From the Director…

photo by Christen Jones







Dear Friends:

I’ll confess: I am addicted to National Public Radio. I listen to it all of the time. While I’m getting ready for work, while I’m driving, while I’m exercising, while I should be exercising.  You get the idea.

This week, I heard an announcer say that NPR’s mission is to Educate, Enlighten, and Entertain. And it occurred to me that the same could be said about Memphis Public Libraries. Obviously, our libraries educate customers by providing a number of resources – books, audio books, e-books, databases, classes, workshops, and clinics. But our libraries also enlighten – with discussion groups, forums, and panels that help participants better understand specific topics as well as the broader view. We also have great entertainment. From concerts and performances to films, music, and magazines. There are programs for all ages and interests, ranging from jewelry making to Zumba classes.

So yes, Memphis Public Libraries are a lot like NPR. And like NPR, we need private support to keep educating, enlightening, and entertaining our customers. Like NPR, our libraries receive some government funding, but in order to really excel, it takes private support.

I am a loyal NPR listener and I am also a loyal supporter. I recognize that it’s important for me to contribute to the great education, enlightenment, and entertainment I get from NPR.  I understand the value that National Public Radio brings to my life as well as the lives of so many other people.

Do you value our libraries? Do you value the education, enlightenment, and entertainment they provide? If so, please consider making a contribution to the Memphis Library Foundation so that we can continue to support the valuable work that our libraries do, every day and in every neighborhood. If you have been using our libraries for years, isn’t it time you made a contribution? If you have donated to the Foundation, we thank you.


Diane Jalfon

Executive Director