Nashville Public Libraries Events


Coming Soon: Nashville’s International Puppet Festival

Troupes from Italy, France, Germany, China and the U.S. will perform the best European and international puppetry traditions at Nashville’s International Puppet Festival: World on a String, June 20-22 at the downtown Main Library, 615 Church St.

The free festival offers a sophisticated artistic and cultural experience for all ages, from traditional Punch and Judy, cabaret showcase and interactive object theater, to adaptations of Shakespeare and Mozart opera presented in three days of performances.

Additional attractions include internationally renowned master puppeteer Phillip Huber (Being John Malkovich), Wood & Strings Theatre and the library’s own Wishing Chair Productions, along with street theater, buskers, vendors, professional puppetry workshops and crafts for the whole family. For more information, visit http://www.nashvillepuppetfestival.org or call 862-5800.

Get Ready for Puppets!

Wishing Chair Productions presents a selection of scenes and songs from their repertoire of marionette and hand-and-rod puppet shows to give you a taste of what’s in store at the three-day festival (running time: 30 minutes). Friday and Saturday, May 23-24 at 9:30, 10:30 & 11:30 a.m. in the Children’s Theater at Main Library, 615 Church St., 862-5785.

Postcard Collecting Workshop with C. Michael Norton

Postcards are mementos, small works of art and historic documents. Collector Mike Norton introduces the history of postcards and postcard collecting at this workshop. He’ll show rare, hard-to-find cards and cover collecting basics including dating cards, followed by a Q&A about any cards brought to the session and refreshments. Space is limited and will be available on a first come, first served basis. May 17 from 2:00-4:00 at Main Library, 615 Church St., 862-5782.

Works with Words: Type Walk

Celebrating our current exhibit, Works with Words, join artists Griffin Norman and Dan Brawner for a “type walk” around downtown Nashville, as they point out interesting uses of words and typefaces. Saturday, May 10 at 11:00 a.m.; tour meets in the Fine Art Gallery at Main Library, 615 Church St., 862-5800.

You’re Invited: StoryCorps Listening Party

StoryCorps presents the stories and memories of ordinary Americans, broadcast each week on National Public Radio. Join StoryCorps facilitators for a “Listening Party” as they introduce the project, play audio clips from conversations recorded in the StoryBooth located at the downtown library through September, and take questions. Make a reservation for your conversation with a loved one or friend and enjoy a light lunch, too! May 6 at 11:30 a.m. at Green Hills Branch Library, 3701 Benham Ave., 862-5863.

Book Talks

Stuck in the Middle

Middle school—that crazy time between elementary and high school where the unknown happens, the unwanted happens and the expected no longer exists! Join author and former teacher Sonia Hayes as she reads and signs her book, Stuck in the Middle, featuring the sassy middle-schooler Shanice E. Brown. May 24 at 1 p.m. at Southeast Branch Library, 2325 Hickory Highlands Dr., 862-5871. The first 20 guests will receive a complementary signed copy of the book.

Miscarriage of Justice

Miscarriage of Justice is a riveting novel, based on historic events, about a tragic love triangle in small-town Tennessee that leads to a shocking public murder. Enjoy your brown-bag lunch and join Nashville Circuit Court Judge Kip Gayden as he reads, discusses and signs his debut book, May 27 at noon in the Author’s Corner at Main Library, 615 Church St., 862-5800.

Patient Siggy

After being diagnosed with cancer in 2005, Sigourney Cheek began an online correspondence with family and friends to discuss her fears, challenges and experiences. Patient Siggy: Hope and Healing in Cyberspace is a deeply personal account of how Cheek managed to face cancer with grace and humor, and a story of community forged over e-mail that proved to be an antidote for the isolation of serious illness. She discusses and signs her book on May 29 at 6:00 p.m. at Green Hills Branch Library, 3701 Benham Ave., 862-5863.

Home to Hardscuffle and All That Jazz

Home to Hardscuffle and All That Jazz is the debut novel by Charles Howell, born in an old farmhouse in Brentwood, a “son of the Old South.” Howell eventually became civic activist, government official, politician, college professor and environmentalist. His novel traces a generation of struggles and triumphs amid the racially divided landscape of 1930s Midwest, and the people who lived among the remaining shadow of the Klan. Howell reads and signs his book, May 15 at 7:00 p.m. at Metro Archives, 3801 Green Hills Village Drive, 862-5880.

Where the Blind Horse Sings

In 2001, former teacher Kathy Stevens bought a broken-down farm in upstate New York. With the help of volunteers, she eventually transformed the rambling acres into the Catskill Animal Sanctuary, a home for abused and neglected farm animals. Where the Blind Horse Sings is the heartwarming story of her difficult yet rewarding work rescuing and caring for more than 1000 animals to date including pigs, sheep, cows, ducks and Buddy the blind horse, who indeed now “sings” with happiness from his new home on the farm. Join Stevens for a screening of a short documentary about the sanctuary, and a reading and signing of her memoir. Sunday, May 18 at 2 p.m. in the Author’s Corner at Main Library, 615 Church St., 862-5755.

One Race, Many Faces: Using DNA to Find Your Oldest Ancestors

Michael Holt Sr. discusses the Genographic Project, a National Geographic initiative tracing the migrations of mankind from Africa to the rest of the world by gathering samples of individual DNA at this free genealogy talk. Attendees can place their name in a drawing to win a free DNA test conducted by the National Geographic Society that traces their unique genetic journey. Tuesday, May 20 at 6 p.m. at Bordeaux Branch Library, 4000 Clarksville Pike. Other sessions in the genealogy series include Introduction to Genealogy (Tuesday, May 13) and Using Databases to Conduct Genealogical Research (Tuesday, June 24). All sessions 6:00-7:30 p.m. at Bordeaux Branch Library, 4000 Clarksville Pike, 862-5856.

Children/Teens

Many Moons

This musical version of Many Moons, the Caldecott Award winning classic written by James Thurber and illustrated by Louis Slobodkin, features the historic Peeko Puppets. Fridays and Saturdays, May 2–May 17 (except May 10) at 9:30, 10:30 & 11:30 a.m. in the Children’s Theater at Main Library, 615 Church St., 862-5800.

Hope for the Flowers

This lovely story about two little caterpillars trying to find their way in the world was adapted by Hume-Fogg senior Helen Seachrist, who also created the sets, puppets and soundtrack. Saturdays, May 3, 10 & 17 at 10:30 a.m. in the Children’s Division of Main Library, 615 Church St., 862-5800.

Nashville Ballet’s Big City Bop

Nashville Ballet 2 introduces audiences to the art of dance in an abstract form. In Big City Bop, choreographer Kathleen Spinnazzola explores the concept of the hero next door in a fast-paced urban environment. Saturday, May 10 at 10:30 & 11:30 a.m. in the auditorium at Main Library, 615 Church St., 862-5800.

Homeschoolers’ Hour: Exciting Electricity

Learn about solar electricity and electrical currents, participate in experiments with static electricity, power a light bulb, and make UV bead jewelry that changes color in the sun at this hands-on workshop for home-schooled children presented by Jennifer Stenman of 4-H (presented in cooperation with 4-H, a program of the University of Tennessee Agricultural Extension Service in Davidson County). This program is designed for children ages 9 and up; space is limited and registration is required. Please call 862-5862 to reserve your spot. May 20 from 2:00-3:00 p.m. at Goodlettsville Branch Library, 106 Old Brick Church Pike, 862-5862.

The Interesting World of Insects

Did you know that there are about 900,000 known insect species? Meet some of them—and get some neat stuff to take home—at this buggy event with David Cook, agricultural extension agent and entomology specialist (designed for children ages 9 and up; presented in cooperation with 4-H, a program of the University of Tennessee Agricultural Extension Service in Davidson County). May 6 at 4:30 p.m. at Goodlettsville Branch Library, 106 Old Brick Church Pike, 862-5862.

Teen Video Game Tournament

Show us your moves on the Nintendo Gamecube and Dance Dance Revolution! May 15 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at Bordeaux Branch Library, 4000 Clarksville Pike, 862-5856.

Teens Only: Summer Reading Kick-Off Party

Kick off the summer and P-A-R-T-Y in the cool courtyard at our annual Summer Reading kick-off celebration! We’ll have a D.J, yummy food, door prizes and of course, a dance contest! Thursday, May 29 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the courtyard at Main Library, 615 Church St., 862-5800.

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