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Academy Park Press, an imprint of Williamson County Public Library, is proud to announce the release of its second book Bullets and Bayonets: A Battle of Franklin Primer, which is a sesquicentennial project of the Battle of Franklin especially for youth. The project was a collaborative creation by library staff, with text written and compiled by Leesa Harmon and Julie Duke, and by historian Lawrence C. Duke.
November 30, 2014, marks the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Franklin. The battle, dubbed the ‘Gettysburg of the West’, lasted only five hours, but more soldiers were killed in that time than during any other battle of the Civil War. Six Confederate generals were killed, and the entire town of Franklin became a hospital for the wounded. “Bullets and Bayonets” tells the story of the Battle of Franklin in the words of the participants. Soldiers and citizens bear witness to what they observed, experienced and felt about a battle that forever changed the lives of all who were there.
On Sunday, October 12, 2014 from 2 to 4 pm, the Library is celebrating the release of the book and copies will be available for purchase. Including in the “drop-in” program is President Abraham Lincoln who will give the Gettysburg Address at 2:30 pm. Local Civil War re-enactors, including General Ulysses S. Grant, will be in period dress, and Civil War artifacts will be on display, including a “hands on” traveling trunk from the Tennessee State Museum.
Your signed copies will make wonderful holiday gifts! Bring the whole family to this free special event.
Presented by the Library Foundation
Thursday, October 9, 2014
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
As part of the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Franklin, the library will host An Evening with Storytellers, featuring Eric Jacobson and Bryan Lane. The presentation will highlight important aspects of the battle as well as the people involved, and the focus will be on why this one battle was so important to the outcome of the war and to the future of our town of Franklin.
Eric Jacobson is the Chief Executive Officer and Historian with the Battle of Franklin Trust, and has published several books about the impact of the Civil War in this area. The library has helped Bryan Lane publish his recent book on General Adams, one of the five generals killed during the battle.
Doors open at 6:00 for wine and appetizers, and the program begins at 6:30 on Thursday, October 9, at the main branch of the Williamson County Library at 1314 Columbia Avenue. Tickets are $25 each. Tickets are available for purchase online via EventBrite and will also be available at the door on the ninth.
The evening is sponsored by the Library Foundation, which exists to give support for the library above and beyond what county money can provide. The Foundation began in 1948 and has had varying levels of activity during that time. For the past several years their focus has been supporting children’s programs, funding the summer reading program and other events and activities. The program will also offer an overview of the many classes, events, and activities that YOUR library has to offer to the community.
What a great summer we’ve had at the Library! Our Teen Department had over 450 book reviews submitted and 13 awesome teens won various prizes, including an iPad Mini, Kindle Fire tablets, and Barnes & Noble gift cards! Everyone beat the heat at the library, stopping by our 2nd floor Teen Fiction room to cool off with a good book, play on the computers, and meet up with friends. We’re looking forward to fall and have some exciting new programs including Lego Mindstorm, Minecraft, and Wii gaming! Keep reading and we’ll see you at the Library!
By Robin Ebelt, Reference Department
What game gives you constant feedback, shows your psychological strengths and weaknesses and gives you great possibilities for self-improvement? It’s chess, of course. You don’t play? No problem! It’s never too late to learn how to play chess. The Williamson County Public Library has a Chess Club that meets monthly in the Young Adult fiction room. All levels are welcome!
Why should you play chess?
- Chess is cheap!
- Chess is a game for people of all ages.
- Chess develops logical thinking.
- Chess develops memory.
- Chess improves concentration.
- Chess develops analytical, synthetic and decision-making skills, which they can transfer to real life.
- Chess shows that success rewards hard work.
- Chess is part of the curricula in nearly 30 countries. In Venezuela, Iceland, Russia and other countries, chess is a subject in all public schools.
- Chess is always changing. There is always new theory, new players, new puzzles and ALWAYS new game.
- Chess is fun!
Come join us! The Chess Club will meet August 2 at 2:00 PM in the Young Adult fiction room. All levels are welcome!
By Betty Kirkeminde, College Grove Branch Manager
Every Thursday afternoon, there is a dog in the College Grove Community Library. In libraries across the country, you can find the same scene, children reading to friendly, tail-wagging dogs. The atmosphere is relaxed. Reading to a dog is fun!
For some children, it is more than just a novel experience. Reading ability, like any new skill, takes practice. For beginning and struggling readers, reading aloud to adults or classmates can be stressful. Reading to a trained therapy dog takes away the stress – the dog is a non-judgmental listener. The child can relax with the dog and focus on reading.
Two recent studies by the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine showed improvements of as much as 30% in reading fluency when children were paired with reading therapy dogs.
A five week study by Tufts University found that reading to a dog improved children’s reading ability and attitude toward reading.
Those involved in reading therapy programs find that children who participate are more comfortable reading aloud and read more often. As their literacy skills improve, they look forward to reading.
Two branches of the Williamson County Public Library system have reading therapy dogs who visit regularly. Children of all ages and reading abilities are invited to read to one of our reading dogs.
Betsy or Darby, who are certified by Therapy Dogs International as Tail Waggin’ Tutors, will be at the College Grove Community Library on Thursdays at 2:00 pm during July.
Reuben or Sadie, registered Reading Education Assistance Dogs, are at the Nolensville Public Library one Saturday each month. Their next visit will be on Saturday, July 26, from 1:00 to 3:00 pm.
Please check the library’s website, wcpltn, or call the branch for updates to the schedule.
If you missed Terry Hedge’s performance on Thursday, June 5, you’re in luck!
Check out some of the photos from the event and remember, it’s still not too late to stop by and sign up for SUMMER READING!!!
By Susan Fisher, Bethesda Branch Manager
Summer’s here and school’s out! Time to relax and have fun, but did you know that kids can lose as a month or more of academic progress during the summer if they don’t read? It’s called “summer slide” and it’s what happens if kids don’t use their hard-earned skills during summer vacation. According to a report from the National Summer Learning Association, teachers often have to spend the first month of school reteaching old material to their students, causing time to be lost that could be spent on new learning.
How can summer slide be prevented? The key is to keep kids reading all summer long. If you have a reluctant reader, here are some ideas:
- Let your child’s interests guide their reading. It’s summer, so give them the freedom to read whatever they want.
- Your summer schedule may be busy, but be sure to set aside time for reading among all of your activities.
- Leave reading material around your house about subjects that interest your child.
- Let your child see you reading for pleasure. By setting a good example, you show your child that you value and enjoy reading.
Another remedy for summer slide is our Fizz Boom Read 2014 Summer Reading Program! Lots of fun programs keep kids coming to library and checking out great books all summer long. Registration is going on now at your Williamson County Public Library branch. Stop in today to sign up and start reading! We also have summer reading for teens and adults, with some great programs and prizes. Check it out on our website, WCPLtn.org