Local Author Event and Book Signing

Local author Keeda Haynes will be at the library for a book signing event on Sunday, December 5, 2021 at 3:00 PM.

Her debut work Bending the Arc: My Journey From Prison to Politics was released in November. Ms. Haynes will read an excerpt from her book, have a conversation, and take questions from the audience.

Ms. Haynes grew up in the neighborhood of the library; her roots are local, her journey is inspiring, and her advocacy is resolute. She is able to draw the reader into her experiences of a skewed justice system to advocate for successful transitions for those who have served their time and alternative sentencing to enable families to stay together.

All Library programs are free and open to the public. Call the Library at 615-595-1243 or email reference.library@williamsoncounty-tn.gov if you have questions.

Please be aware that photos, screenshots, and videos may be taken at library events and activities for library use and publicity. Anyone not wanting to have their photo taken should notify library staff at the time of the event or activity.

Ms. Haynes’ books will be available for purchase.

🦃Library Closing for Thanksgiving

Enjoy a happy and safe Thanksgiving with friends, family, and loved ones.

November is Native American Heritage Month

President Reagan proclaimed the week of November 23-30, 1986 as “American Indian Week.” Every President since 1995 has issued an annual proclamation designating November as a time to celebrate the cultures, accomplishments, and contributions of Indigenous Americans and Alaska Natives. The Friday after Thanksgiving each year is Native American Heritage Day, which falls on November 26 this year.

The Federal Register recognizes 573 separate tribal entities living in the United States today. The more populous tribes include Cherokee (729,000+), Navajo (298,000+), and Choctaw (158,000+), with the Ute (10,000+), Yakama (10,000+), and Cree (7,700+).

There were approximately 7 tribes in colonial Tennessee: the Muscogee (Creek), Yuchi, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Cherokee, Shawnee, and Seneca. In fact, the name Tennessee derives from that of the Cherokee village Tanasi. To learn more about Indigenous culture in Tennessee, you can visit the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians at https://ebci.com/ or the Native American Indian Association of Tennessee at https://naiatn.org/. You can also read more stories by Indigenous authors and about Native American history by checking out one of these books at the library!

Carry by Toni Jensen

Prudence by David Treuer

There There by Tommy Orange

Code Talker by Joseph Bruchac

Ceremony by Leslie Marmon Silko

Imaginary Borders by  Xiuhtezcatl Martinez

Williamson County Health Department Offering COVID-19 Vaccines for Children and Moving Operations to Franklin Clinic

Williamson County Health Department Offering COVID-19 Vaccines for Children and Moving Operations to Franklin Clinic


The Williamson County Health Department will begin distribution of COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5-11 on Wednesday, November 10th.  Tennesseans ages 5 and up are now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Individuals seeking a vaccine may schedule an appointment at vaccinate.tn.gov or search vaccinefinder.org to find a local vaccine provider in Williamson or surrounding counties.

Beginning Monday, November 15th, the health department will permanently move COVID-19 operations from the Williamson County Agriculture Center to the Franklin Clinic located at 1324 W. Main Street.  Vaccinations will be available at the health department Monday through Friday from 8:30 – 11:30 a.m. by appointment only.  COVID testing will be offered Monday through Friday from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. by appointment only.  Those wishing to schedule a COVID-19 test may call the health department at (615) 465-5318.

The COVID site will be closed Thursday, November 11th in observance of Veteran’s Day.

The mission of the Tennessee Department of Health is to protect, promote and improve the health and prosperity of people in Tennessee. Learn more about TDH services and programs at www.tn.gov/health. 


Connect with TDH on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn @TNDeptofHealth!

Williamson County Health Department • 1324 W. Main Street

Franklin, TN 37064 • Tel: 615-794-1542 • http://www.tn.gov/health

November is Seasonal Depression Awareness Month

Excercise Challenge Begins in November

UT Extension is partnering with Williamson County Parks & Recreation and Williamson County Public Library for another seasonal Walking Challenge!

For motivation, here are the top three most common Halloween candies in Tennessee, with the calories in each, and how many walking steps the average person will need to burn those calories.

Coming in at #1 is Tootsie Pops, which are 60 calories per pop, which takes an average of 1,500 steps to burn. The #2 most popular candy is Skittles. The mini bags that come in Halloween candy are also 60 calories and will also take 1,500 steps to burn. The #3 most popular candy is Salt Water Taffy, which is only 28 calories per piece and will take an extra 700 steps to burn, but that’s for only one piece!

You can sign up for walking or running a half marathon or full marathon in both November and December after indulging in these holiday goodies, or make your own customized goal and plan for each month! We’ll send out a survey at the end, and if you met your goal, you could win a monthly pass from Williamson County Parks & Recreation to jump start your excercise routine in the new year.

When it’s too chilly to walk outside, make sure you check out some of the Indoor Recreation Facilities in Williamson County available through Williamson County Parks and Recreation, and make sure you take a look at some of the Williamson County Public Library digital collections, with music and audiobooks to keep you motivated and entertained while you excercise.

Sign up for the challenge here and keep an eye out for more motivation and resources to keep you moving this season!


Calories in Most Common Halloween Candy in Tennessee

How Far Would You Go for Pie?

It’s the time of year to be grateful for good food. What better way, than use the UT Extension Excercise Challenge to save up for that extra slice of pie we know we love.

Here are some of your favorite pies, and how many walking steps an average person needs to account for the calories. A slice of pumpkin pie is about 300 calories, which is 7,500 steps. A slice of apple is 400 calories or 10,000 steps. And pecan pie is a whopping 500 calories which needs 10,000 extra steps, so make sure you get walking this holiday season.

You can sign up for walking or running a half marathon or full marathon in both November and December to account for some sweet treats, or make your own customized goal and plan for each month! We’ll send out a survey at the end, and if you met your goal, you could win a monthly pass from Williamson County Parks & Recreation to jump start your excercise routine in the new year.

When it’s too chilly to walk outside, make sure you check out some of the Indoor Recreation Facilities in Williamson County available through Williamson County Parks and Recreation, and make sure you take a look at some of the Williamson County Public Library digital collections, with music and audiobooks to keep you motivated and entertained while you excercise.

Sign up for the challenge here and keep an eye out for more motivation and resources to keep you moving this season!


Three Thanksgiving Pies and the calories and steps needed for each

Spooky Stories of Williamson County Anthology

Spooky Stories of Williamson County Banner

Do you have a story to tell?

Williamson County has enough haunted history to have downtown walking tours of some of the haunted locations in Franklin, but what about the rest of the county? Between historical documents and old stories of ghost dogs, headless men, and pale women with echoing heels, there are plenty of spooks that have been seen by multiple people in different areas of the county.

We’re collecting an anthology of community-submitted stories of the spooky and macabre. You can record an audio or video of an old story passed down by oral tradition, or write something new to share with the community.

There’s a section for Local History, a section for readings of Classic Horror stories, one for Original Fiction, and a section just for Kids Horror, where kids can tell their own spooky stories.

Come tell a story for our Biblioboard Anthology at https://bit.ly/SpookyStoriesBiblioboard

Williamson County Public Library Seal with bats

🐶Third Annual BARK N’ SPLASH BASH Returns in October🐶

The Williamson County Parks and Recreation Department (WCPR) will partner with the Williamson County Animal Center to host the Third Annual Bark ‘n Splash Bash on Saturday, October 2, 2021 at the Longview Recreation Center at Spring Hill, 2909 Commonwealth Dr., from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.

Due to popular demand, this “paw-some” event returns, after a year-long hiatus, for all dogs to have a chance to paddle and play while raising money for the animal center.

Evan Hampton, Aquatics Superintendent for WCPR said his staff is excited to host the event. “We know people love their dogs and the Bark ‘n Splash Bash gives them a chance to enjoy playing with their dogs in a fun aquatic environment.”

During the special event, the pool area will be open only to pre-registered adult handlers (18+) and their dogs. Spectators are welcome to observe from the “Bowwow Boosters” section (free).

For more information and to register visit www.wcparksandrec.com. Space is limited, and participants must pre-register using Activity Code #21695.

The entry fee is $20 per pet.

Proof of rabies vaccination is required for entry (no exceptions).

Participants should review all rules and waivers during online registration.

National Preparedness Month, Week 4


It’s the final week of National Preparedness Month, and we’re dedicating this week to talking about preparing youth for disasters. We all know that disasters can be difficult physically, financially, and emotionally, and the uncertainties that come with that can be especially stressful for kids.

Creating a plan with your family can help kids of all ages, from elementary to high schoolers. Keeping your kids in the loop when preparing can go a long way to keeping your family unit steady during a disaster.



Talk to your kids about preparing for emergencies and what to do in case you are separated. Reassure them by providing information about how they can get involved.


We’re addressing how to prepare youth for disasters with three steps:

  1. Preparing with kids and teens
  2. Creating a family communication plan
  3. Providing resources for parents


The process of preparing your family for an emergency can be quite the task! Plus, preparing with young children and preparing with teenagers can be very different. Help small children feel prepared by talking to them about the most common hazards in Williamson County (from our Week 1 Newsletter).

For each hazard, create a plan of action that includes a point of contact. This should be a friend or family member who lives far enough away that they wouldn’t be affected by a disaster in Williamson County. Choose someone your family feels comfortable talking to under stress so you can keep them updated during a disaster. Make sure your kids know how to contact this individual in case your family is separated.

Discuss with your child the items you will need in an emergency and what each item is for. If you feel they are old enough, show them how to use a flashlight and radio.

Want an interactive tool? Visit ready.gov/kids/games and play a few games to help kids understand how to build a kit and face any disaster to become a Disaster Master!

Also, visit ready.gov/kids/prepare-pedro and download Pedro the Penguin’s Disaster Preparedness Activity Book, which is available in six different languages.


Assign certain responsibilities to your teenager that you feel he or she is mature enough to handle. These could include:

Checking the emergency kits monthly to make sure they are in good condition

Updating emergency contact lists if there are any changes

Specific tasks in the event of an evacuation, such as grabbing kits or pets

If you have a teenager who wants to take preparedness one step further, the Youth Preparedness Council (YPC) is a great way to get involved. The YPC was created in 2012 to bring together teenagers who are interested in disaster preparedness. For more information, visit ready.gov/kids/youth-preparedness-council.


Families are often tested during emergencies so it is important to plan for several different scenarios. For example, every household should discuss safe evacuation routes and a common meeting location in the event of a house fire. This plan will be different than an evacuation plan for an incoming natural disaster, or a shelter-in-place plan for a tornado.

Review the importance of cell phones as a life saving tool, not just something for games or social media. Discuss the advantage of texting during an emergency instead of calling since phone lines may be tied up with the high volume of calls.

Identify an emergency contact within each family member’s cell phone contact list. It may be helpful to place “EMERGENCY CONTACT” next to the saved name within the phone. Some phones also have ways of quickly identifying emergency contacts, such as with a red star. The “medical ID” setting on iPhones allow first responders to view emergency contacts on a locked phone.


As a parent, it is important to identify how each of your children responds to emergency situations, which can be very different for each child. You can help kids cope by utilizing several strategies:

  • Talk to your children and encourage them to talk back. Validate what they are feeling and make sure they feel heard. If they ask questions and you are not comfortable sharing full answers, give them the level of information you feel is appropriate at the time.
  • Try to keep to a routine. Routines are safe and provide structure. In a changing and shifting environment it is important to have something steady in daily activities.
  • Make time for your kids, even if it means putting off chores and other tasks. This can help them feel safe and secure during and after a difficult time. If you are having difficulty with supporting your child in this way, find support with family and friends.


Kit loves to help kids be prepared, not scared! His backpack is always stocked with emergency supplies. What are some items that need to go in your emergency kit?

📓September is Tennessee Literacy Month!

To highlight the importance of reading for students, the Tennessee Department of Education has introduced Reading 360, Tennessee’s comprehensive literacy initiative, which provides grants and resources for districts, teachers, and families looking to help students develop strong phonics based skills, or sounds-first instruction.

There are 92 Tennessee school districts participating in the Reading 360 Early Literacy Network, making them eligible for the $80,000 to provide direct support to school leaders and teachers.

Reading 360’s goal is to get all children reading by the 3rd grade. Penny Schwinn, the Tennessee Commissioner of Education states, “Tennessee is deeply committed to building strong reading skills in our youngest students, and Reading 360 has already reached 50,000+ families through free, at-home reading resources and 9,000+ Tennessee educators through summer literacy trainings.” One of those free resources is the At-Home Decodable Book Series– available for all Tennessee families of Kindergarten through Second grade children.

The department would also like families to meet Riley the Reading Raccoon, who shares their favorite books and favorite places to read. Families can follow Riley on social media using the hashtag #TNReadingForAll.

September 21-23, 2021 Reading 360 will hold a virtual summit  that is free and open to all Tennessee educators, district and school leaders, higher education partners, and education stakeholders. This summit is designed to highlight best practices for the Reading 360 comprehensive literacy initiative.

K. Lineberger



Attention Williamson County Gardeners!

We’re having a Plant Swap on Friday, September 17 in our Meeting Room on the first floor.

🌻 Drop off plants 9:00 – 10:30 (Enter the Meeting Room through the door to the right of the Library’s main entrance)
🌻 Plant swap 10:30 – 12:30 (unless we run out of plants earlier)
🌻 Between 12:30 and 4:30, unclaimed plants will be put out for anyone to take.

It’s the perfect way to find a new home for some of your extra plants or to try out new ones!

 Registration is required to give us an idea how many plants to expect. Click here to register.

We’ll accept:

  • Divided or dug up perennial flowers, shrubs, vines, herbs, fruits and vegetables
  • Houseplants
  • Plant clippings
  • Seedling
  • Bulbs

Before bringing your plants to the Library, please check to be sure they are healthy and free of pests and diseases.

For each plant you bring, you’ll be given a ticket that lets you take a new plant. Provide as much information as you can about each plant you bring, including Common Name, Botanical Name, Type of Plant, Water and Light Requirements, Size and Color. Plant info templates that can be used as labels are available at the Library or you can download them here

Williamson County Health Department Moving COVID-19 Vaccine and Testing Operations to the Ag Center

Beginning Tuesday, September 7th, the Williamson County Health Department will move COVID-19 vaccine and testing operations from the Franklin Clinic to the Williamson County Agricultural Center at 4215 Long Lane. Vaccinations and testing will be available in a drive-through fashion on weekdays. Entrance to the testing and vaccination site is located off Long Lane, just past the main entrance to the Agricultural Center.

“Due to the increase in COVID-19 cases, we are moving testing and vaccine operations to an offsite location in order to accommodate more people,” said Williamson County Health Department Director Cathy Montgomery. “We hope the residents of Williamson County will continue to take proactive measures to keep themselves and others safe.”

Health Department administered PCR tests will be available from 8:00 am to 10:00 am, Mondays through Fridays.  Consent forms for testing are available to print at and fill out in advance at williamsonready.org/Coronavirus, which will help expedite processes at the Agricultural Center.  Individuals 16 and over may also pick up Everlywell PCR self-test kits at the test site from 8:00 am to 10:00 am or at the Franklin or Fairview clinics during normal business hours.

Vaccines will be available at the Ag Center from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Individuals may schedule an appointment at vaccinate.tn.gov, but appointments are not required for vaccination.

Please note that lightning or severe weather may cause the site to be temporarily closed. As hours of operation are subject to change, please visit williamsonready.org/Coronavirus for the latest schedule.

Tennesseans age 12 and up are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Individuals seeking a COVID-19 vaccine may schedule an appointment at vaccinate.tn.gov or search vaccines.gov to find a local vaccine provider in Williamson or surrounding counties.

The mission of the Tennessee Department of Health is to protect, promote and improve the health and prosperity of people in Tennessee. Learn more about TDH services and programs at www.tn.gov/health.


William Shakespeare’s TWELFTH NIGHT

Presented at

Williamson County Performing Arts Center at Academy Park

September 18 & 19, 2021

Directed by Jim Warren

Join us just outside of Nashville in beautiful Franklin, Tennessee to enjoy this
great playwright at Academy Park! This will mark the 5th year that Nashville Shakes has toured its summer festival to Williamson County.

5:30pm INSIGHT
5:30pm Vendors open
6:00pm Pre-show Entertainment
6:45 – Elf & Fairy and ApCo Performances (12th Night only)
7:00pm Main Performance

General Admission is FREE ($10 Suggested Donation)

Nashville Shakes is also bringing August Wilsons’s play JITNEY: Thursday and Friday, September 16th & 17th

JITNEY is an unflinching look into the stories and struggles of Black life in 1970’s Pittsburgh through the lens of a group of tight-knit, independent cab, or jitney, drivers. Please be advised that JITNEY is rated MA for mature audiences.

Check the Season Calendar for Franklin Vendors and Entertainment.
Academy Park is located at 112 Everbright Avenue, Franklin, TN

Bring your own chairs/blanket and pick your favorite spot to watch the show!
There is limited bleacher seating available in the rear.

For more information on performances in Nashville, please visit The Nashville Shakespeare Festival website.


Investment Research Database Available to WCPL Patrons

Value Line’s Investment Research platform offers access to financial data, news, expert analysis, and more!

Image from Pixabay

DYK that Williamson County Public Library card holders have online access to Value Line, an database resource for investment research and an unbiased authority on financial data for free with your Library card?

Value Line offers four key assets to our patrons:


Value Line includes a vast array of financial measures for over 5,500 stocks, 18,000 mutual funds, 500,000 options, and other securities. The investment research platform includes expert estimates, projections, and historical data to help its users discover opportunities that match their investment strategy.


Value Line’s investment research is designed to work for the individual. Customization tools allow library patrons to view statistical analyses, projections, and insightful commentaries in a way that is most visually sensible to them. Users may consult pre-defined screens for quick ideas. Graphic indicators bring trends and comparisons to life to help judge investment opportunities. 


Performance-tested ranks and ratings allow library patrons to make decisions with confidence. The platform includes a Timeliness™ Rank feature to help users anticipate a stock’s relative price performance potential for the coming six-to-12 months, while gauging risk with its Safety™ Rank. In addition, Financial Strength and other Value Line ratings help users fine-tune their insights.

Expert Analysis

The Value Line platform includes commentaries on companies, industries, markets and economies by a team of 70 analysts, researchers and statisticians to make company financial pictures and future earnings potential clear. One of the world’s largest teams of stock experts will provide information updates.

Available only to Library card holders accessing the database through our website (wcpltn.org) and our institutional account. The navigation is Reader’s Corner –> Homework and Research –> Articles & Databases (choose Business as a topic) OR Databases by Title.

Any Williamson County resident can receive their free library card at any WCPL branch. For help accessing Value Line or any of our databases call the Reference Desk at 615-595-1243. Again, card holders have access to these fabulous subscription databases through our website at wcpltn.org, whether at home or in the library.

About Value Line

Value Line is an investment research platform that helps position its patrons for financial success. As an authority in reliable, unbiased information, Value Line offers accurate and insightful investment research on companies, industries, markets and economies. Using the latest data, sophisticated tools and proven ranks to expert analysis and guidance, Value Line provides its users with the ability to evaluate investments with confidence.


Mobile Printing Now Available at Main Library in Franklin

Blue printer with library logo for a button. Sheet of paper at top with a green seal that has the text New! in the center of it. Lined sheet coming out the front of the printer. Gold background.
Printing is easy at the Main Library in Franklin!

With our new MobilePrint Service™, you can use your personal computer or mobile device to print to the library’s printers from anywhere. Simply submit documents for printing and come to the library to release and pick up your document using your library card.

How to print from a laptop or desktop computer at home or work:

  • Select the printer and enter your email address.
  • Browse your computer to find and select the file you wish to print.
  • Click the green printer icon. You will see the status of your print job.
  • Proceed to the Print Release Terminal in the library and provide your email address to retrieve your print job.

How to print from tablet or smartphone app:

  • Visit your device’s ‘store’ for apps, install and launch the PrinterOn App.
  • Click “No printer selected”.
  • Click “Search”.
  • Search for Williamson County Public Library or enter the library’s zip code.
  • Select your desired printer.
  • To print:
    • Documents: when viewing the document, click in the upper right corner and upload the document to the PrinterOn App.
    • Photos from your phone: open the app, click on “photo” and select a photo to print.
    • Select the printer and click the print icon.
    • Enter an email address and click on the check mark (you will receive a notice that the job started, and shortly after another message stating “Job Success”).
  • Proceed to the Print Release Terminal in the library and provide your email address to retrieve your print job.

How to use email to send something directly to library print system:

  • Email from any device directly to the library’s print system at:



  • Proceed to the Print Release Terminal in the library and provide your email address to retrieve your print job.

Tennessee Disability Pathfinder Launches New Website

Pathfinder Launches New Website

Tennessee Disability Pathfinder is launching its updated website design, with a more accessible URL – TNPathfinder.org – and plenty of interactive features to make finding resources, service providers, and community events easier for individuals with disabilities and their families.

New features of the Pathfinder website make their database of more than 3,500 agency resources across Tennessee more accessible and searching for information has been made more customizable. Users can tailor their search to be as broad or as narrow as they’d like, using criteria such as:

  • Stage of Life: Choose from Prenatal/Infancy, Early Childhood, School Age, Transition/Young Adult, Adulthood, or Aging;
  • Topic of Interest: Twenty service categories to select, with a text box to type keywords;
  • Diagnosis: Type of disability or health condition;
  • Benefit/Payment Options: Forms of payment accepted by the agency provider, such as health insurance, government program, private pay, or no cost; and
  • Service Area: Select counties where services are provided.

Getting the information and support you or a loved one needs can make a positive difference in your lives now and in the future.

Start your journey today!


💻Adult Computer Classes

Computer Classes in Adult Services have resumed, registration is required for all classes.

This month’s classes include Introduction to Microsoft Word, Introduction to Power Point, and Excel Basics. These three Microsoft productivity introduction classes are each split into three sessions, one hour each.


We are also offering a class in Internet Literacy and eReading Application Help. Check them out and sign up before they fill up!

Follow this link to view available classes for the month of August, 2021.

Click on the class link for descriptions of the classes and to register online. You may also register by calling the Reference Desk at 615-595-1243.


Spend Your Tickets! – Beanstack Instructions

As we’re nearing the end of Summer Reading, don’t forget to spend your Summer Reading prize tickets! You earned them. Put them toward drawings for fabulous prizes.

Several prizes for adults are based on tickets only.  Put your tickets toward anything you want to win! Prizes include an hammock, camping lanterns, and multiple book sets that you can choose to put your tickets toward.

Here’s how to spend those tickets!


Mobile App

First, find the word Discover at the bottom of the app and push that. Then in the Challenges Tab find the description for the Summer 2021 Challenge you’re enrolled in and push View Challenge.

View of Challenges on Mobile


Next, push Drawings, to see what drawings are available.

Drawings Circled in Red in Challenge


Here, you can view available ticket prizes. You can distribute your tickets to any of the prizes you want. When you see a prize you like in the list, like this Camping Hammock, just push it.

Prizes Available for Ticket Drawings on Mobile


Now we Add Tickets.

Camping Hammock Details on Mobile


A little box will pop up showing you how many tickets you have available, and you can add as many as you like. Then push Add Tickets again.

Adding Tickets to Camping Hammock on Mobile


You’ll know when you’ve spent all your tickets, when it says Max Entered.  You can still remove tickets to put them toward another prize. Just make sure all your tickets are used by the end of the challenge.

Max Entered on Mobile




Desktop Browser

Finding the Ticket Drawings is a little easier on a computer than it is on the mobile app. First select the Summer 2021 Challenge you’re working on in the Challenges tab.

Challenge Details on Desktop


Next, click on the Ticket Drawings tab below the Challenge title to see what prizes are available for drawings.

Ticket Drawing Tab on Desktop


Just click on the prize you want to add tickets to. Here’s an example with that cool Camping Lantern. Then click on Add/Remove Tickets.

Enter Ticket Box on Desktop


Like on mobile devices, you can add as many as you have to whichever prizes you want, so you can spread it out, or put all your eggs in one basket! When you see 0 Tickets Available, you know you’ve spent them all.

Adding 1 Ticket on Desktop


At the end of the Challenge, we’ll draw from these tickets for these prizes.  Don’t forget to spend all the free tickets you’ve been earning while completing Activities, and Logging your Reading. If you’ve signed up for the Challenge, you have a few tickets to use!


If you haven’t been involved in our 2021 Summer Reading Challenges this year, now’s your chance to enter the reading you’ve done, do some fun Activities, and win fabulous prizes. Head on over to our Beanstack Virtual Challenges, but hurry. The Challenge ends August 8th.

“Christmas in July” Pop-Up Book Sale Underway

Hi, Friends.

Come shop the Friends “Christmas in July” Pop-Up Used Book Sale now underway at the Williamson County Public Library. The “Holiday-Themed” sale is located in the hallway outside of the large meeting room, near the library entrance.

A wide assortment of Christmas fiction for adults and children, crafting and holiday entertaining books, DVDs and CDs are on sale for bargain prices, ranging from 50 cents to $3. The sale is underway now and open during regular library hours – ending on Monday night, July 26. Shoppers are asked to pay with cash or check using the honor box located at the Friends Book Store in the lobby mezzanine area.

When visiting the library, shop the Friends Book Store…new inventory added weekly!

SAVE THE DATE for the August Used Book Sale!

Watch your email for details to volunteer for the next book sale scheduled Friday, August 20 to Sunday, August 22. A sign up genius request is coming this week so please sign up for a shift or shifts to help out with the sale.

Mark your calendars for the Winter Used Book Sales scheduled Friday through Sunday, November 19 through 21. Boo Books will be on Saturday, October 30.

See you at the library!

Thanks, Board of the Friends of the WCPL

Cuddly Friend Meet and Greet

Partnering with Williamson County Animal Center, we’re bring in fluffy adoptable friends to play and interact with from the Animal Center! Come to the Meeting Room on the first floor to see what friends are available for adoption. Pet some cute friendly animals, and ask any burning questions you have for the Animal Center staff about adoptions, fostering, volunteering, or anything else you’d like to know about our furriest community neighbors!

Thursday, July 22, 2021 at 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Click here to register!

Adult Virtual Trivia: Animals

Recognizing the Tails and Tales theme of our 2021 Summer Reading Program, our next Kahoot subject will be Animals. It can contain general trivia about animals, animals in entertainment, and animals as cultural icons. Registration will open on Thursday, July 8, 2021 and the game will start on Tuesday, July 20, 2021. This trivia game will last for ten days, ending Friday, July 30, 2021.

Can you be stumped?

The Kahoot Trivia contest game links are sent to players in groups of ten or less. Registration will be open to 30 players; there will be a waitlist also. The total number of registered players will be divided equally and game results will be combined.

We really appreciate your involvement in the games!

Amy Krimsier Sterling Art Display in the Library

This month our Event Room Hallway at the Franklin branch of WCPL is decorated with the work of a local artist, Amy Krimsier Sterling. We invite all of our community to view her work, the images we have below is just a small taste of the whole collection.


Amy Krimsier Sterling is a storyteller who creates visual art in a variety of mediums, capturing life’s many elements through printmaking, ceramics, watercolor, oil, and anything else she can get her hands on.

Much of Amy’s work is created in the public sphere, whether it’s documenting strangers’ fleeting moments in a sketchbook, or channeling personal daydreams into physical objects created from assorted materials. Amy’s art seeks to change frequencies and is often focused on capturing natural phenomena, such as the colors of light and the movement of water.

As an arts educator in Nashville, Amy finds great joy in passing her own inspiration to others and seeks to help students see things in a way they had not before. Her greatest desire is to make waves… and then swim in them.


In this collection of paintings, Amy Krimsier Sterling explores the limits of color, space, and memory as she seeks to record the immeasurable, often breathtaking, pauses in life that exist between the larger, more immediate moments we tend to prioritize. Translating these intangible experiences to paper and canvas with acrylic, oil, and watercolor pigments, Amy seeks to share visions that delight us as small details from everyday life take on a captivating, dream-like quality. With “Captured Pauses,” the ordinary becomes extraordinary. 

instagram @potterpainterpicturemaker  amyksterling.com

✂️Successful Crafty Adult (and Teens)Class

Our first in-person craft class for both Adults and Teens was such a success we may be repeating it!

Our community members showed up to make animal toys for the dogs and cats in the Williamson County Animal Center – the spirit of giving is thriving in Williamson County. Tying the Summer Reading Program theme of Tails and Tales to promote awareness of the needs of our Animal Center was central to our objective and the turn out was tremendous. It was wonderful to meet new people and work together to benefit all of our county members, even the four-legged ones

First, we used old cotton (cotton blend) t-shirts to cut strips of material and then we braided those strips into dog tug toys of different sizes and colors. We also had supplies on hand to make little cat toys with catnip inside of them. We are lucky to have so many creative community members to help out here at the library and to benefit the Animal Shelter.

Keep an eye out for more information about another session soon.

Williamson County Health Department Moving Vaccine Distribution Out of the Williamson County Agricultural Center

Beginning Thursday, July 1st, the Williamson County Health Department will move vaccine operations from the Williamson County Agricultural Center to 1405-A Brookwood Avenue. The new vaccine site is located behind the health department’s Franklin Clinic and adjacent to the county’s administrative complex. Vaccinations will be available from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm for appointments and walk-ins.

For further information about hours of operations, please visit http://www.williamsonready.org/341/Health-Department-Vaccine-Distribution

Tennesseans age 12 and up are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Individuals seeking a COVID-19 vaccine may schedule an appointment at vaccinate.tn.gov or search vaccinefinder.org to find a local vaccine provider in Williamson or surrounding counties.

The mission of the Tennessee Department of Health is to protect, promote and improve the health and prosperity of people in Tennessee. Learn more about TDH services and programs at www.tn.gov/health.

Adult-Crafty Video: Patriotic Luminary

We have a new Crafty-Adult Virtual craft tutorial available on the Williamson County Public Library Programs Playlist on the Williamson County TV (WCTV) channel on YouTube.

Put a few mason jars or candle holders to work this Fourth of July as table décor for picnics or parties. Simply use rice and food coloring to make the red and blue colors and layer it in your container. Watch the video for step-by-step directions.

There are a few cautions with this craft: this idea was discovered on Pinterest, but the directions were vague about measurements and timing. With our video you will find specifics in the step-by-step video made to walk you through it. This craft does not take a long time, maybe four to five hours – the majority of that time is for the rice to thoroughly dry. It also has the potential to be messy, so young children should be supervised.

While the goal was to find a craft specifically for the upcoming July 4th holiday, but with a change of rice colors (orange & black, green & red, etc.) it can be adapted to any occasion.

Safe celebrations! 🎉 🎉 🎉


By Sharon Reily, Reference Department

“Who rescued who?” This touching (although grammatically incorrect) sticker seems to be attached to every other car bumper in Williamson County. As the sticker makes clear, giving a home to a needy animal does not only benefit the animal. But a successful pet adoption that works for both the animal and the adopting family is a serious undertaking that deserves careful consideration and lots of planning and preparation. It’s an obligation that can last more than a decade. Not everyone is up to the task. If you’re in the market for a new pet, the list of adoptable critters is endless – you can adopt homeless turtles, cockatoos, rabbits, horses, even spiders! Since we’re in the middle of “puppy and kitty season,” when shelters are swamped with unwanted litters, let’s concentrate on the ins and outs of dog and cat adoption.


The Humane Society of the United States has compiled a list of the top reasons to adopt a pet:

  • Save a life. Each year 2.7 million adoptable dogs and cats are euthanized in the U.S. This number could be reduced if more people adopted pets instead of buying them.
  • Get a great animal. Shelters are full of wonderful, healthy animals, many of whom ended up there through no fault of their own.
  • It costs less. A purebred dog or cat purchased from a breeder can cost hundreds, even thousands, of dollars. The MUCH lower adoption fees often include the cost of spaying/neutering, first vaccinations, even microchipping.
  • You can fight puppy mills. If you buy a dog from a pet store, online seller or flea market, there’s a good chance it will come from a puppy mill. Puppy mills are breeding factories that put profit over animal welfare, and the animals often live in deplorable conditions. Puppies from the mills are often ill and have behavioral issues. By adopting a pet, you won’t be giving the puppy mills a dime.
  • Your house will thank you. Lots of rescue animals are already housetrained. Give your rugs a break!
  • Pets are good for you! Not only do animals give you unconditional love, but they have been shown to be psychologically, emotionally and physically beneficial to their companions. Caring for a pet can provide a sense of purpose and lessen feelings of loneliness.
  • Adopting helps more than one animal. Many shelters are overcrowded, and when you adopt one animal, you make room for others. Adoption fees allow shelters to offer better care for their animals.
  • You’ll change a homeless animal’s whole world and get a new best friend out of the deal!

Included in the “Resources” section at the end of this article is a list of books about people whose lives have been improved by adopting an animal. Have a box of Kleenex handy when you read them.


Think hard and ask yourself a lot of questions before you make the decision to adopt a pet.

  • Why do you want a pet? As a travel companion? To cuddle with on the couch, go for strenuous runs and hikes, or something in between? Analyzing your reasons for adopting can help you determine what sort of pet to look for.
  • What kind of dog or cat do you want? High energy or mellow? Large or small? Long hair or short hair? Affectionate or more independent? Male or female? Puppy or senior? Once you’ve decided what type of dog or cat works best for you and your family, stick with the decision. Don’t fall for the first adorable puppy or kitten you meet.
  • Take your family’s feelings into consideration and make sure everyone is one board with bringing home a new pet.
  • Can you afford a pet? The cost of food, regular vaccinations, spaying or neutering, toys and other supplies adds up. A serious injury or illness can break the bank.
  • Do you have time to devote to a pet? Dogs, exotic birds, and cats need lots of daily interaction, but even “pocket pets” like mice and hamsters need supervised time outside their cages. If you work really long hours or travel a lot for work, adopting a pet might not be your best option.
  • Do you have enough physical stamina to take care of a pet? Cats like a lot of play time and dogs have to be walked. Some high energy dogs need more than an hour of exercise a day.
  • Are you honestly ready for the responsibility? Cesar Millan, the “Dog Whisperer,” offers this clue: Look at your closet. Is it neat and organized? That may sound odd, but Millan says the state of the closet has always been a true test of a person’s ability to provide a pet with a structured life that has rules, boundaries and limitations. Yikes – good thing nobody checked my closets before I got my dog!
  • Are you prepared to handle some of the physical and emotional “baggage” that rescue pets can bring with them?


So you’ve decided to adopt and you’ve found the right pet. There’s still a lot to do. The following should all be in place BEFORE you bring home your new pet.

  • Create a plan with your family to divide up the responsibility of caring for your new pet. Who is expected to do what and when?
  • Decide where your dog will stay during the day and where it will sleep at night.
  • Pet proof your house. Put cleaning products, poisonous plants and any foods toxic to cats or dogs out of reach. Tape electrical cords to baseboards. Put away any small items that could be choking hazards. You might want to roll up and put away expensive rugs until you determine your new pet’s level of housetraining.
  • Buy basic supplies. For a dog: high quality dog food, a crate of the appropriate size with a crate mat, food and water dishes, sturdy chew toys, a cozy bed, a collar with an ID tag including your cell number and address, a leash, dog shampoo, brush, and nail clippers. For a cat: High quality cat food, food and water dishes, litter box or boxes and cat litter, toys, a scratching post, cat shampoo, brush and nail clippers. Try to purchase the same kind of food the animal has been eating, and if you want to try a different brand, introduce it slowly by adding increasing amounts of the new food to the old food.
  • Have an appointment already scheduled with a veterinarian so you can have your new pet checked out as soon as you collect it.


First of all, be patient! Moving to a different home will be stressful for your new pet. It might take anywhere from six to twelve weeks for it to become fully adjusted to its environment. Here are some tips to make your new pet’s transition run smoothly:

  • Introduce family members and other pets in a controlled way. Try to do this in a calm, quiet manner.
  • NEVER leave a new dog unsupervised around children.
  • If you’ve adopted a dog, seriously consider using a crate, which will aid in house training and prevent destructive behavior. Feeding your dog in its crate and making sure the crate contains toys and a comfy mat may make it more appealing. WCPL has some good books that include tips on crate training.
  • Spend as much time with your new pet as possible.
  • A little exercise may make your new dog feel better. Check with your vet for your dog’s appropriate level of exercise and don’t overdo it.
  • Keep things quiet and calm for the first few days. Don’t let your new pet get too excited.
  • Realize that even if your new pet is already house trained, it may have a few accidents until it settles in.


If you do your homework and follow through on the prep, planning, and day-to-day care of your new pet (with lots of love and patience tossed in), you will have an amazing addition to your family. I’m not ashamed to say that when I was a kid my two best friends were a dog and a cat. I can’t begin to describe all the ways these beautiful little creatures enriched my life. There are thousands of wonderful dogs and cats just like them out there who need great homes. Go rescue them!


The following sites offer general information about pet adoption.

Local Adoption Agencies and Organizations:

If you are interested in a specific breed of dog or cat, many shelters often have purebred animals available. In addition, almost every breed has its own rescue organization. Just Google the name of the breed and “rescue” (for example, “basset hound rescue”).

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🐶Craft Class at WCPL to Benefit WC Animal Center🐱

The theme of our Summer Reading Program this year is Tails and Tales. For the month of June, the Adult Summer Reading Program is focused on pets; specifically, Cats and Dogs. To this end, we have teamed up with Williamson County Animal Center to highlight the pets they have available for adoption, using the opportunity we have to showcase them in the Beanstack application and on our display in the library.

We are also going to hold an in-person, quick-craft class on June 24th from 3:00 to 5:00. We are going to make tug-of-war toys for dogs, using old t-shirts. This will be an upcycled craft to benefit the pups at the Animal Center. The supplies will be here, all that is needed is compassion and the ability to braid. Registration is required to sit and make the craft, but supplies will be available to pick your colors to make your craft at home.

Registration will be limited to 30, but there will be a waitlist, if needed. We also welcome Teens as long as they are registered.

2021 Summer Reading Program Partner

WCPL Partners with WCAC for Tails & Tales Summer Reading

As part of our Tails & Tales Summer Reading Challenge we’re partnering with Williamson County Animal Center to help animals in need in our community!

Starting June 1st Williamson County Public Library will have a secondary donation collection location for the Animal Center. It will be located at the first floor display, along with a fun, interacted Animal Bio Challenge highlighting local animals that need homes.

Stay tuned in your Beanstack account and the WCPL Calendar of Events for more partnership programs, opportunities, and activities!

To find out more about the needs of Williamson County Animal Center, please visit their site or Beanstack to complete one of the Animal Center challenges.

Summer Reading Program Tails and Tales 2021

We will have three different groups for Summer Reading Challenges :

Children ages birth-7th grade,

Teens ages 7th-12th grade, and

Adults 19+!

Registration went live online, June 1, using Beanstack for all Summer Reading Challenges https://williamsoncounty.beanstack.org

Login in using your established account from previous challenges you participated in or, if you are new to Beanstack, sign up for an account using these instructions: Beanstack Instructions

Once you have reached your reading milestones in your summer challenges you are welcome to stop in your home branch to pick up your prizes. Prizes will need to be picked up in person from your home library branch. Ticket drawings for the Children and Teen activity side prizes will take place after summer reading has ended and winners will be notified directly by library staff. Please note that all prizes are for local pick-up only and will not be mailed.

More Performer details are coming soon! We will have a mixed variety of performers this year some will virtually be recorded by WC-TV and others will be Zoom calls with Chattanooga Zoo and the Elephant Sanctuary. Some classic performers like Bob Tarter, Jacob Johnson, Bruce Amato’s Magic show and Magic class, …  

Ventriloquist Jill Thatcher will bring us a fun animal-themed puppet video show with an additional video craft show. 

A special Thank You to our wonderful Sponsors for our Summer Reading Program.  You make these performers, programs, and prizes possible for our wonderful community! 

foundation sponsor logos summer reading 2021

2021 Summer Reading Program


Children, Teens, and Adults

The Summer Reading Challenge is beginning next week and information about challenges, badges, and awards will be on the library website: wcpltn.org

Using Beanstack:

If you are a returning reading challenge patron, log in to your beanstack account at http://williamsoncounty.beanstack.org.

If you are new to the reading challenges –

The beanstack homepage will show you the available reading programs at the library. You may choose from the Children’s program, the Teen program, or the Adult program.

The Account Creator is the person whose log in information will be used to access all accounts registered. Multiple readers can be added to the same account, even if they are registered for different programs.

*Example* A parent may sign up for the Adult program as the Account Creator and add children as Readers, or vice versa. Both the Account Creator and Reader will use the same sign-in information.

Following the prompts, register both the Account Creator and Readers, if any.  A green band at the bottom of the screen will alert you that you are successfully registered.

Now you’re ready start exploring beanstack!

New Library Hours Start June 7, 2021

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The Main Library in Franklin will resume normal operating hours on June 7, 2021. 

The hours are:

Monday to Thursday, 9 am to 8 pm

Friday to Saturday, 9 am to 5:30 pm

Sunday, 1 to 5:30 pm

image of person sitting in a car mad of books with the library logo on the spine of 2 books.

New Holds2Go Procedures

effective June 7, 2021

  1. Place holds online anytime or over the phone during business hours.
  2. Look for your hold notification alert via email, text message, or phone call.
  3. Come to the library within 5 days of your notification during the Holds-2-Go hours: 9-10:30 am Monday through Saturday.
  4. Park at one of our 4 designated Holds2Go parking spaces.
  5. Remain in your vehicle and call or text the phone number on the sign (615) 982-3014.
  6. A staff member will verify your account information and retrieve your held items. 
  7. We will check your items out to you and bring them to your vehicle.

Present your ID or library card to complete the pickup.

Fairy Door Crafty-Adult Video

Presenting a new Craft Video, just in time to be outdoors. This craft uses many objects and elements from nature. It is a perfect excuse to get out, stretch your legs, and look for some great finds to embellish your version of a Fairy Door.

Speaking of outdoors – Williamson County Parks and Recreation is challenging residents to a May Marathon encourage outdoor activities as a way to explore our beautiful county, of course without exceeding physical activities approved by your doctor. We have a large selection of audio-books, through Overdrive, that make a great partner for exercise. The May Marathon can make the search for decor for your Fairy Door a multi-tasking event!

Information about registering for the Williamson County Parks and Recreation challenge can be found at https://bit.ly/2021WilCoTNMayMarathon .

You can also enroll in an online challenge with the Library’s Beanstack program at http://bit.ly/2021MayMarathonWCPLS to be entered in the weekly prize drawings. Beanstack activities include reading audiobooks while walking or running, taking nature photos, visiting different local parks with the opportunity to also earn virtual badges.

We also have the Williamson County Master Gardeners Speakers Bureau presenting Fairy Gardens Big and Small as a virtual program. They will be exploring Fairy Gardens as a way to add a bit of whimsy to your home and landscape that both adults and children will love. This program will be presented on Monday, May 3, at 1:00 pm.

Whew – spring has sprung!

A New Crafty-Adult Video for Easter and Spring Crafts

👩🏻‍🎨Fall Crafty-Adult Videos✂️

By Dori Duff

I am happy to say that I have completed two more videos for our Crafty Adults program. These videos are in lieu of our in-person Crafty Adult program we have had to suspend at this time.

The videos are on the Special Programming Playlist of the Williamson County – TV (WCTV) channel on YouTube.

Or you can just click on my links below.

I, again, tried to stick with crafts that are possible with things you might have in the house. And give options when I could. They are “fall” themed – the artificial tea candles I did in Halloween colors, but they can be changed to green and red, or brown and gold. It all depends on what you have and how you want to use the decoration.

Anyhow, if you want to try one of these crafts and do not have the needed supplies, contact me at the Reference desk at the library (615-595-1243) and I will get you set up with a little kit to help you.

Literary Pumpkins


Tea Light Candles


Our newly published book, Excellent Citizens and Notable Partings is available on Amazon!

The Special Collections Department of Williamson County Public Library and Academy Park Press have added a new title for book collectors and enthusiasts of Williamson County local history and genealogy.  

Excellent Citizens and Notable Partings is a compilation of portraits and profiles as published in the series, “Portrait of an Excellent Citizen,” in The Review-Appeal, between the years 1966 and 1968. One hundred and forty-three local citizens are portrayed in short biographies and hand drawn portraits.

Special Collections library staff, Marcia P. Fraser and Ashleigh M. Florida compiled and edited the articles and materials to enlarge their lives by including their obituaries, feature articles, family-submitted entries, ads of the era, and quotations from other local writers. They have created a book that is not only a useful resource for Williamson County history and family connections; it’s a fun and quick look at the lives of some of the people making things happen in Williamson County in the late 1960s.

How to Purchase:

You can purchase this book, while copies last, through “Friends of the Library” in the Special Collections Department of Williamson County Public Library. Purchases can also be made through local booksellers and  Amazon.com.

Please contact the Special Collections Department at WCPL with any questions about the book at 615-595-1246.


Names of the Excellent Citizens profiled in this book:

James Boyd Akin, James Clayton Arnold, William Casey Ashworth, Charles Mark Ballard, Roy Edwin Barker, Col. Fulton Beasley, John Thomas Beasley, John S. Beasley II, Joe Bellenfant, Jimmie Dee Bennett, Tyler Berry, Jr., James William Bond, John A. Bragg, Ransom Joseph Brent, Bess J. Buford, Elmer Ernest Byars, Byrd Douglas Cain, Jr., Mrs. Georgia (Ollie Edgmon) Cameron, James William Cameron, Stewart Campbell, James Henry Chapman, Joe Clinard, Dr. James A. Cogswell, Haywood Clark Cole, Joseph Powell Covington, Herschell Eugene Crawford, Lois Crowley, Glen Davis, Woody Dickerson, Col. R. L. Duncan, Josiah Carr Eggleston, William Bryan Ehresman, Mrs. T. Y. (Bessie Parks) English, Robert C. Finley, Jr., Cynthia Fleming, Cliff Frensley, Mrs. Edward A. (Libby Zerfoss) Fryer, Clifford Leroy Gardner, Dr. Raymond Albert Gathmann, Mrs. Z. B. (Goldie Gertrude Butner) Gentry, Henry Goodpasture, Bobby J. Goodwin, Frank Gray, Jr., William Frank Gray, Curtis C. Green, J. W. Greer, Judge Fulton Mayberry Greer, Blythe Grigsby, Dr. Harry Jasper Guffee, Dan Hagerty, Loy G. Hardcastle, Prof. Henry Hardison, Matthew Thomas Harwell, Judge John Hughes Henderson, Mrs. Thomas P. Henderson, Joe Rucker Hendricks, Wilson Herbert, Rev. John C. Hight, Homer Roger Hill, Paul Ellis Hinson, Mrs. Ivy Ellis Holt, James William Hood, Lewis Morgan Hood, Roy D. Hughes, Harrell T. Hunt, Dr. R. H. Hutcheson, Harry Perkins Isaacs, Alfred E. Jaqueth, Vergil Roland Jenkins, Mayor Asa Jewell, Dr. C. C. Johnson, Howard E. Johnston, Joe Turner Jones, Myron Keith, Brown Campbell Kinnard, Will C. Lanier, Stephen S. Lawrence, John Marshall Liggett, Davis Milton Lillard, W. F. “Jumbo” Little, Herbert McCall, Thomas McCall, John M. McCord, Cletus W. McWilliams, Johnnie Allen Marlin, Henry Hunter Mayberry, Jr., Rev. Thomas A. Meadows, William Hart Miller, L. I. Mills, Jr., Van B. Montague, Tom C. Moody, Robert Nathaniel Moore, Frank A. North, Paul Ogilvie, Walter W. Ogilvie, Glen Overbey, Carl Newell Owen, Joseph Hamilton Thompson Paine, Clyde Pewitt, Joe Pinkerton, John D. Pinkerton, William Ross Price, Dr. Walter Pyle, Mrs. J. E. (Edna Harper) Ragan, James Albert Ragsdale, Paul Redick, Clair D. Regen, Mrs. M. T. Regen, Joseph Lee Ridley, Charles A. Rigsby, Herbert A. Robinson, Mrs. Floyd (Lucinda Kimmins) Sandlin, W. P. Scales, Bob Sewell, Jesse E. Short, Jr., B. Wayne Sims, John Sloan, John L. Smith, Mrs. Paul (Inge Meyring) Smith, Richard Hanes Sparkman, Prof. C. B. Spencer, Chester A. Stephens, Emmett T. Strickland, Prof. Barry Sutton, Prof. Daly Thompson, Martin Tohrner, Mrs. Martin (Peggy Shatz) Tohrner, Felix Wesley Truett, Joe Turk, Rev. James Edward Underwood, Dr. J. O. Walker, William H. Walker, Ed B. Warren, Judge James W. Warren, James B. White, Mrs. James B. (Virginia Perry) White, Melvin White, Dr. Joseph L. Willoughby, Mrs. Franklin D. (Peggy Stephenson) Wilson, W. C. Yates 

Crafty Adult Videos

We are pleased to announce the broadcast of a series of five Crafty Adult videos on WC-TV, Williamson County’s YouTube channel. Because we have been unable to have in-person Adult Craft night in the library, we are trying something new and virtual.

I tried to stick with crafts using (possibly) available household items: newspaper, coffee filters, food dye, water colors, leftover latex paint, glue, etc. I experimented with a few methods of making each item and tried to combine and adapt them for convenience.  And I guess I am a little more “chatty” than I imagined I could be. Anyhow, if you want to try one of these crafts and do not have the needed supplies, contact me at the Reference desk at the library (615-595-1243) and I will get you set up with a little kit to help you.

I enjoyed making these items – I have left some of the finished products in the upstairs display case, at the top of the stairs. I hope you will enjoy making them also.

Dori Duff
Reference Librarian


Click on the icon for the Williamson County YouTube Channel

Here are the direct links to each video:

Craft Stick Bowl

Chalk Paint Mason Jars

Coffee Filter Flowers

Fall Luminary

Painted Newspaper Flowers


WCPLS Branches Reopen with Modifications to Hours and Services

book reader with  face mask
Book Reader with Face Mask

As of June 15, 2020 the Williamson County Public Library will be open for limited hours. Patrons may enter their Library Branches in Franklin, Fairview, and Nolensville Monday-Friday from 10-6 and on Saturday from 10-1. Our Bethesda and Leiper’s Fork Branches are open Tuesday-Friday from 11-6 and on Saturday from 10-1.

Our College Grove Branch will not reopen and only offer Holds-2-Go.

Holds-2-Go curbside service  has been implemented at all Library Branches. It is offered at the Main Library in Franklin, Fairview and Nolensville from 9-10, Monday to Saturday. Bethesda and Leiper’s Fork Branches offer it from 10-11, Tuesday to Friday, and  9-10 on Saturdays.

Learn more about Holds-2-Go

All patrons will have their temperatures checked with a touchless thermometer and be asked five health questions by staff before they can enter their Library Branch.  Patronage at the Main Library will be limited to 50 people per hour to ensure the ability to social distance while inside.  It is required that patrons wear a face mask in the facility until all social distancing safety measures are installed.  Some areas of the Main Library will have a smaller occupancy level due to the size of the space. 

Library patrons will have access to all public areas of the facility excluding the meeting room and Williamson Room.  It is recommended that visitors look online for their materials so they can quickly locate and borrow them.  Visits should be limited to one hour or less so that others may enter the facility.

Other changes include:

  • Patrons will exit via the Main Library Entrance and must enter via the Meeting Room to be screened by staff prior to their visit.
  • Directional signage for moving about the Library is posted on shelves and other areas.
  • Library staff are wearing face coverings.
  • Plexiglass has been installed at service desks to ensure the safety of patrons and staff.
  • 6 foot distance markers are on the floor at the service desks.
  • Staff will look up materials and provide call numbers for the public. Patrons may look for the books themselves or stay at the service while staff retrieve the materials.
  • 6-8 computers are available in the reference area for one hour increments.  Call 615-595-1243 to schedule a time. 
  • There will be a cleaning of high touch areas every two hours. 
  • Seating has been reduced to allow for social distancing.
  • Suspension of face to face services such as story times, exam proctoring, notary service, and one-on-one assistance at the computers.  Please visit the website to see what services have moved online at http://wcpltn.org
  • The train table in the Children’s Department and other interactive activities have been stored away for the time being.
  • AWE stations in the Children’s Department will be unavailable. 
  • Food and drink are not allowed in the facility anywhere.
  • Returned items must be deposited in the outside book drop. Patrons can call 615-595-1277 to make an appointment to facilitate the return of items that cannot be put in the book drop.  
  • Water fountains are unavailable.

All materials will be available and patrons should take appropriate precautions in handling items. We ask that all handled library material be left out for staff to pick up, along with all returned library items, they will be quarantined for three days prior to their return to the shelf.  

Magazines and newspapers will not be quarantined.  It is recommended that patrons use gloves in handling those items. The Library does not have gloves to provide.  It is recommended that patrons looking for magazines utilize the free Flipster  app and the Tennessee READS apps, Overdrive and Libby.  Flipster and READS can also be enjoyed on a computer.

Please visit our website for up-to-date information. The Williamson County Public Library System will continue to expand digital offerings such as virtual Facetime Live Story Times and digital Reference appointments.  Updates are also available by subscribing to your Branch’s online newsletter, https://www.wcpltn.org/277/Newsletter-Sign-Up, and by following WCPLtn on Twitter and Facebook.  Further announcements regarding changes of hours and in services will be made via these channels.

Winter Memories Biblioboard Open for Submissions

Williamson County Winter Memories

As you’re enjoying seasonal festivities, be sure to take pictures and videos to upload to our Winter Memories community board!

Show us your favorite light displays, Thanksgiving spreads, gifts, and more! Show what makes the holidays in Williamson County memorable.

You can upload content on the submission page, and then feel free to browse other content posted by the library, and other community members!

Holiday Excercise Challenge – Tips and Motivation

by Amy Shropshire

If you haven’t registered yet, there’s still time to sign up for the Holiday Excercise Challenge and get in your steps this season!

Register for the challenge here.

Williamson County Parks and Recreation will again be giving out some monthly passes at the end to participants who meet their goals. This is a great way to work on staying in shape admits the tasty indulgences of the holiday season, and the monthly passes are a great way to kick your New Year’s resolution off right!

Check out all the cool places you can go to get in your exercise with Williamson County Parks & Recreation.


Outdoor option:

Check out beautiful Timberland Park. Click on the image for a link to the upcoming hikes and events there

Timberland Park image and logo

While you’re out exploring the outdoors, we recommend a nice wintery audiobook to transport you across the world. Try these set in Russia:

Anna Karenina by Tostoy, a classic of Russian literature, available on Tennessee R.E.A.D.S. and on Hoopla.

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden, a fantasy fiction steeped in old Russian folklore creatures and magic, available on Tennessee R.E.A.D.S.

The Winter Queen by Boris Akunin, a murder mystery and twisty conspiracy novel set in Moscow, available on Tennessee R.E.A.D.S.


Indoor option:

Check out one of Williamson County Parks & Recreation’s Indoor Recreation Centers, like the Franklin Recreation Complex linked to the picture below. It sports an indoor walking track and treadmills.

Parks and Rec Treadmills

While you walk, listen to one of these audiobooks below to transport yourself to the frosty Scottish moors:

Winter Solstice by Rosamunde Pilcher, a story of pain, loss, and redemption over the Christmas holidays, available on Tennessee R.E.A.D.S.

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon, the first in a series of time travel and racy romance, available on Tennessee R.E.A.D.S. and Hoopla.

Still Life by Val McDermid, a cold-case winter gumshoe novel from a Scottish crime author, available on Hoopla.


Keep your eyes peeled here for more recommendations to keep moving this winter!

Friends of the Library Book Sale

The Friends Member Preview for early shopping is on Friday, Nov 19 9am to 10am,

before doors open to the public.

The sale is open to the public Friday, Nov 19 at 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Saturday, Nov 20 and Sunday, Nov 21.

Sunday is $10 bag sale all day.

Plastic shopping bags will be handed out to shoppers;

bags can be filled to top of the bag for the $10 per bag sale.

Library hours are 9-5:30 on Friday and Saturday plus 1-5:30 on Sunday.

Wilco First Responders Certified in Crisis Intervention

Wilco First Responders Certified

in Crisis Intervention

Eighteen Williamson County First Responders graduated from the first Williamson County CIT (Crisis Intervention Team) training course held this week in Franklin, TN.  Officers from Brentwood PD, Franklin PD, Fairview PD, Spring Hill PD, Williamson County Sheriff’s Office and EMS attended a weeklong advanced training to be certified as CIT Officers.

Crisis Intervention Team Programs are community-based programs that bring law enforcement together with mental health professionals, mental health advocates and other partners to improve community responses to mental health crisis. The goal is to improve safety for both parties during interactions between law enforcement and people experiencing a mental health crisis and to increase connections to effective and timely mental health services.

CIT officers certified in Williamson County can be identified by a round pin on their uniforms allowing a person experiencing a mental health crisis to identify officers with advanced training. This is worn in hopes of starting the de-escalation process and help provide some comfort to the person experiencing the crisis.

CIT Certification courses will continue to be offered to Deputies/Officers interested in the advanced training, in an effort to certify as many as possible. The County based training helps to ensure that all officers in Williamson County, regardless of the Agency, receive the same high quality training and provide consistent service to people in Williamson County. The training is provided through the Williamson County CIT Task Force, which is comprised of Officers from Franklin PD, Spring Hill PD, WCSO and Mental Health professionals and advocates who serve Williamson County.

For more information contact: Sharon Puckett, Public Information Administrator, Williamson County Sheriff’s Office, 408 Century Court, Franklin, TN 37064, (615) 440-3310 sharon.puckett@williamsoncounty-tn.gov


UPDATE – Peterson’s Test and Career Prep has added new practice tests, videos and other test prep materials to Peterson’s Test and Career Prep. Peterson’s Test and Career Prep provides free access to practice tests, career information, ebooks and much more.

The following tests have been added this fall: 


  • Praxis Early Childhood Education Exam Prep
  • Praxis Elementary Education: Content Knowledge Exam Prep
  • Praxis Middle School: Content Knowledge Exam Prep
  • Praxis Parapro Exam Prep

Advanced Placement (AP)

  • AP Art History Practice Tests

Journeyman Plumber

  • Journeyman Plumber Exam Prep

Medical / Nursing

  • Physical Therapy Assistant Exam Prep

US Citizenship

  • Becoming a US Citizen

Content updates have been made to the following tests and resources:

CLEP – College-Level Examination Program® (CLEP) 

  • College Mathematics
  • English Literature
  • Introductory Psychology
  • Introductory Sociology
  • Principles of Management

DSST (Video captions have been added for various courses)

  • Personal Finance

Foundational Skills

  • Grammar videos
  • Math videos
  • Reading Comprehension videos
  • Vocabulary videos

In December, additional tests for electricians, HESI Nursing exams and Physical Therapy are to be included.

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You can use the embedded links to get to the Gale Log In; you will need your 14 digit library card to access the database and all that it has to offer. Or, you can follow this navigation from the Williamson County Public Library website —wcpltn.org. From the main page, hover your mouse over the Reader’s Corner tab at the top of the page and then click on the “Homework and Research.” From there, use either Articles & Databases, or Databases by Title to get to the Tennessee Electronic Library. From there you will be able to get to Peterson’s Test and Career Prep.

Explore links to test prep, college and scholarship searches, and articles with tips on applying, paying, and preparing for college.
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Virtual Meditation Program

The Williamson County Public Library system is pleased to announce the return of Nirav Sheth for the Meditation Program: Healing the Body, Mind, and Spirit.

Join us to learn how mediation can be used to minimize the effects of stress and speed healing. Medical research has uncovered amazing facts about meditation and the body-mind-spirit connection. Learn the tools needed to make meditation part of daily life. The program will include a meditation sitting and a Q&A discussion period.

Nirav is a Certified Life Coach specializing in mental fitness and life planning services to increase happiness and fulfillment in people’s lives. He is the Founder and President of Stratosphere, whose mission is to take individuals and businesses to new heights. Nirav has a Master of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering.

Register here for this online program and please include a valid email address. The day before the event we’ll email a link to join via Zoom on your phone, tablet or computer.

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