Picnic with the Library

Thank you to everyone who attended Picnic with the Library this year! Because of you, we raised 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.

We thank you for going “down the rabbit hole” with us and cannot wait to celebrate again together next year!

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! Be sure to tune in for the Facebook Live drawing at 5:00 p.m. CST on Sunday, May 16th!


“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.

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