Spotlight: Williamson County Library Foundation🔦

The Williamson County Public Library Systems offers an annual summer reading program that is open to Williamson County citizens of all ages. The program is made possible due to the generous support of many local sponsors.  In appreciation of their efforts, we would like to share with you a little bit of information about each sponsor.

Today we are focusing our spotlight on the Williamson County Library Foundation. 

Who they are:  The Williamson County Library Foundation’s mission is to support the library’s programs and services though advocacy, fund raising, and building relationships within the community. 

What they do: As a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization our goal is to enrich, not replace, tax-based support for the library through grants and gifts from individuals and organizations. 

First known as the War Memorial Library Foundation, this supporting organization began in 1948, when Williamson County purchased a library collection from private individuals. Today the Foundation supports the main Williamson County Library, in addition to its five branches in Nolensville, Fairview, Bethesda, College Grove, and Leiper’s Fork. Examples of their support includes the Williamson County Public Library Summer Reading Program (since 2009), it supported the new Winter Reading Program, theater performances, historical programs, the purchase of AWE stations (self-contained learning environments) for children, provided Williamson County Public Library Systems with lovely murals by Marin Brenner at each of our Branches and much, much more. 

You can find information about their contributions and initiatives for WCPL: Programs — Williamson County Library Foundation (

Contain Your Joy

By Sharon Reily

Just because you have a small yard – or no yard at all – doesn’t mean you can’t be surrounded by beautiful plants. A balcony, patio, tiny back stoop or even a sunny window ledge can be the perfect spot for lovely container garden. From terracotta pots and hanging baskets to whimsical found objects, the possibilities for interesting planters are endless. For some great design ideas and to learn how to keep your container plants healthy and happy, sign up for our next virtual Garden Talk program, “Container Gardening – Imagine the Possibilities” to be held Monday, June 21. The Williamson County Master Gardeners will share their tricks of the trade for successful container gardens.

WCPL has some excellent print and online resources that will complement the Master Gardeners’ expert advice.


Have fun browsing through our gardening section (635 call numbers) to find just the right book to help you create the perfect container for your garden. Here are few titles to consider. 

Complete Container Herb Gardening: Design and Grow Beautiful, Bountiful Herb-Filled Pots by Sue Goetz 635.7 GOE

Container and Fragrant Gardens: How to Enliven Spaces with Containers and Make the Most of Scented Plants by Peter Loewer 635.986 LOE

Container Gardening for All Seasons: Enjoy Year-Round Color with 101 Designs by Barbara Wise 635.986 WIS

Container Gardening through the Seasons: A Seasonal Guide to Designing and Planting Container Gardens by Jim Keeling 635.986 KEL

Container Vegetable Gardening: Growing Crops in Pots in Every Space by Liz Dobbs and Anne Halpin 635.986 DOB

The Encyclopedia of Container Plants: More than 500 Outstanding Choices for Gardeners by Ray Rogers 635.98603 ROG

Grow Fruit & Vegetables in Pots: Planting Advice & Recipes from Great Dixter by Aaron Bertelsen 635.986 BER

How to Grow Your Dinner: Without Leaving the House by Clare Ratinon 635.986 RAT

How to Window Box: Small-Space Plants to Grow Indoors or Out by Chantal Aida Gordon & Ryan Benoit 635.9678 GOR

Hypertufa Containers: Creating and Planting an Alpine Trough Garden by Lori Chips 635.986 CHI

Modern Container Gardening: How to Create a Stylish Small-Space Garden Anywhere by Isabelle Palmer 635.986 PAL

P. Allen Smith’s Container Gardens: 60 Container Recipes to Accent Your Garden by P. Allen Smith 635.986 SMI

Pots in the Garden: Expert Design and Planting Techniques by Ray Rogers 635.965 ROG

Potted: Make Your Own Stylish Garden Containers by Annette Goliti Gutierrez and Mary Gray 635.986 GUT

Quick and Easy Container Gardening: 20 Step-by-Step Projects and Inspirational Ideas by Tessa Evelegh 635.986 EVE

Small Garden Style: A Design Guide for Outdoor Rooms and Containers by Isa Hendry Eaton and Jennifer Blaise Kramer 635.986 EAT

(also available as an eBook through Tennessee R.E.A.D.S. using the OverDrive or Libby app)

Small Summer Gardens: 35 Bright and Beautiful Gardening Projects to Bring Color and Scent to Your Garden by Emma Hardy 635.986 HAR


Books (from Tennessee R.E.A.D.S. with the OverDrive or Libby app)

Small-Space Container Gardens: Transform Your Balcony, Porch, or Patio with Fruits, Flowers, Foliage, and Herbs by Fern Richardson

Container Gardening Secrets: Tips for the Beginner by Danielle Long

Apartment Gardening: Plants, Projects, and Recipes for Growing Food in Your Urban Home by Amy Pennington


“125 Container Gardening Ideas” from Southern Living

“Gorgeous Garden Container Designs, Tips, and Inspiration” by Christine Alexander, Fine Gardening Magazine

“Getting Started with Container Gardening” by the National Gardening Association Editors, National Gardening Association

“Annuals and Perennials for Containers” by the National Gardening Association Editors, National Gardening Association

As you can see, there’s a wealth of information available for anyone eager to enhance their outdoor spaces with beautiful containers. To get started, sign up for “Container Gardening – Imagine the Possibilities” this coming Monday, June 21. Call the Reference Department at 615-595-1243 or click here to register online.


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.

Friends of the Williamson County Public Library Book Sale is June 18-20

The Friends of the Main Library Branch in Franklin’s next book sale is coming soon!

The Book Sale will take place on the weekend of June 18 – 20 at Williamson County Public Library’s Main Branch.

The Friends Members Preview Shopping Hour will be on Friday morning from 9:00 to 10:00 am. Current members and new members can renew or join online, by mail, or at the door on the day of the sale for $15 per individual and $25 per family.

The public may enter the book sale from 10 am to 5 pm on Friday and Saturday.

Sunday is the Bag Sale Day! Shoppers will be handed plastic shopping bags which can be filled for $10 per bag. Bags can be filled level to the top of the bag. It’s a great deal but bear in mind, the stock may have turned over greatly during the first two days of the sale.

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

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

Benefits of Audiobooks

June is National Audiobook Month!

In response, Williamson County Public Library has been able to increase individual audiobook check-outs on hoopla from four per month to six check-outs!

We also offer up to five hard copies of audiobook formats (mp3, cd, playaway) that can be checked out from the library, at one time. Similarly, up to fifteen electronic items – including audiobooks (eAudio) from Tennessee R.E.A.D.S, using the Libby or Overdrive apps, can be checked out at a time.

With the start of the Summer Reading Program for Children’s, Teens, and Adults, listening to audiobooks is a great way to earn some cool prizes and books!

There are so many upsides to using audiobooks, it is hard to not get caught in the weeds numbering all of them; I will try to be brief so you can get to browsing —

  1. Alleviating boredom on family road trips; you may find the ride flies by when the whole family can enjoy and discuss the stories together.
  2. Accessibility with smartphones and devices have increased, making the process of checking out digital audiobooks simpler.
  3. Listening to someone else read aloud can reduce negative thinking, which may help with anxiety and depression. (8 Mental and Physical Benefits of Audiobooks – Audiobooks)
  4. Relaxing your eyes after spending so much of the day looking at digital screens.
  5. Positively impacting sleep; listening to the book allows the eyes and mind to relax.
  6. Improving time management by listening to books while driving, cleaning, and exercising. And, finally, perhaps, one of the biggest reasons –
  7. Increasing and enhancing literacy (which gets it’s own infographic):

June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month

Did you know that an estimated 6 million Americans of all ages have Alzheimer’s disease? Someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s dementia every 65 seconds. One in 9 people age 65 and older has Alzheimer’s dementia. It is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States, killing more people than breast cancer and prostate cancer combined. That’s why WCPL is joining the Alzheimer’s Association Tennessee Chapter in its efforts to promote Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month this June. 

To help increase awareness of this terrible disease that affects so many families in our community, the Alzheimer’s Association suggests three ways to Go Purple

  • Wear Purple: it’s the official color of the Alzheimer’s movement.
  • Turn Facebook Purple:  change your profile by adding your photo to the organization’s END ALZ Facebook frame to show your support for their fight to end Alzheimer’s
  • Share Why You Go Purple: share a photo on Instagram or Twitter using the hashtags #ENDALZ or #EndAlzheimers and honor a friend or relative lost to Alzheimer’s. 

For more information on these three activities, go to:

Check out our first floor display featuring a variety of the Library’s Alzheimer’s and dementia resources, along with some informative handouts from the Alzheimer’s Association.

You can learn more about Alzheimer’s and dementia by attending our virtual Alzheimer’s & Dementia series. The next program in the series, “Effective Communication Strategies,” is on Tuesday, June 22 at 1:30. Click here to register.

Join the Alzheimer’s Association in going purple and raising awareness this June. The more people know about Alzheimer’s, the more action we inspire.

Sharon Reily, Reference Librarian

Adult Virtual Trivia: Disney

Our June Kahoot trivia theme will be Disney. Registration will open on Thursday, June 3, 2021 and the game will start on Tuesday, June 15, 2021 for the first ten registrants. This game will last for ten days, until Friday, June 25, 2021.

There will be a wait list for more participants if necessary – a game link can be sent out to groups of ten players.

Can you be stumped?

Game Registration

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:

Using Beanstack:

If you are a returning reading challenge patron, log in to your beanstack account at

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!

Franklin Fire and Police Fight Hunger with “Badges Give Back” Food Drive to Benefit One Gen Away

Non-Perishable items collected through June 14

Franklin, TN – The Franklin Fire and Police Departments are teaming up to help fight hunger. “Badges Give Back” kicks off today, and non-perishable food donations are being accepted at FPD and FFD Headquarters, and at all eight of the city’s fire stations. Between now and June 14th, you can drop off:

  • Canned fruits and vegetables, especially corn and green beans
  • Canned tuna and chicken
  • Soups 
  • Spaghetti sauce
  • Jelly

“Badges Give Back” benefits One Gen Away, a Franklin-based non-profit that distributes healthy food to Middle Tennessee families in need. According to One Gen Away, donations typically decline in the spring and summer months, and Franklin Police Officers and Firefighters want to team up with their community to help bridge that gap. 

Donation locations:

  1. Franklin Police HQ – 900 Columbia Ave.
  2. Franklin Fire HQ – Franklin City Hall (2nd Ave. side at the flagpole entrance)
  3. Station 1 – 500 New Highway 96 West
  4. Station 2 – 907 Murfreesboro Rd.
  5. Station 3 – 298 Mallory Station Rd.
  6. Station 4 – 2039 Fieldstone Pkwy.
  7. Station 5 – 215 Noah Dr.
  8. Station 6 – 1061 Cool Springs Blvd.
  9. Station 7 – 1972 John Fitzgerald Dr.
  10. Station 8 – 200 Front St. 

For more information visit

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 .

You can also enroll in an online challenge with the Library’s Beanstack program at 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!

👟Williamson County May Marathon Registration Open

🏃‍♂️Register for the fitness challenge by May 1st.

🏃🏽‍♀️Register with Williamson County Parks & Recreation for the May Marathon, and then opt to register with Williamson County Library to complete fun badges and enter into drawings for prizes!

🏃🏽‍♂️The Challenge is to walk or run an accumulated distance of a half or full marathon during the month of May.  Participants register with the Parks and Recreation Department at to receive the UT Extension Offices log sheet for tracking their miles daily. You can also enroll in an online challenge via the Library’s Beanstack program at to be entered in the weekly prize drawings from the Library. Beanstack activities include reading audiobooks while walking or running, taking nature photos, and visiting different local parks with the opportunity to also earn virtual badges.

“We are all looking for ways to make exercising fun plus encourage people to read and explore Williamson County.”, said Jeffie Nicholson, Adult Services Manager.  “There will be a weekly prize drawing for everyone who walks or runs 7 miles. People who complete activities in the Library’s Beanstack program can earn another entry towards prizes.”

🏃🏾‍♀️This program is open to all Williamson County residents. Registration is free. Everyone will be asked to do a survey at the start and end of their challenge to evaluate any improvements and personal satisfaction with their progress. The challenge runs from May 1 to May 31.

Amanda Gorman, American Poet

April is National Poetry Month:

Amanda Gorman recites her inaugural poem, “The Hill We Climb,” during the 59th Presidential Inauguration ceremony in Washington, Jan. 20, 2021. (DOD Photo by Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Carlos M. Vazquez II)

The first-ever National Youth Poet Laureate (2017), Amanda Gorman secured the poet’s spotlight on January 20, 2021 reading her poetry at the inauguration of the United States 46th President, Joe Biden. Her recitation of her poem, The Hill We Climb granted international acclaim to the young poet, establishing her place in the history of American poetry.

A writer at a young age, in 2013 Gorman was inspired to pursue activism after listening to a speech given by Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani activist and Nobel Prize laureate. This ensuing inspiration was a good fit for Ms. Gorman, who was chosen as the first youth poet laureate of Los Angeles, CA in 2014 at the age of 16. She then published her first poetry book, The One for Whom Food is Not Enough in 2015. The influences that taught her to write in her own voice – of a young black woman – were Toni Morrison, Audre Lorde, Maya Angelou, and Phillis Wheatley. Their impact was enough to expand her poetry writing to social justice issues, like the intersectionality of feminism and race.


During an interview for the New York Times in 2017 after winning the National Youth Poet Laureate, Gorman revealed one of her long-term goals, “[t]his is a long, long, faraway goal, but 2036 I am running for office to be president of the United States,” she said matter-of-factly, at the time. “So you can put that in your iCloud calendar.” After winning the Milken Family Foundation college scholarship, Amanda Gorman graduated cum laude from Harvard University, with a degree in Sociology in 2020.

Prior to presenting Chorus of the Captains, a poem to three essential workers named as honorary captains presiding over the coin toss of Super Bowl LV, Ms. Gorman said,

“Poetry at the Super Bowl is a feat for art and our country, because it means we’re thinking imaginatively about human connection even when we feel siloed.”

The Hill We Climb: An Inaugural Poem for the County will be published this spring and Change Sings: A Children’s Anthem, and The Hill We Climb and Other Poems will both be published in September of 2021. We will carry copies of all of these titles.

D. Duff, Reference


Celebrate National Library Week and Win!

Share what you love about the resources and services available at your local library using the hashtag #MyLibraryIs. Post to Instagram, Twitter, or on the I Love Libraries Facebook page, about an e-book, audiobook, virtual storytime or bookclub, or how your library has made a difference while you’ve been social distancing at home.

The American Library Association will gather all the entries by the tag, and one randomly selected winner will receive a $100 Visa gift card.  The promotion started Sunday, April 4 at noon CT and ends on Saturday, April 10 at noon CT.

Don’t forget to tag your library, @wcpltn!

If you love your library, say it loud and proud: vocal community support helps libraries secure much-needed funding and reminds hardworking library staff that their efforts are appreciated. Participating in the #MyLibraryIs promotion is a quick, easy way to help your library thrive! The graphics above are free to use too.

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April is Autism Acceptance Month

April is World Autism Acceptance month and is dedicated to increasing awareness about Autism Spectrum Disorder. Initiated in 1972 as the first annual National Children’s Autism Awareness Week by the Autism Society of America, the nation’s leading grassroots autism organization.  Through the concerted efforts of all of the Autism advocacy groups such as the Autism Society of America, the Autistic Self Advocacy Network, and the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities, among other groups, the recognition of the disorder has effectively advocated in advancing April into Autism Acceptance Month. According to the Autism Society of America, this month is dedicated to

promote autism awareness, inclusion and self-determination for all, and assure that each person with Autism Spectrum Disorder is provided the opportunity to achieve the highest possible quality of life.

Not having a formal national designation for the month, the Autism Society of America is leading a significant effort for the federal government to officially designate April as Autism Acceptance Month.

Autism Society of America’s goal for Autism Acceptance Month is to foster acceptance and ignite change. With improved support and opportunities in education, employment, accessible housing, affordable health care and comprehensive long-term services, acceptance for those affected by autism can also help promote inclusive practices in policy as well as everyday life.

This will coincide with their campaign to #CelebrateDifferences, which encourages individuals with autism and their families to live full, quality lives through connection and acceptance.

With the increased recognition of autism in the United States, the goal for Autism Acceptance Month is to further increase awareness about autism signs, and symptoms with information, referrals, and events, printable and digital resources. There is also concerted efforts to enrich community partnerships with businesses and organizations dedicated to building inclusive experiences.

Autism Society of America Kicks Off #CelebrateDifferences Campaign with Freeform’s Cast of ‘Everything’s Gonna Be Okay’

¿Qué es Autismo?


Books on understanding Autism:

An Outsider’s Guide to Humans: What Science Taught Me About What We Do
and Who We Are
by Camilla Pang  NEW BOOK SHELF   306 PAN

The Pattern Seekers :How Autism Drives Human Invention (2020)
by Simon Baron-Cohen   616.85882 BAR

Fifteen Things They Forgot to Tell You About Autism: The Stuff that Transformed
My Life as an Autism Parent
by Debby Elley   618.9285882 ELL

What Science Tells Us About Autism Spectrum Disorder: Making the Right Choices
for Your Child
by Raphael A. Bernier, PhD, Geraldine Dawson, PhD, Joel T. Nigg, PhD   616.85882 BER

The Self-Driven Child: The Science and Sense of Giving your Kids More Control
Over Their Lives
by William Stixrud, PhD, and Ned Johnson   155.4138 STI

Turning Skills and Strengths into Careers for Young Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder:
The BASICS College Curriculum
by Michelle Rigler, Amy Rutherford and Emily Quinn CAREER CENTER 650.140874 RIG

Autism Adulthood: Strategies and Insights for a Fulfilling Life (2016)
by Susan Senator 616.85882 SEN


Take Charge of Your Diabetes



Take Charge of Your Diabetes is a fun, skill-building program
designed for persons with diabetes.

The program helps individuals take day-to-day
responsibility for their diabetes care.

Participants gain skills necessary to self-manage their diabetes
and work effectively with their health professionals.

The Take Charge of Your Diabetes Program is led by two
UT Extension educators certified by Stanford University
Diabetes Self-Management Program Master Trainers.


Anyone with diabetes, prediabetes, or a family history of diabetes.
Family members, friends or caregivers of a person who has diabetes.


Take Charge of Your Diabetes is a free, virtual, two-hour
workshop, held once a week for six weeks.

Starts April 9 – May 14, 2021.
Meets every Friday from 10:00 – Noon via Zoom.
Link will be sent upon registration.

Set your own goals and make a step-by-step
plan to improve your health and your life.

Each participant receives a copy of Living a Healthy Life
with Chronic Conditions book and relaxation CD.

Registration is required. To register:

Questions contact:  Patsy Watkins, Williamson County Extension,

615-790-5721 or

A New Crafty-Adult Video for Easter and Spring Crafts

ADVISORY: Public Information Line Changes on Monday, March 15, 2021

The Williamson County Vaccine Information Line hours are changing starting on Monday, March 15th to 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM, Monday through Friday.

The phone line (615-595-4880) can assist with signing up for the County Vaccine Availability Alert System, signing up on the state vaccine registration portal, and with appointment scheduling/cancelations.

For more information, visit our website at or follow us on social media @WCTNEMA.

🌪Tennessee’s Severe Weather Awareness Week is February 28 to March 6, 2021

Severe Weather Awareness Week:

Be Prepared, Stay Alert, Get Involved

Tennessee’s Severe Weather Awareness Week is February 28 to March 6, 2021, and Williamson County Emergency Management is using this week to promote preparedness to Tennesseans.

“As we experienced over the last week with extreme winter weather, severe weather can impact our community at any time. It is important that we all be prepared, stay alert and get involved in our communities ahead of these types of events,” says Emergency Management Director Todd Horton.

NWS offices in Nashville are planning a series of education and training events, using each day of Severe Weather Awareness Week to focus on a different severe weather threat. Information on the NWS activities is available at

A highlight of the week will be the statewide tornado drill NWS will conduct at 9:30 a.m., CST, on Wed., Mar. 3, 2020. The drill will also include a statewide test of NOAA weather radios.

Residents should also sign up for the Williamson County Emergency Alert System. This system is shared between the County, Spring Hill, Fairview, Thompson’s Station, Nolensville, Franklin and Brentwood. The sign up is available here:

Some basic severe weather advice include:

➛ Never venture into high water, either on foot or in a vehicle.
➛ If you’re outside and hear thunder, go indoors immediately.
➛ Go to a basement or an innermost first floor room in your home if you’re told to take shelter during a tornado   warning.
➛ Know the location of and route to your office or building’s tornado shelter if available.
➛ Emergency plans should include where to meet, and who family members should check in with if you are separated  from each other during a severe weather emergency.

At a minimum, emergency preparedness kits should include one gallon of water per-day, per-person, and per-pet, for three to five days. The kit should also have enough non-perishable food for each family member and pet, for three to five days. Other items that every kit should include: flashlight, battery powered radio, extra batteries, first aid kit, personal hygiene items, cell phone charger or solar charger, copies of important family documents, and extra supplies of medications, especially for those with chronic health conditions.

Additional resources are available:

🌎World Day of Social Justice observed February 20, 2021

The United Nations Organization recognizes that “social justice is an underlying principle for peaceful and prosperous coexistence within and among nations.”  The United Nations is charged with taking action on the issues confronting humanity in the 21st century, which include peace and security, climate change, sustainable development, human rights, gender equality, humanitarian and health emergencies, and food production, among many other goals. Social justice is a means necessary to achieve these goals.

We strive to remove the barriers people face, around the world – barriers because of gender, age, race, ethnicity, religion, culture, or disability. Bringing an end to some or all of these barriers will bring us closer to the ideal of Social Justice.  The pursuit of this social justice is core to the UN’s global mission to promote development and human dignity.

In more modern, grassroots movements of social justice, there is an emphasis on breaking barriers for social mobility, the creation of safety nets and economic justice. The institutions of Economic Justice are ones of taxation, social programs – social security, medicare, medicaid; public health, public schools, public services (like your library), equal opportunity, labor law, and the regulation of markets to ensure the fair distribution of wealth.

While social justice can be construed to be an economic term, social equality and racial equality is wrapped in it, in that equal opportunity for all, regardless of gender, age, race, ethnicity, religion, culture, or ability is good for society, as a whole. Indeed, equal opportunity is not just healthy for society – it is healthy for our world, as whole.

🌏 Social Justice in Education, Economics, Law, and Values:

Equity by Design: Delivering on the Power and Promise of UDL by Katie Novak
370.115 NOV
Navigating Difficult Moments in Teaching Diversity and Social Justice edited by Mary E. Kite, Kim A. Case, and Wendy R. Williams
370.117 NAV
Predict and Surveil: Data, Discretion, and the Future of Policing by Sarah Brayne
363.2 BRA
Reimagining Capitalism in a World on Fire by Rebecca Henderson
330.122 HEN
Ultimate Price: the Value we Place on Life by Howard Steven Friedman
305 FRI New Shelf
A Peculiar Indifference: the Neglected Toll of Violence on Black America by Elliott Currie
305.800973 CUR New Shelf
The Broken Ladder: How Inequality Affects the Way We Think, Live, and Die by Keith Payne
305 PAY

All of these titles are linked to Williamson County Public Library’s Online Catalog – you can simply choose to hold them, after signing in to the Catalog with your library card number. Then, wait for confirmation from Circulation and pick up your holds between 8:30 am and 10 am Monday through Saturday for minimal contact; or you can come into the 10 am and 7 pm Monday through Thursday, 10 am through 5:30 pm Friday and Saturday, or 1 pm through 5:30 pm on Sunday to retrieve your holds from Circulation.

Vaccination Q and A with Hannah Bleam, Williamson County Public Information Officer, Recording

Are you wondering how to get on the signup list to get vaccinated? What phase are we in now? How to get called when it is your phase so you can schedule an appointment?

Hannah Bleam is the Williamson County Public Information Officer and she is joined by Todd Horton, Director of the Williamson County Emergency Management Agency to address these questions and more. Hannah shows how to find vaccination information on the Williamson Ready coronavirus website, explains the difference between the waiting list and vaccination appointments, and more. Both she and Director Horton then answer questions from the participants.

Our appreciate to both Ms. Bleam and Director Horton for taking the time to meet with us and answer our participants questions.

Construction Closing for a New Roof


The Main Library in Franklin will be closed on February 24, 25, and 26 while the roof is replaced.

All materials normally due on February 24, 25, and 26 will not be due until February 27.

The outside book drop will not be available until February 27.

The parking lot space is need for roofing materials, machinery, and the roof workers.  Please avoid the area as it will not be safe for you, your family, and your vehicle.

Thank you for your patience while the roof project is completed.  

Our Branches in Bethesda, College Grove, Fairview, Leiper’s Fork, and Nolensville will be open for their normal operating hours.

Observance of African-American History Month at WCPL

The celebration of African-American History is observed during the month of February – the observance is an acknowledgement of the central role of Black Americans in the story of the United States.  African-American history is indelibly American history, it belongs, good and bad, to all of us. February is the time we give to affirm our fellow Americans and recognize the sacrifices made on behalf of our shared country. Segregation and negation of a specific group of fellow Americans, either by voice, action, or silence is not tolerable, in any situation.

Every year, in February, our Special Collections department highlights a local, pioneer, African-American family. By definition, a pioneer family is one that can document it’s history in Williamson County prior to 1850. In actuality, most all of the black pioneer residents were enslaved. As such, their history is entwined with the history of their white owners. There can be no disputing that American – Williamson County – pioneering families share a common history; it is the same history, from different perspectives.  Endeavoring “to walk in one another’s shoes” is our shared human bond.

The pioneer family exhibition featured this February in our Special Collections area is that of Wiley and Jane Brown Scruggs, presented by the African American Heritage Society of Williamson County. The Scruggs’ story is documented by Tina Jones with a display of exhibition panels that details genealogical research and local history. Beginning in the days of slavery, Wiley and Jane, lived on a farm that was located where the Westhaven development is now. This exhibit describes their lives as they move through slavery to freedom to migration, including documented evidence.

Please visit the Special Collections web page to look at the Wiley and Jane Scruggs link detailing the immediate family history. There is a second link providing a more general look at the Scruggs family, including the white slave-holding family.

Wiley and Jane Brown Scruggs Family

Also, all of this local history is available for viewing, in-person. The exhibit is in Special Collections department, on the second floor of the library.

Dori Duff


This year VITA is offering VIRTUAL tax assistance online and IN-PERSON tax assistance at 8 locations in Middle Tennessee for families earning less than $66,000 annually.

To schedule a VIRTUAL tax assistance appointment:

To schedule an IN-PERSON tax assistance appointment:
or check the list below (it is the same list)

Please note that there are limited in-person openings available and
there may be closures for inclement weather.

Dial 2-1-1 or 615-830-7940 with questions

First Baptist Church **This site opens Feb 1 and closes April 10
(Dickson County)  **By appointment only; call 615-806-1870
2501 Highway 70 East
Dickson, TN 37055
Hours: Monday 2:30 pm to 7:30 pm; Thursday 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm; Saturday 7:30 am to 2:30 pm

LaVergne Public Library **This site opens Feb 12 and closes April 11 (closed Apr 2 & 3)
(Rutherford County)  **Appointments preferred, call 615-830-7940; walk-ins if time is available
5063 Murfreesboro Road
LaVergne, TN  37086
Hours: Friday and Saturday 10:00 am to 1:00 pm; Sunday 9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Marshall County Senior Center **This site opens Feb 10 and closes April 15
230 College Street, Suite 140  ** By appointment only; call 615-830-7940
Lewisburg, TN 37091
Hours: Wednesday 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Patterson Park Community Center **This site opens Feb 10 and closes April 11
(Rutherford County)  ** Appointments preferred, call 615-830-7940; walk-ins if time is available
521 Mercury Blvd
Murfreesboro, TN  37130
Hours: Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday 9:00 am to 6:00 pm; Saturday 9:30 am to 2:00 pm; and Sunday 1:30 pm to 5:00 pm

Smyrna Town Hall **This site opens Feb 13 and closes April 10
(Rutherford County) ** Appointments preferred, call 615-830-7940; walk-ins if time is available
315 South Lowry Street
Smyrna, TN  37167
Hours: Wednesday and Saturday 9:30 am to 2:00 pm

St. Luke’s Community House ** This site opens Feb 16 and closes April 15
(Davidson County) ** By appointment only; call 615-830-7940
5601 New York Avenue
Nashville, TN  37209
Hours: Monday and Wednesday 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Westwood Baptist Church **This site opens Feb 8 and closes April 15
(Davidson County)  ** Appointments preferred, call 615-830-7940; walk-ins if time is available
2510 Albion Street
Nashville, TN  37208
Hours: Monday and Thursday 9:30 am to 12:30 pm and 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm; Saturday 9:30 am to 1:00 pm
April 15: 9:30 am to 1:30 pm

Woodbine Community Center **This site opens Feb 1 and closes April 15
635 Spence Lane
Nashville, TN 37064
Drop off: Monday and Wednesday 9:00 am to 7:00 pm; Quality Review and Pick-up: Friday and Saturday

COVID-19 Testing at the Williamson County Ag Center

A flyer about COVID-19 testing at the Williamson County Agriculture Center:

Please visit the Williamson County Office of Public Safety for more information.

January Health Department Testing and Mask Distribution Schedule

The Williamson County Health Department is working in partnership with other local, regional and state officials to implement prevention and mitigation strategies for local communities based on guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and by state leadership.

The Williamson County Health Department is currently providing FREE drive-through assessment, COVID-19 testing, and cloth masks following protocols from the CDC and the Tennessee Department  of Health. Individuals can receive a free test, mask or both when arriving at the testing site.

  • Williamson County Agricultural Center
    • Location: 4215 Long Lane Franklin, TN 37064
    • Monday through Friday
    • 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM
  • Statewide COVID-19 Assessment Sites
  • Self tests are provided on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. You must be 18 years or older to receive a self test.
  • Health Department administered tests are provided on Tuesdays and Thursdays. 

Testing and masks are FREE to anyone, regardless of symptoms or county of residency. Appointments are not required.


Williamson County Mask Mandate Extended😷

The Williamson County Mask Mandate has been extended until February 27th at 11:59 PM as part of the Declaration of Continued Public Health Emergency.

Read the Declaration ➡️
Frequently Asked Questions ➡️
Business Signage ➡️

The Williamson County Public Library System will observe the guidelines within the Declaration and asks that everyone note the second statement of number 10 on page two which is specific to Williamson County Government facilities.

Mayor’s Membership Challenge at Williamson County Public Library

Need a Library Card?  

Join the Mayor’s Membership Challenge: 

County Mayor Rogers Anderson has challenged the Williamson County Public Library to increase our community membership. This Membership Challenge kicks off on Tuesday, December 8, 2020 and continues through Sunday, May 30, 2021.

The Kickoff on the Library’s Not Just Books show via WC-TV’s Channel on will be available later this month.

Once you join the Library, you will be eligible to win one of three prizes! 1st Prize is a Nintendo Switch Lite, 2nd Prize is a $50 Visa Gift Card, and 3rd Prize is a $25 Visa Gift Card. Any new member of any age could win.

Prizewinners will be selected from new WCPL cardholders who join during the Mayor’s Membership Challenge period. The drawing will be held on Tuesday, June 1, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. via Facebook Live –

To be entered in the prize drawing, Williamson County residents can sign up for their first eCard for digital access, or visit a local branch for a physical library card for in-person materials. An eCard gives digital access to all our online e-book and media platforms, as well as our digital research and genealogy tools. A physical card provides access to the full library collection, both physical and digital, including all books, media, and electronics. For more information on benefits and requirements, please contact your local WCPL branch.

The WCPL has six convenient locations throughout the county: the Main library in Franklin, and branches in Bethesda, College Grove, Fairview, Leiper’s Fork, and Nolensville.

Don’t miss out on all the Library has to offer and for a chance to win one of our three prizes.

❄️📚Winter Reading Challenge

December 1, 2020 to February 2, 2021 are the dates for the Winter Reading Challenge using beanstack!


If you are a returning reading challenge patron, log in to your beanstack account at

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!

Logging Books/Minutes:

At the top of each Reader’s account, there is a green “Add to the Log” button.

  1. Click on the button when you are ready to log reading or activities. A window will open to allow you to log.
  2. If an account has more than one Reader, the first question will ask which account you wish to log under. Choose the appropriate Reader’s account. Then choose whether you are logging reading or an activity.
  3. Write the title and author of the book and decide if you want to write a review.
  4. Click the green “Log” button and watch for the green band at the bottom of the screen for  successful logging. If you are unsure whether it logged successfully, close the window and click on “The Log” button at the top of the screen, under your name.

Book Reviews can be written by anyone with an account. If you wish to write a review,  you must do so when you log the book. Reviews are seen by everyone using beanstack, but nothing more than your first name and last initial will be seen.

You will be notified by email when you earn a prize, what the prize is, and how to redeem that prize.

If you have any questions, please contact the library and we will be happy to assist you!

Also, please review our More About the Winter Reading Challenge Blog.

🗓New Library Hours Starting on Monday, November 2, 2020

👩🏻‍🎨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



I was fortunate to be able to attend “Inner and Outer Peace through Meditation,” a live Zoom program hosted by Sharon Reily, one of our Reference Librarians, on October 6. It featured meditation instructor Arvind Naik.

I have to be honest – I have never attended a meditation program nor attempted to apply any meditation techniques in my life. I have read about the many benefits and have witnessed the numerous testimonials in both print and video about meditation. It has been touted by celebrities, influencers, and everyday people. I was somewhat skeptical – one of my coping mechanisms in the last decade has been walking. Walking briskly for miles. By myself, with music. With a new (and welcome) change in my daily schedule, I have found less time for this stress reducer.

In light of the reduced walking time, I just might be able to substitute with meditation. I have to say that I am mildly surprised to find myself using the simple technique taught in that first Zoom session. Let me stress that I have not performed this technique in the recommended way, but often, in the last two weeks, when I have been alone, I have taken a few moments to re-energize and relax with the simple practice espoused in that meditation program.

These are stressful times, so we can use all the help we can get. If you missed the October 6 presentation, Mr. Naik will be returning with “The Power of Meditation” on November 16. And we’ll be kicking off the New Year with “Staying Sane in an Insane World through Meditation”  on January 14, with Zelma Chamberlain, who’ll be returning for her fourth presentation at WCPL. Both programs are presented live with Zoom, and they’re both open for registration online at or by phone at 615-595-1243.

The following books were recommended by Arvind Naik during the October session; the first four are in our collection, the fifth, Empowering Your Soul Through Meditation by Rajinder Singh has been ordered.

10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in my Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing my Edge, and Found Self-Help that Actually Works–a True Story by Dan Harris 158.12 HAR

And in Large Print

Inner and Outer Peace Through Meditation by Rajinder Singh 204.35 RAJ

Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman 152.4 GOL

Meditation as Medication for the Soul by Rajinder Singh158.12 RAJ

By Dori Duff


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

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 

Face Coverings in County Buildings


Although Mayor Anderson allowed the order mandating face coverings to expire at midnight on August 29, 2020, he urges Williamson County residents to voluntarily wear a facial covering when in public spaces and physical distancing is not possible.

This expiration DOES NOT effect the policies of the school systems withing Williamson County; those systems are governed by the Boards of Education and School Superintendents.

Also, face coverings will continued to be REQUIRED in all County-owned buildings; Tennessee Supreme Court’s orders will continue to apply to wearing of face coverings in buildings where court is conducted.


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
  • 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,, and by following WCPLtn on Twitter and Facebook.  Further announcements regarding changes of hours and in services will be made via these channels.


The Franklin Justice & Equity Coalition is making history with the first Juneteenth Festival in downtown Franklin, Tennessee.

On Saturday, June 19, 2021, the festival will kick off downtown at 10 am and last until 4 pm. There will be live music from two main stages and feature guest speakers.

This event is family friendly, with plenty of food trucks and over 40 vendors.

There will also be a Juneteeth Celebration taking place at Pinkerton Park from noon until 3 pm.

Please visit the City of Franklin calendar for more details as the event gets closer!

Juneteenth is a day of commemorating the end of slavery in the United States, it is often referred to as the Black Independence Day. It is recognized as a state holiday or observance in forty-seven states and the District of Columbia.  Although the push to have it named as a Federal holiday has not been successful, the last four U. S. Presidents have made remarks about its observance. Over the course of 155 years, Juneteenth has become a global event.

Observances are usually community events, including parades, cookouts, picnics, festivals, marches, and prayer vigils. Given the current protests concerning the systemic racism that permeates our American culture – with the focus on police brutality and a biased criminal justice system, June 19th or Juneteenth takes on special significance. This day is to recognize African American freedom and achievement and take the time to promote and cultivate our appreciation of the diversity of cultures. In recent years, the celebrations have been global, as the sacrifices to achieve freedom are still ongoing.

The state of Tennessee passed legislation in 2007 (Tenn. Code Ann. §15-2-113 (2007) to recognize Juneteenth as a state holiday.

Extension Explores Food Preservation Series

Williamson County Extension is hosting a series titled Extension Explores Food Preservation and meets via Zoom the third Friday of every month at 10:00 a.m.  This series will go through November. 

Each month has a different food (usually one that is in season) and the schedule is:

  • June – green beans
  • July- Tomatoes
  • August- Pickled Fruits and Vegetables
  • September – Holiday Gifts
  • October – Apples
  • November – Meat

The link to register for these sessions is   You may register for one or all of the sessions at this website.  They will be recorded and if you can’t attend a session you will be sent the link to view the session.  This series is provided by a group of 12 middle Tennessee Extension agents to provide accurate information about preserving food safely.

From the Extension –

Green Beans:

It is time to can those delicious garden vegetables including green beans, which is what our Extension Explores program is focusing on in June! There are many ways to preserve foods, but the University of Tennessee says there are only three canning methods that are safely recommended. They recommend using the pressure canner, the boiling water bath canner, and the atmospheric steam canner. All other methods are unsafe and should not be used for preserving foods. 

The pressure canner is used to process food under pressure. The pressure canner is recommended for canning all foods in the low-acid group, including green beans! This group also includes all vegetables (except tomatoes), protein foods (meat, poultry, and fish), mushrooms, soups, and mixed vegetable recipes containing tomatoes. It is very important to process these foods in a pressure canner because of the risk of botulism, a potentially deadly food poisoning.

A pressure canner is a heavy kettle with a lid that locks to prevent the escape of steam and build pressure. It has a safety valve to vent air. The pressure canner must have a rack to separate and keep jars off the bottom of the canner. Follow the manufacturer’s guide for the temperature and pressure for item preparation.

There are two types of pressure canners. One has a dial pressure gauge, and the other has a weighted gauge to control pressure. Use caution and carefully read the manufacturer’s directions that accompany the canner being used. The types and brands of canners differ somewhat in details of handling. Use the manufacturer’s recommendation for care of the canner. If a part of the canner needs replacing, check the manufacturer’s guide to find the best place to purchase.

The boiling water canner and atmospheric steam canner are recommended for canning high acid foods, such as fruits, tomatoes, foods with added vinegar, and fermented foods.  Also use this method for jams, marmalades, conserves, and preserves.

For the boiling water method, any large, deep container with a metal rack and dividers to separate and hold jars off the bottom may be used. The water must be at 212°F. The water in the canner should be hot when canning raw packed foods. The jars should be covered with water by 1 to 2 inches. Be sure to process for the full recommended time.

Join the University of Tennessee Extension on Zoom to learn about different types of canners and how to process green beans and other low acid foods safely on Friday, June 18th at 10:00 a.m. Again, to register, visit

Through its land-grant mission of research, teaching, and extension, the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture touches lives and provides Real. Life. Solutions.  

UT Extension provides a gateway to the University of Tennessee as the outreach unit of the Institute of Agriculture. With an office in every Tennessee county, UT Extension delivers educational programs and research-based information to citizens throughout the state and provides equal opportunities in all programming and employment. In cooperation with Tennessee State University, UT Extension works with farmers, families, youth, and communities to improve lives by addressing problems and issues at the local, state, and national levels.  

For more information on this or other family topics, contact Patsy Watkins, Family and Consumer Sciences Extension Agent for UT Extension in Williamson County. Patsy may be reached at 615-790-5721 or pwatkin2@utk.eduL.   

Food Preservation Books at Williamson County Public Library

Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving: 300 Delicious and Creative Recipes for Today edited by Judi Kingry & Lauren Devine

Preserving Made Easy: Small Batches & Simple Techniques by Ellie Topp & Margaret Howard

Preservation Pantry: Modern Canning From Root to Top & Stem to Core by Sarah Marshall

Preservation Society Home Preserves: 100 Modern Recipes by Camilla Wynne

Well-Preserved: Recipes and Techniques for Putting Up Small Batches of Seasonal Foods by Eugenia Bone


Mayor’s Membership Challenge Grand Prize Drawing

Mayor's Membership  Challenge Williamson County Public Library Prize Drawing  June 1, 2021. Image of the logo for the challenge with a book and the W from the Library logo.
Congratulations to our three prize winners!

County Mayor Rogers Anderson challenged the Williamson County Public Library System (WCPLS) to increase our community’s membership.  The Mayor’s Membership Challenge kicked off on Tuesday, December 8, 2020, and ended Sunday, May 30, 2021.  

Once a new member joined the Library System, they were eligible to win one of three prizes:  1st Prize is a Nintendo Switch Lite, 2nd Prize is a $50 Visa Gift Card, and 3rd Prize is a $25 Visa Gift Card.  A new member of any age could win.

Prizewinners were selected from the nearly 2,800 new WCPL cardholders who joined during the Mayor’s Membership Challenge period.  The drawing was held on Tuesday, June 1, 2021, at 1:30 p.m. via Facebook Live. Watch it now at:

The Grand Prize winner was Callen B who won the Nintendo Switch.  The Second Prize fifty-dollar gift card was won by Aidan S.  The Third Prize twenty-five-dollar gift card was won by Gage D.

To be entered in the prize drawing, Williamson County residents had to sign up for their first eCard for digital access or visit a local branch for a physical library card for in-person materials. An eCard gave digital access to all our online e-book and media platforms, as well as our digital research and genealogy tools. A physical card provides access to the full library collection, both physical and digital, including all books, media, and electronics. 

All six Branches of the Library System in Franklin, Bethesda, College Grove, Fairview, Leiper’s Fork, and Nolensville had new patrons participating.   

We appreciate everyone who participated and welcome all our new members to our Library community!  Our thanks also go out to our County Mayor for his support and enthusiasm for our Library and services.

Not a member? Get your membership here and tell a friend! Books and Library Cards are the keys to the world.

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