The Williamson County Library Foundation's mission is to support the library's programs and services though advocacy, fund raising, and building relationships within the community
As a nonprofit 501(c) (3) organization our goal is to enrich, not replace, tax-based support for the library through grants and gifts from individuals and organizations.
SUMMER READING EVENTS
The Summer Reading Program has activities available for teens and adults, but the largest participation is in the children’s department. There, weekly summer programs make books come to life with puppets, science experiments, crafts, live animals and more. Prizes and books funded by the Foundation are given to children who read books and complete their progress charts.
The Imagination Station is an interactive, hands-on learning opportunity for young library patrons. The usage of the Teen Room, where the Imagination Station is housed, has increased dramatically. The Library's Teen Room has become a social gathering place for teens, as well as a place to study and do research. The Foundation funded the Imagination Station and hopes to add to it in the future.
The Foundation has established a community partnership with the Vanderbilt Monroe Carrell Children’s Hospital at Williamson Medical Center. The Imagination Library Middle Tennessee and Ingram Books donated books through the Foundation to be placed on a cart for patients to have access to during their stay.
In addition, students at Oak View Elementary collected used books to be placed in the Emergency Room. Future connections through this partnership are planned.
STUDENT ART SHOW
The Williamson County
Library Foundation sponsored the first annual Student Art Show, featuring one
piece of fourth grade art from almost every elementary school in Williamson
County Schools and the Franklin Special School District. There was a reception
for student artists, their families, teachers, and principals, as well as other
community leaders, at the main library in Franklin.
The student artwork will be displayed in the student’s local public library until next spring when other pieces will then be submitted from the schools. The libraries are excited to showcase this student artwork, as many families and community members will be able to view the art throughout the year.
The Nashville Opera
has performed at the library as part of their outreach program for ten years, and the Foundation has provided the funding for the last four years. The Opera program is so popular with our Williamson County families that they do two performances. A recent performance was "Three Billy Goats Gruff."
The library has offered "A Visit with Santa Claus" for four years, and it is a delightful time for young and old alike. Pat Petty IS Santa Claus. There are over 200 children who come with their families to see Santa. The library staff decorates the story theater and it looks magical. The parents are very appreciative because it is such a pleasant experience. Families from all walks of life come, including those who could not afford to take their children to the mall. The Foundation pays for Santa's time and for the goodies that are handed out to the children.
Another program funded by the Foundation is the monthly Lego programs. The Lego blocks that the children build with were purchased with Foundation money. It is extremely well attended and the kids are enthusiastic and engaged.
The writing workshop for adults, Best Practices for Self-Publishing, was presented by the Foundation. This all day workshop featured published authors and industry professionals who offered ideas and suggestions to help participants make their books stand out.
MTEMC GRANT Early Literacy Computers
Library Foundation uses MTEMC grant to help buy computers for WCPL's Children's Dept.
The Williamson County Library Foundation recently received a $9,600 grant from the Middle Tennessee Electric Membership Corporation through the MTE Customers Care program, which is intended to support projects that benefit communities in their service area.
The Library Foundation has supplemented this grant and has purchased a total of five AWE Computers for the library system. Four Preschool Computers were purchased for the branch libraries and an After School Edge Computer was purchased for the Williamson County Library's Children's Department.
The computers, which are aligned to state educational standards, offer a safe, self-contained learning environment not tied to the Internet. The After School Edge is designed for use with elementary school children ages 6 - 12 for exploration, remediation, enrichment and homework assistance.
Local author Wren Anderson signed copies of her latest book, Smile Spotters, at the main branch of the Williamson County Public Library. The book tells the story of Tooth Fairy helpers who encourage children to brush and floss their teeth regularly. The set includes a boy or girl Smile Spotter, which children can name and clip to their bathroom mirrors to report back to the fairy boss about the child's dental hygiene habits. The event featured the Smile Spotters themselves, and those in attendance were served treats and given toothbrushes to take home.
Mary N and Katy Searcy read Smile Spotters to a few of the children at the book signing event.
Bullets and Bayonets: A Battle of Franklin Primer was funded by the Foundation and published by Academy Park Press, an imprint of the Williamson County Public Library. The project was a collaborative creation by library staff, and it tells the story of the Battle of Franklin in the words of the participants. Soldiers and citizens bear witness to what they observed, experienced and felt about a battle that forever changed the lives of all who were there. Both school systems in Williamson County have purchased numerous copies to be used in classrooms, and the book continues to be a best seller among library patrons, history buffs, and community-minded citizens. Visitors to Franklin find this a good resource that contains concise information and outstanding pictures as a resource for reference or a memento of their visit. Sales of the book benefit the Foundation, which in turn supports the work of the library.
EVENING WITH STORYTELLERS
The first Evening with Storytellers, featured authors Eric Jacobson, Thomas Flagel, and Bryan Lane as they shared their insights, based on years of research, as to why the Battle of Franklin is the Greatest Story of the Civil War. The program began with wine and appetizers, and was enthusiastically received by a large crowd in attendance. The Foundation plans to host future author events to benefit the library and to increase community awareness of all the library has to offer.
The Foundation sponsored a program for children in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Franklin. Highlights included President Lincoln delivering the Gettysburg Address, Margie Thessin, author of Lizzie's War, hands-on activities with a Civil War Traveling Trunk from the Tennessee State Museum, and Civil War re-enactors.
AMAZON SMILE DONATION PROGRAM
The Williamson County Library Foundation participates in the Smile.Amazon.com program which donates .5% of
all eligible purchases to the charity of your choice.
To find out more or to set
up your account, go to smile.Amazon.com.
- Sign in the same way as you do on your regular Amazon account
- You will be asked to choose a charity
- type "Williamson County Library
Foundation" in the box
It's that easy ... and the Library Foundation
Williamson County Library Foundation Board Membership 2015-2016
Joe Jensen, Chair
Aimee Punessen, Vice Chair
Senior Vice President, Franklin Synergy Bank
Janine Moore, Secretary
Williamson County School Board (retired)
Kathleen Strawn Williams, Treasurer
Finance Manager, Tennessee Title
JeNan Merrill, Past Chair
Williamson County Schools (retired)
TBH Global Asset Management
Brandy B. Blanton
Southern Exposure Magazine
Practice Manager, KCA Neurology
HCA, Director of Clinical Excellence
Director, Ingram Books Library Division
Nissan North American
P.O. Box 681021
Franklin, TN 37068-1021
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