The majority of Nashville’s libraries would have to close if a special referendum succeeds in rolling back Metro’s recent 34% property tax increase. That’s the fear being shared by Nashville Public Library Director Kent Oliver. Just two or three of Nashville’s 21 libraries would be able to stay open — likely the main downtown library and two large regional branches.
Listen / Nashville celebrated the centennial of its historic East Branch Library on Wednesday, commemorating one of two remaining Carnegie public libraries in the city.
Listen / For the first time in 26 years, a new library is opening in Rutherford County. But there’s something you won’t see there: books. Or, bookshelves. The Technology Engagement Center is designed as a trendsetting library that focuses on digital literacy, computing skills and “maker” spaces.
It was quite a sprint — and Metro has now concluded its budget hearings, which will inform the budget that’s due soon from Mayor David Briley.