Well, I guess it’s true what they say; “there’s no time like the presents.” Here I was talking with my sister and a couple of my friends a few weeks ago about starting a blog while I was in school for Library Science and now here I am in my third class of the program, and it’s the assignment! This is exciting! So now here I am a twenty-seven-year-old college student with two jobs and now a BLOGGER! WHEW! I may need a brain break here soon…
This blog is starting as an assignment for my EDU 306: Library & Programs Services class, but I plan on making it more than that! If you choose to follow my journey in the next five weeks you’ll get to see some of my assignments for this course, get my completely honest review on libraries/bookstores, reviews on books and maybe some regular old blogger style life updates. If you’re reading this and you’re currently in my class or have had classes with me in the past you know this girl likes to write! So for you newcomers, strap on your seatbelts there’s going to be lots to read!
Today’s first real blog post is my Week 1 Discussion 2 Assignment. For this course, I decided to go back to the Nashville Public Library-Main Branch that I visited for an assignment in my previous class. I wanted to go back to this library because I feel that when I needed to go there for my assignment in the past, there were several people there that were able to help me along as well as so many things I didn’t get the chance to explore; it’s a huge place!
Website: Nashville Public Library
The Nashville Public Library provides a lot of information for their visitors on their website. Their website offers its users with information not only information about their services but their history as well.
The Nashville Public Library- Main Branch where I visited was redesigned in June 2001 by Robert A.M. Stern to look much like it does today. The branch, in my opinion, is huge! I’ve never been to a library this large before! I guess it’s the size it is because of everything they offer for such a large community. All of the Nashville Public Libraries offer services for educators, New Immigrants, Parents and Families, People with Disabilities, teens and many more! On the website, you can find a drop-down menu that lists links that direct users to areas for them to see the types of services they may need.
The library has several programs but the three programs I found most interesting so far library are Read to rising, Zumba & Bringing Books to Life (Preschool Literacy Program). Read to Rise is an at home reading program that parents participate in with their child by doing 20 min of reading a day. After 90 days families bring in their reading logs for a prize. Seeing that a library, typically seen as a quiet place, offers Zumba classes is exciting to me because that class can attract a large variety of people. I’m most interested in the Bringing Books to Life Program which is a preschool literacy program that showcases stories for preschoolers as interactive shows. This program is designed to help young children prepare for school.
This library also is host to a blog. The link for their blog can also be found at the top of the page in the drop-down menus. The blog has multiple options, Books & Movies Blog, Children’s Blog, and a Nashville & Community History Blog. Each blog page is current and seems to be updated regularly. I visited each page and found post only a little over a week old or newer. I feel that for some libraries the use of a blog can be very helpful to communicate with their customers. Technology is used a lot more in today’s society and people are so used to being able to get information instantly. If a library is using a blog to keep customers informed a customer can opt to subscribe to that blog (which I hope you readers do with mine) and get notifications when there is a new post.
I look forward to continuing to learn what this library has to offer and I hope you all continue to follow me on my journey!
Thanks for reading!
“You find magic wherever you look. Sit back and relax. All you need is a book.” – Dr. Seuss