The Children’s Department at the main branch of Nashville Public Library (615 Church St.) is a lot bigger now with more than 25,000 square feet of space, the centerpiece being a reading fort wrapped inside a replica of Nashville’s skyline. The structure includes toddler tunnels and interior climbing places meant as cozy reading spots. [caption id="attachment_62010" align="alignright" width="432"]Image by Erika Chambers The downtown Nashville cityscape replica at Nashville Public Library offers lots of play space and reading nooks inside.[/caption] A Ryman Auditorium-inspired stage (pictured above) lets kids put on their own puppet shows (a tub of puppets provides options). “The Alley” is for tweens ages 8 - 12. Here, kids can use computer technology and a 3D printer as well as a video game system set up for interactive fun with friends. The branch has a new event schedule for kids, too: Preschool Storytime is Tue & Wed at 9:30, 10:30 and 11:30 a.m.; Babies & Books (ages 0 - 2) is Thu at 9:30 & 10:30 a.m.; Signing Storytime (ages 0 - 3) is the first and third Mon at 9:30 & 10:30 a.m. In addition, Wishing Chair Productions — the library’s resident performing arts company — presents a variety of shows this month featuring puppets, songs, juggling and more. Catch it every Fri and Sat at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. Shows and storytime events are free. For more info about Nashville Public Library children's services and beyond, call 615-862-5800 or visit