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COVID-19 Testing and Mask Distribution

From The Williamson County Health Department release dated June 29, 2020:

All COVID-19 tests and masks are free to the public, regardless of county of residency. Individuals do not have to present symptoms to be tested. Test results are currently being provided within 4 to 7 days of testing.
“We would like to remind the community that if they are coming to receive a test, they should plan on self-isolating until their test results come back to prevent transmission if results are positive,” said Williamson County Health Director Cathy Montgomery.
WCHD would like to remind the community to follow CDC guidelines by physically distancing and wearing a mask while in public settings. Businesses should continue to follow Governor Lee’s Tennessee Pledge Guidelines which can be found here:

For developing information, individuals can subscribe to Williamson County’s Public Information text opt-in system by texting keyword WCCOVID to 888-777.
TDH is posting updated COVID-19 case numbers by 2 p.m. CDT each day at

Find additional information at and

Visit the Williamson County Emergency Management COVID-19 page online at
Connect with WCEMA on Facebook and Twitter

Information from the World Health Organization

Information from the World Health Organization

Information from the World Health Organization

Celebrate Juneteenth Today!


What is Juneteenth?

It was June 19th, 1865 (two years after the Emancipation Proclamation had legally freed slaves on January 1, 1863) that Major General Gordon Granger announced the end of the Civil War and slavery.  Slave owners had withheld that information from slaves to be able to get another harvest out of them.  Granger’s General Order Number Three left no doubt about the fact:

The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absoluteequality of personal rights and rights of property, between former masters andslaves and the connection heretofore existing between them, becomes thatbetween employer and hired labor. The Freedmen are advised to remain attheir present homes and work for wages. They are informed that they will notbe allowed to collect at military posts; and they will not be supported in idlenesseither there or elsewhere.

Juneteenth is a day of commemorating the end of slavery in the United States, it is often referred to as the Black Independence Day. It is recognized as a state holiday or observance in forty-seven states and the District of Columbia.  Although the push to have it named as a Federal holiday has not been successful, the last four U. S. Presidents have made remarks about its observance. Over the course of 155 years, Juneteenth has become a global event.

Observances are usually community events, including parades, cookouts, picnics, festivals, marches, and prayer vigils. Given the current protests concerning the systemic racism that permeates our American culture – with the focus on police brutality and a biased criminal justice system, June 19th or Juneteenth takes on special significance. This day is to recognize African American freedom and achievement and take the time to promote and cultivate our appreciation of the diversity of cultures. In recent years, the celebrations have been global, as the sacrifices to achieve freedom are still ongoing.

The state of Tennessee passed legislation in 2007 (Tenn. Code Ann. §15-2-113 (2007) to recognize Juneteenth as a state holiday.

In Multnamah County in Oregon, June 19th is now a paid holiday.



Additional Resources:



Juneteeth Books in WCPL Collection

Children’s Fiction and Nonfiction

Juneteenth, Jubilee for Freedom (Holidays and Culture) Juneteenth, Jubilee for Freedom
Juneteenth for Mazie by Floyd Cooper Juneteenth for Mazie
by Floyd Cooper
Freedom's Gifts by Valerie Wesley Freedom’s Gifts
by Valerie Wesley
Traditional African American Arts and Activities by Sonya Kimble-Ellis Traditional African American Arts and Activities
by Sonya Kimble-Ellis

Adult Fiction and Nonfiction

Go Tell It On the Mountain by James Baldwin

Go Tell It On the Mountain
by James Baldwin

Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin

Several editions available here, here, and here in print, a children’s version, and a film adaptation. Also available as an ebook or audiobook on Tennessee R.E.A.D.S.

Juneteenth: a novel by Ralph Ellison

Juneteenth: a novel
by Ralph Ellison

Juneteenth: A Novel by Ralph Ellison
Available on Tennessee R.E.A.D.S. as a digital ebook or audiobook.

General Gordon Granger: the savior of Chickamauga and the man behind

General Gordon Granger: the savior of Chickamauga and the man behind “Juneteenth”
by Robert Conner

General Gordon Granger: The Savior of Chickamauga and the Man Behind “Juneteenth” by Robert Conner available online as an ebook.

Thermal Scanner Infographic from the World Health Organization

Thermal Scanner Infographic

Excellent Citizens and Notable Partings in Williamson County, Tennessee Book Publication Announcement

What was Special Collections doing during the covid-19 shelter-at-home mandate?

We’re glad you asked! Your Special Collection librarians were right here, working hard on compiling and editing a new book for our department, and for you! As much as we didn’t like the circumstances, we welcomed this time to focus on bringing our work to completion. We fully intend to have our new book available for purchase and/or perusal sometime in June, barring any unforeseen circumstances. 

What is the title?

The long title is: 

Excellent Citizens and Notable Partings: A Further Look at the Popular Series, “Portrait of an Excellent Citizen,” Published in The Review-Appeal, 1966-1968, in Franklin, Tennessee

What made you compile a book? 

Inspiration. It’s as simple as that. Nearly two years ago, an old box of donated items provided  hours of delight and entertainment as we combed through its contents. Among the assorted papers, we found a nearly complete set of Review-Appeal “Portrait of an Excellent Citizen” clippings which, we soon discovered, ran as a series between the years 1966-1968. We were intrigued by this Review-Appeal appointed group of outstanding citizens, so highly regarded that each face was individually hand drawn by Tennessean staff artist, Bill Duke. 

Why these citizens?

Each generation recognizes those among us who stand out, the ones getting things done, the ones everyone either knows or “knows of.” How the Review-Appeal “Portrait of an Excellent Citizen” series came into being is a bit of a mystery, as well as their selection process. It seemed to have just appeared out of the blue, with no introduction and no conclusion. However, once re-discovered, we quickly recognized that this collection of citizen portraits gave us a unique snapshot of Williamson County and some, but not all, of the more visible citizens of the late 1960s, and that in itself was significant. While our nation was in the throes of political turmoil and cultural revolution, it would seem that business and life went on as usual in Williamson County.

Why is this book important?

As we began to wonder how the lives of these “Excellent Citizens” played out and what it would look like to read their end-of-life story, we set out to locate their obituaries and other articles. After compiling a fair amount of additional material, it was easy to see the treasure we had unearthed. We knew if we could get this all into a book, it would become an important resource for present and future researchers in finding family connections and aiding their understanding of these citizens and their place in our midst. For added interest, we threaded in ads of the era found in the Review-Appeal, The Williamson Leader, and the local Franklin phone directory. We also used quotations and excerpts from other local sources whenever possible.

Are any of the Excellent Citizens still living?

Yes, only about 10. For those citizens who are still living, we sent letters or called asking for their help, or their family’s help, in creating an updated entry for them. Most were happy to do so. And as word got out, some families of those citizens already gone were eager to help as well. In that way, we were able to amass original and important additional content for many of our living and deceased Excellent Citizens.

Are there other books about local people from Williamson County?

Yes, there are quite a few wonderful biographies, and several narratives of life in Franklin which are very  entertaining as well as factual. We are eager to point out to our readers works such as Who’s Who in Williamson County by Jane Bowman Owen, Who’s Who in Williamson County by Nat Osborne, Jr., and Who’s Who in Williamson County by Derry Carlisle, reprints of the Review-Appeal column of the same name published over a span of 35 years, all colorfully written and re-published by Rick Warwick. We also encourage our patrons to read the narratives of locals who have chronicled their own lives in Williamson County during this era, and in doing so, have animated the lives of many other citizens, some featured in our book. Look for works by Leonard Isaacs, Russ Farnsworth, Bill Peach, Bobby Langley, Jimmy Gentry, W.C. Yates, and others. Many of these are available to check out at WCPL.

Why are these 143 citizens important?

In today’s world, we have “social media” and “influencers,” but these men and women of the late 1960s were influential — they were doers, and their lives reflected their interaction with and influence in the community. For a time, they were all here in this one place, together, the stalwarts of their day. We hope this book, which we have painstakingly compiled and edited, will provide its readers and researchers with a useful resource as well as a source of memories of a time gone by, now known as The Sixties. 

Watch for details about our new book, Excellent Citizens and Notable Partings, coming out soon!

From the Special Collections Department

Marcia P. Fraser and Ashleigh M. Florida

Dori’s Book Pile

The top title, Becoming a Man by P. Carl is an anecdotal account of a transgender man, physically and legally transitioning at the age of fifty. While it is satisfying that he is able to finally be perceived as the person he is on the inside, it is somewhat tragic that he had to wait so long – that he had to live so much of his life portraying a persona that he was expected to be. Along this topic, I have also recently read Trans Mission: My Quest to a Beard by Alex Bertie, in our YA section (YA B BERTIE). Alex chronicles his journey to gender transition as a teenager in the UK. Not only does he expose the limitations of the British medical care system for gender transitions, but there is also a section of the book that is written by his mother – and the mental transition she has to navigate to support her child in this difficult undertaking.

Except for Becoming a Man, it is obvious that I am in a crime/true crime phase. After finishing Hidden Valley Road by Robert Kolker, I pulled his first book, Lost Girls. I had heard of the story behind this book (unlike Hidden Valley Road, which was fresh news for me), but even so, Kolker manages to give life, a biography, to each of these unfortunate young women buried on the beach in Long Island. They are intertwined in life as they became in death. I find Robert Kolker to be as compelling with this account as he was with the Gavin family members in Hidden Valley Road.  He is an unusually thorough and dedicated true crime writer.

Gone at Midnight, the Mysterious Death of Elisa Lam by Jake Anderson is another true crime account of the Vancouver student missing after checking into the Cecil Hotel in Los Angeles – a place with a 90-year history of tragedy and scandal. This is a disturbing narrative penned by a journalist trying to uncover the facts behind Elisa Lam’s death which eventually became a macabre internet meme. The book becomes laborious with the intermingling of fact, conspiracy theory, mental illness (on part of the subject and the author), and plain old paranormal speculation. Anderson kept moving off on tangents and had a difficult time interconnecting different supposition with his initial hypothesis, in other words, he was all over the place, but the grim story held my interest enough to finish the book.

The Man From The Train: the Solving of a Century-old Serial Killer Mystery, I have not started yet – it is next on my to-read list. It is also a true crime story (naturally) about baseball writer and statistician Bill James as he uses his unique skillset to solve a series of murders (of entire families!) that occurred in the Midwest between 1898 to 1912. I cannot wait to get into it.

My guilty pleasure has been the 25 years of the In Death series by JD Robb (aka Nora Roberts); she produces, on average, two of these a year. They have a strong lead character, a female detective in the NYPD.  The stories occur in a somewhat post-dystopian universe, set in the late 2050’s to the early 2060’s. The characters have evolved, in their world, over the course of five years, along with real world forensic technology. Robb has done a great job at progressing the tech to make it feel as if you are in a future world. And, of course, there is a tiny bit of spicy romance. Echoes in Death is the 55th in the series of 61 in death books, including 11 anthologies. There are two more to be released, one in the fall and one next year. I read them sporadically – they are fairly good who-done-it mysteries.



What Library Books I Am Listening To…

I am currently listening to mystery novels by Kate White on Hoopla.  I just started listening to Have you seen me? which is a standalone novel where we are introduced to the main character as she begins to suffer from amnesia.  That’s as far as I am into this book.
I have also listened to three of the author’s Bailey Weggins mysteries, So Pretty It Hurts, Even If It Kills Her, and Such A Perfect Wife.  Her protagonists live in NYC and the mysteries that I have listened to so far take place in NY and New England.  Bailey Weggins is a crime writer who ends up solving the mysteries that she is reporting.
We have many of her books in the Library collection and in READS.
I recently listened to a couple of psychological thrillers by Mary Kubica. The Other Mrs. and When The Lights Go Out.  It’s hard to say a whole lot about these without ruining the experience. Her works can be found in the Library collection and in READS.
~Marcia B.

Williamson County Clerk’s Office Promotes Online Services

Williamson County Clerk Online Services Page

Williamson County has been moving toward a phased reopening of its offices, while continuing to do its part to assist in the protection of the health and safety of citizens and employees. In an effort to promote continued physical distancing and health best practices, the Williamson County Clerk’s Office would like to remind individuals of the online services it provides.

The Clerk’s Office offers an online portal for tag renewals and marriage license applications. To utilize online services, visit:

Individuals who cannot access the online portal, can visit one of the five Renewal Kiosks at the Williamson County recreational facilities:

  • Fairview Recreation Complex, 2714 Fairview Boulevard
  • Franklin Recreation Complex, 1120 Hillsboro Road
  • Indoor Sports Complex in Brentwood, 920 Heritage Way
  • Longview Recreation Center at Spring Hill, 2909 Commonwealth Drive
  • Williamson County Recreation Complex at Nolensville, 7250 Nolensville Road

Each facility is open according to the following modified schedule:

  • Monday – Friday: 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Saturday: 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
  • Sunday: Closed

Renewal Kiosks are located in facility lobbies.  Whether entering the clerk’s office or a recreation center lobby, a temporal scan will be administered and every individual must answer 5 questions prior to entering a facility. Any person with a temperature registering greater than 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or a positive confirmation to any of the health questions will not be allowed in the facility. Entrance will be based on limited occupant capacities and social distancing practices will be required. Once full occupancy is met, entrance will only be allowed as patrons exit the facility. Patrons are encouraged to bring masks and other protective gear to ensure everyone’s safety.


Visit the Williamson County Emergency Management COVID-19 page online at

or Text WCCOVID to 888-777 for developing information. 

My book pile…

I’m a big fan of anything cross genre, especially if it’s dystopian. Teen fiction is also a big draw for me, and unconventional stories. Lately I’ve interested in reading a lot of creeping psychological horror with sci-fi and fantasy leanings.

house of leaves

My all time favorite of the creeping psychological dread is probably House of Leaves. It uses quite a bit of unconventional writing techniques not often seen outside of poetry anthologies, but isn’t too heavy handed. The main character is piecing together snippets of documents about a fictional movie about a house that doesn’t exist and uses the idea of space and distance in literally maddening ways.


the hum and the shiver

If you like a little fae influence, I recommend The Hum and the Shiver. It starts out fairly gumshoe detective, but quickly introduces the reader to a whole hidden world and culture of magic and music and secrets, all set in modern small-town Appalachia where certain people are more than they seem to be.


fred vampire accountantFor something a little more light-hearted I’ve been listening to the audiobook version on the Overdrive app of The Utterly Uninteresting and Unadventurous Tales of Fred, the Vampire Accountant. The whole series is a really hilarious, slightly episodic adventures of Fred, who is a very introverted, rather boring accountant, and also a vampire, as he gathers up a ragtag crew of supernatural misfits as his friends in his new vampire social life. He also saves a bunch of people, somehow. Several times.

~ Amy

World Press Freedom Day

World Press Freedom Day May 3 logo May 3rd is World Press Freedom Day; a day designated by the United Nations to recognize and celebrate the fundamental principles of press freedom. This year’s conference originally scheduled the last weekend in April at the World Forum in The Hague has been postponed until October, in the same location.

UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization), headquartered in Paris, is launching the 2020 global campaign on media and social media channels focusing on Journalism without Fear or Favour with special emphasis on:

  • Safety of Woman and Men Journalists and Media Workers
  • Independent and Professional Journalism free from Political and Commercial Influence
  • Gender Equality in All Aspects of the Media


Proclaimed in December 1993 by the UN General Assembly, World Press Freedom Day acts as a reminder to governments of the need to respect their commitment to freedom of the press. It is also a day for media professionals to reflect about current issues surrounding press freedom and professional ethics.

The stated purpose of the World Press Freedom Day is to celebrate the fundamental principles of press freedom, assess the state of press freedom throughout the world, defend the media from attacks on their independence, and to pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the line of duty.

World Press Freedom Day was chosen to highlight freedom of expression as a fundamental human right. As agreed by the United Nation’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948, Article 19 says “Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.”

Access to information and media freedom contribute to human empowerment, which in turn helps people gain control over their lives and their communities. These are achieved through access to fair, accurate, and unbiased information, representing many opinions. The ability to have unfettered access to information and to relay it throughout their community allows active collective participation. These freedoms must be protected by rule of law and the populace must be educated in the information literacy that supports civic engagement by the citizens of all countries allowed into the United Nations.

Book available at WCPL:

War on words: who should protect journalists? by Joanne M. Lisosky and Jennifer R. Henrichsen (323.445 LIS)


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