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Join the Nashville Public Library’s summer reading challenge

There’s something for everyone this summer at your local library branch.

A grand staircase at the Nashville Public Library's Main Branch

Your next favorite read awaits you up these stairs at NPL’s Main Library branch. | Photo by NASHtoday

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How’s your summer reading list coming along? Nashville Public Library is making sure it stays stacked with the annual Summer Reading Challenge, underway now through Wednesday, July 31.

The fun stuff

First, let’s make sure we’re on the same page. Celebrate the event’s kick off with a party at Amqui Station on Friday, June 7 from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. There will be food trucks, music, and a performance by magician Rodney Kelley (who you might recognize from his 11 years at Opryland). Pro tip: Kids who sign up for summer reading at the event also take home a free book.

Finishing a good book is a reward in itself, but prizes are also up for grabs. Participants will receive coupons to local businesses for every 15 days of reading — audio books count, too — and/or 10 library activities completed. At the end of the challenge, each of the 21 NPL locations will host two drawings for a $150 gift card to a local bookstore.

Not sure which read to start with? Treat your shelf to one of these 23 books written by authors with Nashville ties.

How it works

  • Register via NPL’s website, in the Beanstack app, or keep track with a paper log.
  • Log your days read and track activities completed.
  • Redeem your coupons + get entries for the gift card drawings.

Bonus: Those who register will receive a reusable Nashville Public Library bag — you know, to carry all your library books.

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