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Library2Go Services Continues on Tuesdays and Thursdays

Library2Go Services Continues on Tuesdays and Thursdays

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The Williamson County Public Library System takeout service to provide library materials to patrons while the facilities are closed and with minimal interactions continues at all Library Branches except College Grove on Tuesday and Thursdays.  Our College Grove Branch will continue to offer Library2Go services Monday to Friday from 10 am to 6 pm.

Here’s how to use our Library2Go service* at the Main Library:

1. Hours: 10:00 am to 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm on Tuesdays and Thursday

2. Call us at 615-595-1277 between 10:00 am and 6:00 pm to request up to 10 items per family or to pick up your item(s) currently being held on the hold shelf**.

3. Staff will find the items and check them out to you.  Please allow an hour or more for your request to be processed.

4. Drive up to the door between 10:00 am and 1:00 pm or 2:00 and 6:00 pm.

5. A masked staffer will ask for your name, retrieve your items, and place them on a table for you.  Your borrowed materials list will be in the bag.

6. Once the sliding glass  doors close behind the staff member, you may retrieve your items.

7. Returned items go in the outside return book drop.

We look forward to serving you and putting books and more in the hands of our readers.  Be well and stay safe.

*Your Library account must be in good standing with not more than $3 in fines and no overdues. 

**Items on hold prior to the “safer at home” initiative are still on hold and may be picked up.***

For your own safety, we recommend wearing gloves when picking up your items.  This service is “use at your own risk.”  Library Staff wipe down the book covers when received and wear gloves as we handle materials but we have no method for cleaning pages.

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/03/200320192755.htm

Our goal is to maintain a manageable level of items going in and out that we can disinfect and loan with the number of staff on duty.  These guidelines may be changed based on new information during the current pandemic and/or due to the need to adapt the procedure as it is implemented.  Your understanding of the current limitations is greatly appreciated.

WCPLS Branches Reopen with Modifications to Hours and Services

book reader with  face mask
Book Reader with Face Mask

The Williamson County Public Library Main Library is reopening facilities on June 1 to the public on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10 am to 6 pm.  The first hour on from 10 to 11 am on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays is reserved for our senior citizens and immunocompromised patrons.  Branch opening days may vary by location. 

Library2Go services will continue to be available on Tuesdays and Thursdays while facilities are closed to the public.  Our College Grove Branch will not reopen and only offer Library2Go.

All patrons will have their temperatures checked with a touchless thermometer and be asked five health questions by staff before they can enter their Library Branch.  Patronage at the Main Library will be limited to 50 people per hour to ensure the ability to social distance while inside.  It is required that patrons wear a face mask in the facility until all social distancing safety measures are installed.  Some areas of the Main Library will have a smaller occupancy level due to the size of the space. 

Library patrons will have access to all public areas of the facility excluding the meeting room and Williamson Room.  It is recommended that visitors look online for their materials so they can quickly locate and borrow them.  Visits should be limited to one hour or less so that others may enter the facility.

Other changes include:

  • Patrons will exit via the Main Library Entrance and must enter via the Meeting Room to be screened by staff prior to their visit.
  • Directional signage for moving about the Library is posted on shelves and other areas.
  • Library staff are wearing face masks and face shields while  working at service desks. (behind a plexiglass barrier to be installed)
  • 6 foot distance markers are on the floor at the service desks.
  • Staff will look up materials and provide call numbers for the public. Patrons may look for the books themselves or stay at the service while staff retrieve the materials.
  • 6-8 computers are available by appointment for 1 hour increments on the second floor.  Call 615-595-1243 to schedule a time. 
  • There will be a cleaning of high touch areas every two hours. 
  • Seating has been reduced to allow for social distancing.
  • Suspension of face to face services such as story times, exam proctoring, notary service, and one-on-one assistance at the computers.  Please visit the website to see what services have moved online at http://wcpltn.org
  • The train table in the Children’s Department and other interactive activities have been stored away for the time being.
  • AWE stations in the Children’s Department will be unavailable. 
  • Food and drink are not allowed in the facility anywhere.
  • Returned items must be deposited in the outside book drop. Patrons can call 615-595-1277 to make an appointment to facilitate the return of items that cannot be put in the book drop.  
  • Water fountains are unavailable.

All materials will be available and patrons should take appropriate precautions in handling items.  Materials that are handled and not borrowed are to be left out for staff to pick up. Returned Library items and picked up materials will be quarantined for three days prior to their return to the shelf.  

Magazines and newspapers will not be quarantined.  It is recommended that patrons use gloves in handling those items. The Library does not have gloves to provide.  It is recommended that patrons looking for magazines utilize the free Flipster  app and the Tennessee READS apps, Overdrive and Libby.  Flipster and READS can also be enjoyed on a computer.

Please visit our website for up-to-date information. The Williamson County Public Library System will continue to expand digital offerings such as virtual Facetime Live Story Times and digital Reference appointments.  Updates are also available by subscribing to your Branch’s online newsletter, https://www.wcpltn.org/277/Newsletter-Sign-Up, and by following WCPLtn on Twitter and Facebook.  Further announcements regarding changes of hours and in services will be made via these channels.

WCPLS Memorial Day Closing on May 25

Library2Go will be unavailable on Monday, May 25, as all Branches of the Williamson County Public Library System will be closed.

Please join us in observing the Williamson County Memorial Day Service at 10 am online due to the Pandemic.

“Due to the current COVID-19 Pandemic and Governor Lee’s Executive Order No. 17 and The Tennessee Pledge, the annual Memorial Day Service will not be held as a live event at the county’s Veterans’ Park for 2020.  Instead the Memorial Day Service will be produced for broadcast by the county’s WC-TV personnel.”

For more information: http://www.williamsoncounty-tn.gov/calendar.aspx?eid=5285

Library2Go services will resume on Tuesday, May 26, at all Branches. 

Williamson County COVID-19 Testing Site Closed for Memorial Day

The Williamson County Health Department (WCHD) COVID-19 testing and mask distribution site at the Williamson County Agricultural Center will be closed for Memorial Day on Monday, May 25th.

“Please join us in using this holiday to reflect on the sacrifices that our military personnel have made for our Country,” said Williamson County Health Department Director, Cathy Montgomery.  The health department has been using national and state guard medics and administrative personnel to assist in their testing efforts.

Free COVID-19 drive-through testing and mask distribution will resume on Tuesday, May 26th. Following Memorial Day, the Department will continue to provide testing Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Williamson County Agricultural Center located at 4215 Long Lane, Franklin TN.

WCHD would like to remind the community to follow CDC guidelines by physically distancing and wearing a mask while in public settings. Businesses should continue to follow Governor Lee’s Tennessee Pledge Guidelines which can be found here: https://www.tn.gov/governor/covid-19/economic-recovery.html

For developing information, individuals can subscribe to Williamson County’s Public Information text opt-in system by texting keyword WCCOVID to 888-777.

TDH is posting updated COVID-19 case numbers by 2 p.m. CDT each day at www.tn.gov/health/cedep/ncov.html. Find additional information at www.tn.gov/governor/covid-19.html and www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.

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Visit the Williamson County Emergency Management COVID-19 page online at williamsonready.org/Coronavirus.

Connect with WCEMA on Facebook and Twitter

COVID-19 Drive-through Testing Continues in Williamson County

Franklin, Tenn. – The Williamson County Health Department (WCHD) is continuing to offer free COVID-19 drive-through testing and mask distribution for the community on weekdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Williamson County Agricultural Center located at 4215 Long Lane, Franklin TN.

MASK DISTRIBUTION

Public health nurses and/or National Guard and State Guard medics will collect nasal swabs for those who want to be tested, and test results may be available within 72 hours after the samples arrive at the lab, depending on lab volume.  Individuals do not have to present symptoms to be tested.  Masks will continue to be distributed while supplies last. 

In an effort to plan for potentially high testing turnout, large businesses recommending their employees be tested are encouraged to call the Williamson County Public Information line at (615) 595-4880. The line is operational Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Businesses are asked to provide an approximate number of employees that desire to receive a test.

WCHD would like to remind the community to follow CDC guidelines by physically distancing and wearing a mask while in public settings. Businesses should continue to follow Governor Lee’s Tennessee Pledge Guidelines which can be found here: https://www.tn.gov/governor/covid-19/economic-recovery.html

For developing information, individuals can subscribe to the  Williamson County’s Public Information text opt-in system by texting keyword WCCOVID to 888-777.

TDH is posting updated COVID-19 case numbers by 2 p.m. CDT each day at www.tn.gov/health/cedep/ncov.htmlFind additional information at www.tn.gov/governor/covid-19.html and www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.

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Visit the Williamson County Emergency Management COVID-19 page online at williamsonready.org/Coronavirus.

Connect with WCEMA on Facebook and Twitter

Williamson County Clerk’s Office Promotes Online Services

Williamson County Clerk Online Services Page

Williamson County has been moving toward a phased reopening of its offices, while continuing to do its part to assist in the protection of the health and safety of citizens and employees. In an effort to promote continued physical distancing and health best practices, the Williamson County Clerk’s Office would like to remind individuals of the online services it provides.

The Clerk’s Office offers an online portal for tag renewals and marriage license applications. To utilize online services, visit: https://secure.tncountyclerk.com/index.php

Individuals who cannot access the online portal, can visit one of the five Renewal Kiosks at the Williamson County recreational facilities:

  • Fairview Recreation Complex, 2714 Fairview Boulevard
  • Franklin Recreation Complex, 1120 Hillsboro Road
  • Indoor Sports Complex in Brentwood, 920 Heritage Way
  • Longview Recreation Center at Spring Hill, 2909 Commonwealth Drive
  • Williamson County Recreation Complex at Nolensville, 7250 Nolensville Road

Each facility is open according to the following modified schedule:

  • Monday – Friday: 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Saturday: 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
  • Sunday: Closed

Renewal Kiosks are located in facility lobbies.  Whether entering the clerk’s office or a recreation center lobby, a temporal scan will be administered and every individual must answer 5 questions prior to entering a facility. Any person with a temperature registering greater than 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or a positive confirmation to any of the health questions will not be allowed in the facility. Entrance will be based on limited occupant capacities and social distancing practices will be required. Once full occupancy is met, entrance will only be allowed as patrons exit the facility. Patrons are encouraged to bring masks and other protective gear to ensure everyone’s safety.

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Visit the Williamson County Emergency Management COVID-19 page online at williamsonready.org/Coronavirus.

or Text WCCOVID to 888-777 for developing information. 

Williamson County Collecting Damage Reports After Severe Weather Event

Powerlines Lines Down

 

The Williamson County Emergency Management Agency (WCEMA) is looking for the public’s assistance to document damages resulting from the storms on Sunday, May 3 and Monday, May 4. The information will be used to assist the department and the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency in collecting consolidated impact information and for the National Weather Service as they assess the damage. Residents can report damage through the established online damage survey: https://survey123.arcgis.com/share/3b1684f8beaa4015a2647741f5d82506

The survey will collect specific information about:

  • What is damaged
  • Types of damage
  • Extent of damage
  • Location
  • Contact Information

According to the National Weather Service, These storms produced widespread straight-line wind damage across nearly every county of Middle Tennessee, with numerous trees, power lines, and buildings damaged. They stated that a peak wind gust of 71 mph was measured at the Nashville International Airport.

Disaster preparedness and response information can be found on the WCEMA website, www.williamsonready.org. Connect with WCEMA on Facebook and Twitter.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month with green ribbon
Word cloud of emotions that impact mental health such as anxiety, grief, etc.
Word cloud of emotions that impact mental health such as anxiety, grief, etc.

May has been observed as Mental Health Awareness Month in the United States since 1949 to reach people through various media, local events, and available resources and screenings. Mental health is something we all should care about. While 1 in 5 will be directly affected by mental illness during their lifetime, we all face challenges, especially now, that impacts our mental health. Mental Health America provides tools for all segments of our society to help care for ourselves and each other.#breakthestigma allows us to share our stories and connect with others

https://mhanational.org/staying-mentally-healthy

NAMI National Alliance on Mental Illness
National Alliance on Mental Illness

During May the National Alliance of Mental Health joins the medical community to raise mental health awareness – fighting stigma, providing support, educating the public, and advocating for policies to assist those with mental illness and their families.

Using the #NotAlone hashtag, personal stories can be shared, increasing awareness and building connections with digital tools – especially during this climate of physical distancing.

There is ALWAYS a community, you are not alone!

National Suicide Prevention LifeLine 1-800-273-TALK
www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org
National Suicide Prevention LifeLine 1-800-273-TALK
http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org

Never forget the National Suicide Prevention Hotline is 1-800-273-8255 (TALK) is ALWAYS available to ANYONE. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Find Hope Franklin
Find Hope Franklin

Locally, Find Hope Franklin, offers a starting point for finding multiple resources easily anytime. Find Hope Franklin is a byproduct of City of Franklin’s Mayor Ken Moore’s Blue Ribbon Task Force. It was formed in 2019 to address mental health and substance use issues in Franklin and Williamson County.

On the website, there is a link at the top of the home page to “find help now” for those in immediate crisis. This provides multiple 24/7 crisis phone and text lines.

Source: https://www.franklintn.gov/Home/Components/News/News/9709/1354

~DD

Tuesday Book Brunch First Meeting!

Tues Book Brunch
Grab your coffee or tea and let’s settle down to talk about what books we are reading. This is an informal book chat where we talk and share about the books we are reading. All readers are welcome (just not too many at once), print or audio.
Registration is required and limited to 15 readers so click the ticket link to go to the sign up page. I need an email to send you the link to join the meeting.
You will need a computer with a mic and hopefully a camera (we don’t judge and don’t care if you have pants.) We’ll have a waiting list and can spin off another group.
As this is our first meeting, the meeting will be with the staffer calling on each attendee in turn to introduce themself, talk briefly about what they like to read and share about a book that they are currently reading. Everyone will get 5 minutes which puts the meeting at 45 minutes more or less so plan on hanging out online for about an hour. We can see how it goes after we’ve all tried muting and unmuting our mics (no judging! We can do better than Congress, right?).
Participants will get an email with the link to join on Monday, May 11 by 1p.

Online Storytime with Ms. Barbara

st with ms Barb

Well you know, once Ms. Liz did it, Ms. Barbara couldn’t resist.  She’ll be online on Friday mornings at 10a on the Children’s Department Facebook Page.

Check under videos on their page to see our previous storytimes and look at the events for more fun live storytimes with our staff!  We miss your kiddos and hope they can join us!

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