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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.

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Library Closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Williamson County Public Library System will be closed on Monday, January 18, 2021 for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of remembrance and service.

We will open Tuesday, January 19, 2021 for our usual hours:
10:00 am to 7:00 pm Weekdays
10:00 am to 5:30 pm Friday and Saturday
1:00 pm to 5:30 pm Sunday
And Holds2Go 8:30 am to 10:00 am Monday through Saturday

Top Ten Fiction and Nonfiction Titles of 2020

The past year has been challenging for all of us; some more than others. We have done the best that we can to provide cost-effective entertainment for you, your families, and our community this past year. The following lists are the top ten most checked out books in adult fiction and nonfiction.

 

Happy 2021 Reading!

Main Library Children’s Department Closed for Cleaning

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.

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

Follow Williamson County Emergency Management on Facebook and Twitter

9-1-1 Lines Restored

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

Brentwood: 615-371-0160

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 ➡️ https://bit.ly/38K0C6a
Frequently Asked Questions ➡️ https://bit.ly/3puWBcQ
Business Signage ➡️ https://bit.ly/3n12Gw0

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.

A Message on Behalf of our Friends of the Library📝

Join the Friends, Support the Library, and Help us Grow!

The Friends is a volunteer, non-profit group dedicated to enhancing and improving Library services for our community. Friends’ contributions, fundraising activities, and volunteer efforts support adult and youth programs, maintain and increase book collections, and provide new technologies, equipment and other improvements for the Library. Read about the Friends here

As a friendly reminder for current Friends of the Library:

Renew Your Membership Today!
As Friends Members, we know you love books and love the library. Now, more than ever, we need your continued support to keep Friends the vibrant contributor and resource the library has come to rely on for those extra needs. Please renew your Friends membership today and please consider making a donation to Friends – no amount is too small!

CLICK HERE for a membership form on Friends’ Library page
and pay online or mail in your membership forms and payments.

To Our Friends:

As Library staff, we cannot express our gratitude enough to our Friends! The support they provide to us enables us to provide support to the community; it is a circle of giving that cannot be overstated.  In spite of all of the complications of 2020, our Friends thought outside of the box and in modified ways, were able to continue their efforts. As we all are doing.🏆 

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!

GOOD NEWS!

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.

 

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