Picnic with the Library, NPLF’s annual family-focused fundraising event, is traditionally held each spring in the Main Library’s picturesque courtyard in downtown Nashville. 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. In either case, this exciting event benefits the more than 100,000 children who participate in NPL’s award-winning education and engagement programming each year. The Picnic directly supports NPL’s children’s programs including early literacy initiatives, Puppet Truck performances, and NPL story times across all 21 branches of the library and childcare centers in Davidson County.

The importance of our award-winning library system is uniquely demonstrated throughout this year as we share stories and events that exemplify our focus on Literacy as the Great Equalizer. As a public institution, NPL prioritizes equity and access for its patrons and program participants with a special focus on serving those who need NPL resources most. NPL’s children’s programming includes the preschool literacy program Bringing Books to Life, NPL’s award- winning Wishing Chair Productions, the in-house puppet troupe who brings stories to life at both at NPL branches and out in the community via two Puppet Trucks, as well as story times across all NPL branches held throughout the year. Costs associated with these programs include free books for participants, program supplies, literacy workshops for childcare providers, as well as the travel costs associated with bringing these programs to NPL’s extensive list of community partners like Casa Azafran, YMCA, United Way and many others.

Patrons of Picnic with the Library directly support the children who rely on NPL’s programs and services. An investment as a Patron ensures that NPLF will be able to contribute even more support toward children’s programming and early literacy initiatives across Nashville and Davidson County. Contributions will be acknowledged at the 2021 Picnic with Library and beyond and provide a unique opportunity to support arts and education in Nashville while directly reaching a committed community of parents, children, and loyal NPL donors.


Karyn Frist Karyn Frist Reads Her Book "But I Washed My Hands"has written a children’s book (illustrated by Tricia Lowenfield), But I Washed My Hands, that makes washing hands more fun for the little ones in your life. Read along with Ms. Frist here (Facebook Video).

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

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

“We were so thrilled to win the puppet truck performance for our grandchildren! We hosted such a fun event for our granddaughter’s kindergarten class and their siblings around the performance, and they haven’t stopped talking about it ever since. We have been longtime lovers of the library’s programming since our own girls were young, but to have the puppet truck available for our own private use was such an unforgettable experience that we will we always treasure.”

Tony and Leah Locke
2019 Picnic with the Library Raffle Winners


We will miss seeing your faces at this year’s event, so as you enjoy this time with your family, please share your photos using #PicnicWithTheLibrary.