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FILE / Yellow Rose Society

Nashville’s main downtown library has approved the creation of a permanent collection dedicated to the city’s role in ratifying the 19th Amendment, which guaranteed American women the right to vote.

Rutherford County library
Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

For the first time in 26 years, a new library is opening in Rutherford County. But there’s something you won’t see there: books. Or, bookshelves. The Technology Engagement Center is designed as a trendsetting library that focuses on digital literacy, computing skills and “maker” spaces.

It was quite a sprint — and Metro has now concluded its budget hearings, which will inform the budget that's due soon from Mayor David Briley.

Tennessee Gold Star Collection
Tennessee State Library and Archives

Here’s an example of remarkable foresight: Within two months of the end of World War I, the state of Tennessee began diligently collecting records from so-called “gold star families” — those that lost sons in the war.

Nashville Public Library downtown
Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

The Nashville Public Library is considering an end to late fees for overdue materials. That would make a small dent in the library’s budget, but leaders say they have a good reason to make the change. 

Nashville libraries
Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

Nashville opened two sparkling new libraries in recent years — in Bellevue and Southeast — and now officials have approved a timeline for more construction and renovations across Davidson County.

John Lewis nonviolence March
Top Shelf Comix

A decision by the Nashville Public Library is looking prophetic this week.

Months ago, officials chose U.S. Rep. John Lewis’s graphic novel about the Civil Rights Movement — called March — for this year’s citywide read. Now the three-part memoir has skyrocketed in popularity following a feud between Lewis and President-elect Donald Trump.

Tennessee library and archives
Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

The Tennessee State Library and Archives is now addressing one of the ripple effects of the Gatlinburg wildfires: the loss of vital records and family papers.

John Lewis Nashville civil rights photo
Nashville Public Library, Special Collections

He’s the living embodiment of Nashville’s role in the civil rights movement. And this weekend, Georgia Congressman John Lewis will receive the city’s top literary award for chronicling those years in his graphic novel trilogy, called “March.”

library mobile wifi hotspot
Spring Hill Library

Libraries have become more than repositories for books, with some of the largest in the country allowing patrons to essentially check out Internet service. They do it by lending out little black mobile Wi-Fi hotspots that use cellular connections. And little Spring Hill, Tennessee, has joined the likes of Chicago, Seattle and New York City as an early adopter.