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Year-round, and especially in February, we at NPL amplify Black history through our collection, story times, and other events at locations across the system.

Celebrate Black Authors: New Fiction

Black History Month: New Nonfiction

Event Highlights

My Favorite Composer: A Beginner Listening Program

Listen to and learn about essential BIPOC composers in this fun beginner listening program for grades K-5!

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Puppet Truck presents Lorraine

Set in the Tennessee hills, this musical marionette show introduces us to Lorraine and her Pa Paw who love to play music and sing songs. When a big storm rolls in and their instruments are nowhere to be found, can Lorraine find the music inside herself to get through the fearsome thunder and rain? For ages 4-12; families are welcome.

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Story Times

Books and stories, crafts and songs, and heroes from George Washington Carver to Rosa Parks: all make appearances in our librarians' creative celebrations of Black history for children.

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Inspiring Black Women

Picture Books for Black History Month


Dr. Etta Marie Simpson Ray, Freedom Rider and Nashville Student Movement leader, at the Civil Rights Room.

Visit the Civil Rights Room

The Civil Rights Room is a space for education and exploration of NPL's Civil Rights Collection. The materials exhibited there capture the drama of a time when thousands of African-American citizens in Nashville sparked a nonviolent challenge to racial segregation in the city and across the South.

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