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From Williamson County Health Dept and Williamson County Emergency Management Regarding Vaccinations in Williamson County 

Statement from the Williamson County Health Department and Williamson County Emergency Management Agency Regarding Vaccinations in Williamson County 

As stated on a Tennessee Department of Health release this week, The Tennessee Department of Health has updated the Tennessee COVID-19 Vaccination Plan and its phased approach to administering COVID-19 vaccines to Tennesseans.

“COVID-19 vaccines remain limited at this time, and Tennessee’s allocation plan prioritizes those most at risk of illness and death from COVID-19,” said Tennessee Health Commissioner Lisa Piercey, MD, MBA, FAAP. “The plan also prioritizes critical infrastructure workers who have direct public exposure or work in environments posing a higher risk of exposure to the virus that causes COVID-19.“

Links to the Tennessee Department of Health vaccination plan, eligibility requirements for each phase, frequently asked questions, and information on what phase Williamson County is currently in can be found on the Williamson County Emergency Management website: http://www.williamsonready.org/341/Health-Department-Vaccine-Distribution

The Williamson County Health Department (WCHD) has already begun to administer vaccines to the Phase 1a1 and Phase 1a2 population as well as the 75+ populations.

“It is important to remember that every county in the state will move through these phases at a different rate, due to vaccine availability and population size. We ask the community to stay plugged-in to local sources to find the most up-to-date information,” says Todd Horton, Director of the Williamson County Emergency Management Agency.

VACCINE AVAILABILITY ALERT SYSTEM: 

Anyone who is seeking a vaccination should register for the Williamson County Vaccine Availability Alert System. After registration is completed, the Department will send an alert via text, phone call or email informing eligible individuals of when and how they are able to register for their vaccine. This communication will be based on which phase the county is currently in. Individuals can sign up through the online registration form: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/QR3TZSL

VACCINE REGISTRATION PROCESS IN WILLIAMSON COUNTY: 

When the Williamson County Health Department is prepared to administer vaccines to the next phase in the distribution plan, eligible individuals and groups will be alerted that they can schedule their vaccine. This alert is accomplished through email, online, through the news or via the Vaccine Availability Alert System. This registration page should be sent to all eligible individuals: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/805094fa5ae29a5ff2-vaccination

Once registered, individuals will arrive at the designated vaccination site on their scheduled day and time.  There will be periods where registration is full; however, as more vaccine becomes available and as more phases are completed, more registration slots will become available to the public. WCHD asks that eligible individuals continue to check the sign-up sheet for availability.

Vaccines are being distributed in a phased approach. Those who are not eligible for the current phase should not register for the vaccine. Individuals who are not eligible may be turned away at the vaccination site.

After receiving the first vaccine, individuals will be given a date to return to receive their second vaccine dose. They will be sent a separate registration link to sign-up for their second dose.

VACCINE AVAILABILITY: 

The Williamson County Health Department is administering both the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines. Individuals will receive the vaccine that is currently available at the time of their appointment. They will not be able to choose which vaccine they receive.

ACCESSIBILITY: 

If individuals are not able to register for their vaccine online, they should call the Williamson County Public Information Line for registration assistance at (615) 595-4880. Beginning January 5th, the line will operate Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

If an eligible individual or group has not yet been communicated with regarding vaccine distribution, they can call the Williamson County Public Information Line for more information on how to register.

“We have been working diligently to create an efficient and transparent system for vaccine distribution,” says Williamson County Health Department Director Cathy Montgomery ”We appreciate everyone’s patience as we navigate this process together.”

Updated information from the Williamson County Health Department and the Williamson County Emergency Management Agency can be found on their website:  http://www.williamsonready.org/341/Health-Department-Vaccine-Distribution

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👩🏽‍🏫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 wcpltn.org. 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
Reference

 

🎀October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

One in eight U.S. women will develop invasive breast and one in one thousand U.S. men will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of their lifetime.

Breast cancers, like all cancers, cannot be one hundred percent prevented, but as with all cancers, early detection is key to the best recovery.  The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the United States Preventative Services Task Services (USPSTF) recommend that women, at average risk, 50 to 74 years old, to get a mammogram every 2 years and that women younger than 50 should discuss screening with their doctors.

Along with diagnostic screenings, monthly self exams are key. Become familiar with your breasts and consult with your physician if you notice any unfamiliar changes. Although you may be uneasy during this time about medical visits, time really is your best friend in this treatment – contact your doctor’s office for advice.

If you need help with diagnostic services, the CDC provides low-income, uninsured, and under-served women access to timely breast and cervical cancer screening and diagnostic services; check the information here for help in the state of Tennessee.

⌛️ UPDATE! Census Bureau to Counting until October 31, 2020☎️

Breaking News: UPDATE!

A Federal Judge has mandated the continuation of the 2020 Census until it’s original end date of October 31, 2020. But do not wait – complete your census if you still have yet to do so. There is still time to mail in your paper form, please check the Census website I have linked below for directions.

In a departure from the past procedures, the 2020 Census will halt the counting process on September 30, 2020, a month before the planned end date of October 31, 2020.

There is still time to be Counted – the Census survey can be completed online OR over the phone.

The Census website dedicated to completing the 2020 Census online until Wednesday, September 30, 2020 is:
https://2020census.gov/en/ways-to-respond/responding-online.html

The phone number dedicated to taking information 844-330-2020,
the 2020 Census phone bank website is:
https://2020census.gov/en/ways-to-respond/responding-by-phone.html
There are many different phone numbers, each corresponding to a very diverse set of languages.

The survey only takes a few minutes to complete and an accurate count ensures the the county and cities within it receive the proper amount of federal funds needed for infrastructure, utilities, schools, healthcare, and emergency services.  Local governments use the data to plan for utility districts and emergency response methods, critical to the everyday operation of communities.

Also – of great importance – State, County, and City officials will use this data to redraw districts in the Tennessee General Assembly, county commission districts, and alderman/city council districts.

In other words, your head count defines the districts of the state.
As of August 1, Williamson County had reached the 75% benchmark for participation, but the state of Tennessee is still approximately 65%.

According to the Tennessee Justice Center, Federal funds make up about 40% of the state budget in Tennessee, and under counting in the 2010 Census equaled a loss of $1,091 per person in our state!

Let’s #ShapeOurFuture by ensuring a #CompleteCount.

✏️📑 National Preparedness Month – Preparing the Children

National Preparedness Month (NPM) is recognized each September to promote family and community disaster planning now and throughout the year. As our community continues to respond to COVID-19, there is no better time to be prepared.

While we are may be familiar with the steps we, as adults, must take in order to prepare and organize for unseen events:

  • Know your hazards, pay attention to emergency notifications
  • Preparing ahead of time with vehicle kits, personal and financial documentation (either digitize or make copies of important documents)
  • Pack for your kids
  • Don’t forget packing and preparing for your pets

Please visit our site to ensure you have prepared yourself and your family to the best extent possible.

Tips from the Williamson County Emergency Management Team

A child who feels afraid during an emergency, is afraid. By involving them in your preparedness initiatives, they will have a better understanding of what to do during times of uncertainty.

How to involve your child before, during, and after disaster

Before:

  • Update your emergency plan together – set a date each year to review the plan.
  • Download helpful apps to use for alerts and warnings on everyone’s cellphones or devices.
  • Have them find pieces for you emergency “Go-Kit” by having a scavenger hunt throughout the house – when the item is found, have them explain its importance.
  • If you have a classroom or after school care program, you can consult programs such as Save the Children, which will allow you to download a “Prep Rally” kit.

During:

  • Keep everyone informed of your next action – follow your family communication and emergency plans, if possible, so your child knows what to expect and what to do.
  • Make sure everyone is accounted for.
  • Demonstrate that you feel calm and in control – your child may feel more confident and better able to cope.

After:

  • Give the children the opportunity to share their thoughts and experiences – encourage them to share their concerns.
  • Limit the amount of media coverage, as the media coverage can be intense.
  • Try to keep a routine – a sense of structure can help them feel relaxed.

🌳Cool in the Shade🌳

by Sharon Reily

Tree-lined streets are prized features of most established Middle Tennessee communities and lush greenery is a hallmark of our countryside. Our fall foliage is spectacular. But this ceiling of leaves, cool and welcoming though it may be, presents challenges for gardeners. What plants can thrive in shade and partial shade? The Williamson County Master Gardeners Speakers Bureau addressed this very question in their Garden Talk “Shade Gardening” program presented online on Monday, September 21.

In addition to great tips and advice offered by our Master Gardeners experts, a variety of physical and electronic resources to help you solve shade gardening issues and get great design ideas for your tree-covered landscape are available at the Library.  Here are a few:

Books

Best Perennials for Sun and Shade: Easy Plants for More Beautiful Gardens
(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Home Grown Gardening series) 635.392 BES

The Color Encyclopedia of Hostas
by Diana Grenfell and Michael Shadrack  635.93432 GRE

Encyclopedia of Hydrangeas
by C. J. van Gelderen and D. M. van Gelderen  635.9 GEL

Fine Gardening Beds & Borders
by the Editors & Contributors of Fine Gardening  635.9 FIN

Fuchsias & Bedding Plants
by David Myers  635.933 MYE

A Garden in the Shade
by Harriet L. Cramer  635.9 CRA

Glorious Shade
by Jenny Rose Carey  635.9 CAR

The Natural Shade Garden
by Ken Druse  635.9 DRU

The New Shade Garden
by Ken Druse  635.9543 DRU

Planting the Dry Shade Garden
by Graham Rice
Digital book available from Tennessee R.E.A.D.S.

Shrubs
by Andy McIndoe  635.9 MCI

Gardening Magazines

Country Gardens (in the Magazines Department on the second floor at the Main branch and as a digital magazine from Flipster)

Fine Gardening (in the Magazines Department on the second floor at the Main branch and as a digital magazine from Flipster)

Online Resources

From the The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture website:

Annual and Perennial Flower Shade Gardening in Tennessee

From the National Gardening Association website:

Gardening in the Shade” by Charlie Nardozzi

Hostas: Ultimate Shade Perennials” by Jack Ruttle

Shade Loving Annuals” by National Gardening Association Editors

Stars in the Shade: Impatiens” by Eliot Tozer

Enjoy reading about shade gardening and don’t forget to check out the Library’s website (wcpltn.org) in the next few months for information about our 2021 Garden Talk series presented by the Master Gardeners Speakers Bureau.

Your Voice Matters!

Information for Voter Registration 2020

How can YOU register to vote?

Option 1:

Register online at https://ovr.govote.tn.gov/
Download the GoVoteTN app to find Election Day polling locations, view and mark sample ballots, see elected officials, districts and county election commission information and access online election results. The GoVoteTN app is allowed inside polling locations.

Option 2:

Mail in your voter registration application https://sos-tn-gov-files.s3.amazonaws.com/forms/ss-3010.pdf  completely filled out to the Williamson County Election Commissions at:
Williamson County Election Commission
Attn: Chad Grey
1320 West Main Street
Administrative Complex Suite 140
Franklin, TN 37064-3700

Hard copies of the Voter Registration Application are kept at:
The County Election Commissions Office, the County Clerk’s Office (1st floor)
and the Register of Deeds Offices (2nd Floor):
1320 West Main Street, Franklin, TN

Public Libraries (please check Library hours here before leaving)

Williamson County Public Library Reference Desk
1314 Columbia Avenue Franklin, TN

Bethesda Public Library
4905 Bethesda Rd Thompson’s Station, TN

College Grove Public Library (currently closed)
8607 Horton Highway College Grove, TN

Fairview Public Library
2240 Fairview Blvd. Fairview, TN

Leiper’s Fork Public Library
5333 Old Highway 96 Franklin, TN

Nolensville Public Library
915 Oldham Drive Nolensville, TN

Option 3:

Register while in a transaction with one of the following agencies:

Department of Health (WIC Program)
Department of Human Services
Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Department of Mental Health
Department of Safety (motor vehicles division)
Department of Veteran’s Affairs

⭐⭐⭐If you have never voted in Williamson County before and you registered to vote by mail or online, you MUST vote IN-PERSON the first time you vote⭐⭐⭐

 

Are YOU eligible to vote check list:

✔️  A citizen of the United States

✔️   At LEAST 18 years old on or before the date of the next election

✔️   A resident of Tennessee (Not sure if you qualify? Check the following link https://sos.tn.gov/products/elections/guidelines-determining-residency )

✔️   If you have been convicted of a felony your ability to register and vote is dependent on the crime you were convicted of and the date of your conviction please check out the following link: https://sos.tn.gov/products/elections/restoration-voting-rights                   

Now that you’ve registered —

2020 Election dates!!

  September 22nd: National Voter Registration Day

➽  October 5th: Voter Registration Deadline

  October 14th– October 29th: Early Voting

  October 27th: Absentee Ballot Request Deadline

  November 3rd: State/Federal General Election

Important notice regarding Absentee/mail in voting for the 2020 Election:

In order to qualify for absentee/mail in voting you MUST fall under one of the categories provided in the following link: https://sos.tn.gov/products/elections/absentee-voting

If you qualify for absentee/mail in voting you must submit a written request by either mail, fax, or email with the information required on the absentee ballot request form; the form is not required, but PLEASE ensure all information needed is provided.

You may request an absentee/mail in ballot at the earliest 90 days before the election and at the latest 7 days before the election – try to request and submit your ballot in a timely fashion to make SURE your vote is counted!

If you have a print disability please submit the following form https://sos-tn-gov-files.tnsosfiles.com/Accessible%20Absentee%20Ballot%20Request%20Forms.pdf to request an accessible ballot by email.

Where do YOU go for in-person voting?

Please use the following link to find the nearest voting location for you:  https://web.go-vote-tn.elections.tn.gov/

Suggested voting locations vary based on the location of your residence

What do YOU bring to go vote?

Make sure to bring a photo ID that abides by the following requirements in the link provided:
https://sos.tn.gov/products/elections/what-id-required-when-voting

Bailey, Reference Department

Homework Hotline: Free Tutoring for all K-12 TN Students!

Homework Hotline TN

The Homework Hotline is open

Free tutoring is available to all K – 12th grade students in Tennessee!

Website: homeworkhotline.info with chat available after 3 pm

Teachers will be available 4pm–8pm*, Mondays through Thursdays.

615-298-6636 or 901-416-1234

Not only are teachers available for tutoring, but there is a page dedicated to Academic Resources available to students and parents while learning from home, organized into categories:

Core Subject Resources
Test Resources
Additional Resources
Homework Tips

And, specific to Williamson County:

  • Information: Find information on learning resources for all students while schools are closed.

  • Resource Guides: WCS is providing resources for each grade level and course during the Spring 2020 school district closure. Students may click on their grade level band and then their specific courses to find our optional resources. These resources will be continually updated during the school district closure.

  • Online Resources: Here students can find resources available to WCS students through their ClassLink.  This information is available on the student’s dashboard. Resources will be regularly updated, so check this webpage often.

***Two of the links for the Williamson County resources (Information and Online Resources) were broken because WCS recently changed their website. I changed them so they went to appropriate places at WCS, but there might be duplication.

WCPLS Children’s Department Online Story Times

We have a variety of storytimes for families with preschoolers now available courtesy of WC-TV which includes guest readers and library staff sharing their favorite stories.  You can also watch our Children’s Department Live on their Facebook page as well as find videos of their storytimes.

storytime-with-ms.-steph-time-STORYTIME with Ms. liz time

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