Puppet truck, mayor visit child care center

Mayor Karl Dean spoke to the preschool children at Vanderbilt's child care center on Edgehill Ave. (Steve Green/Vanderbilt)
Dean is a longtime advocate of books, reading and libraries. (Steve Green/Vanderbilt)

Nashville Mayor Karl Dean visited Vanderbilt’s child care center on Edgehill Avenue May 24 to promote reading and take in a puppet show performed by the Nashville Public Library’s Bringing Books to Life! puppet truck.

Three of the preschool classrooms have been studying Mother Goose, and this performance of “The World of Mother Goose” was the culmination of their studies.

Approximately 50 children gathered for the performance, which included puppets and vintage Tichenor marionettes.

At the end of the performance, Dean — a longtime advocate of books, reading and libraries — spoke to the children and teachers about the importance of reading. He encouraged the children to become members of the public library and to take advantage of its many programs.

The Nashville Public Library’s puppet truck delivers free, literature-based puppet shows throughout the Nashville Metropolitan area. Designed to inspire a love of books and reading, the puppet truck is part of the Bringing Books to Life! preschool literacy program, an outreach of the Nashville Public Library Foundation.

Contact: Elizabeth Atack, (615) 862-5773