Individuals, foundations, and businesses can all take part in bringing important library programs to the Nashville Community. Contact the Foundation to sponsor one of these community treasures.
Arts@Main is a series of free art exhibitions at the Main Library. With prominent galleries on the main and second floor, the Main Library has emerged as a significant Nashville visual arts venue. Artists whose works have been or will be exhibited include Richard Haas, Anna Japp, Alan LeQuire, Andrew Saftel, and Huang Xiang. As well, the Courtyard Gallery exhibits are also supported by the Nashville Public Library Foundation and feature works from the Nashville community and library collections. Supported by the Bridgestone/Firestone Trust Fund.
Bringing Books to Life! is a free preschool literacy program that provides teacher training, story times, family literacy workshops and visits from the Puppet Truck. Last year, at brand-new BBTL partners, 167 teachers were trained; 995 children were served, and 687 people were hosted at literacy celebrations. In repeat programs, BBTL served an additional 7851 people. The Puppet Truck served 16,794 children and adults. Funders include Cal Turner Family Foundation, Community Foundation for Middle Tennessee, Dollar General Literacy Foundation, The HCA Foundation, the Morgan Family Foundation, Publix Market Charities, Tennessee Arts Commission and David Tune.
T.O.T.A.L. is a select group of high school students that advocates for the library in the Middle Tennessee community, designs programs for teens and represents the library at community events. T.O.T.A.L.'s primary goal is to attract a hard-to-reach teen library audience by interesting Nashville youth in library resources. The audience for all of these programs has grown rapidly in 2 ½ years time with T.O.T.A.L.'s system-wide program attendance numbers increasing 63% since the first year. Young Adult card registration has also increased by 31% and circulation of Young Adult materials has increased 36%. Funding partners include Bank of America and the Predators Foundation.