Nashville, TN: Studio NPL

Nashville Public Library has opened a series of Learning Labs branded Studio NPL, supporting a city-wide focus on moving youth beyond initial engagement with media, information, and technologies to activities of production, learning, and expertise-building. The flagship site, at the Main Nashville Library, was designed with the help of teen constituents and volunteers, teen T.O.T.A.L. (Totally Outstanding Teen Advocates for the Library) staff, and professionals from Nashville’s vibrant creative community. Studio NPL offers music, digital, and STEM programming throughout all NPL branches with a mix of permanent Studio sites and mobile labs, and partners with youth-serving organizations around the county to bring production centered programming to a variety of community sites and patrons.

Nashville Library Gives Incarcerated Teens the Freedom to Create

How a local public library in Nashville is using digital media to help teens see themselves as readers, and much more.

It began with a simple library lending program.

When funding for the library at the Woodland Hills Development Center in Nashville, Tennessee, was slashed in 2015, the staff there reached out to their local public library for help. Read the rest »