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!


The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Jan 17, 2014 by     No Comments    Posted under: Uncategorized

Oh, my! I hope your week was super-terrific!

We have a lot going on here at the Main library;  make sure to pick up a calendar in the children’s department, or check out our on-line events schedule.

All libraries will be closed this coming Monday, January 20 in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, but you can take a look at these picture books that celebrate the legacy of the civil rights leader.  They serve as a great introduction to the little ones, and a great reminder for adults!

Martin's big words : the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by  Doreen Rappaport Martin’s big words : the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by Doreen Rappaport is an award-winning picture book that chronicles the life of Dr. King with beautiful illustrations and text adapted from his speeches.

 I Have A Dream, illustrated by Kadir Nelson, is  Dr. King’s famous speech in picture form.

A Picture Book of Martin Luther King, Jr. by David Adler A Picture Book of Martin Luther King, Jr. is an oldie but goodie.  Check out either the book or the accompanying DVD from the library for an age appropriate first introduction to Dr. King.

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.

Happy Halloween Story Time!

Oct 28, 2013 by     No Comments    Posted under: storytime

Trick-or-treat.  Smell my feet. Give me something good to read!

Oh, my!  Do we have a great week planned for you!

Come to Story Time on Tuesday and Wednesday dressed in costume for a special Halloween party!  Story Time will be held as usual at 9:30, 10:30, and 11:30, then plan to make a bag in the craft room and trick-or-treat your way through stations in the children’s department until 12:30! We’ll have tons of non-candy treats for all the little ghouls and goblins.

Ride your sugar high straight through Friday, when we welcome back magician Bruce Amato for shows at 10:30 and 11:30!

See you there!!

Gearing Up for a Busy October

Sep 27, 2013 by     No Comments    Posted under: storytime

Oh, my! The only thing that would make this library more fun is an automatic MilkBone dispenser.  There is always so much to do!

Thanks so much to my friend Ginger Sands for visiting with us on last Wednesday’s story time!  You can catch her again on Friday, October 25 at 10:30 and 11:30 in the Children’s Theater.

And that’s not all that’s happening in October.  Pick up a calendar at the desk for all the details on a jam- packed month!

Wishing Chair Productions debuts their new puppet show “The Amazing Twins: Ancient Maya Tales from the Popol Wuj” this Saturday at 10:30 and 11:30.  Kids 8 and older can catch this show running Saturdays through October.  We’ll have a sing-along and craft happening at the same time for the little ones, too!

Be sure to check out the Main Events calendar for all the details.  Also happening:  the downtown library will be open on Mondays starting October 14.  We’ll commemorate the day with a Kid Kraft and a Scavenger Hunt!

Of course, all the library programs are free and super-terrific!

Puppet Truck Cancellation

Sep 14, 2013 by     No Comments    Posted under: Uncategorized

Hi Friend.  I just got some news I want to pass on – if you were headed out to the Goodletsville Arts and Antiques Festival to see my friends in the Puppet Truck, their 10:30 and 12:30 performances have been cancelled.

There’s still lots of great things going on at the festival, just no puppet truck.  If you’re out and about, though, Tall Tale Circus runs at 10:30 and 11:30 at the Main Library, downtown.

Bedtime Storytime

Sep 13, 2013 by     No Comments    Posted under: storytime

Oh, my!  What a great September so far.  It sure has been busy at the library!

Were you able to join us for Story Time this week?  I hope you were!  My friend The Professor read Goodnight, Moon by Margaret Wise Brown.  It’s always nice to hear a familiar favorite, and no one nodded off!

My friend Mary Mary read Again! by Emily Gravett.  It is a great story about a favorite book that you just want to hear again and again and again and again.  But only at bedtime.  The main character’s name is Cedric the Dragon, too! Who knew he was so famous?!

If you can’t get enough bedtime stories at any time of the day or night, we have plenty available for check out! Here are just a few:

How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague gives a glimpse into a colossal size bedtime routine.

Bedtime for Mommy, by Amy Krouse Rosenthal flips the switch on bedtime in a relatable tale of a grown-up snooze-fest.

And if you’re in the mood for more than one story, why not check out a bedtime collection?  One that has a little bit of everything is Classic Children’s Stories : Nursery Rhymes, Bedtime Stories, Nonsense Poems, and Much More, edited by Alice Mills.

There is so much going on at the Main Library this month! Check out the calendar for all the information on our Babies & Books Story Time, the new Homeschool Group, Tall Tale Circus, and more!  All our programs are free and super-terrific!


A Packed September!

Aug 30, 2013 by     No Comments    Posted under: storytime

Oh, my! Can you believe it’s nearly September?  I love fall! If you need a very good looking dog to run through any piles of raked leaves, please contact my people.  I’d love to help!

Speaking of September, do you have any idea what’s going on at the library this month?  So many things! Allow me to tell you a few:

Babies & Books with my friend Ms. Pat returns on Wednesdays!  Bring your 0-3 year-olds for a story time tailored to the little ones.  Tickle rhymes, wiggle songs, and books, books, books! Space is limited to the first 15 families.  Times are 9:30 and 10:30.

Tall Tale Circus runs through Saturday, September 21.  Come see the Tall Tale gang Fridays and Saturdays at 10:30 and 11:30!

If you’re a homeschooling family, we have a new program for you!  The Third Thursdays homeschooling group will meet on (you guessed it) the third Thursday of each month from 1:30-2:30.  Come September 19 for games, snacks, and a casual first meeting.  Kids will help plan the program by writing down what they would like to do/learn/explore/hear/whatever in this group. Parents will have the chance to learn more about this program, and mingle with other homeschooling families!  Please email lindsay.jensen@nashville.gov for details and registration.

Finally, before September starts, bring your family to see the hit movie Monsters, Inc. on Saturday, August 31,  in the first floor conference center.  Feel free to bring your lunch or snacks for the 1:00 show time!

Would you believe there’s even more than these events happening soon?  There is! Pick up a Children’s Events calendar for all the details!  As always, all these programs are free and super terrific!


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