A couple weekends ago, my family attended the Picnic with the Library Event at the Nashville Public Library and I was reminded – throughout the afternoon – of the magic of libraries. At events like this, the magic is amplified – where the food is named after children’s books, puppets and characters wander the halls greeting families; where children are transformed into butterflies, superheroes, warriors or queens through the stroke of a face painter and then dance around the fountain throwing pennies and making wishes while a local bluegrass band strums tunes.
But libraries – and our Nashville Public Library, especially – are always magic. There is magic in every puppet show where stories are told through traditional puppets by Nashville puppeteers – some created as early as the 1930s. There is magic in every story time where young children can sing and dance and hear favorite tales told to them by beloved characters. There is magic in the courtyard where kids can run and twirl and wishes can be made in the fountain year round. There is magic in the children’s play areas where kids can explore a Nashville just their size or create with giant Ipads; bravely climb the kid-size rock wall or present their own puppet show to share with their real or make believe audience.
But the best part – the most magical part of all – is the magic in every book. And libraries provide that to all of us for FREE. And they bring it out to our communities and schools for friends who can’t get to the libraries to enjoy some of these magical things. And through these books and stories, anyone can magically travel to foreign lands, meet mythical creatures, learn all manner of new things about history or science or art…or even learn to read. And that is pure magic to me!
Thank you to The Nashville Public Library Foundation for sponsoring this post, for allowing me to join in this beautiful event and for providing so much magic to Music City!