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by Sharon Reily
Tree-lined streets are prized features of most established Middle Tennessee communities and lush greenery is a hallmark of our countryside. Our fall foliage is spectacular. But this ceiling of leaves, cool and welcoming though it may be, presents challenges for gardeners. What plants can thrive in shade and partial shade?
Our next Garden Talk series program addresses this very question. The Williamson County Master Gardeners Speakers Bureau presents “Shade Gardening” online on Monday, September 21 at 1:00. Register online at Garden Talk: Shade Gardens or by phone at 615-595-1243.
In addition to great tips and advice from our Master Gardeners experts, the Library offers a variety of physical and electronic resources to help you solve shade gardening issues and get great design ideas for your tree-covered landscape. Here are a few:
Best Perennials for Sun and Shade: Easy Plants for More Beautiful Gardens
(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Home Grown Gardening series) 635.392 BES
The Color Encyclopedia of Hostas
by Diana Grenfell and Michael Shadrack 635.93432 GRE
Encyclopedia of Hydrangeas
by C. J. van Gelderen and D. M. van Gelderen 635.9 GEL
Fine Gardening Beds & Borders
by the Editors & Contributors of Fine Gardening 635.9 FIN
Fuchsias & Bedding Plants
by David Myers 635.933 MYE
A Garden in the Shade
by Harriet L. Cramer 635.9 CRA
by Jenny Rose Carey 635.9 CAR
The Natural Shade Garden
by Ken Druse 635.9 DRU
The New Shade Garden
by Ken Druse 635.9543 DRU
Planting the Dry Shade Garden
by Graham Rice
Digital book available from Tennessee R.E.A.D.S.
by Andy McIndoe 635.9 MCI
Country Gardens (in the Magazines Department on the second floor at the Main branch and as a digital magazine from Flipster)
Fine Gardening (in the Magazines Department on the second floor at the Main branch and as a digital magazine from Flipster)
From the The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture website:
From the National Gardening Association website:
“Gardening in the Shade” by Charlie Nardozzi
“Hostas: Ultimate Shade Perennials” by Jack Ruttle
“Shade Loving Annuals” by National Gardening Association Editors
“Stars in the Shade: Impatiens” by Eliot Tozer
Enjoy reading about shade gardening and don’t forget to register for the Master Gardeners Speakers Bureau Garden Talk “Shade Gardens” program on September 21!
Celebrated annually through the week of September 17th to the 23rd, Constitution Week, was adopted by Congress and signed into law on August 2, 1956. It is the commemoration of America’s most important document.
The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), founded over 125 years ago, began the Constitution Week celebrations. They have been commemorating and honoring the United States Constitution for years as a document vital to all Americans in maintaining their liberties, freedoms, and inalienable rights.
Constitution Week celebrations:
- Emphasize citizens’ responsibilities for protecting and defending the Constitution
- Inform people that the Constitution is the basis for America’s great heritage and the foundation for our way of life.
- Encourage the study of the historical events which led to the framing of the Constitution in September 1787.
We invite you to celebrate Constitution Week with the Williamson County Public Library and our local DAR Old Glory Chapter. Start off by watching episode 79 of our Library show, Not Just Books, for special guests to learn more about our Constitution.
Get your Constitution’s Birthday Make and Take packets for children, free at the Library while supplies last. Each packet contains a craft, a Preamble Jigsaw Puzzle to make, a 19th Amendment Cootie Catcher, and an American flag donated by the Old Glory Chapter.
Make and Take Packets are available through our Holds-2-Go curbside service from 9 AM to 10 AM, Monday through Saturday, or by visiting the Children’s Department at the Main Library after 10a. Share your completed crafts and packet activities by tagging #ConstitutionWeek, #OldGloryChapterDAR, and #wcpltn. We’d love to see your activities on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
For added inspiration while enjoying your packets, watch one of the Constitution Week Story Times, read by local members of Daughters of the American Revolution Old Glory Chapter:
Nashville, TN, is known for being the heart of country music bustling with music venues on almost every corner where you can simply drive by with your windows rolled down and hear the beat of a live band on a stage. Tourists and locals crowd the streets of Nashville on any given night to wait for their favorite artists to play at Bridgestone Arena or the Ryman Auditorium, or to visit a bar with a country cover band playing all of the Top 40 country hits. This love of live music stretches beyond Nashville and into the Middle Tennessee area, including right here in Franklin, TN, where we have venues such as the Franklin Theatre, the Williamson County Performing Arts Center, Kimbro’s Pickin Parlor, The Bunganut Pig, Puckett’s, and many more. At these venues, you can usually find an array of local talent taking the stage and performing for an eager audience, but this has changed drastically over the past few months.🎼
With the recent restrictions due to COVID-19, live entertainment has come to a standstill, and this is a devastating blow for a place called Music City. The music industry is worth over $50 million and live music makes up 50% of total revenues. Many musicians have found themselves jobless and uncertain of when they will be able to return to work. Venues are struggling to keep their doors open. Artists, bands, choirs, and theatres have been forced to cancel their shows and concerts until it is safe again to gather a live audience. As a vocalist in a local band myself, I am personally feeling the effects of the inability to perform until further notice; however, I have faith that the live entertainment industry and Music City will get back on its feet eventually and hopefully be as lively as ever. 🎼
In the meantime, the artists, bands, musicians, actors, performers, and venues we love need our help to stay afloat. One of our local venues, the Franklin Theatre, was a part of the formation of the National Independent Venue Association, which is a group of 34 independent entertainment venues and promoters from Middle Tennessee. The members of this group are seeking $10 billion in funding and support from Congress for the Save Our Stages Act and the RESTART Act, and their hope with these two bills is to ensure the survival of independent venues across the entire nation. Many venues cannot meet the criteria for the current federal relief programs because they do not have any money coming in and others have chosen to rebrand as a restaurant/bar to keep their doors open. You can help this movement by going to #SaveOurStages and filling out the form to send an email supporting the RESTART Act and Save Our Stages Act to Sen. Andrew Lamar Alexander Jr, Sen. Marsha Blackburn, and Rep. John Williams Rose. 🎼
Some other ways you can help our hurting music industry here in Middle Tennessee is by supporting local independent record stores, streaming local artists’/bands’ music, and donating to music-related nonprofits such as the following:
🎤The Recording Academy’s MusiCares COVID-19 Relief, which has helped upwards of 18,000 music industry professionals who have been impacted by the pandemic.
🎤Artist Relief which is “an emergency initiative to offer financial and informational resources to artists across the nation.”
During your social distancing or quarantine down time, I also suggest looking into the history of how Nashville came to be Music City. Here are some resources you can find right here at the Williamson County Public Library to get you started:
🎤 How Nashville became Music City, U.S.A. : 50 years of Music Row by Michael Kosser
🎤 Nashville Cats : Record Production in Music City by Travis D. Stimeling
🎤Air Castle of the South : WSM and the Making of Music City by Craig Havighurst
For more information on how COVID-19 has effected the live entertainment industry go to:
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: Friends of the Library will be accepting pre-orders with payment of $25 per book until Friday, October 2. Books will be ready to pick up at the library in early November.
Here’s how you can reserve a copy:
1. Drop in at the Friends book sale on Sept. 11 & 12 to pre-order in person. You do not need to be a member of Friends of the Library to pre-order this book at the sale.
2. Mail your check to Friends of the Library, Williamson County Public Library, 1314 Columbia Ave., Franklin, TN, 37064. Be sure to indicate BOOK PRE-ORDER on the envelope and include your address and contact info – phone or email address.
3. Visit: https://www.wcpltn.org/429/Fundraisers and pre-order online by indicating BOOK PRE-ORDER in the notes field.
4. Drop off a check at the library’s Circulation Department, in an envelope marked FRIENDS BOOK PRE-ORDER with your check enclosed and a cover note with your contact information.
Contact Special Collections Librarian, Marcia Fraser (Marsa,) if you have any questions about the book or how to reserve a copy. 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
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.
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.
Come celebrate Grandparents Day on Sunday, September 13, with Ms. Stephanie’s Storytime at 7:00 p.m. She will be reading Llama Llama Gram and Grandpa and both of The Grandpa and Grandma books from Todd Parr. Join her via Facebook Live at: http://bit.ly/GrandparentsDayStorytime