Category Archives: About Us
By Lance Hickerson, Reference Department
Williamson County is home to many artists whose creative efforts enrich our land. We naturally think of musicians (Music City everyone), but not to be overlooked are the many who spend their greatest efforts creating visual art. The library offers two areas where visual artists are able to display their works for a month at a time. These are the Meeting Room Gallery Hall and the Grid Row of the Rotunda, both on the first floor as patrons enter the library. Our local artists showcase a wide range of art media to the delight of many visitors. Just last year alone the library recorded 465,445 patron visits. That’s a lot of exposure for those looking to share or create awareness of their work.
When visiting the library, why not take a moment to enjoy the many creative visual expressions on hand? If you are an artist, why not share your work with our patrons by a display at the library? The Grid Row Gallery is sponsored by the Arts Council of Williamson County, but local artists in all media are invited to exhibit their work in the Meeting Room Gallery. The exhibits change monthly and there is a waiting list, but that just means that you have time to get your art display together. For information about exhibiting their own works, artists should call (615)595-1250, ext. 1.
The varieties of art displayed over the last two years include watercolor, acrylic, and oil paintings of many subjects involving landscapes, portraits, still life, and the surreal. There are ceramics, mosaics, art masks, as well as many interesting fine-art photographs. Samples from each month’s artist on display are penned to the library’s pinterest page under Art@WCPLtn.
A representative sample from the last few years of exhibits is shown in the photographs included here.
By Rebecca Tischler, Reference Department
Last Month, we had an interactive display upstairs. Patrons could add their ancestry to a world map and see where some of their neighbors came from as well. Some had many ancestries, and some only had one, but it was interesting to see how diverse our patrons were.
And those who didn’t know their background, we pointed them to the Special Collections department, where patrons can get some help doing genealogical research with databases such as Ancestry.com and HeritageQuest. If you want to know more about where your family comes from, ask one of our wonderful Special Collections Librarians for help.
But for now, take a look at all the responses that were left at the display.
- English, Welsh, Polish, German, French, Scandinavian, Scottish
- Greek, English
- Snowbeast (AKA Canadian)
- Tamil, Hindi
- Prussia, Austria, Germany
- Italy, Germany
- Norwegian, German
- African American, German
- German, Prussian, Polish
- English, Welsh, Italian
- Tamil, Hindi
- English, Scottish, Norman French
- French, Great Britain
- Mexican, Spanish
- French, Mexican
- Italy, Germany, Europe
- English, Irish
- German, French, Irish
- Scottish, English, French
- Swedish, German
- Swiss-German, English
- French, Irish
- Polish, English, Irish
- Chinese, Hunan
- Thai, Chinese
- German, Swiss
- Pennsylvania Dutch
- Ireland, Germany
- At this library we found out the Hill family from Texas is the Hill family from ESSEX U.K.!
- Irish, Italian
- Norwegian, Icelandic
- Czech, Dutch, German, English
- Norwegian, French, Polish
- Brazilian, Italian, Irish, English
- Irish, German
- Tartar Kazakhstan
- Swedish, English, Scottish, Irish
- Scottish, Scandinavian, Polynesian, German
- Mexicana Latin of African and Spanish ancestry
- Venezuela, Peru
- Black, Irish, Blackfoot
- Cherokee, English, French, Scottish, Irish, German, Swiss, Nordic
- Spanish, Mexican
- Portuguese, Spanish, Brazilian
- Indian, German, Dutch, English
- Anglo-Irish, German-Polish
- Scottish, Welsh, English
- Spanish, Scottish, French, Polish, Welsh, Irish
- Irish, Cherokee
- Spanish, Italian, Greek, English, Scottish, Irish, Moroccan
- Indian, Irish, German, English
- German, English, Irish, Dutch
- Spanish, Scottish, Irish, English, Danish, German, French, Ecuadorian, Incan
- Ghanaian, Haitian
- German, Irish, Scottish
- English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh, French, Swiss German, Cherokee
- Celts, France, Ireland, England/Wales
- French, Scottish, Cherokee
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
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- 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
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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.