Food For Fines!

Jan 9, 2015 by     No Comments    Posted under: storytime

Oh my, it is 2015. That happened fast.

I hope you were able to bear the cold to make it to storytime this week at the Main Library.  If you were here you heard this ol’ favorite:

The Very Hungry Caterpiller The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by Eric Carle

My friends Mary Mary and The Professor read this book in honor of Hunger Awareness Month.  Additionally, to recognize the importance of feeding those who are hungry, do you know your overdue fines can actually be turned into food? Well, kind of, anyway. Bring in canned goods to any library branch until January 18, and we’ll take a dollar per can off your fines. See all the details here.

Stay warm, friends. I hope to see you soon in the library!

Storytime Books!

Oct 24, 2014 by     No Comments    Posted under: storytime


I hope your week has been super-terrific! I sure loved seeing so many friends at storytime this week! If you joined us, you heard my friend Library Pete read this book:

Bear Sees Colors, by Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman  Bear Sees Colors by Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman

We’re gearing up for Halloween at the Main Library!  Join us next week on Tuesday or Wednesday at 9:30, 10:30, and 11:30 for a Halloween Storytime.  Costumes are encouraged!  After storytime, kids will make treat bags and go around the Children’s Department for (candy-free) trick-or-treating.

That’s not all!  There’s always something fun around the corner at the library – check out our events calendar for all the activities!

See you soon!

-T. Dog

Hug Machine!

Oct 17, 2014 by     No Comments    Posted under: storytime


I sure hope your week was super-terrific.  If you visited us in storytime this week, you heard Mary Mary read this sweet book:

Hug Machine by Scott Campbell

This might be an auto-biography of our Mary Mary!

If you missed storytime, there are a lot of other things happening at the Main Library!  Next week, we have a very special Wishing Chair Variety Show on Friday, October 24 at 10:30 and 11:30.  Come see Mary Mary, Library Pete, and The Professor as they show off their many talents!  That’s not all – check out our events calendar for the rest of the details!


T. Dog

Storytime Recap!

Oct 10, 2014 by     No Comments    Posted under: storytime


I sure hope your week was super-terrific!  We had a lot of fun in storytime at the main library this week. If you joined us, you heard these books:

 Lemons Are Not Red by Laura Vaccaro Seeger


 The Wonderful Happens by Cynthia Rylant

What fun books! Check them out, or put them on hold today so you can read them again and again!

Exciting things are on the horizon!  If you haven’t yet had a chance, please complete this survey to tell us how you use our Downtown Children’s Space. We’re in the early stages of planning a renovation and need your feedback! I suggested dog-sized napping pods – what do you think?

Next week, visit the library to see Musician Rachel Sumner, Little Seeds Book Club, The Ordeal of Dr. Trifulgus, and so much more.  All programs at the library are free and super-terrific!

Yours in Rawhide,

T. Dog


Welcome, October!

Oct 3, 2014 by     No Comments    Posted under: storytime

Oh, my! Can you believe it’s already October? We welcome fall to Nashville, and hopefully we welcomed you to storytime this week! If you joined Library Pete and The Professor, you heard these books:

Click on either picture above to put a hold on the book – we’ll have it ready for you at your closest library location!

We’re ready for fun at the Main Library – this month we have crafts, Big Kids’ Club, puppet shows, variety shows, and a special Halloween Storytime! Check our schedule for all the details!

As always, all programs at the library are free and super-terrific!

Yours in Kibble,

T. Dog

The Blog is Back!

Sep 19, 2014 by     No Comments    Posted under: storytime

After a hiatus, I’m happy to report the Tommy Dog Blog is back!  I’ll be recapping the books my  friends read at this past week’s storytime, and keeping you posted about upcoming library events.

If you joined Mary Mary, Library Pete, and the Professor at Storytime Tuesday and Wednesday, you heard these super-terrific books:

My Elephant Can Do Almost Anything My Elephant Can Do Almost Anything, by Anke de Vries


Toucan Can Toucan Can, by Juliette MacIver and Sarah Davis

The final show of A Midsummer Night’s Dream happens tomorrow, September 20 at 10:30.

Hope to see you soon at the library!


T. Dog

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Feb 14, 2014 by     No Comments    Posted under: storytime

Oh, my! As my friend JJ would say, “Spread the love!” today and every day!

I sure hope you’re having a great week.  I know we are here at the library!

The Anansi puppet show makes its return today.  Catch this favorite Fridays and Saturdays at 10:30 and 11:30!

Speaking of favorites, our LEGO Competition returns next weekend!  If you’re interested in participating, click here now to sign up – registration closes Monday the 17th!  It is sure to be a blast!

Because this day is about love and heart-shaped dog biscuits, may I suggest some of my favorite books about these topics? (Okay, books about love. But surely someone is working on a book about heart-shaped dog biscuits, right?!)

 It wouldn’t be a holiday without an appropriately themed Pete the Cat book! In Pete the Cat – Valentine’s Day is Cool, by Kimberly and James Dean.  Spoiler alert – Pete is cool with the fourteenth of February.

 Plant a Kiss, byAmy Krouse Rosenthal is a short book about sharing lots of love. Read this one again and again!

 My Heart is Like a Zoo, by Michael Hall is an adorable book combining love, animals, and clever illustrations – what more could you ask for in a book?


Thanks for stopping by!  We hope to see you at the library soon.  Remember, all our programs are free and super-terrific!

LEGO Competition is back!

Jan 24, 2014 by     No Comments    Posted under: storytime

Oh, my!  What a week!  Another cold snap is keeping us cozied up in the library!

There’s so much going on.  February is just around the corner, so don’t miss Many Moons which runs through February 8.  Anansi returns the following week, so you can catch that show from February 14 through the end of the month!

LegoManiacs also take note:  the Fourth Annual NPL  LEGO Competition returns February 20-23rd.  Get details and register online here!

If you find yourself with more time for reading, why not introduce your kids to some longer books? Check out some of my favorite chapter books that the little ones are sure to enjoy like.  Reading a chapter or two a night sounds like the perfect way to spend this cold winter!   Try these classic stories:

 Charlotte’s Web, by E.B. White


 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, by Roald Dahl


Pippi Longstocking, by Astrid Lindgren

Cuddle up with a good book, or come see us at the library!  All our programs are free and super-terrific!


Hunger Awareness Month

Jan 10, 2014 by     No Comments    Posted under: storytime

Oh, my! What a frigid week!  I sure hope you’ve found a way to stay warm!

We’ve had fun inside the library this week, and even managed to stay toasty-ish.

It’s easy to gripe about the cold (it’s my new favorite hobby!) but I’d be remiss to not pass on some other information going on.

For example, do you know January is Hunger Awareness Month at the library? One aspect of this is the much-anticipated Food for Fines program.  If you have fines on your account, you’re able to pay them down by bringing in non-perishable items.  For every can or box of food you bring, $1.00 will be deducted from your outstanding fines.  (Don’t worry!  We all have them.  I don’t even have thumbs but I have overdue fines, for barkin’ out loud!)  You win, and so does the Second Harvest Food Bank.

Some of the branches are even hosting special A Very Hungry Caterpillar Story Times, as well as nutrition classes, movie showings, and more.  Check out the event list here.

In the Main Library, we have a display in the lobby that contains hunger-themed picture books.  All the books are available for check-out, but you’re already cozied up on your computer, so why don’t you just put these on hold now?

Books like:

The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by Eric Carle The Very Hungry Caterpillar,  by Eric Carle.  You know your kids are going to want to check this classic out again at some point.  Why not now?

 If there is one thing dinosaurs don’t handle well, it’s hunger.  The Super Hungry Dinosaur, by Martin Waddell, tells the tale of young Hal and his sidekick pup Billy as they manage the hangry (so hungry you’re angry) dinosaur.

 Yo, Hungry Wolf! A Nursery Rap, by David Vozar, because why not?


Check out these books, programs, and more at the Nashville Public Library.  All our programs are free and super-terrific!

Happy 2014!

Jan 3, 2014 by     No Comments    Posted under: storytime

Oh, my!  Happy New Year!  Can you believe it’s 2014 already?! I don’t know what that is in dog years, but time sure does fly no matter how many legs you have!

I hope you are staying busy and well-read this winter!  We have lots of activities that will warm your hearts and paws at the library!

We always have Story Time at Main on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 9:30, 10:30, and 11:30 with Mary Mary, the Professor, and Library Pete.  There is also Babies and Books (for the little ones up to age three) Wednesdays at 9:30 and 10:30.  Come for songs, stories, and play time!

The puppet show “Many Moons” returns January 17!  See the show Fridays and Saturdays through the end of the month at 10:30 and 11:30.

And there’s even more than that.  Check out our calendar for all the up-to-date information!  All programs at the library are free, and super-terrific!

In case you’re wondering, here are a few of my favorite winter books.  It’s too hard to bury bones in the frozen ground – so I just curl up inside with a book instead!

The Snowy Day, by Ezra Jack Keats Check out The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats.  Kids (and pups!) of all ages have been enjoying this classic tale for more than 50 years.


Lemonade in Winter, by Emily Jenkins Lemonade in Winter by Emily Jenkins is a great winter story, and a fun (sneaky) way to introduce or reinforce math skills with your kids.  This one is also available in the ebook format, available on NPL’s Overdrive site!


No by Claudia RuedaNo, by Claudia Rueda is the story of a baby bear who resists hibernation (bedtime!) by insisting on playing in the snow.  The elements worsen, and Mama Bear has to figure out a way to convince her cub to come inside and sleep.


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