Book Worms Growing in Memphis, More People Joining the Library

Book Worms Growing in Memphis, More People Joining the Library

Membership is booming at the Memphis Public Library and there's more to check out than paperbacks and hardcovers.
MEMPHIS, TN -- It's not your parents' library. Membership is skyrocketing at the Memphis Public Library and there's more to check out than paperbacks and hardcovers.

"We come once very couple weeks or so." With three kids, the library is a great resource for Memphian Bobbi Pereyra.

"We don't have a lot of money personally. We can't afford to buy books so we love checking out books. I'm shocked at wide variety they have."

If you haven't been to the library in a while, you may be in the minority.

Membership is way up in Memphis.

"All over the city," says Sharley Arendale who works in Cordova's circulation department.

The Cordova branch has been adding people left and right.

"We had nearly 3,000 ppl sign up for a library card in our branch, just last year," she says. She stays busy with applications.

The library's books and computers aren't the only draw.

A growing number of members rarely step through the door. Demand for Memphis' digital library and virtual checkouts keeps growing.

You can download items straight to your Kindle or iPhone.

"There's no worry about late fees," Arendale says. "Those checkout 21 days just like regular book."

Which is what brought Pereyra in today.

"My daughter Sofia is really into the American Doll books," she says. "She asked us to come get a couple while she's at school."

September also happens to be National Library Card Month.

This Friday afternoon there's a special membership event at the Memphis Central Library. That branch is located on Poplar, near East High School.

They're having a fashion show with books, while there they can set you up with a library card.

We looked at the numbers and there are about 20,000 more library members this Summer compared to last Summer.

The annual report shows 437,571 cardholders on June 30th 2013 as compared to 420,146 from June 30th, 2012.

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