Branches - South
Gaston Park Library

Address: 1040 S. Third St., 38106
Telephone: (901) 415-2769
Hours: Mon.-Thurs. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Saturday 12:00 a.m. - 5 p.m., Fri. and Sun - CLOSED
Holiday Closings for all Memphis Public Library & Information Center libraries can be found here.

 

Map of Gaston Park Branch Library

Child Care Provider Workshops 2013

For a complete schedule, see below.

History

The site of the John Gaston home was used to build a community center in 1933. In 1978 the center was refurbished and a Headstart center and a community library were added. The 5,100 sq. ft. Gaston Park Library was built with federal and municipal funds. Its initial design differed from other libraries in the region in that it did not include meeting room space, a staff workroom, or exterior windows.

 

In 1990, the library was renovated at a cost of $81,000. The collection was enhanced, a new meeting room was added, the shelving was redesigned to provide a more visually appealing atmosphere, and computer workstations were added.

Community

Gaston Park Library’s service area encompasses the residential areas of Crump Ave. and South Parkway, west of Bellevue Blvd., and the industrial area west of Florida Street and east of the Mississippi River. The actual service area is considerably smaller than the established boundaries would indicate because of transportation barriers, railroads and other barriers. There are no middle or secondary schools located in the service area. LeMoyne-Owen College is located within our area also.

 

Collection @ YOUR LIBRARY

Collection

We have an exciting array of materials geared toward providing the information that our customers want and need. Our collection includes:

 

  • Popular library fiction
  • African – American fiction collection especially paperbacks
  • Romance novels
  • Parent/teacher collection
  • Job and Career development collection
  • Job postings notebook which includes First Tennessee Bank, City of Memphis, &University of Memphis postings
  • Vast array of African – American subjects and biographies
  • Large collection of easy non-fiction
  • Great collection of Classic Books

Computers @ YOUR LIBRARY

Computer

Computers for browsing the Internet (including email), accessing information online, or for use with word processing etc. are available for public use. See the Internet Use Policy and the Computer Assistance Policy for more information.

We have 12 computers and an electric typewriter that are free and open to the public. Call and reserve time.

  • Internet access available on 10 computers
  • Complete word processing capabilities using Microsoft Word
  • Spreadsheet and database applications using Excel and Access
  • Powerpoint, an extremely powerful presentation tool
  • Publisher, designed to meet all your desktop publishing needs
  • Encyclopedia Products, including Encarta programs
  • CD-ROM products featuring educational games, formal education support products are on 1 designated children’s computer
  • Barney and Magic School Bus programs on two computers for children

 

Meeting Room @ YOUR LIBRARY

Meeting Room

Gaston Park provides meeting room space to groups and individuals on an as-needed basis. We are pleased to offer this space to any community group or agency that needs comfortable accommodations for their meetings, workshops or client interactions. Seating is limited to 15 persons. This room is also designated as the Grizzlies Reading and Learning Center and is used as a study room for teens and children.

 

Programs and Services @ YOUR LIBRARY

Gaston Park is pleased to provide and conduct programs on an outreach basis. Here are a few of the services and programs offered:

  • Special displays and collections targeting specific topics
  • Job and Career collection including a job postings notebook, resume materials, career assessment materials and numerous titles to aid you in fulfilling your career expectations
  • Adult book club meets the 4th Saturday of each month at 3:00 p.m.

For the current schedule of all programs offered by the library, consult InfoDATES, News and Events at Your Memphis Public Libraries.

 

Items for Sale at Check-Out Desk @ YOUR LIBRARY

The Check-Out Desk at each library has a handy "store" of useful items for sale

Child Care Workshops 2012-2013 Series

East Shelby

Stewards of Children: Child Abuse Prevention
Sept. 14, 2013 10:-1 (3 hours)
Keita Cooley, Educational Specialist, Child Advocacy Center
Teaching Cooperative Learning using Music
Oct. 12, 2013 10:-12
Inger Upchurch & Karol Hogan, Memphis Public Library
Age Appropriate Books for Children
Dec. 7, 2013 10:-12
Jeanine Jones, Librarian, Unified School District
Multicultural Literature
Feb. 8, 2014 10:-12
Jeanine Jones, Librarian, Unified School District
Introduction to Botany
May3, 2014 10:-12
Dr. Chris Cooper, UT Extension Program

Whitehaven

Introduction to Botany
Oct. 19, 2013 10:-12
Dr. Chris Cooper, UT Extension Program
Transportation
Nov. 23, 2013 10:-12
Karen James, Department of Human Services
Creative Teaching Methods
Jan. 18, 2014 10:-12
Dr. Robert Walker, SouthWest Community College
Every Child Ready to Read
Feb. 1, 2014 10:-12
Jason Sharp, Memphis Public Library
Nutrition
April. 12,2014 10:-12
Cathy Faust, Director UT Shelby Co. Extension Program

Gaston Park

Infant Development: The First Year
Sept. 7, 2013 10:-12
Inger Upchurch, Memphis Public Library
Stewards of Children: Child Abuse Prevention
Oct. 12, 2013 10:-1 (3 hours)
Keita Cooley, Educational Specialist, Child Advocacy Center
Multicultural Literature
Nov. 19, 2013 10:-12
Shelby Jenkins-Richards, Librarian, Unified School District
Every Child Ready to Read
Mar. 15, 2014 10:-12
Keva Pounder, Memphis Public Library

Frayser

Every Child Ready to Read
Sept. 21, 2013 10:-12
Lavada Wheatley, Memphis Public Library
Transportation
Oct. 26, 2013 10:-12
Ann Matthews, Dept. Human Services
Nutrition
Nov. 16, 2013 10:-12
Cathy Faust, Director, UT Shelby County Extension Program
Stewards of Children:Child Abuse Prevention
Jan. 25, 2014 10:-1 (3 hours)
Keita Cooley, Educational Specialist, Child Advocacy Center
Virtual Story Time: Using Ipads
April. 12, 2014 10:-12
Jason Sharp, Memphis Public Library

South

Every Child Ready to Read
Sept. 14, 2013 10:-12
Linda Woodbury, Memphis Public Library
Child Care Professional Development
Oct. 19, 2013 10:-12
Linda Woodbury & Staff, JobLINC Memphis Public Library
Virtual Story Time using Ipads
Feb.22, 2014 10:-12
Keva Pounder, Memphis Public Library
Teaching Cooperative Learning using Music
May. 3, 2014 10:-12
Inger Upchurch & Karol Hogan, Memphis Public Library
Nutrition
Mar. 15, 2014 10:-12
Cathy Faust, Director, UT Shelby County Extension Program

North

Every Child Ready to Read
Oct. 5, 2013 10:-12
Keva Pounder, Memphis Public Library
Creative Teaching Methods
Nov. 9, 2013 10:-12
Dr. Robert Walker, SouthWest Community College
Creative Activities for the Afterschool Crowd
Jan. 25, 2014 10:-12
Jennifer Poindexter, Memphis Public Library
Child Care Professional Development
Feb. 1, 2014 10:-12
Karol Hogan & JobLINC, Memphis Public Library
Building Positive Self Esteem
Mar. 1, 2014 10:-12
Joni Elrod, Children Therapist

Raleigh

Child Care Professional Development
Sept. 28, 2013 10:-12
Karol, Lavada & JobLINC, Memphis Public Library
Virtual Story Time using Ipads
Nov. 16, 2013 10:-12
Jason Sharp, Memphis Public Library
3D Art
Jan. 25, 2014 10:-12
Lavada Wheatley, Memphis Public Library
Transportation
Mar. 15, 2014 10:-12
Cynthia Burks, Dept. of Human Services
Stewards of Children:Child Abuse Prevention
April. 26, 2014 10:-1
Keita Cooley, Educational Specialist, Child Advocacy Center

Crenshaw

Tai Chi fitness for Body and Mind
Sept. 21, 2013 10:-12
Richard Link, Certified Tai Chi Instructor
Teaching Toward Children Learning Styles
Nov. 9, 2013 10:-12
Inger Upchurch,Memphis Public Library
Multicultural Literature
Feb. 8, 2014 10:-12
Shelby Jenkins-Richards, Librarian, Unified School District
Every Child Ready to Read
April. 5, 2014 10:-12
Keva Pounder, Memphis Public Library
Stewards of Children:Child Abuse Prevention
May. 17, 2014 10:-1
Keita Cooley, Educational Specialist, Child Advocacy Center