Category: Press Releases

Library Supports Local Fight Against Hunger

By , March 13, 2014 5:01 pm

This Year, “Food for Fines” Campaign Nets Nearly 41,000 Pounds of Food

Nashville Public Library’s winter promotion, “Food for Fines,” helped net 40,685 pounds of donated food items in January. Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee will use this bounty to provide nearly 34,000 meals to Davidson County families this winter.

Library patrons who brought canned and packaged food items to the Library during the campaign earned $1.00 in “fine forgiveness” with each donated item, put toward their overdue books and materials fees.

The Library complemented Food for Fines – a favorite among Library patrons for years – with hunger awareness programs at all 21 locations throughout January.

 

Quote Menu:

“Food for Fines is always a winter favorite among our patrons and our staff. We give back through this promotion for two reasons: First, it’s the right thing to do. Second, Nashville Public Library is about much more than books on shelves. Our Library is also about creating community.”
Kent Oliver, Director of Nashville Public Library

 

About Nashville Public Library

Nashville Public Library maintains a collection of 2 million items, including books, periodicals, DVDs, CDs, audiobooks, and downloadable books, movies and music. The Library also offers more than 800 public-use computers, free art exhibits, educational programs, events for all ages, 24/7 reference assistance, online databases, interlibrary loan and special collections. Equal access is provided by the Talking Library audio reading service for the print disabled and Library Services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. For more information, call (615) 862-5800 or visit library.nashville.org.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, February 24, 2014

 

CONTACT:
Andrea Fanta, Public Information Officer
office: 615.862.5755
mobile: 615.948.4041
andrea.fanta@nashville.gov

Mayor, Library Launch Annual Citywide Reads

By , February 25, 2014 4:57 pm

City Is Blanketed With Free Copies of Book

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Mayor Karl Dean joined Nashville Public Library, the Nashville Public Library Foundation, Humanities Tennessee, and Parnassus Books today to launch the third Nashville Reads campaign. The goal of the yearly initiative is to unite the entire city in reading a great piece of literature at the same time.

This year’s Nashville Reads novel, “We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves” by Karen Joy Fowler, tells the story of a middle-class American family that is ordinary in every way – except one.

Nearly 1,000 free copies of Fowler’s book now blanket the city. They are on city buses, at city parks and community centers, in restaurants, gyms, shops and coffee houses across the county.

Marked with a “Take Me, Read Me, Leave Me” sticker, these books are available for people to pick up, read and leave for the next person to discover. Metro high schools across Davidson County also received copies of Fowler’s book for their school library collections.

Other highlights of the Nashville Reads campaign include:

  •  “Drop Everything and Read Day” on Monday, March 3:
  • At 8:30 a.m., Mayor Dean and a group of guests will read to students at Inglewood Elementary, 1700 Riverside Drive.
  • At 2 p.m., Mayor Dean and another group of special guests will read excerpts from Fowler’s book during a reception at the Main Library, 615 Church Street.
  • Patrons at all Library branches will be encouraged to “drop everything” and read for 20 minutes during the day.
  • Three contests: a 1200-word story contest, a six-word essay contest and an Instagram contest – details are available on the Nashville Reads website, www. nashvillereads.org.
  • Free events scheduled over the next month, including book club discussions, book talks at local breweries and coffee shops, workshops and movie showings – visit www.nashvillereads.org for a full list of events.
  • Salon@615: Nashville Reads Edition: Tuesday, April 1, at 6:15 p.m. at Main Library, 615 Church Street. Author Karen Joy Fowler will discuss and sign copies of her book. This is a free, ticketed event. Advance tickets are available for a $2.50 service fee per ticket and will be available two weeks prior to the event. Visit www.nashvillereads.org for details.

 

About Nashville Reads

Nashville Reads, now in its third year, is an annual collaboration of several organizations that champion literature and literacy in our city: Nashville Public Library, The Nashville Public Library Foundation, Parnassus Books, Humanities Tennessee, and the Mayor’s Office of Metropolitan Nashville and Davidson County. Past selections include “The Handmaid’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood and “Life of Pi” by Yann Martell.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Tuesday, February 25, 2014

CONTACT:
Andrea Fanta, Public Information Officer
615.862.5755 (desk)
615.948.4041 (mobile)

 

 

Edgehill Library Branch Reopens

By , January 21, 2014 5:07 pm

Mayor, Community Celebrate At Improved Facility

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A month after their local Nashville Public Library branch closed for upgrade work, Edgehill neighbors today regained access to the facility.

By afternoon of reopening day, nearly 255 visitors had come to view the branch, use computers and check out books, CDs and movies. In coming weeks, visitors there can enjoy programs that include a free-throw basketball competition, cooking classes, an African drumming workshop and a movie showing.

Mayor Karl Dean joined Kent Oliver, Director of Nashville Public Library, Sandra Moore, Metro Councilwoman and members of the Edgehill community at the branch, located at 1409 12th Ave. S., to celebrate the reopening Tuesday morning.

The reopened location features new paint and carpet, more efficient lighting, refinished furniture (including the branch’s original service desk) and an upgraded multipurpose event space.

These upgrades are part of a larger capital improvement project, taking place across the Library system. Delayed during the recession, these basic improvements are badly needed to keep Library structures safe, up to date and on pace to accommodate Nashville’s growth.

The Edgehill facility opened in 1967, dedicated to Councilman Mansfield Douglas III, who served the community for nearly four decades.

From July 2012 to June 2013, nearly 63,000 visitors checked out 43,213 books, CDs and movies at Edgehill. The branch is known especially for its afterschool programs, offered to students of all ages.

Visitors to Edgehill Library branch will find 15 public computers, free wireless Internet access and a group meeting space.

For details on all Library branch hours and programs, call (615) 862.5800, or visit www.library.nashville.org.

Quote Menu:

“Our Nashville libraries perform such critical functions for our community, it is only right that they include welcoming, positive, up-to-date facilities, where we all want to go to read, learn, gather, work and dream.”
Karl F. Dean, Mayor of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville

“We know Edgehill branch is an important part of this neighborhood, and we’re glad to be open again, back to the business of reading, ideas and creating community.”
Kent Oliver, Nashville Public Library Director

 

Pictures from today’s event:
Edgehill Library

 

Helpful Resources:

http://events.library.nashville.org/cal/main/showMain.rdo
A week-by-week listing of events at Edgehill branch

 http://www.library.nashville.org/locations/loc_edgehill.asp
(Old) images of, directions and connecting bus routes to Edgehill branch

About Nashville Public Library

Nashville Public Library maintains a collection of 2 million items, including books, periodicals, DVDs, CDs, audiobooks, and downloadable books, movies and music. The Library also offers more than 800 public-use computers, free art exhibits, educational programs, events for all ages, 24/7 reference assistance, online databases, interlibrary loan and special collections. Equal access is provided by the Talking Library audio reading service for the print disabled and Library Services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. For more information, call (615) 862-5800 or visit library.nashville.org.

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Contact:
Andrea Fanta, Public Information Officer
615.862.5755 (office)
615.948.4041 (mobile)
andrea.fanta@nashville.gov

 

 

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Old Hickory Library Branch Reopens

By , January 16, 2014 5:04 pm

Mayor, Community Celebrate At Improved Facility

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Five months after flooding forced the closure of their local Nashville Public Library branch, Old Hickory neighbors today regained access to the facility. By afternoon of reopening day, nearly 300 visitors had come through to view the branch and check out books, CDs and movies.

Mayor Karl Dean joined Kent Oliver, Director of Nashville Public Library, Darren Jernigan, Metro Councilman and members of the Old Hickory community Thursday morning at the branch, located at 1010 Jones Street in Old Hickory, Tenn., to celebrate the reopening.

In August 2013, flooding brought nearly 10 feet of water into the lower level of the two-story building. Water ruined the elevator, forced complete renovations to the lower floor and required that the entire collection be moved into storage for safekeeping.

The reopened location features flood-related repairs, including a new water retention wall designed to prevent future water damage.

The reopened branch also features other upgrades, which were scheduled prior to August flooding. This work includes new paint and carpet, installation of more efficient lighting and refinishing of the branch’s original service desk.

These upgrades are part of a larger capital improvement project, taking place across the Library system. Delayed during the recession, these basic improvements are badly needed to keep Library structures safe, up to date and on pace to accommodate Nashville’s growth.

The DuPont Company built the Old Hickory structure, a Williamsburg-style building measuring nearly 6,000 square feet, in 1937 for their workers and their families. It was added to Nashville’s library system in 1964.

From July 2012 to June 2013, nearly 60,000 visitors checked out 46,675 books, CDs and movies there. Nearly 3,500 patrons attended branch programs, including weekly preschool story time – a community favorite. The branch offers six public computers, free wireless Internet access and and a group meeting space.

For details on all Library branch hours and programs, call (615) 862.5800, or visit www.library.nashville.org.

 

Quote Menu:

“Our Nashville libraries perform such critical functions for our community, it is only right that they include welcoming, positive, up-to-date facilities, where we all want to go to read, learn, gather, and work.”
Karl F. Dean, Mayor of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville

“We know Old Hickory Library branch is an important part of this neighborhood, and we’re glad to be open again, back to the business of reading, ideas and creating community.”
Kent Oliver, Nashville Public Library Director

 

Pictures from today’s event:
Old Hickory Library

 Helpful Resources:

http://events.library.nashville.org/cal/main/showMain.rdo
A week-by-week listing of events at Old Hickory branch

http://www.library.nashville.org/locations/loc_oldhickory.asp
Images of, directions and connecting bus routes to Old Hickory branch

 

About Nashville Public Library

Nashville Public Library maintains a collection of 2 million items, including books, periodicals, DVDs, CDs, audiobooks, and downloadable books, movies and music. The Library also offers more than 800 public-use computers, free art exhibits, educational programs, events for all ages, 24/7 reference assistance, online databases, interlibrary loan and special collections. Equal access is provided by the Talking Library audio reading service for the print disabled and Library Services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. For more information, call (615) 862-5800 or visit library.nashville.org.

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, January 16, 2014

Contact:
Andrea Fanta, Public Information Officer
615.862.5755 (office)
615.948.4041 (mobile)
andrea.fanta@nashville.gov

 

 

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Library Launches Annual Hunger Campaign

By , January 3, 2014 5:10 pm

Nashville Public Library, Second Harvest Team Up for January Campaign

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Nashville Public Library users can eliminate overdue fines and support neighbors in need during this year’s “Food for Fines” campaign from Monday, Jan. 6 through Sunday, Jan. 19.

Patrons will earn $1.00 in “fine forgiveness” for every nonperishable food item they donate at any of the Library’s 21 branch locations.

A few tips for participating in this year’s campaign:

  • Second Harvest needs protein food – peanut butter, beans and canned meat
  • Bring canned or packaged food and your Nashville Public Library card to the circulation desk
  • Please, no glass containers or opened/expired items
  • “Fine forgiveness” applies to current fines only, not replacement fees for lost or damaged materials, collection agency fees, card replacement fees or future overdue fines

Quotes:

“Food for Fines is a winter favorite among our patrons and our staff. We’re giving back this way for two reasons: First, it’s the right thing to do. Second, Nashville Public Library is about much more than books on shelves. Our Library is also about creating community.”
- Kent Oliver, Director of Nashville Public Library

“The Food for Fines campaign has provided more than twenty-five tons of nonperishable food donations to Second Harvest, enabling the Food Bank to keep the pantry shelves stocked at our emergency food box sites throughout Davidson County each year. Plus, it is a great way to start your new year off by clearing any past due fines you may have!”
Jaynee Day, President and CEO of Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee

 

Helpful Resources

Details on “Food for Fines”: www.library.nashville.org/events_annual/foodforfines.asp.

Library locations and hours: www.library.nashville.org/locations/loc_all.asp

 

About Nashville Public Library

Nashville Public Library maintains a collection of 2 million items, including books, periodicals, DVDs, CDs, audiobooks, and downloadable books, movies and music. The Library also offers more than 800 public-use computers, free art exhibits, educational programs, events for all ages, 24/7 reference assistance, online databases, interlibrary loan and special collections. Equal access is provided by the Talking Library audio reading service for the print disabled and Library Services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. For more information, call (615) 862-5800 or visit library.nashville.org.

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, January 3, 2013

CONTACT:
Andrea Fanta, Public Information Officer
615.862.5755 (office)
615.948.4041 (mobile)
andrea.fanta@nashville.gov

 

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