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Emily Siner / WPLN

For five decades, a Vanderbilt University archive has been meticulously recording the national evening news. 

In total, it's a portrait of American life, from iconic moments to those that never make the history books. It makes up nearly 6 1/2 years' worth of video, if you were to watch them all back-to-back.

TN Secretary of State's office

After more than a decade of planning, the state of Tennessee has started construction on a new Library & Archives building, as officials formally broke ground Monday at the corner of Sixth Avenue North and Jefferson Street.

Emily Siner / WPLN

One of the largest collections of books and manuscripts about the history of playing cards is now in the possession of the Vanderbilt library.

The university has purchased more than a thousand pieces of memorabilia that previously belonged to Bicycle Cards, which the library hopes will make Vanderbilt a destination for scholars around the world.

Amy Eskind / WPLN

At the Nashville Public Library, cardholders can check out packets of seeds to grow hot peppers and mustard greens. They can attend free yoga classes or a professional development book club for adult educators. 

Calling it a model for the nation and the world, Nashville’s public library was designated the 2017 Library of the Year by Library Journal and Gale this summer. 

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Nashville Public Library has won top honors among its peers. The system has been named "Library of the Year" by industry publication Library Journal, which called NPL a "champion of diversity and inclusiveness and a literacy gladiator."

State Library & Archives

The Tennessee State Library & Archives is attempting to preserve as many artifacts from World War I as possible, a century after it was fought. Historians are traveling around the state to photograph papers, uniforms, even firearms that have never been documented.

The state just wrapped up a similar project with items from the Civil War. That project got a big response, helping the state archives digitize about 4,000 Civil War artifacts.

Nashville Public Library

In its ongoing effort to chronicle the local music scene, the Nashville Public Library announced this week it has launched a streaming website, becoming the fourth library system in the nation to set up such a service.

Erika Chambers / Nashville Public Library Foundation

One of outgoing Mayor Karl Dean's pet projects has been rethinking what a school library should be, and the latest overhaul has happened at Nashville's McGavock High School. This week, the library debuted a cyber café, a "maker space" for science and art projects and a sound and video production studio.