Back to School Tools

Parents and teachers: Nashville Public Library has free, proven resources to help you make this year a success.

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ReadyRosie, a new learning app, uses video modeling and mobile technology to reach parents on the go, by email or text message. In hundreds of videos, real parents show how they turn daily home life into “learning moments.” Videos are in English, Spanish, and in English with Arabic and Vietnamese subtitles.

Nashville Public Library offers this free resource to all residents of Davidson County.

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Our new color-coded NPL Readers system standardizes all NPL easy reader books across collections and rankings, to help early readers and their caregivers easily pick out their next books.

Check out the perfect book for your beginning reader

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Power Cards: No parent signature needed, and lower checkout limits—the Power Card removes all barriers to children’s access to library materials. For children under 14.

Educator Cards: Cards for teachers , daycare providers and homeschooling parents—educator cards offer longer checkout periods and can be used separately from personal library cards.

Get more info about Library Cards

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Teens can explore their passions and, with help from mentors, discover new talents in science, technology, engineering, art, and math. Become an inventor, problem solver, maker, musician, and artist in our welcoming and creative Studio NPL spaces.

Go to Studio NPL

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Limitless Libraries is NPL’s groundbreaking partnership with Metro Nashville Public Schools, expanding students’ access to the 2 million+ items in NPL’s catalog. Books, movies, CDs, and audiobooks are delivered to their school libraries, where they can also conveniently return them.

Go to Limitless Libraries

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Students in grades 5-8 have a safe, enriching place to go after school, thanks to Nashville After Zone Alliance (NAZA). Students read, study, and pursue hobbies—everything from fashion design to science experiments—after school.

Go to Nashville After Zone Alliance (NAZA)

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From movies to gaming, crafts to after-school snacks, join us to learn, grow, or just hang out.

See all Events for Teens

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Take home a tablet that is pre-loaded with educational apps, so your child learns while playing! Get back in the swing of school with games designed to teach everything from phonics to astronomy. Check out the special parent analysis of the games your child plays.

View all Launchpad Titles

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Listen while you read! Bookpacks bring traditional books together with their audiobook counterparts, so children can read along while they listen to bestsellers, award winners, and classic titles.

Stuff your Backpack