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Ninth Annual Picnic with the Library Announces Event Theme and Names Co-Chairs

Ninth Annual Picnic with the Library Announces Event Theme and Names Co-Chairs

Tickets available March 7 for Nashville Public Library Foundation’s 2024 family-focused fundraiser

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The 9th annual Picnic with the Library event, hosted by the Nashville Public Library Foundation (NPLF), is set to take place on Sunday, April 28 at the Main Library Branch downtown. Co-chaired by Caroline and Rascoe Dean, Tiffany and Alfred Degrafinreid and Lindsay and Tyson Moore, the Picnic will be themed around “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz”, following the yellow brick road with Dorothy and friends to The Emerald City, bringing this classic tale to life for children of all ages.

“We are excited to announce our esteemed group of co-chairs for 2024 as we make plans for this beloved annual celebration,” said Shawn Bakker, president of NPLF. “Their deep commitment to advancing NPLF’s mission is so inspiring and appreciated. We look forward to uniting with Nashville families in a delightful Wizard of Oz celebration, where their support will contribute to the promotion of early literacy and Nashville Public Library programs.”

Caroline Dean is a realtor with the CityLiving Group, and her husband, Rascoe, is an attorney in Nashville. Spending time at the Nashville library is one of their favorite activities with their four children. Tiffany Degrafinreid is a dedicated social worker, serves as a trustee member for the Nashville Childrens Theatre and is a board member for the Metro Nashville Sports Authority. Her husband, Alfred, is the president and chief executive officer of Leadership Tennessee and serves as an officer and board member for the Convention Center Authority. Lindsay Moore dedicates her time to the community, having served on the Friends of Monroe Carell Jr.’s Children Hospital Executive Board for two years and involved with the Forest Hills Pathway Project. Lindsay’s husband, Tyson, is a president at Bank of America Nashville, as well as managing director and wealth management market executive at Merrill Lynch. Tyson is a member of Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital Vanderbilt Advisory Board, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, and NPLF Board of Directors.

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The afternoon of family-friendly fun, available by purchasing a picnic basket package, features story times from Wishing Chair Productions, family photos, face painting, music, crafts, dinner, cocktails and more. Guests will also have the chance to interact with beloved book characters such as Dorothy, Tin Man, Scarecrow and the Lion.

Picnic with the Library raises critical funds to support life-changing children’s early literacy programming, like Nashville Public Library’s (NPL) Wishing Chair Productions, story times, Puppet Truck visits, mentorship programs and early literacy initiatives reaching more than 100,000 children and their families.

New this year, everyone who purchases a ticket will be entered in a drawing for a chance to win a private Puppet Truck performance. NPL’s Puppet Truck brings stories to life through music, songs, and puppetry. Picnic with the Library offers an exclusive opportunity to reserve the truck for a private event of your choosing and cannot be reserved any other way.

The picnic basket package includes tickets for two adults and up to four children and will be available for purchase beginning March 7. To learn more about the annual fundraiser or to participate in this year’s Picnic with the Library, visit


The Nashville Public Library Foundation (NPLF), founded in 1997, is a 501(c)3 organization with focus on supporting and fundraising for Nashville Public Library (NPL). As a department of Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, the library depends on public funding to support operations and maintenance; however, it thrives because of private investment. NPLF has raised over $65 million to advance the impact of NPL programs and initiatives, as well as extend the reach and essential nature of NPL. Gifts to NPLF ignite a world of opportunity and access for people of all ages through investment in library resources that build literacy, digital skills, workforce readiness, lifelong learning, and ultimately, create better lives.