Picnic with the Library

Picnic with the Library is our annual, family-focused event that raises vital funds for NPL’s award-winning early literacy initiatives that change the lives of more than 100,000 children a year across all 21 library branches and in over 150 childcare centers in Davidson County.

We know that literacy is the great equalizer and NPL is combating the low literacy rates in Nashville head on. Bringing Books to Life (BBTL), a program of NPL, is the only early literacy program in Davidson County that is free and able to partner with parents and teachers on such a large scale. BBTL provides enriching opportunities for parents and childcare workers to set our most at-risk children up to succeed through school and beyond.

While we had hoped to have families gather with us at the Library for the 6th annual Picnic with the Library, we feel that the safest option for this year is to “picnic” one more year at home. We hope that some families who are close will celebrate together outside, along with those families who join us virtually from their own home.

This year’s theme of Alice in Wonderland recognizes that we have all been “down the rabbit hole” in the past year, and one thing we know for sure is celebrating great things, like Nashville Public Library, together will lift our spirits as a community.

NPL’s Puppet Truck brings stories to life through music, song and puppets. This year, we are giving away an exclusive opportunity for a private puppet  performance at a birthday or event of your choosing.

The Puppet Truck cannot be reserved or purchased any other way – don’t miss your opportunity for this special experience!

THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS ART CONTEST

“And what is the use of a book,” thought Alice, “without pictures or conversations?” —Chapter 1, Down the Rabbit-Hole

In advance of this year’s virtual event, our littlest Picnic guests are invited to submit hand drawn creations (see age categories below) that showcase how the library is a wonderland to your family! A winner will be selected by a panel of judges to receive an extra special prize package.

To participate in the Through the Looking Glass Art Contest:

  • Create a hand-drawn piece of art that represents how the library is a wonderland to your family. You can use crayon, markers, colored pencils, paint (acrylic or watercolor), construction paper mosaic, pen or pencil for your drawing on an 8.5×11” white piece of paper.
  • Scan/Photograph your artwork and submit it electronically to katie.johantges@nplf.org by Monday, May 10, 2021. Please include your art, along with your name, grade, email address and a sentence explaining why your entry represents how the library is a wonderland to your family.

Winners will be selected by a panel of judges to receive an extra special prize package and announced during the virtual Picnic with the Library on Sunday, May 16. By submitting an entry into the contest, you agree to having your art showcased during the virtual event live stream, as well as published on the NPLF website and social media channels.

A winner from three age categories will be selected:
(1) Preschool/Kindergarten, (2) First and Second Grade, and (3) Third and Fourth Grade.

$2,500 – The Hungry Caterpillar Patron

  • Private tour of NPL’s historic Puppet Collection for up to 2 adults and 4 children
  • Bookplates in 8 children’s library books to honor anyone you choose
  • Two tickets for the Picnic’s Puppet Truck raffle
  • Picnic Basket delivered to your home
  • Recognition in print collateral and signage for Picnic with the Library
  • Recognition on the NPLF website and in the annual report

$1,500 – Green Eggs and Ham Patron

  • One ticket for the Picnic’s Puppet Truck raffle
  • Bookplates in 4 children’s library books to honor anyone you choose
  • Picnic Basket for Picnic with the Library delivered to your home
  • Recognition in print collateral and signage for Picnic with the Library
  • Recognition on the NPLF website and in the annual report

$500 – Goodnight Moon Patron  

  • Bookplates in 2 children’s library books to honor anyone you choose
  • Picnic Basket delivered to your home
  • Recognition in print collateral and signage for Picnic with the Library
  • Recognition on the NPLF website

Corporate Sponsorship Opportunities are also available beginning at $2,500. Contact Kim Boyer at kim.boyer@nplf.org or 615.862.5787 for more information.

Thank you to our Sponsors: