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Find early literacy tips and children's books on the Children's Blog. Discover your next great read on the Books Movies Music Blog. Dig into Nashville history with the Community History Blog. Listen to stories, history, and culture on NPL Podcasts. Please see this Note for Readers.

your mind matters

Introducing Your Mind Matters, NPL’s first wide-spread Mental Health initiative where our hosts hold conversations with local mental health advocates on various topics through a mental health lens. There have been many efforts made to destigmatize mental health, especially post-pandemic. We want to continue to break this stigma by creating a space for listeners to learn and receive resources for mental health and wellness, while hold unconventional conversations addressing the many ways mental health can be affected both negatively and positively. 

Join Bassam Habib and Lana Boleyjack every other Wednesday starting May 15th as we tackle mental health and all things related!

Spring is springing! It's the best time of year to get outside and enjoy nature. What better way to spend time outdoors with children than birding?! There are so many brilliant children's books about birds. Read on to discover some picture books that share some amazing facts about our avian friends.

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A young man is determined to marry a princess. Will he be able to accomplish the King’s impossible tasks on his own, or will he need a bit of help from someone who wants him to succeed?

Just Listen Podcast

Today’s author, Mary Lerner, had her 1916 story “Little Selves” published in the September issue of Atlantic Monthly and was chosen by editor Edward J. O’Brien for The Twenty Best American Short Stories of 1916, as well as the Best American Short Stories of the Century collection edited by John Updike and Katrina Kenison, published in 1999.

In his criticism of the story, O’Brien wrote: “Little Selves” by Mary Lerner is little more than a succession of dream pictures portrayed as they cross the consciousness of an old woman who has lived well and is dying happily.  But these pictures are so delicately woven, and so tenderly touched with beauty, that they will not easily be forgotten. I am tempted to say that a success such as this could not be repeated.  It is a happy accident.”