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April 22, 2024

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Contribute to Nashville Reads Butterfly Wall

Kids of all ages can be a part of an imaginative citywide art project.

Here's a fun way for kids in Nashville to become part of a community-wide work of art. Nashville Public Library (NPL) hosts the Nashville Reads Citywide Art Project now through Sunday, April 5. 

Children of all ages can decorate pre-cut paper butterflies at 18 different NPL branches in honor of the book Dreamers by Yuyi Morales. The butterflies will be put together on an art wall at the main branch on Thursday, May 7 with the author’s talk.


Drop by any time during open hours at these libraries to decorate a butterfly:

Now thru Saturday, April 4:

Now thru Sunday, April 5:
Bellevue,  BordeauxDonelsonEdgehill,   Edmondson PikeGoodlettsvilleGreen Hills,  Hadley Park,  Hermitage,  Inglewood,  Old Hickory,  Pruitt,  Richland Park,  Southeast,  Watkins Park

Monday, March 16 – Thursday, March 19

There are also group creation outings:

Read, Discuss, Create events (ages 12 and older; varies by location)
Story Time and Butterfly Craft events (for K-12; varies by location)

Nashville Family Ropes with Jairo Prado:

Join local artist Jairo Prado for a hands-on exploration of Latin-American folk art traditions in support of Nashville Reads. You can participate in creating a community Quipus exhibit, aka talking knots. Representing and honoring family members, they are symbolic visual documents originally used by the Incan civilization in South America. Just in time for Morales’s May 7 visit, Prado will present the community Quipus in a collaborative hanging rope installation, celebrating the colorful contributions of individuals and families that become NPL's own "Nashville Family Ropes."

There are seven Family Ropes events. Find them HERE.

For more info about Nashville Reads, visit

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