From the Rogerville Review, January 17, 2021:
The Tennessee Regional eBook and Audiobook Download System (R.E.A.D.S.) announced today that they achieved a record-breaking 4,957,038 digital e-book, audiobook, magazine and video checkouts in 2020.
The record number of checkouts is a milestone for the top five Tennessee libraries for digital checkouts through R.E.A.D.S.: Williamson County Public Library, Linebaugh Public Library in Rutherford County, Blount County Public Library, Clarksville-Montgomery County Public Library and Johnson City Public Library, along with all of the Tennessee Regional Library System members across the state.
Tennessee R.E.A.D.S., using the Overdrive platform, and the Libby app (for mobile devices), is able to connect library users with content from R.E.A.D.S. catalog of e-books, audiobooks, and other digital materials.
Patrons with active library cards are able to browse, borrow, and use the digital collection, available items can be downloaded or streamed instantly; and are automatically expired at the end of the loan period.
The top five e-books read through R.E.A.D.S. in 2020:
1. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens (5476 checkouts)
2. Educated, a memoir by Tara Westover (3295)
3. Every Breath by Nicholas Sparks (3202)
4. The Reckoning by John Grisham (3027)
5. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon (2802)
The top five audiobooks borrowed in 2020:
1. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling (6531 checkouts)
2. Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng (4392)
3. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott (4111)
4. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens (3881)
5. The Last Widow by Karin Slaughter (3662)
A flyer about COVID-19 testing at the Williamson County Agriculture Center:
Please visit the Williamson County Office of Public Safety for more information.
The Children’s Department at the main branch of the Williamson County Public Library is closed this afternoon for cleaning.
Please be aware that this may cause delays in filling holds and requests for materials including books and movies rated PG and G.
We have a new display for a new month and a new year: “Sew Many Pieces” by Joyce Oberle. This spectacular art is hanging on the walls outside of the meeting rooms at the main branch; my photos do not do them justice. While social distancing is required, the ability to come into the library and view Ms. Oberle’s works is possible.
From the artist, Ms. Joyce Oberle –
I am happy to return to a second Quilt Exhibit at the Williamson County Library.
My sewing adventure began when I was about 4 or 5 years old. It has continued off and on throughout my life; it has always given me much pleasure. I have done many different types of sewing through the years, both by hand and by machine. I love that I can continue to learn and perfect different techniques. I love the creative spirit that enhances it all.
Quilting/sewing has been my savior these past several months. I have been trying different techniques and learning new skills. I have found some that I have enjoyed and want to continue. I have done some that, once is enough. I’m glad that I tried it, but I won’t do it again. These many months have been a sewing adventure.
I hope that you will enjoy this eclectic display of what I enjoy doing. Some of the pieces were created using patterns, while others are my own creative endeavors. Each time I stitch a creation, I ALWAYS learn something new.
Thank you for viewing my passion.
The main branch is open to the public from 10 am to 7 pm Monday through Thursday, 10 am to 5:30 pm Friday and Saturday, and 1 pm to 5:30 pm on Sunday. We screen, take temperatures, ask COVID questions, and patrons are required to wear a mask at all times in county buildings.
These requirements do not hinder the ability to gaze upon the beauty Ms. Oberle has created. I found looking at them to be extremely calming, maybe it will be the same for you.
From Williamson County Health Dept and Williamson County Emergency Management 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.
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.
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
911 Lines Restored in Williamson County
All Williamson County 911 Emergency phones lines have been restored for direct calls to 911 again, following the Christmas Day explosion in downtown Nashville that caused an AT&T outage across the southeast. Residents can again dial 911 for an emergency and, as always, be prepared to give your location to dispatchers immediately. “It’s the first questions our dispatchers ask,” said Kathleen Watkins, Brentwood’s Emergency Operations Supervisor. “Your name, location and your emergency specifics are the most important pieces of information we need in the first few seconds of the call.”
It’s especially important to know your address when calling 911. Time is of the essence when dialing 911. “The quicker we get information pertaining to the caller’s location, the quicker we can dispatch help from the correct agency,” said Watkins.
Emergency lines went down around 10am on Friday, December 25 and were re-routed through a redundant back-up system for the past three days. “We have consistently received emergency calls into the 911 center since Monday evening and are ready to inform the public that calling 911 is a reliable option again in the event of an emergency,” said Williamson County Emergency Communications Director, Kristy Borden.
If for some reason you have trouble reaching 911, please save and use the Williamson County and Brentwood non-emergency lines:
Williamson County: 615-790-5550
We wish our community all of the blessings of the season; we are grateful for your patronage and truly look forward to a prosperous and healthy New Year.
The Library System will be closed Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. The Main Library will be open on Sunday, December 27 from 1pm to 5:30pm.
The Winter Reading Challenge is underway and there is more information about challenges, badges, and awards.
This can all be found on the library website – wcpltn.org
While this info is on the Children’s Department page, it has information for all three challenge groups – Children, Teen, and Adult.
Please refer to the last blog on the Winter Reading Challenge for information on using our partner, beanstack, to log your reading (in time and/or by book).
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.