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Back to School: Books to Promote Good School Habits

Back to School: Part 2

Along with starting a new adventure like going to school, there are some expectations about behaviors, such as waiting your turn, making friends, avoiding bullying, and trying your best.

These books highlight the best attitudes needed to get along with other kids and teachers.

We have listed some titles to help discuss the first day of school, both physical books and digital. And, included are books in Spanish, in our children’s collection, indicated by –>.

The physical books 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 9am and 10am Monday through Saturday for minimal contact; or you can come into the Library between 10am and 6pm Monday through Friday and 10am and 1pm on Saturday to retrieve your holds from Circulation. Please note that these are the hours for the Main Franklin Branch, Nolensville, and Fairview Branches only. Please visit Williamson County Public Library’s website for the Leiper’s Fork and Bethesda Branches availability.

Also linked are those titles available as electronic books and audio books (through Tennessee R.E.A.D.S. and your library card number).

Tomorrow I’ll Be Kind by Jessica Hische
A gentle picture book on ways big and small to be kind to others.

Kindness is Cooler, Mrs. Ruler by Margery Culer; illustrated by Sachiko Yohikawa. Mrs. Ruler guides her students in discovering ways of being kind to their family members, their community, and each other.

The Cool Bean by Jory John; illustrations by Pete Oswald.
Friendship is hard when you’re not quite a cool bean. A nuanced look at dealing with popularity.

EBOOK: The Cool Bean

We Don’t Eat Our Classmates! By Ryan T. Higgins.
Penelope the dinosaur wants so badly to make friends…but keeps accidentally eating her classmates. A hilarious and fun look at how to make and keep friends.

EBOOK: We Don’t Eat Our Classmates!

Two by Kathryn Otoshi. One and Two were best friends until Three showed up. A story about feeling left out and including others. Browse Kathryn Otoshi’s other books about recognizing feelings:

Zero by Kathryn Otoshi. Zero, dismayed by her big, empty, roundness, tries to force herself into the shape of the much-admired One, but must finally accept that she can only be Zero.

One by Kathryn Otoshi. A number/color book reminding us that it just takes one to make everyone count.

Marco Goes to School by Roz Chast. Marco the bird is eager to start school because he wants to learn how to reach the moon, and although he does not accomplish that on his first day, he does make a new friend.

Rulers of the Playground by Joseph Kuefler. One morning, Jonah decided to become ruler of the playground. Everyone agreed to obey his rules to play in King Jonah’s kingdom, except for Lennox. She wanted to rule the playground, too. A hilarious tale of playground antics.

Waiting is not easy! by Mo Willems.
Gerald the elephant does not like to wait even for Piggie’s special surprise.

–> ¡Esperar No es Faćil! by Mo Willems, adaptado al español por F. Isabel Campoy

Are We Pears Yet? By Miranda Paul; illustrated by Carin Berger. Two seeds can’t wait to be pears, but growing takes time and patience.

How to read a book by Kwame Alexander; art by Melissa Sweet. A beautiful ode to loving and enjoying reading through poetry and illustrations.

How Rocket Learned to Read by Tad Hills. A little yellow bird teaches Rocket the dog how to read by first introducing him to the “wondrous, mighty, gorgeous alphabet.

EBOOK: How Rocket Learned to Read

Flight School by Lita Judge
Little penguin wants to badly to learn how to fly! A story of determination despite obstacles.

We hope you are able to enjoy a copy of one or more of these books with your children! We will post next with suggestions of books to supplement and compliment the some of the Kindergarten and First grade curriculum taught at Williamson County Schools and the Franklin Special School district.

Please reach out to us with suggestions of questions; we will help as much as possible.

Dori Duff, Reference Department/Rachel Ernst, Children’s Department

Stuck at Home? Here’s Free Online Media to Binge from the Library

By Amy Shropshire


While the Williamson County Public Library is currently closed to the public, fighting off the spread of COVID-19, several changes have been made to the existing library policy.

  • We are no longer circulating physical materials. Patrons will no longer be able to place or pick up holds. Holds that have already been placed will be held for when we re-open and not expire.
  • No late fees will be assessed for materials currently checked out. Materials are still currently returnable through the book drop, but keeping them will not incur any fees until after we re-open to the public.
  • Patrons with recently expired cards, or cards expiring soon, have all been renewed until June 2020.
  • Fines will no longer be an impediment to accessing online resources. All patrons with an active and renewed library card should be able to access online materials such as Tennessee READS and Hoopla.
  • At present, staff will return calls and emails for patrons having technical difficulty accessing online resources and/or help answer queries.

So many people at home will need resources for both education and entertainment value, and we can still provide these resources through online media.

Here are some important things to remember when creating an account through our online resources.

  • We are part of Buffalo River Regional Library, so that will be the name you search for when creating an account.
  • The default PIN number is the last 4 digits of the library card number.
  • All library card numbers must be entered with no spaces to access online resources.

For example, Tennessee READS is a great online resource that offers over 100,000 e-books and audiobooks available to our patrons. You can download e-books and audiobooks to a computer, mobile device, and/or tablet. You can access Tennessee READS by downloading the apps, Overdrive and Libby, or you can access it through the library website.



Hoopla is another great resource if you are looking for more audio-visual media such as music, movies, and television shows. Not to mention Hoopla also has a comic book selection as well. Just remember to select carefully, because Hoopla is limited to 3 checkouts per month.

Another perk about Overdrive, Libby, and Hoopla are the accessibility features, which include:

  • dyslexic font
  • adjustable font size
  • adjustable audio speed
  • Hoopla has closed captioning

RBDigital also carries a variety of popular e-books and audiobooks if you can’t find something in Tennessee READS or if you run out of checkouts.

If you are looking for magazines, try Flipster! Flipster is an easy-to-use digital magazine newsstand that has new and back issues. Flipster is accessible via a web browser or the Flipster app which is made specifically for Apple devices, Android devices, and the Kindle Fire tablet. You can also download magazines to read offline, anytime, anywhere.

For something new and different, try the curated lists of the Indie Author Project. Published by Library Journal, the India Author Project pulls together lists by genre of the most talked about independently published work that often escapes notice. You might find your new favorite author there.

Whether you’re keeping up with your educational goals of if you’re wanting to learn something new, EBSCOhost is the online resource for you. EBSCOhost provides a plethora of materials from classics to educational nonfiction. Try our collection of EBSCOhost e-books and audiobooks available for checkout.

Speaking of educational resources, we have computer practice resources and databases full of new learning opportunities you can spend your time on. For example, GCFLearnFree has plenty of tutorials including basic money management, resume writing, computer skills, and technology help to name a few. GCFLearnFree also provides courses on communication skills and the sharing economy too. Feel free to browse their collection of tutorials as well as our other computer training options.

Staying at home is also a great time to finally publish that book you’ve always wanted to write, and we have the resources for that! Create your own independently published book through Pressbooks, and submit your work to the Indie Author Project, both of which make your work shareable.

While some of us may be stuck at home for public safety, this is the perfect opportunity to do the things you’ve never had time to do before. So stay home and read, learn, and create!


Additional Links:

Overdrive app for Android devices

Overdrive app for Apple devices

Libby app for Android devices

Libby app for Apple devices


Teen Tech Week

photo 1By Erin Holt, Teen Department

It’s officially Teen Tech Week ! Libraries around the country are celebrating in many different ways, combining crafts, technology, and more! Here at WCPLtn, we celebrated by hosting our final Lego Mindstorms Club meeting, playing the Wii U, and even putting technology to the side one afternoon by playing various board games!

photo 2Our Teens did a great job under the guidance of Middle Tennessee State Community College professor Alan Fisher. They started out learning the various parts of the Lego Mindstorm, moved to building their own robot, and finally learned the intricacies of programming the robot! By the end they had their robots sensing colors, objects, and even doing dances to various pop songs! Everyone had a blast and some even used the sessions to aid in earning their merit badge for boy scouts!

photo 3If you’re interested in attending an upcoming Lego Mindstorms program, follow us on Twitter @wcplteen14 and keep your eye on our website where we’ll post slides to let you know when registration opens for the April session!

What did you do to celebrate Teen Tech Week?




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