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Every February at NPL we embrace Black history through exhibits, story times, and other events at locations across the system.

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Black History Month: New Fiction

Black History Month: New Nonfiction

Books Brothers: Story Times with Men of Color

Books Brothers – an initiative of the Blueprint for Early Childhood Success – brings together men of color to promote literacy and serve as reading role models. The volunteer readers share quality children’s books for K-3 students through video story times, with a focus on books that allow students of color to see themselves in the pages. Presented in partnership with Nashville Public Library, My Brother’s Keeper, Ingram Industries, and United Way of Greater Nashville.

Black History Month: New YA Lit

Black History Month: Children's Edition

Visit the Civil Rights Room

Dr. Etta Marie Simpson Ray, Freedom Rider and Nashville Student Movement leader, at 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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