Join us in our first, in-person Adult Craft Class of the year! We are crafting a cute wreath made of book pages, fanned into circles, glued on a wreath frame, and decorated for Halloween. A variety of circles (different sizes, different book print) with paints, buttons, and little Halloween trinkets will be available for individual creativity.
Registration for this class is required (click the link or visit wcpltn.org Calendar of Events) so we can have supplies on hand, as we begin to dive into decorating for the holiday season. This class is 3:00 to 5:00 on Tuesday, September 21 in the Meeting Room at the Main Branch (Franklin) of Williamson County Public Library.
Going forward, many of our crafts will involve “upcycling” discarded items into something new!
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 hereto register.
Divided or dug up perennial flowers, shrubs, vines, herbs, fruits and vegetables
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.
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.
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.
Value Line’s Investment Research platform offers access to financial data, news, expert analysis, and more!
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.
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 isReader’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.
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:
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.
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!
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!
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.
Next, push Drawings, to see what drawings are available.
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.
Now we Add Tickets.
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.
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.
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.
Next, click on the Ticket Drawings tab below the Challenge title to see what prizes are available for drawings.
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.
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.
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 ourBeanstack Virtual Challenges, but hurry. The Challenge ends August 8th.
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.
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!
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!
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.
What is Hospice? Who is it for? How do I access those services? What should I expect?
These are just a few of the common questions that will be addressed in the upcoming program Understanding Hospice, a Virtual Q & A with Amy Seay, RN. End of life care can be a challenging and distressing time for patients and caregivers. This program will hopefully help you gain some clarity on options and expectations that come with hospice services. Amy Seay is a registered nurse who has served the Middle Tennessee area providing hospice care for 4 years. Her experience, compassion, and knowledge make her a valuable sounding board for people and their caregivers making difficult decisions about end of life care.
When you register, please include a valid email address. We will email login details the day before the event. Please be sure to check the “send email reminder” option when you register.
All library programs are free and open to the public. Learn more about this event, or other library programs and services, by calling the library at 615-595-1243 or by visiting the library’s website at http://wcpltn.org.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
BEFORE YOU ADOPT:
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?
NEW PET PREP
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.
BRINGING YOUR NEW PET HOME
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.
REAP THE REWARDS
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!
NATIONAL AND LOCAL PET ORGANIZATIONS
The following sites offer general information about pet adoption.
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”).
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.
Starting June 1stWilliamson 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.
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!
Thebeanstack 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.
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!
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.
Get creative with framed, 3-D arts and crafts. Using old picture frames, perhaps painted for new life, and buttons, beads, or sequins, put together a decoration for an event – Easter, St. Patrick’s Day, Valentine’s Day. Aside from care needed when handling the glass from the picture frame, this can be a family event. Card […]
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.
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
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.
Click on the icon for the Williamson County YouTube Channel
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.
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.
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.
Last week we talked about building a disaster kit and emergency vehicle kit, this week we’re talking about the ways to prepare that don’t involve spending money. Or in some cases, spending less now in order to keep from paying more later. Preparing often costs less than recovery if you’re hit with a disaster.
As we talked about at the start of the month, everyone should plan based on the hazards they are most likely to face in their area. Here in Williamson County, this means being prepared for things like hazardous material incidents, flooding, and severe weather. Let’s look at some low-cost or no-cost tools to help with your planning and make your family more resilient.
Many people rely on their insurance to help them rebuild after a disaster, but when was the last time you reviewed your policies? Do you know what is covered and what is not?
Not all homeowners have flood insurance, and even if you do, not all of your possessions are covered. It is vital that you review your insurance policies regularly with a qualified insurance agent to make sure you have the correct coverage for your family.
After you do a thorough review, make sure you know the process of contacting your insurance company and making a claim. Understanding in advance what documents they will require can help make recovery smoother.
It is also important to understand the role of your local, state, and federal governments in helping you recover from a disaster.
Financial aid may become available after a disaster, but the process can be lengthy and will require quite a bit of documentation. This process will be easier if you are prepared by keeping thorough records.
Recovery begins with you!
LOW-COST, NO COST STEPS
There are a few low-cost and no-cost steps you take now at home to prepare for disasters.
Remove brush and debris from any low-lying areas or drains on your property to reduce the chance of flooding. If you have a stream on your property, make sure you understand your obligations to maintaining it and keeping it clear of debris.
Seasonal preparations should be undertaken continuously, before each change in the weather:
FALL & WINTER
Check your pipes, particularly in the crawl space, and make sure they are properly insulated.
Spring brings storms and everything that comes with them. Be storm ready and have a plan to respond should inclement weather impact you.
Have ways to stay hydrated and cool during an emergency. Loss of electricity during a heat wave can be dangerous.
An important subject that is often overlooked in preparing for disasters is cybersecurity. As part of your planning, make sure that all of your online accounts and passwords are secure and you can access them when away from your home computer if needed.
When creating passwords, remember to avoid common or easily guessed phrases or words. Don’t recycle old passwords. Passwords that combine letters, numbers, and special characters and are 15 characters or longer are safest. Never leave your passwords where they can be easily found.
LOW-COST, NO COST TOOLS
Lastly, take full advantage of the no-cost tools provided by your local and federal governments. Enrolling in various alert apps, like the Williamson County Emergency Alert System or the FEMA app, will provide you with instant alerts in your area when something happens. Buying a NOAA Weather Radio is also a low-cost way to stay alert and prepared. More information about weather radios is available at weather.gov/nwr.
Most of us vividly remember the morning of September 11, 2001. We remember exactly where we were and what we were doing. But today, many children were either born after that date or were too young to remember the attacks. For those kids, here are eleven children’s books about September 11, 2001.
It’s Still a Dog’s New York by Susan L. Roth (J E ROT)
Pepper and Rover, two New York dogs, are miserable after the tragedy of September 11, 2001. Pepper feels overwhelmed with sadness and fear and anger. But in a tour of New York City, his friend Rover shows him that even though they’re sad, they can go on.
September Roses by Jeanette Winter (J E WIN)
On September 11, 2001, two sisters from South Africa are flying to New York City with 2,400 roses to be displayed at a flower show. When they land, they learn of the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. The sisters cannot go home, and they are stranded with boxes and boxes of roses at the airport. When a kind stranger offers them a place to stay, they decide to repay this kindness by arranging their roses in the shape of the fallen towers.
Towers Falling by Jewell Parker Rhodes (J F RHODES)
As the anniversary of 9/11 approaches, Deja’s fifth grade teacher at her new school begins a unit on the tragedy, but Deja doesn’t completely understand why. Not when she has more important things to worry about, like the fact that her family is living in a homeless shelter or why her father is so sad all the time. As she begins making friends at school for the first time in her life, Deja realizes just how much the Twin Towers affect her.
I Survived the Attacks of September 11, 2001 by Lauren Tarshis (J F TARSHIS)
When Lucas’s parents decide football is too dangerous and make him quit, Lucas has to talk to his biggest fan: his Uncle Benny, who is a New York City firefighter. So the next morning, Lucas takes the train to the city instead of the bus to school. It’s a bright, beautiful day in New York. But just as Lucas arrives at his uncle’s firehouse, everything changes—and nothing will ever be the same again.
Cyber Spies and Secret Agents of Modern Times by Allison Lassieur (J 327.12 LAS)
The terrorist attack on September 11, 2001, spurred the United States and other countries around the world to develop new spying techniques, new cutting-edge equipment, and new recruits to meet the challenge of 21st century enemies and threats. Learn about the exciting modern world of spies and secret agents.
14 Cows for America by Carmen Agra Deedy (J 327.676073 DEE)
Nine months after the September 11 attacks, an American diplomat is surrounded by hundreds of Maasai people in western Kenya. A gift is about to be bestowed upon the American people, and he is here to accept it. Word of the gift will travel newswires around the globe. Many will be profoundly touched, but for Americans, this selfless gesture will have deeper meaning still. For a heartsick nation, the gift of fourteen cows emerges from the choking dust and darkness as a soft light of hope and friendship.
What Were the Twin Towers? by Jim O’Conner (J 725.23097471 O’CO)
When the Twin Towers were built in 1973, they were billed as an architectural wonder. At 1,368 feet, they clocked in as the tallest buildings in the world and changed the New York City skyline dramatically. Offices and corporations moved into the towers—also known as the World Trade Center—and the buildings were seen as the economic hub of the world. But on September 11, 2001, a terrorist attack toppled the towers and changed our nation forever. Discover the whole story of the Twin Towers—from their ambitious construction to their tragic end.
The Man Who Walked Between the Towers by Mordicai Gerstein (J 791.34 GER)
In 1974, French aerialist Philippe Petit threw a tightrope between the two towers of the World Trade Center and spent an hour walking, dancing, and performing high-wire tricks a quarter mile in the sky. This picture book captures the detail, daring, and drama of Petit’s feat.
September 11 Then and Now by Peter Benoit (J 973.931 BEN)
This nonfiction book in the True Book series for young readers recounts the events before, during, and after the terrorist attack on the United States on September 11, 2001.
America Is Under Attack: The Day the Towers Fell: September 11, 2001 by Don Brown (J 973.931 BRO)
Straightforward and honest, this account of September 11, 2001, moves chronologically through the morning, from the terrorist plane hijackings to the crashes at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and Pennsylvania; from the rescue operations at the World Trade Center site in New York City to the collapse of the buildings.
Fireboat: The Heroic Adventures of the John J. Harvey by Maira Kalman (J 974.7 KAL)
A fireboat, launched in 1931, is retired after many years of fighting fires along the Hudson River but is saved from being scrapped and then called into service again on September 11, 2001.
National Preparedness Month (NPM) is recognized each September to promote family and community disaster planning now and throughout the year. While our community continues to respond to COVID-19 at this time, there is no better time to be prepared.
Occurring on large and small scales emergencies such as flooding, tornadoes, roadway incidents, and cyber-attacks arise with little to no warning. The best way to prepare for any disaster lies with each individual citizen.
After disasters, assistance sometimes becomes available from local, state, or even the federal government, but not always. You are your best and fastest option to recovering from disaster.
There are three steps preparedness: staying alert (sign up for alerts, make a plan addressing possible disasters you and your family might face, and build a kit.
Know your hazards, pay attention to emergency notifications
Preparing ahead of time with vehicle kits, personal and financial documentation (either digitize or make copies of important documents)
Don’t forget packing and preparing for your children and pets
Please visit our site to ensure you have prepared yourself and your family to the best extent possible. There are also resources listed that inform about emergency preparedness.