Healthy Brains and Bodies

by Sharon Reily

This coming Tuesday, September 22, the Alzheimer’s Association Tennessee Chapter will present “Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body: Tips from the Latest Research,” the final program in its virtual 2020 Alzheimer’s & Dementia series.

Our presenters will offer tips and tools that all of us can use to make lifestyle choices that may help us keep our brains and bodies healthy as we age. Register online at Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body or by phone at 615-595-1243.

WCPL offers a wealth of print, digital and video resources to complement the advice from the Alzheimer’s Association experts to maintain brain and body fitness. These titles are found in the Library’s cooking, health and fitness, and brain and memory collections. Here is just a small sampling of our many titles in these key areas. Some titles on the list are geared to seniors, but they can benefit all of us.

Healthy Eating and Cooking

Anti-Inflammatory Eating for a Happy, Healthy Brain: 75 Recipes for Alleviating Depression, Anxiety and Memory Loss
by Michelle Babb and Jeffrey Bland
eBook available from Tennessee R.E.A.D.S.

The Complete Mediterranean Cookbook: 500 Vibrant Kitchen-Tested Recipes for Living and Eating Well Every Day
by America’s Test Kitchen
eBook available from Tennessee R.E.A.D.S.

The DASH Diet Mediterranean Solution: The Best Eating Plan to Control Your Weight and Improve Your Health for Life
by Marta Heller
613.2 HEL

Diet for the Mind: the Latest Science on What to Eat to Prevent Alzheimer’s and Cognitive Decline
by Dr. Martha Clare Morris
616.8 MOR

Food Can Fix It: The Superfood Switch to Fight Fat, Defy Aging, and Eat Your Way Healthy
by Dr. Mehmet C. Oz
613.2 OZ

Genius Foods: Become Smarter, Happier and More Productive while Protecting Your Brain for Life
by Max Lugavere and Dr. Paul Grewal
612.82 LUG

How to Eat: All Your Food and Diet Questions Answered
by Mark Bittman and David L. Katz
613.2 BIT

The Mediterranean Prescription: Meal Plans and Recipes to Help You Stay Slim and Healthy for the Rest of Your Life
by Dr. Angelo Acquista
eBook available from Tennessee R.E.A.D.S.

Taste of Home Healthy Cooking Annual Recipes
edited by Catherine Cassidy and Christine Rukavena
614.563 TAS


Ageless Yoga: Gentle Workouts for Health & Fitness
by Juliet Pegrum
613.7 PEG (at Fairview Branch)

Anatomy of Exercise for 50+
by Hollis Lance Liebman
613.710844 LIE

Ann Smith Senior Fitness DVD series
Video available from Tennessee R.E.A.D.S.

Chair Yoga for Seniors: Stretches and Poses that You Can Do Sitting Down at Home
by Lynn Lehmkuhl
613.7 LEH

Dynamic Aging: Simple Exercises for Whole-Body Mobility
by Katy Bowman
613.7108 BOW

Enlightened Aging: Building Resilience for a Long, Active Life
by Eric B. Larson and Joan DeClaire
612.67 LAR

Exercises for Brain Health
by William Smith
616.83 SMI (Fairview Branch)

Stretching for Seniors
with Ann Smith (DVD)
DVD 613.71 STR

Brain and Memory Health

The Alzheimer’s Prevention Program: Keep Your Brain Healthy for the Rest of Your Life
by Dr. Gary Small and Gigi Vorgan
616.831 SMA (also available as an eBook from Tennessee R.E.A.D.S.)

Brain Health as You Age: A Practical Guide to Maintenance and Prevention
by Steven P. Simmons, William E. Mansbach, and Jodi L. Lyons
616.8045 SIM

The Brain Health Book: Using the Power of Neuroscience to Improve Your Life
by John Randolph
612.82 RAN

Complete Guide to Brain Health: How to Stay Sharp, Improve Memory, and Boost Creativity
by Michael S. Sweeney
612.82 SWE

How Memory Works – and How to Make it Work for You
by Robert Madigan
153.14 MAD

🌳Cool in the Shade🌳

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

Glorious Shade
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

Gardening Magazines

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)

Online Resources

From the The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture website:

Annual and Perennial Flower Shade Gardening in Tennessee

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!

📜 Celebrate Constitution Week from September 17 – 23 with the DAR 📜

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:

We the People

Grace For President

The Star-Spangled Banner

🎶Live Entertainment and COVID-19

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:

Abbie Garrett

Our newly published book, Excellent Citizens and Notable Partings is ready for release!

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: 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 

Black Resources Series, Part 2: Newest and Freshest Takes on Race in America

We have found that our collection contain so many resources written about, to, and by the Black American; we thought we should break up our presentation of these titles into a series, each of these blogs centered around a specific theme. These are a sample representation of what we have to offer, we include call numbers so you can browse the shelf (or browse the call number in the online catalog) for other, similar titles.

The physical books 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 9am and 10am Monday through Saturday for minimal contact; or you can come into the Library between 10am and 6pm Monday through Friday and 10am and 1pm on Saturday to retrieve your holds from Circulation. Please note that these are the hours for the Main Franklin Branch, Nolensville, and Fairview Branches only. Please visit Williamson County Public Library’s website for the Leiper’s Fork and Bethesda Branches availability.

Also linked are those titles available as electronic books and audio books (through Tennessee R.E.A.D.S. and your library card number).

The land of the free and the home of the brave has not always been so for every American. These resources highlight some of the history of racism in the United States and how African Americans have faced constant prejudice and disadvantage in the struggle throughout the short history of our young country. These book descriptions are from the book jackets and the publishers.

The Can’t Kill Us All: Ferguson, Baltimore, and a New Era in Americas Racial Justice Movement (2016) 305.896 LOW
By Wesley Lowery
From the book jacket:

A deeply reported book that brings alive the quest for justice in the deaths of Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, and Freddie Gray, offering both unparalleled insight into the reality of police violence in America and an intimate, moving portrait of those working to end it. Conducting hundreds of interviews over the course of more than one year of reporting on the ground, Washington Post writer Wesley Lowery traveled from Ferguson, Missouri, to Cleveland, Ohio; Charleston, South Carolina; and Baltimore, Maryland, and then back to Ferguson to uncover life inside the most heavily policed, if otherwise neglected, corners of America today. In an effort to grasp the magnitude of the response to Michael Brown’s death and understand the scale of the problem police violence represents, Lowery speaks to Brown’s family and the families of other victims as well as local activists. By posing the question “What does the loss of any one life mean to the rest of the nation?” Lowery examines the cumulative effect of decades of racially biased policing in segregated neighborhoods with failing schools, crumbling infrastructure, and too few jobs. Studded with moments of joy, and tragedy, They Can’t Kill Us All offers a historically informed look at the standoff between the police and those they are sworn to protect, showing that civil unrest is just one tool of resistance in the broader struggle for justice. As Lowery brings vividly to life, the protests against police killings are also about the black community’s long history on the receiving end of perceived and actual acts of injustice and discrimination. They Can’t Kill Us All grapples with a persistent if largely unexamined aspect of the otherwise transformative presidency of Barack Obama: the failure to deliver tangible security and opportunity to those Americans most in need of both.

We Can't Breathe by Jabari Asim

We Can’t Breathe: On Black Lives, White Lies and the Art of Survival (2018) 305.896 ASI
By Jabari Asim

“Asim disrupts what Toni Morrison [calls] the ‘master narrative’ and replaces it with a story of black survival and persistence through art and community in the face of centuries of racism. In eight … essays, he explores such topics as the twisted legacy of jokes and falsehoods in black life; the importance of black fathers and community; the significance of black writers and stories; and the beauty and pain of the black body.”



Madison Park: A Place of Hope (2017) 305.896 MOT
By Eric L. Motley
“A former special assistant to President George W. Bush chronicles his coming of age in a small Alabama community founded by freed slaves, where he learned valuable lessons about helping others, embracing faith, and fighting racial injustice.”

Your Black Friend and Other Strangers (2018) 305.896 PAS
By Ben Passmore
“Your Black Friend and Other Strangers is a collection of culturally charged comics by cartoonist Ben Passmore. Passmore masterfully tackles comics about race, gentrification, the prison system, online dating, gross punks, bad street art, kung fu movie references, beating up God, and lots of other grown-up stuff with refreshing doses of humor and lived relatability.”

Algorithms of Oppression by Safiya Umoja Noble

Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism (2018) 025.042 NOB
By Safiya Umoja Noble
“In Algorithms of Oppression, Safiya Umoja Noble challenges the idea that search engines like Google offer an equal playing field for all forms of ideas, identities, and activities. Noble argues that the combination of private interests in promoting certain sites, along with the monopoly status of a relatively small number of Internet search engines, leads to a biased set of search algorithms that privilege whiteness and discriminate against people of color, especially women of color. Through a detailed analysis, Noble exposes a culture of racism and sexism in the way discoverability is created online. Search engines and their related companies grow in importance – operating as a source for email, a major vehicle for primary and secondary school learning, and beyond. Understanding and reversing these disquieting trends and discriminatory practices is of utmost importance.”

Let it Bang: A Young Black Man’s Reluctant Odyssey into Guns (2018) 305.896 YOU
By R. J. Young
“A story of race, guns, and self-protection in America today, through the quest–funny and searing–of a young black man learning to shoot a handgun better than a white person”

The Fire this Time: A New Generation Speaks About Race (2016) 305.896 FIR
By Jesmyn Ward
From the Publisher:

National Book Award-winner Jesmyn Ward takes James Baldwin’s 1963 examination of race in America, The Fire Next Time, as a jumping off point for this groundbreaking collection of essays and poems about race from the most important voices of her generation and our time. In light of recent tragedies and widespread protests across the nation, The Progressive magazine republished one of its most famous pieces: James Baldwin’s 1962 “Letter to My Nephew,” which was later published in his landmark book, The Fire Next Time. Addressing his fifteen-year-old namesake on the one hundredth anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, Baldwin wrote: “You know and I know, that the country is celebrating one hundred years of freedom one hundred years too soon.”
Award-winning author Jesmyn Ward knows that Baldwin’s words ring as true as ever today. In response, she has gathered short essays, memoir, and a few essential poems to engage the question of race in the United States. And she has turned to some of her generation’s most original thinkers and writers to give voice to their concerns. The Fire This Time is divided into three parts that shine a light on the darkest corners of our history, wrestle with our current predicament, and envision a better future. Of the eighteen pieces, ten were written specifically for this volume. In the fifty-odd years since Baldwin’s essay was published, entire generations have dared everything and made significant progress. But the idea that we are living in the post-Civil Rights era, that we are a “post-racial” society is an inaccurate and harmful reflection of a truth the country must confront. Baldwin’s “fire next time” is now upon us, and it needs to be talked about. Contributors include Carol Anderson, Jericho Brown, Garnette Cadogan, Edwidge Danticat, Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah, Mitchell S. Jackson, Honoree Jeffers, Kima Jones, Kiese Laymon, Daniel Jose Older, Emily Raboteau, Claudia Rankine, Clint Smith, Natasha Trethewey, Wendy S. Walters, Isabel Wilkerson, and Kevin Young.

Rest in Power: the enduring life of Trayvon Martin by Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin


Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin (2017) 305.896 FUL
By Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin
“An intimate portrait of Trayvon Martin shares previously untold insights into the movement he inspired from the perspectives of his parents, who also describe their efforts to bring meaning to his short life through the movement’s pursuit of redemption and justice.”



Heavy: An American Memoir (2018) 305.896 LAY
By Kiese Laymon
“Laymon writes eloquently and honestly about the physical manifestations of violence, grief, trauma, and abuse on his own body. He writes of his own eating disorder and gambling addiction as well as similar issues that run throughout his family. Through self-exploration, storytelling, and honest conversation with family and friends, Heavy seeks to bring what has been hidden into the light and to reckon with all of its myriad sources, from the most intimate–a mother-child relationship–to the most universal–a society that has undervalued and abused black bodies for centuries.”

The Making of Black Lives Matter: A Brief History of an Idea (2017) 305.896 LEB
By Christopher J. Lebron
From the publisher:

Started in the wake of George Zimmerman’s 2013 acquittal in the death of Trayvon Martin, the #BlackLivesMatter movement has become a powerful and uncompromising campaign demanding redress for the brutal and unjustified treatment of black bodies by law enforcement in the United States. The movement is only a few years old, but as Christopher J. Lebron argues in this book, the sentiment behind it is not; the plea and demand that “Black Lives Matter” comes out of a much older and richer tradition arguing for the equal dignity — and not just equal rights — of black people.
The Making of Black Lives Matter presents a condensed and accessible intellectual history that traces the genesis of the ideas that have built into the #BlackLivesMatter movement. Drawing on the work of revolutionary black public intellectuals, including Frederick Douglass, Ida B. Wells, Langston Hughes, Zora Neal Hurston, Anna Julia Cooper, Audre Lorde, James Baldwin, and Martin Luther King Jr., Lebron clarifies what it means to assert that “Black Lives Matter” when faced with contemporary instances of anti-black law enforcement. He also illuminates the crucial difference between the problem signaled by the social media hashtag and how we think that we ought to address the problem. As Lebron states, police body cameras, or even the exhortation for civil rights mean nothing in the absence of equality and dignity. To upset dominant practices of abuse, oppression and disregard, we must reach instead for radical sensibility. Radical sensibility requires that we become cognizant of the history of black thought and activism in order to make sense of the emotions, demands, and arguments of present-day activists and public thinkers. Only in this way can we truly embrace and pursue the idea of racial progress in America.

Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America (2017) 305.8009 DYS
By Eric Dyson
“Fifty years ago Malcolm X told a white woman who asked what she could do for the cause, ‘Nothing.’ Michael Eric Dyson believes he was wrong. Now he responds to that question. If society is to make real racial progress, people must face difficult truths, including being honest about how Black grievance has been ignored, dismissed, or discounted.”

by Amy Shropshire

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.

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📚Amy’s New and Noteworthy in Nonfiction September 2020📚

We get many new books every month. A few of these high interest items wind up on the New Book Shelf downstairs, but there just isn’t room for all of the good ones! In this series, we’ll highlight our newest arrivals that are more niche interest, that aren’t necessarily hitting the New Book Shelf, so you’ll know where to look for them!

By Amy

New and Notable Nonfiction September 2020


These would both be excellent texts for homeschooling resources.

Transforming History: A Guide to Effective, Inclusive, and Evidence-based Teaching by Mary Jo Festler is specifically about how to effectively teach history.

Time Travelers: Victorian Encounters with Time & History by edited by Adelene Buckland & Sadiah Qureshi is a collection of essays that not only explore Victorian history, but also explore some of the ways our study of history is constructed by our culture.

Current Events – Activism

With popularity of the subject matter in the national dialog lately, we’ve been getting new materials about the history and theory surrounding activism and various movements throughout history and current events.

Lessons from a Dark Time and Other Essays by Adam Hochschild is a book of recent history chronicling some of the high moments from the career of the famous journalist and activist and how he combined the two.

While Rome Burned: Fire, Leadership, and Urban Disaster in the Roman Cultural Imagination by Virginia M. Closs tells the history of Rome during periods of disaster and unrest, and how literary and cultural tradition was affected by the rulers at the time.

The Castle of Truth and Other Revolutionary Tales by Hermynia Zur Muhlen is actually in the literature section, but it is a collection of radical political poetry, newly translated from German, with a focus on socialist and communist priniciples as morals as well as social justice themes.

Current Events – Race Studies

With the current debates and social movements and crises developing across the country, we’ve endeavored to keep our collection up to date on relevant historical and informational literature around the study of race and racism.

When Baseball Went White: Reconstruction, Reconciliation, & Dreams of a National Pastime by Ryan A. Swanson is new to the sports section and explores the complexities involved with integration opportunities and challenges throughout the history of baseball.

Unlikely Alliances: Native Nations and White Communities Join to Defend Rural Lands by Zoltan Grossman is in the social sciences and chronicles some of the examples of different communities of people coming together against a common enemy, despite previous racial tensions between them.

Sand Talk: How Indigenous Thinking Can Save the World by Tyson Yunkaporta is in the history area and also addresses Native American voices directly, describing a more interaction-oriented worldview and use of symbolism to create necessary community connection and build mutual understanding.


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 9am and 10am Monday through Saturday for minimal contact; or you can come into the Library between 10am and 6pm Monday through Friday and 10am and 1pm on Saturday to retrieve your holds from Circulation.

What’s Next? Graduating in a Global Pandemic👩‍🎓🤦‍♀️

We had two months left of our senior year when COVID-19 became an international phenomenon. Initially one week of classes were canceled. A couple days later, two weeks of classes canceled. Eventually the university decided the rest of the academic year would be online, and a couple months later our graduation ceremony would be online as well. To the dismay of most the graduating class, our time at the university was understandably cut short. Our graduation ceremony became four short pre-made videos with footage of previous in-person ceremonies followed by a list of single slides with the names of the graduating class. Some slides with pictures, some without. And that was it. We had graduated. It was time to start our lives outside of university.

Life after graduation for some would be continuing their education, however, for those not continuing their education there arose this daunting question of what next? One major issue I’ve found after graduating is just how little I knew about personal finance and career readiness. To top off this overwhelming sense of not being prepared, we are living in a global pandemic with a dwindling job market. For many recent graduates there’s an overwhelming sense of uncertainty and in an effort to help with this I have three book recommendations that will hopefully help you to fill any information gap you may have.

As previously mentioned one issue I had following graduation is how to handle my personal finance. I found Chelsea Fagan’s book The Financial Diet: A Total Beginner’s Guide to Getting Good with Money simplistic and very easy to follow. She outlines personal finance in fun and engaging way that utilizes more graphics and visual effects to highlight her key concepts rather than being heavily texted based. She focuses on a range of topics from budgeting and investing to career advice and how to balance finance in relationships. I highly recommend this book as a beginners guide to understanding your money and how to prepare yourself for a better financial future.

Following The Financial Diet another great book that focuses on post-graduation advice is I Just Graduated…Now What? By Katherine Schwarzenegger. In my opinion this book is considerably less structured than the previous book, but it focuses on the individuality of each person and is essentially composed of 30 different stories from graduates and how they came about their success. This is a great one to read for inspiration and motivation post-graduation and a great reminder that success does not happen overnight. This book is a great resource to gain insight and advice from those who have been in similar positions as you and how they managed their careers.

One other great book for career jump-starting and advice is Lean In for Graduates by Sheryl Sandberg. I found this book particularly motivating for young female graduates. Sandberg discusses issues of workplace inequality and gives great advice for kick starting your successful career. This book is centralized around femininity and the issues women face in their careers and she gives this perspective from her own experience and that of around twelve other peers, both men and women.

These books are a great resource for new graduates, and another fantastic source for information is at the Williamson County Public Library. There are dozens of titles ranging from career readiness and personal finance to motivational and self-help books.

By Bailey Davidson

The books in this post 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 9am and 10am Monday through Saturday for minimal contact; or you can come into the Library between 10am and 6pm Monday through Friday and 10am and 1pm on Saturday to retrieve your holds from Circulation. Please note that these are the hours for the Main Franklin Branch, Nolensville, and Fairview Branches only. Please visit Williamson County Public Library’s website for the Leiper’s Fork and Bethesda Branches availability.

📚Dori’s New and Noteworthy in Nonfiction September📚

We get a many new books every month. A few of these high interest items wind up on the New Book Shelf downstairs, but there just isn’t room for all of the good ones! In this series, we’ll highlight our newest arrivals that are more niche interest, that aren’t necessarily hitting the New Book Shelf, so you’ll know where to look for them!

*All quotations are from the books’ publishers.

Social Science and Current Events:

They Didn’t See Us Coming: The Hidden History of Feminism in the Nineties by Lisa Levenstein
305.42 LEV  (New Book Shelf)

“On January 21, 2017, massive demonstrations in Washington DC and sister marches held in over 600 American cities drew crowds of over four million people. Popularly called “The Women’s March,” it became the largest single-day protest in American history. The feminism that shaped the consciousness of millions in 2017 had distinct roots in the 1990s. In They Didn’t See Us Coming, historian Lisa Levenstein argues we have missed much of the past quarter century of the women’s movement because the conventional wisdom is that the ’90s was the moment when the movement splintered into competing factions. But by showcasing voices and stories long overlooked by popular culture and scholars, They Didn’t See Us Coming shows that this decade was actually a time of intense and international coalition building.”

White Christian Privilege: The Illusion of Religious Equality in America by Khyati Y. Joshi
306.6773 JOS  (New Book Shelf)

In White Christian Privilege, Khyati Y. Joshi traces Christianity’s influence on the American experiment from before the founding of the Republic to the social movements of today. Mapping the way through centuries of slavery, westward expansion, immigration, and citizenship laws, she also reveals the ways Christian privilege in the United States has always been entangled with notions of White supremacy.
Through the voices of Christians and religious minorities, Joshi explores how Christian privilege and White racial norms affect the lives of all Americans, often in subtle ways that society overlooks. By shining a light on the inequalities these privileges create, Joshi points the way forward, urging readers to help remake America as a diverse democracy with a commitment to true religious freedom.”

Union: A Democrat, A Republican, and a Search for Common Ground by Jordan Blashek and Christopher Haugh
306.0973 BLA (New Book Shelf)

“In the year before Donald Trump was elected president, Jordan Blashek, a Republican Marine, and Chris Haugh, a Democrat and son of a single mother from Berkeley, CA, formed an unlikely friendship. Jordan was fresh off his service in the Marines and feeling a bit out of place at Yale Law School. Chris was yearning for a sense of mission after leaving Washington D.C. Over the months, Jordan and Chris’s friendship blossomed not in spite of, but because of, their political differences. So they decided to hit the road in search of reasons to strengthen their bond in an era of strife and partisanship. What follows is a three-year adventure story, across forty-four states and along 20,000 miles of road to find out exactly where the American experiment stands at the close of the second decade of the twenty-first century.”

Sex and Lies: True Stories of Women’s Intimate Lives in the Arab World by Leïla Slimani; translated from the French by Sophie Lewis
306.70972 SLI  (New Book Shelf)

“Leila Slimani was in her native Morocco promoting her novel Adèle, about a woman addicted to sex, when she began meeting women who confided the dark secrets of their sexual lives. In Morocco, adultery, abortion, homosexuality, prostitution, and sex outside of marriage are all punishable by law, and women have only two choices: They can be wives or virgins. Sex and Lies combines vivid, often harrowing testimonies with Slimani’s passionate and intelligent commentary to make a galvanizing case for a sexual revolution in the Arab world”


Twenty-four Hour Plays Viral Monologues: New Monologues Created During the Coronavirus Pandemic edited by Howard Sherman
808.8245 TWE  (New Book Shelf)

“With over 50 monologues from the first three weeks of the project, edited by Howard Sherman, this is an important collection that documents an unprecedented moment in history whilst also offering practical resource for actors and performers.”

Empire of Diamonds: Victorian Gems in Imperial Settings by Adrienne Munich
820.936 MUN  (2nd Floor)

“The author of this volume is the longtime coeditor of the scholarly journal, Victorian Literature and Culture, and during her research of the highly successful book, Queen Victoria’s Secrets, she became curious about the proliferation of print material on diamonds around the time of Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee in 1897. The result is this book-a fascinating, accessible, and illustrated exploration of the various ways Victorian writers wrote about diamonds and the evolution of the cultural significance of these gems, from political power to affordable romance and the ensuing commerce and exploitations. By examining the literature, journalism, advertisements, and other printed sources, Munich presents a sweeping, vivid, and dazzling account of the source and development of our ongoing love affair with diamonds.”

Shakespeare and Trump by Jeffrey R. Wilson
822.33 WIL  (New Book Shelf)

Shakespeare and Trump examines associations between Shakespeare’s work and recent US politics, especially the presidency and character of President Donald Trump.”

Downward Mobility: The Form of Capital and the Sentimental Novel by Katherine Binhammer
823.5093553 BIN  (New Book Shelf)

“Binhammer uses the methodologies of contemporary critical finance studies and narrative theory to argue that the myth of downward mobility is as central to the cultural history of capitalism as the myth of upward mobility. By exploring the relationship between economic growth and financial failure, she demonstrates how stories of downward mobility in eighteenth-century sentimental novels are not simple tales about the losers of capitalism but help manage the crises and speculative collapses that are inevitable to capital’s circulation.”

Dot.con: The Art of Scamming a Scammer by James Veitch
828.9207 VEI (New Book Shelf)

“The Nigerian prince eager to fork over his inheritance, the family friend stranded unexpectedly in Norway, the lonely Russian beauty looking for love–they spam our inboxes with their hapless pleas for help, money, and our Social Security number. In Dot.con, Veitch finally answers the question: what would happen if you replied?”

These books 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 9am and 10am Monday through Saturday for minimal contact; or you can come into the Library between 10am and 6pm Monday through Friday and 10am and 1pm on Saturday to retrieve your holds from Circulation. Please note that these are the hours for the Main Franklin Branch, Nolensville, and Fairview Branches only. Please visit Williamson County Public Library’s website for the Leiper’s Fork and Bethesda Branches availability.

Happy Grandparent’s Day

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:

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