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Bringing Books to Life!
Nashville Public Library is dedicated to
nurturing kids’ curiosity and cultivating
their reading readiness. We know children
entering kindergarten ready to read are
more likely to graduate high school, and
we want to equip teachers, parents, and
caregivers with the tools and training they
need to get kids excited about reading.
That’s why we developed our award-winning early literacy program, Bringing Books
to Life!
Bringing Books to Life! partners with 160
preschools and daycare centers throughout Nashville to connect families and educators with the library’s dynamic, age-appropriate resources. For each workskop,
Bringing Books to Life! experts select a
storybook to bring to life through specially-developed classroom resources and the
library’s famous marionette shows. Our
staff of early childhood educators leads
a fun-filled story time in the classroom so
children can engage with the storybook,
and teachers can experience readaloud techniques in action. Beyond
the classroom, we provide professional
development for educators and families at
literacy workshops, where caregivers learn
the importance of reading aloud with
children and receive free books to grow
their home libraries. This work culminates in
an exciting performance from the library’s
Puppet Truck.
Demand for the program continues to
grow. This year, BBTL served 13,903 children, parents, and teachers through 443
story times, workshops, and training sessions. We are committed to meeting our
community’s needs, and 69% of BBTL workshops, offered in both English and Spanish,
occurred in Nashville’s most underserved
neighborhoods. Nashville Public Library is
one of the largest agencies in our city that
provides ongoing literacy workshops at this
scale. We are proud to work with parents
and educators throughout Nashville to inspire children to read.
There’s always so much you
can build on with a book.
Janice Minor, Rosedale Baptist Church Child Care director
2017— 2018 ANNUAL REPORT

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