Monthly Archives: February 2014
The Williamson County Public Library is pleased to announce the establishment of the Janice Keck Literary Awards to promote excellence in writing by authors currently residing in Williamson County, Tennessee. The awards will honor the memory of the late Janice Keck, Director of the Williamson County Public Library from 1979 until her death in 2011. Keck, an author herself, was a strong supporter of writers and writing in the community. The awards given in her name will recognize excellence in four categories: fiction, non-fiction, poetry collections, and writing for children. Only unpublished works will be considered for the awards, although authors who have previously had works published are encouraged to enter.
Submissions will be judged by an independent review committee made up of published authors who are not affiliated with the Williamson County Public Library. In the event that there are no submissions which meet the criteria in any given category, the review committee reserves the right not to make an award in that category.
The winning authors will receive a publishing package to include:
- Assistance in setting up an account with IngramSpark for e-book and print
- Assistance in obtaining copyright registration (the author will hold the copyright to the work)
- International Standard Book Number and barcode
- Assistance with registration with online vendors
- 10 print copies of the work
Submissions will be accepted between February 1 and March 31, 2014. Submitted works must be book-length, and may include illustrations. Poetry collections should include not less than 24 poems. Authors must be over the age of 18. The author’s name and contact information should appear only on a cover sheet attached to the work, and not on any subsequent pages. Authors may submit entries in more than one category, but only one submission per category. The winning authors will be required to complete a release and copyright compliance affidavit. Entries should be submitted in digital form, as a Word-compatible document or pdf. Submissions should be uploaded to Google Drive or Dropbox, and shared with firstname.lastname@example.org Submissions may also be put on a disc or flash drive and mailed or delivered to the Williamson County Public Library, 1314 Columbia Avenue, Franklin, TN 37064, attention: Writing Contest Committee. Questions should be sent to email@example.com
Main Library Bethesda College Grove Fairview Leiper’s Fork Nolensville
Ask a Librarian
Receive answers to questions or suggestions on where to find information at the library or in our digital collections.
- Ask a Librarian online form
- Email questions to the Reference staff. Replies will be sent within 3 business days to the email address provided
- In person — staff are available at all branch libraries
- By telephone — call during regular library hours
Borrow a Book From Another Library (ILL)
Books, audiobooks and videos not owned by the Williamson County Public Library system may be borrowed from other libraries by patrons in good standing. No item may be requested within its first year of publication. The limit is 25 requests per calendar year and process up to 3 requests at one time. Check with Library staff for details.
Borrow an eReader
Check out an eReader from any branch library. Place a hold in the catalog or ask staff. The loan period is 3 weeks and may be renewed 1 time. eReader content list by author and title.
Now the entire collection of the Williamson County Public Library system is available to you from any branch library. The courier service runs 5 days a week, Tuesday through Saturday. Expect delivery in a few days if the book is available on the shelf.
A send only fax service is available at the Circulation Desk of the Main Library and branch libraries for 20 pages or less. Local call fee is $1.00 for the first page and $0.25 per additional page thereafter. Long distance fax fee is $2.00 for the first page and $0.25 per additional page thereafter. No charge for the cover sheet.
Income Tax Forms
During the tax season, February through April 15, WCPL hosts tax preparation assistance in partnership with the IRS’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA). More information is posted on our income tax page along with a list of tax forms available at the Main Library . Tax forms are available online at the IRS web site.
Lost and Found
Personal items left in the Main Library will be kept for 1 week before they are discarded. Ask at the Circulation Desk or call 595-1277 for further information.
Meeting rooms are available at the Main, Fairview and Nolensville libraries for use by local non-profit groups and organizations. Please review the Meeting Room policy prior to contacting staff to make a reservation. Meeting room reservations require a minimum of two weeks notice and a signed guidelines agreement prior to the meeting.
Small group meeting space, no more than 10 people, and study area is available at the Main Library. The Williamson Room, located on the second floor of the library in the Special Collections Department is available during the hours of 9-5:30PM Monday-Saturday, and 9-7:30pm on Thursdays. For information contact Jason Gavin at 615-595-1246 ext 1. All group policies apply.
Contributions may be made “in honor of” and “in memory of” individuals and families at all branch libraries. Please consider donating to the library to honor your friend or loved one.
Larger contributions may be designated to make ongoing purchases of materials or to purchase furnishings or other equipment (Please note that these items will not carry a donor plate).
- A $20 gift will purchase an individual book in which is placed a gift plate listing the names of both the donor and the honoree. The library also sends a notice of the gift to the family of the person in whose honor or memory the book is given.
- The donor may specify a subject.
- Contributions of less than $20 are placed in the Enrichment Fund and used cumulatively to purchase larger and more expensive materials.
- Call 615-595-1242 (ext. 4) 9am – 4pm, for assistance with your memorial contribution Tuesday through Saturday 9 am until 4 pm.
Notary service is provided without charge during regular library hours by appointment. To schedule an appointment at the Main Library please call 615-224-6086. If visiting a branch library call before coming to confirm that a Notary will be available.
One-On-One Computer, Software, eReader & Tablet Assistance
Patrons may schedule a One-on-One appointment with Reference library staff for assistance. Appointments are 30-minute sessions with a staff member who will offer computer assistance to fit your library resource needs. This service is ideal for creating an email account, learning to use the mouse and keyboard, managing and maximizing your library account, electronic library resource tutorials, and both basic and intermediate level questions about Microsoft Office programs. Service is limited to resources available via the library computers. You will need your library card to log onto a library computer.
Bring your ereader or tablet for assistance with using the device, adding Apps and downloading from the library’s ebook and eaudiobook websites.
Appointments are offered Monday to Friday between9:30-11:30 and 2:00-7:00. Please call the Reference Department at 615-595-1243 for more information or to schedule an appointment.
Curious about what to read next? Librarians at each branch are ready to assist you. At the Main Library, visit the Reference Desk or call 595-1243. Books & Authors database is a great online resource for discovering new authors. Join one of WCPLtn’s book groups.
Librarians in the Reference Department are ready to provide assistance in using our print and database collections. They will also provide help navigating the library’s growing eBook reference collection.
- Residents of Williamson County may contact the library to pre-arrange a date and time to take a proctored exam.
- Arrangements are made based on the availability of staffing on the requested date.
Tour the Library
Main Library department tours are available upon request. Contact Reference Services at 615-595-1243.
TWRA Boating Safety Exam
- The TWRA Boating Exam must be taken online. The test taker must have a valid Williamson County library card, TLC sticker or computer guest pass.
- A test taker between the ages 11 and 17 must have permission to use the internet on his/her library account.
- A computer guest pass may be issued to a test taker under the age of 17 as long as a parent or guardian is present to sign the application.
- Appointments are required. Call 615-595-1243.
- Prior to the exam, Type 600 boating safety exam permit must be purchased for $10.00. Permits are available at stores that sell hunting and fishing licenses.
- The exam permit will also serve as a temporary certificate if you pass the exam.
- Test takers can get a free study guide, “Boat Tennessee: A Course on Responsible Boating” at the Reference desk.
Vanderbilt University Libraries
A courtesy access card to Vanderbilt Libraries, except Eskind Biomedical, may be checked at the Main Library Reference Service desk. The loan period is one week.
Voter Registration Forms
Copies of the Mail-In Voter Registration Form are available at all library locations. Contact each location for more information. Mail-In Voter Registration Forms are also available as a PDF file.
Computers and Internet Access
- Access requires a valid library card, a TLC sticker or a guest pass in good standing
- Visitor Guest pass available with proper ID for 30 days
- Pre-school kids computers
- Public access computers with filtered internet access
- Internet policy
- Microsoft Office 2003 Suite: Excel, PowerPoint, Word
- Microsoft Office 2010 Suite: Excel, Powerpoint, Publisher, Word
- Black & white printing 10 cents per page, color printing $1.00 per page
- Free wireless internet access (WIFI) is available at all branches
- Wireless printing is not available.
Computers, Software, Equipment
The Main branch at WCPLtn features 87 public access computers: 8 pre-school and 8 internet accessible in the children’s department, 22 in the adult / reference department, 24 in the computer lab, 6 in Special Collections, and 8 in the teens department. All machines offer printing capability and free online access to all of our databases and the internet.
Public computers are available for all hours that the library is open with no reservations necessary. Visitors may apply for a 30 day computer pass while visiting the Main, Fairview or Nolensville libraries.
A copier is available at the library. The cost is 10 cents per page for letter and legal size copies.
Flat bed scanners
These are available in the Adaptive Technology Center, Reference area and Special Collections for use by patrons.
Low Vision Reader
The Franklin Lions Club donated a low vision reader for public use at the Main Library. It is located on the second floor in the Reference Department and magnifies items placed under the camera and displays on the monitor. Reference staff are available to assist with the reader.
Microfilm / microfiche readers
These are available in the Special Collections Department.
Most computers have printing capabilities. The Print Release Station is located on the second floor in the Reference Department. Children’s department homework computers print in the department. Black and white copies are 10 cents per page, and color copies are $1.00 per page.
Check out a WI-FI Hotspot. Internet on the GO for WI-FI compatible devices. Checkout is limited to county residents, 18 years of age or older, for a period of 1 week. Requests for a hotspot may be placed in the catalog, search T-Mobile, or ask your home library staff. Williamson County coverage map.
Adaptive Technology Center
Offers two ADA computers with adjustable workstation desk height, 19 inch flat panel monitors with swing arms, 1 touchscreen monitor, flatbed scanner, headphones (available upon request), BigKeys LX and KEYS-U keyboards, oversize Infogrip ball mouse, ExpertMouse ball mouse, standard 3 button wheel mouse as well as one handed keyboard, Glidepoint Adesso touchpad and a switch adapted joystick (both available upon request).
Software: FS Reader, JAWS screen reader, Laureate Educational, Magic screen magnification, Office suite 2003, OpenBook in combination with a scanner reads items scanned, Photoshop Elements, and switch friendly games.
Optelec Clear View document magnification device
Includes a picture and reading mode, reverse reading mode, adjustable image brightness and 3 display modes including full video, computer and split screen between computer and Optelec.
Contact Information and Hours
Bethesda Public Library
4905 Bethesda Rd.
Thompson’s Station TN 37179-9231
Tuesday 9:30 – 5:30
Wednesday 9:30 – 5:30
Thursday 11:00 – 7:00
Friday 9:30 – 5:30
Saturday 10:00 – 2:00
8607 Horton Highway
College Grove, TN 37046
Monday 9:00 – 5:00
Tuesday 11:00 – 7:00
Wednesday 9 – 5:00
Thursday 9:00 – 5:00
Friday 9:00 – 5:00
Closed for Lunch
Monday 12:00 – 12:30 pm
Tuesday 4:00 – 4:30 pm
Wednesday 12:00– 12:30 pm
Thursday 12:00– 12:30 pm
Friday 12:00– 12:30 pm
Fairview Public Library
2240 Fairview Blvd
Fairview, TN 37062
Tuesday 9:00 – 7:00
Wednesday 9:00 – 5:30
Thursday 9:00 – 7:00
Friday 9:00 – 5:30
Saturday 9:00 – 5:00
Leiper’s Fork Library
5333 Old Highway 96
Franklin, TN 37064-93571
Fax (615) 591-6976
Tuesday 9:00 – 5:00
Wednesday 9:00 – 5:00
Thursday 11:00 – 7:00
Friday 10:00 – 6:00
Saturday 10:00 – 4:00
Nolensville Public Library
915 Oldham Drive
Nolensville, TN 37135
Fax (615) 776-3626
Tuesday 9:00 – 6:00
Wednesday 9:00 – 6:00
Thursday 10:00 – 7:00
Friday 9:00 – 6:00
Saturday 9:00 – 3:00
1314 Columbia Ave., Franklin TN 37064
P: (615) 595-1243 F: (615) 595-1245
Hours: M-Th 9-8, F&S 9-5:30 Sun 1-5:30
For UPDATES from our Children’s Department, click HERE.
Or go to the CHILDREN’S PAGE for more information.
- Snuggle Bug Club: 4th Friday of each month at 10am for ages 0-18 months
- Toddler Time: Every Tuesday at 10am and 11:15am in the Story Theater for ages 1½-2
- Preschool Story Time: Every Wednesday and Thursday at 10am in Story Theater for ages 3-5
- Lego Club: 1st Saturday of each month from 3-4:30pm
- Jr. Chess Club: 3rd Saturday of each month from 3-4:30 pm with mentor Mr. Jayson, for ages 11 and under
- Toddler Time: Every Tuesday at 10:30am for ages 18 to 35 months
- Preschool Story Time: Every Wednesday at 10:30am for ages 3-4
- Library Legoland: 3rd Saturday of each month from 10:30am-12:00pm for ages 4 and up
- Preschool Story Time: Every Thursday at 10am for ages 2-5
- Tail Waggin’ Tutors: Thursdays at 4:00 p.m.
- Toddler Time: Every Thurdsay at 10am for ages 18-35 months
- Preschool Program: Every Wednesday at 10am for ages 3-5
- Lego Club: 1st Thursday of each month at 4pm
- Toddler Story Time: Every Wednesday at 10:30am for ages 18 to 36 months
- Preschool Story Time: Every Tuesday at 10:30am for ages 3-5
- Leipen’ Legos: 2nd Saturday at 1pm and 3rd Thursday at 3:30pm every month
- Story Time: Every Wednesday and Thursday at 10:30am (on hiatus)
- Lego Club: Every Saturday of each month from 11am-12:30 pm
- Kids Painting Club: 3rd Thursdays after school 3:45 & 4:30 pm
- Reading Paws Dogs: Call (615) 776-5490 for times to come read to Reuben or Sadie, registered Reading Education Assistance Dogs© who enjoy being read to by kids and adults.
About Academy Park Press
For UPDATES from the Academy Park Press, click HERE.
Or go to the ACADEMY PARK PRESS PAGE for more information.
The Williamson County Public Library is pleased to announce its newest venture, Academy Park Press, a publishing imprint with the ability to empower our arts community by providing truly worldwide exposure. Utilizing innovative new design and publishing software, Academy Park Press will offer authors a low-cost solution to distributing their work utilizing iBook and EPUB formats.
Academy Park Press will seek to publish between four and eight original works in its initial year of operation. In addition to assisting selected authors with design, layout, and marketing of works, the imprint will provide ISBN numbers and the tools to necessary to create a fully optimized iBook, EPUB, or print publication.
Digital publishing has seen rapid growth in the past year thanks to easily accessible programs and the freedom it offers authors. This new movement has enabled a new wave of creative people to distribute their original work by providing a way to publish and set prices without the aid of a major publishing house.
Williamson County is a community filled with both aspiring and well known writers and artists. Academy Park Press eliminates traditional barriers to the publishing world, providing a platform for original works of art, literature, and poetry. By creating our own content, the Library circumvents the traditional limitations imposed by the publishing industry, while at the same time creating a voice for a new ensemble of published authors.
The history of the Williamson County Public Library and its presence in Franklin dates back to the 1920’s. It began with a few books donated to the local American Legion in Franklin, in the Masonic Hall on 2nd Avenue in downtown. By 1936, the Legion and the Professional Women’s Club raised enough money to have a one year experiment full time library, which opened on June 26, 1936 in the back of the old Post Hotel on the public square. The “experiment” was so successful that within 6 months it was decided to have a permanent library in Franklin, and the Williamson County Public Library was born.
By 1938, the library was able to hire its first full time librarian, and in 1939, needing more space, the library moved to the Old Bank Building on the west side of the Public Square. With World War II came a change of name, and the Library became the War Memorial Public Library. By 1949, the library had again outgrown its space, and moved to the German House on Fifth Avenue and Fair Street. The library became part of the regional library system in the 1960’s, and in the 70’s began opening braches – at Fairview and Brentwood. By the late 1970’s the library had once again outgrown it space, and a new facility was built at Five Points on the site where the Franklin Elementary School had burned in 1962. In the 1990’s the library became a County institution and the name was changed back to the Williamson County Public Library – but had once again outgrown its space by 2000. In 2003, the Library moved to its current home on Columbia Ave.
Best Reads Book Club: Meets the 3rd Thursday of each month at 1:00 p.m.
Cathartic Coloring Club:
Literary Ladies Book Group: Meets the 3rd Monday of each month at 6:00 p.m.
Writers’ Critique Group: Meets the 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 Provides adult authors with serious, courteous critique of their work. These meetings are held in the Board Room.
Library Knitting Group: Meets every Friday at 3:00 p.m.
Join us for an informal knitting circle. Everyone is welcome-whether you’re here to get started or just to get ideas.