The Big Payback

May 2, 2018

Nashville Public Library is making a BIG SPLASH with summer learning!

At the Nashville Public Library, we’re keeping kids engaged and preventing summer learning loss. With programs like the NPL Summer Reading Challenge, Story Times, NAZA’s Teen Explorer Camp and our Studio NPL teen art and tech workshops, we provide fun, educational activities all summer long – free and open to kids of all ages!

With your help, Davidson County’s children, adolescents and teens can beat the heat, but turn up the learning, with summer literacy programs supported by the Nashville Public Library Foundation.

Summer Reading Challenge: Children who don’t read during the summer lose months of reading and cognitive skills gained during the school year. We call this loss “summer slide.” Summer reading loss is cumulative. Children don’t catch up in the fall because the other children are moving ahead with their skills. By the end of 6th grade, children who lose reading skills over the summer are two years behind their classmates. Numerous studies have shown that reading over the summer prevents summer reading loss. Reading 4 or 5 books over the summer can have a significant impact for middle school readers. The Summer Challenge aims to help decrease “summer slide” by offering fun programs at the library that encourage children, teens, and adults to complete literacy, cultural, and community activities to earn prizes. Registration forms and activity logs for the program are available in several languages. Learn more here.

Teen Explorer Camps: We’re helping build Nashville’s young leaders at NAZA SummerZone’s Teen Explorers Camp! At these innovative camps, open to Nashville’s 14-16 year olds, teens spend their mornings working on a career exploration pathway that involves learning, inventing and creating, and reimagining in their fields of choice – all designed to help kids decide what they want to do after high school. This unique summer programs offers area teens a chance to earn extra income while exploring career pathways, engaging in educational enrichment activities and making new friends. Explorer Camp teens will discover new things, share ideas, work collaboratively, practice leadership skills, problem-solve, and develop innovative solutions to real-world questions and challenges. Learn more here.

Teen Art and Tech Workshops: NPL’s Studio NPL will offer free workshops and intensive programs for teens all summer long. In the Audio Intensive, teens will be invited for a 5 day, 5 hour per day audio engineering programming that will cover everything from setting up a recording studio, to creating beats, to writing lyrics, to recording and performing music, in partnership with Southern Word. A Teaching Artist in Residence program will partner with a Puerto Rican artist now working in Nashville to host several workshops focused on simple elements (Crayons and canvas) and will explore the stories of the individuals involved, and will culminate in a large collaborative final product and celebration. In partnership with Mayor’s Youth Council and Creatives Day organization, Studio NPL teens will use an Akzo Nobel grant to contribute to Nashville’s Public Art Collection by painting a mural in the library parking garage. Studio NPL will also host a 5 day Film Intensive where teens will take on roles to write, direct, produce, and edit a short film. Studio NPL films have won national recognition, been screened in New York City, have played on local television, and one –from our intensive in 2017- is currently nominated for local Emmy. The Studio will offer these special educational opportunities in addition to regularly scheduled workshops in audio production, live music, graphic design, photography, writing, and more to keep teens learning and engaged all summer long. Learn more here.

Give now and help us make a big splash with the Big Payback!

Hosted by the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, the Big Payback is a 24-hour, online giving event that invites the Nashville community to come together and support the life-changing work of local nonprofit organizations like NPLF.

Help us win the Big Payback NewsChannel5 video contest! Go here to vote for the NPLF Summer Learning Video.