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“Undiscovered gem in the heart of downtown”

Nashville Public Library
Ranked #38 of 245 things to do in Nashville
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Cookeville, Tennessee
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215 reviews
41 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
“Undiscovered gem in the heart of downtown”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 7, 2013

The Nashville Public Library is a great library, and a great story of regeneration. Its location was originally the ill-starred Church Street Centre, and unremarkable mall that faded from fashion in the late 1990s. Mayor Bredesen and the Metro Council wisely bought the property and turned it into a stunning modern library. The library has branched out (excuse the pun) into online offerings, including several popular magazines that are available with one's library card.

Marble floors and wood moldings make for a lovely setting in which to indulge in the extensive collection of works held in the Downtown Library.

Visited March 2013
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Nashville, Tennessee
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124 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“nice inside”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 29, 2013

This is a nice library inside. Unfortunatly there are a multitude of homeless people that hang out in front of it. Don't let that discourage you. It is very nice inside.

Visited February 2013
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San Antonio, Texas
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“Library a special treat for children”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 27, 2013

I usually manage to take my twin granddaughters to the Tuesday morning puppet show a least once a month. They are always fascinated, sitting in open-mouth wonder at the puppets, stories, and songs. The children's area of the library is also a treat for them; they go to see if they can out of the "mouse-house" immediately upon arriving. Last week I was able to take them to the marionette performance. I was a little hesitant because they are only 2 1/2 years old and had no idea puppets could also be on strings. I tried to explain this last by showing them the display of marionettes outside the auditorium, but they weren't very interested. Once the show started, they didn't move until it was over. There was not a facet of "Sky Bear" that was anything but exceptional. Afterwards, they were eager to see the marionette display and ask questions. As we were leaving the library, they asked if we could come back. I told them we could and they turned around to go back in -- they meant right then! My daughter said that all they talked about that night was the "sky bear."

Visited March 2013
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Nashville, Tennessee, United States
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42 reviews
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“Best Library in Tennessee”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 25, 2013

Worth seeing just to see! The building is very nice and open. This is a great place to relax or in warmer weather to sit in the courtyard and enjoy the day.

Visited March 2013
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Melbourne, Australia
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“The nicest library we have visited”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 22, 2013

Take and hour to wander through this lovely building. Its free. It is hard to believe that it's only 11 years old. The children's puppets on display are fun, the Grand Reading room is definitely grand and the central stairs with frescos are impressive.

Visited March 2013
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