Cozy Up to a Good Read

What's good about frigid and dreary winter weather? It's the perfect excuse to curl up with a good book.

Check out this wealth of recommendations from some of our bloggers, and find out a bit more about them as you do.

For Adults

Amanda Recommends

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Amanda is a classically-trained pianist who loves to read. Like any good librarian, she also has two cats named after Italian cities. Amanda spends her free time sitting in Nashville traffic, baking, and running the Interlibrary Loan office at Nashville Public Library.


Emily Recommends

NPL blogger Emily

Emily is a Teen Associate at NPL. When she's not planning programs or hanging out in the teen room at her branch, Emily spends her days reading, writing, gardening, trying new recipes, and playing board games. She loves most books and all dogs.


Klem-Marí Recommends

NPL blogger Klem-Marí Cajigas

In a former life, Klem-Marí was a Religious Studies scholar. She much prefers being the Family Literacy Coordinator for Bringing Books to Life! She wants you to read and share books with the children in your life, and for those children to see you to read as well. Originally from Puerto Rico, Klem-Marí also enjoys her cat, baking, yoga, and the works of Octavia Butler.


Ben Recommends

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Ben is a librarian at the Green Hills Branch Library. In addition to comics, picture books from yesteryear, and various titles concerning illustration and graphic design, Ben can often be found enjoying vintage weird fiction. He teaches tech classes and is also involved in branch programming.


Laurie Recommends

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Laurie worked in the Collection Development Department for 16 years. She selected adult music, movies, and non-fiction titles for Nashville Public Library system. Born in Brooklyn and raised in East Tennessee, Laurie lived in Nashville for 16 years.


Sarah Recommends

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Sarah is an Archives Assistant with Metro Archives. Her interests and areas of expertise are history, literature, music, travel, Harry Potter and Alf. If not in Archives, Sarah will most likely be found playing trivia somewhere. Learn more about Metro Archives' fascinating materials on their website.


Crystal Recommends

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Crystal Deane is a librarian in the Popular Materials Department. She likes mysteries, cookbooks, and cats. She dislikes spoilers, and won't include any in her reviews.


Beth Recommends

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Beth works in the Collection Development department. She loves short stories, memoirs, documentary films, and cookbooks. Her favorite things about working at the library are the Salon@615 series and the easy access to her library holds.


For Children

Cassie Recommends

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Cassie is a Children's Librarian at Edmondson Pike Branch Library. She can often be found reading books and singing songs, and not just at the library! Her favorite thing to do at the moment is cuddle her baby while they read phenomenal picture books and earn Read to Rise points.


Terri Recommends

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Miss Terri has worked at three different branches of Nashville Public Library since 2002. She's currently the head of the Children's Department at the Green Hills Branch Library. When she isn’t working, she is usually hanging out with her dog Boo.


Candice Recommends

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Candice is a Children's Library Associate at the Looby Branch Library. She enjoys gardening, reading children's books, rainy days, and cheese. She spends much of her time at the library, but she's not mad about it. Check out when and where you can attend Story Time!



This list of reading recommendations may also be found here in our catalog.


Hi library friends! We have a new book from a local author and local illustrator to share with the childrens departments - it is called the Warrior Princess and it focuses on telling children (girls in particular) that they are "enough" as they are - it's a beautiful picture book and suitable for children of all ages. Author is DL Murphy (wife of singer/songwriter David Lee Murphy and her co-illustrator is Jan Shannon. The author would love to read it at story times around town, and donate a copy to each branch. Let me know if you'd like to connect with her! Amanda

I find it interesting that "Parnasus Books" is one of the choices to acquire books. Not only are there other bookstores in Nashville, but I don't feel that the library should be promoting ANY business in this manner. I do hope though that they have given a LARGE donation for the privilege. If not, you should stop promoting them.

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Hello Missy,

Thank you for the feedback. We partner with local bookstore Parnassus Books on several initiatives here at the library, including Salon@615 and Nashville Reads, but I do not see any mention of Parnassus on the blog post where you added your comment.

Please feel free to contact us if you'd like to know more about our partnership with Parnassus Books, or if we can help you with any library-related questions.


Allison, on behalf of NPL Marketing & Communications

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Hello Amanda,

Please feel free to submit your request using this submission form, or navigate to the library homepage, > Contact Us > Suggest a Title for Purchase. A library card is required to submit a request to add materials to our collection.

Thanks for reaching out to your library!

Allison, on behalf of NPL Marketing & Communications

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