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Williamson County MLK Closings

Williamson County COVID-19 Testing and the Williamson County Public Information Line will be CLOSED on Monday, January 18, 2021 for MLK Day.

Please visit the Williamson County Office of Public Safety for the January COVID-19 Testing Schedule and all information about Williamson County’s vaccine distribution plan.

Williamson County Mask Mandate Extended😷

The Williamson County Mask Mandate has been extended until February 27th at 11:59 PM as part of the Declaration of Continued Public Health Emergency.

Read the Declaration ➡️
Frequently Asked Questions ➡️
Business Signage ➡️

The Williamson County Public Library System will observe the guidelines within the Declaration and asks that everyone note the second statement of number 10 on page two which is specific to Williamson County Government facilities.

Update to COVID-19 Testing Schedule at Agricultural Center

Here is a quick update regarding COVID-19 testing from the Tennessee Department of Health:

Starting Monday, December 21st, there will be changes to the COVID-19 testing schedule at the Williamson County Agricultural Center: In preparation for vaccine distribution, drive-through health department testing will be available on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Drive-through self-testing will be available Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Self-test kits are PCR tests and instructions will be provided on site.

🔎Remote access to Library Edition of Ancestry Extended to March 31, 2021!


Access to Ancestry Library Edition has been temporarily expanded to library cardholders working remotely, courtesy of ProQuest and its partner Ancestry.  Remote access will be available until  March 31st 2021 and will continue to be re-evaluated.


👩🏽‍🏫Online Language Learning Available at Tennessee Electronic Library

The Tennessee Electronic Library (TEL) offers all of us the ability to learn a new language online. Its Transparent Language portal allows Tennesseans the opportunity to develop new skills, to learn a new language, with over 100 language options. These interactive lessons allow individuals to start at a Beginner level or jump into Intermediate language skills for professional purposes.  Many of the languages offer options for children to learn, Kidspeak is indicated next that language.

Once you get to the TEL homepage, click on the General Public Tab in the dark blue bar. On the General Public Page, the option of Language Learning is in the light blue bar and as a button in the center of the screen. Once on the Language Learning Page, I selected the Transparent Language button.

I created an account to sign in (yes, the minimum required to create an account is a username and password, necessary to record progress and completion), and started the first beginner’s lesson in Italian. The first vocabulary lesson consisted of five words, and I then finished the alphabet lesson and the accompanying assessment.


Then, I received a Certificate of Completion for the Alphabet assessment. I could spend the whole day going through these tutorials: they were engaging, consistent, repetitive with speaking, hearing, and quizzing prompts. And the lessons are short enough to keep you interested!

You will notice in the second screenshot, under the word ‘Italian,’ is TRANSCRIPTTransparent Language will generate a report that can be printed or downloaded in either a CSV or PDF file format. The report is a reflection of the time spent in lessons and assessments. This report, when it signifies a level of proficiency, could be a serious asset in an employment search.

Learning a new skill set can be a challenge, but it does not have to break the bank. There is great opportunities for all Tennesseans at the Tennessee Electronic Library (TEL).
Visit ALL of the resources and databases, along with TEL, available to the Williamson County Public Library community at The Navigation is Home -> Readers Corner ->Homework and Research -> Articles & Databases.

Please contact us at 615-595-1243 with any questions about any of these databases! And let us know if you progress to proficiency in a new language!

Dori Duff


December COVID-19 Testing Schedule

The Williamson County Health Department is currently providing FREE drive-through assessment, COVID-19 testing, and cloth masks following protocols from the CDC and the Tennessee Department  of Health. Individuals can receive a free test, mask or both when arriving at the testing site.

  • Williamson County Agricultural Center
    • Location: 4215 Long Lane Franklin, TN 37064
    • Monday through Friday
    • 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Testing and masks are FREE to anyone, regardless of symptoms or county of residency. Appointments are not required.


🐶Williamson County Animal Center Changes Dog Intake Process Prompted by Rising Covid-10 Numbers🐶


Effective Monday, November 30, 2020, the Williamson County Animal Center will only accept stray dogs and owner surrender dogs on an emergency basis.  This temporary measure to reduce shelter traffic is prompted by the rising Covid-19 numbers in Williamson County.  The adoption center is not effected by the change and will remain open for regular operations.

We are asking finders to keep healthy stray dogs for a five-day ‘straycation.

To report a stray:

💥Extended hours for COVID-19 testing at the Ag Center on Monday, 11/30

The Health Department will have extended hours for COVID-19 testing at the Ag Center on Monday, November 30rd.

Testing is drive-through and open to anyone.

On Tuesday, the testing hours will return to 8:30 am – 12:30 pm.

Williamson County Ag Center
4215 Long Lane
Franklin, TN

📚Amy’s New and Noteworthy in Nonfiction, November 2020, Part 1📚

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

Women’s History

Sisters in Hate: American Women on the Front Lines of White Nationalism by Seyward Darby tells about the psychology and sociology of women involved in movements that are traditionally anti-feminist.

The Saigon Sisters: Privileged Women in the Resistance by Patricia D. Norland has historical accounts of women in the resistance movements in China


Current Issues – Immigration Stories

Between Everything and Nothing: the Journey of Seidu Mohammed and Razak Iyal and the Quest for Asylum by Joe Meno highlights our immigration issues with a pair of first hand accounts of the struggles of immigrants within them.


Asian History – China

The Compensations of Plunder: How China Lost its Treasures by Justin M. Jacobs is a historical breakdown of colonialism in China.

The Great Leap Backward: Forgetting and Representing the Mao Years by Lingchei Letty Chen has a lot to say about political messaging and propogranda, using China as a case study.


Social Issues

Dopeworld: Adventures in the Global Drug Trade by Niko Vorobyov examines illegal operations and how they’re run worldwide.


Current Issues – Covid-19

Pandemic: Tracking Contagions, from Cholera to Coronaviruses and Beyond by Sonia Shah is an update to a previous pandemic book, newly edited to include the modern coronavirus science.


Modern History

F*cking History: 111 Lessons you Should Have Learned in School by the Captain is a general fun history trivia book told in an entertaining way.

Remains of Socialism: Memory and the Futures of the Past in Postsocialist Hungary by Maya Nadkarni features quite a bit of sociology, examining the impact of previous movements and collective memory.


Current Issues – United States Protest History

Mayday 1971: a White House at War, a Revolt in the Streets, and the Untold History of America’s biggest Mass Arrest by Lawrence Roberts is reminiscent of our current times, and good historical analysis of times similar to ours.



Grasp: the Science Transforming How we Learn by Sanjay Sarma is a resource for educators with the most current theories on how humans learn best.


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 8:30 am and 10 am Monday through Saturday for minimal contact; or you can come into the 10 am and 7 pm Monday through Thursday, 10 am through 5:30 pm Friday and Saturday, or 1 pm through 5:30 pm on Sunday to retrieve your holds from Circulation.

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