901) 415-2742.

By: Marcey Wright, public relations supervisor

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