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April 25, 2024

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Nashville Public Library Expands for Kids

Head to the downtown main branch of Nashville Public Library for expanded offerings for kids in the Children's Department.

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.

Image by Erika Chambers

The downtown Nashville cityscape replica at Nashville Public Library offers lots of play space and reading nooks inside.

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

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