Would you like to have available free public computers with high speed internet access and application programs for your educational, professional and recreational needs? How about free wireless (WIFI) internet access and laptop computers? What about easy access handicap doors and ccTV magnifying machines for individuals with low-vision? What would you say to electronic books, electronic sound recordings and continuously updated electronic information resources available 24/7? If you said yes to any of the above, you may be one of over 25,000 users of the M.R. Dye Public Library in Horn Lake.
As one of 13 branches of the First Regional Library system, the Horn Lake Branch consistently meets and anticipates the needs of a rapidly growing and diverse population. Within walking distance of six schools and serving many more, the library is viewed as a valuable community resource and destination point for active seniors, families, children and teens in the Metro Memphis / DeSoto County area.
Working with area educators and counselors, M.R. Dye Public Library has established a Reluctant Reader Initiative and works with schools to maximize joint resources for the Accelerated Reader program. As a member of the Horn Lake Education Council, the library works to provide community resources for school needs. Recently, TeenSpace, was organized for teens 13 – 17 years old to support and encourage their involvement in programming, collection development, creative arts and volunteer opportunities.
Children’s services include story times in English and Spanish, Sign Language classes, movie matinees and a hugely successful Summer Library Program. The Summer Library Program (SLP) is an inventive way to grow and maintain children’s reading skills throughout the summer. The community outreach program, Book a Story Time, has become a popular choice for qualified groups unable to attend regularly scheduled events.
Working with area businesses and organizations, the M.R. Dye Public Library is proud to be involved in and support community based projects such as Hispanic Family Initiative. Businesses and organizations meet to provide information for the Hispanic community. The M.R. Dye Public Library strives to promote life-long learning and reading enjoyment.