Introducing immigrant and refugee families to the public library

Metro Nashville Public Schools, along with Nashville Public Library, present “Once Upon A Book”, an introduction to the public library for immigrant and refugee families whose children attend public school in Nashville. The event will include a puppet show by the library's professional puppet troupe, Wishing Chair Productions, as well as giveaways, snacks, and crafts. Translators will be available for families speaking Spanish, Arabic, Kurdish and Somali.

“I believe this program is going to greatly benefit our immigrant and refugee families, particularly the new arrivals into our school system,” said Rubén DePeña, MNPS Community Outreach Specialist. “We want to make sure we develop programs that help our families support their students’ educations and are easily accessible and welcoming.”

To attend, families should register by Sept. 11 by calling (615) 259-8608.

“We are excited to partner with Metro Nashville Public Schools in order to reach more families and readers,” says Kent Oliver, Nashville Public Library Director. “We hope new Americans living in Nashville will engage with our city’s great library."

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Several other dates are also planned over the next year:

  • Sept. 27 at McMurray Middle School
  • March 7, 2015 at Apollo Middle School
  • May 9, 2015 at Neely’s Bend Middle School