Sunday, January 26, 2020

National School Choice Week

January 26 - February 1, 2020 is National School Choice Week.

This week is set aside to highlight that not every child learns the same and that there are options. Having the ability for families to choose the best k-12 education for their children is vital. Options include all forms of education, from traditional public schools, to public charter schools, public magnet schools, private schools, online academies, and homeschooling.

Each student deserves to be challenged and motivated in their education. Because each student has their own strengths, weaknesses, talents, interests, and challenges the availability of options in education is crucial. School choice ensures that each student can find a learning environment that allows them to be inspired, successful, and happy.

Here at the Jennie Woodworth Library we have students from all walks check out books and DVDs as well as use our computers for research. We are in favor of education.

For more information on national school choice week, Click Here

Saturday, January 25, 2020

World Book Resources For Our Patrons

World Book Web

The main hub on World Book online that features the below sections.

World Book Kids

  • Premier reference website developed especially for elementary-aged users, featuring image-driven navigation and an intuitive user experience. 
  • Thousands of easy-to-read articles packed with stunning illustrations, videos, interactive maps, and a wealth of engaging games and activities. 
  • World of Animals: Fun and easy-to-use tool to help kids research their favorite animals. 
  • Use the Compare Places feature to explore and compare countries, states, and provinces. 
  • Hands-on science projects and experiments cater to many different levels and interests. 
  • Correlations to Common Core, state, and provincial standards. 
  • Age-appropriate web quests provide exploratory print-and-go activities.

World Book Student

  • Tens of thousands of encyclopedia articles featuring high-interest, readable content. 
  • Rich multimedia, including nearly 700 videos and original animations and 17,000+ photos and illustrations. 
  • My Research offers individualized accounts, allowing users to compile content that can be accessed from home or school. 
  • World Book Biography Center, with more than 10,000 biographies of both historical and contemporary figures. 
  • Google Drive and Google Classroom integration. 
  • Trivia quizzes make learning fun. 
  • Lexile® measures on Student’s most popular articles deliver a “targeted” reading experience. 
  • Extensive built-in dictionary and an easy-to navigate atlas. 
  • Translation tool with 100+ languages! 
  • Correlations to Common Core, state, and provincial standards. 
  • Age-appropriate web quests provide exploratory print-and-go activities.

World Book Advanced

  • Integrated search of articles, media, primary sources, eBooks, dictionary, back in time articles, and special reports. 
  • Advanced research tools include dictionary, atlas, and more. 
  • Teaching with Primary Source Documents include advanced lesson plans. 
  • Pathfinders of pre-generated content sets aid in research and subject matter understanding. 
  • My Research offers individualized accounts, allowing users to compile content that can be accessed from home or school. 
  • Thousands of fiction and nonfiction online books. 
  • World Newspapers of more than 400 periodicals from around the globe. 
  • Citation Builder creates flawless citations in MLA, APA, and Harvard formats. 
  • Correlations to Common Core, state, and provincial standards. 
  • Age-appropriate web quests provide exploratory print-and-go activities.

World Book Discover

  • World Book Explains videos feature experts answering questions on high-interest topics. 
  • How to Do Research feature contains invaluable resources for both students and educators. 
  • Visual Dictionary—in English, Spanish and French—displays a label next to an image to make content more accessible to readers of all levels. 
  • Citation Builder creates flawless citations in MLA, APA, and Harvard formats. 
  • Translate articles into 100+ languages or have them read aloud in English. 
  • Correlations to Common Core, state, and provincial standards. 
  • Rich, interactive Life Skills 101 offers practical tips on such topics as applying for jobs, budgeting, arranging housing, health care issues, social skills, and more.

Spanish-language Encyclopedia

  • Highly visual articles written in Spanish at an easier reading level. 
  • Mundo de Animales (World of Animals) feature provides younger readers with a fun and easy-to-use tool for learning about their favorite animals. 
  • Integrated with World Book Kids so users can toggle back and forth between Spanish and English.
  • Appealing Spanish visual dictionary helps readers identify word meanings and build vocabulary. 
  • Hands-on learning activities. 
  • Colorful photos, illustrations, and videos. 
  • Spanish language news from around the world.

Early Learning

  • A highly engaging and visual site designed for easy integration into classroom instruction and library programming. 
  • A rich collection of educational, interactive games and topical videos is ideal for use with interactive white boards. 
  • Guided reading program with stories spread across Lexile levels provide building blocks for early learners. 
  • Easily adaptable with new features and content added regularly based on user feedback. 
  • Proprietary stories utilizing small bursts of content will support micro-learning. 
  • Includes a robust collection of educator resources, including lesson plans, mini-lessons, and printables as well as correlations to Common Core, state, and provincial standards.


  • Access to over 3,000 titles including World Book exclusive content. 
  • 24/7 unlimited, simultaneous access and unlimited renewals. 
  • Automatically updated and continually growing collection at no additional charge.


  • Optimized for iPads and the most popular Android devices. 
  • 650+ unique Timelines spanning the arts, science and technology, society and culture, sports, world history and geography, and more. 
  • Create, customize, collaborate, and share your Timelines. 
  • More than 14,000 events built directly into the product. 
  • Build Timelines for any purpose, from school research projects to family histories and just for fun. 
  • Timelines includes synopsized historical notes and a wealth of engaging images and videos to craft stunning presentations. 
  • Great for visual learners. 
  • Perfect for all ages.

Thursday, January 23, 2020

New Books! Check Out What We've Added

This month the books we have purchased our for the kid's room. Updating our children's book area is important to us so that your children will find something they are interested in or already familiar with.

Juvenile Non-Fiction (J 000.00)

Little Legends: Exceptional Men in Black History by Vashti Harrison
Little Legends: Exceptional Men in Black History by Vashti Harrison 
New York Times bestselling author-illustrator Vashti Harrison shines a bold, joyous light on black men through history. An important book for readers of all ages, this beautifully illustrated and engagingly written volume brings to life true stories of black men in history. Among these biographies, readers will find aviators and artists, politicians and pop stars, athletes and activists. The exceptional men featured include artist Aaron Douglas, civil rights leader John Lewis, dancer Alvin Ailey, filmmaker Oscar Micheaux, musician Prince, photographer Gordon Parks, tennis champion Arthur Ashe, and writer James Baldwin. The legends in this book span centuries and continents, but what they have in common is that each one has blazed a trail for generations to come.

Kid's Easy (E)

Good Night, Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle, Jill McElmurry
Good Night, Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle, Jill McElmurry
Beep Beep Beep It's time for sleep. Say goodnight with Little Blue Truck and friends--a perfect bedtime read-aloud in this bestselling series A storm is brewing and Little Blue Truck and his good friend Toad are hurrying home for bed. But who can sleep with all that racket? It's not long before other friends show up seeking safety from the storm. Thunder and lightning sure can be scary, but it's easy to be brave together. When the clouds roll on and the sky is clear, it's all aboard for a bedtime ride Beep Beep Shhh. . .

How to Give Your Cat a Bath: In Five Easy Steps by Nicola Winstanley and John MartzHow to Give Your Cat a Bath: In Five Easy Steps by Nicola Winstanley and John Martz
In this hilarious and clever "how-to," a little girl and a know-it-all narrator are thwarted by a cat who refuses to take a bath. The perfect read-aloud for fans of Snappsy the Alligator and Interrupting Chicken. Step one: fill the bath Step two: put the cat in the bath Step three: put shampoo on the cat Step four: rinse the cat Step five: dry the cat Seems simple, right? One problem: the cat has no intention of doing ANY of these things Watch as the steps keep changing, the cat keeps escaping, the girl keeps eating cookies and the mess keeps escalating. Soon it's not just the cat who needs a bath--it's the whole house This spoof on an instruction manual features an increasingly bewildered human, a nonchalant cat and a know-it-all narrator. . . who really doesn't know it all. How DO you give a cat a bath?

The Serious Goose by Jimmy Kimmel
The Serious Goose by Jimmy Kimmel
Meet a very Serious Goose in late-night host Jimmy Kimmel's first fun and funny picture book There is nothing silly about this goose. You CANNOT make her laugh, so DON'T EVEN TRY Written, illustrated, and lettered by Jimmy Kimmel, this picture book challenges young readers to bring the silly out of a very Serious Goose. Inspired by Jimmy's nickname for his kids, The Serious Goose reminds us to be silly in a serious way. Put your little comedians in front of a mylar mirror and challenge them to make this no-nonsense goose smile. This delightful read-aloud is guaranteed to create gaggles of giggles time and time again Kimmel's proceeds from sales of THE SERIOUS GOOSE will be donated to Children's Hospital Los Angeles and children's hospitals around the country.

Snakes on the Job by Kathryn Dennis
Snakes on the Job by Kathryn Dennis

Full of sibilant sounds and other wordplay, Kathryn Dennis's picture book, Snakes on the Job, is a sssssweet story that's sure to be a read-aloud hit. 

Off to work the snakes will go.

They slide into trucks and roll out slow.

Hisssssssh goes the sound of the brakes. The busy snakes are back! This time, they are operating a variety of construction vehicles--bulldozers, diggers, backhoes and more--and what they are building is a surprise. It's so fun, that new friends want to join them!

Stretchy McHandsome by Judy Schachner
Stretchy McHandsome by Judy Schachner
A handsome and totally fetching street cat with a penchant for trouble stars in the new picture book by Judy Schachner, creator of the inimitable, irrepressible Skippyjon Jones Stretchy McHandsome is not only good looking with his ginger fur, but he has personality that shines as well. Leaving the safety of the McHandsome clan, he stretches himself away from home and all around town. Out and about, he is spotted by a girl with a kindred spirit, who makes him realize the one thing missing from his life is the warm lap of a loving person. How this gadabout finds his true girl makes for a story that is a little bit wild, but a whole lot wonderful.

Sulwe by Lupita Nyong’o

Sulwe by Lupita Nyong’o
A New York Times bestseller From Academy Award-winning actress Lupita Nyong'o comes a powerful, moving picture book about colorism, self-esteem, and learning that true beauty comes from within. Sulwe has skin the color of midnight. She is darker than everyone in her family. She is darker than anyone in her school. Sulwe just wants to be beautiful and bright, like her mother and sister. Then a magical journey in the night sky opens her eyes and changes everything. In this stunning debut picture book, actress Lupita Nyong'o creates a whimsical and heartwarming story to inspire children to see their own unique beauty.

Tomorrow I’ll Be Kind by Jessica Hische

Tomorrow I’ll Be Kind by Jessica Hische
This uplifting and positive book encourages kids to promise that tomorrow, they will be grateful, helpful, and kind. Tomorrow I'll be everything I strive to be each day And even when it's difficult I'll work to find a way. Immerse yourself in the beautifully hand-lettered words of wisdom, hope, and positivity alongside adorable illustrations of love and caring. This book is a reminder to all readers, young and old, that the smallest kind gesture can make the biggest difference in the world--we just have to remember to be kind to one another. 

Truman by Jean Reidy

Truman by Jean Reidy
After his best friend Sarah leaves for her first day of school, a tortoise named Truman goes on an adventure across the living room and learns to be brave in this thoughtful and heartwarming twist on a first experience story. Truman the tortoise lives with his Sarah, high above the taxis and the trash trucks and the number eleven bus, which travels south. He never worries about the world below...until one day, when Sarah straps on a big backpack and does something Truman has never seen before. She boards the bus Truman waits for her to return. He waits. And waits. And waits. And when he can wait no longer, he knows what he must do. Even if it seems...impossible

When Grandma Gives You a Lemon Tree by Jamie L. B. Deenihan
When Grandma Gives You a Lemon Tree by Jamie L. B. Deenihan

When Grandma gives you a lemon tree, definitely don't make a face Care for the tree, and you might be surprised at how new things, and new ideas, bloom. "When life gives you lemons, make lemonade." In this imaginative take on that popular saying, a child is surprised to receive a lemon tree from Grandma for her birthday. After all, she DID ask for a new gadget But when she follows the narrator's careful--and funny--instructions, she discovers that the tree might be exactly what she wanted after all. This clever story, complete with a recipe for lemonade, celebrates the pleasures of patience, hard work, nature, community. . . and putting down the electronic devices just for a while.

The Wonderful Things You Will Be Emily Winfield Martin

The Wonderful Things You Will Be Emily Winfield Martin
From brave and bold to creative and clever, Emily Winfield Martin celebrates all personalities and their potential. With a beautiful gatefold, gorgeous and moving illustrations, and a rhyming text, this is a book that parents will love reading over and over to their kids--both younger and older. It's a great gift for any occasion, but a standout for birthdays, baby showers, and graduation with its loving and inspiring message: Then I'll look at you, And you'll look at me, And I'll love you, Whoever you've grown up to be.

Updated 9/11/2020 to include permalinks to catalog.

Friday, January 17, 2020

We DID it!

We want to thank you, our community. Thank you for supporting your library. We would not be here if it were not for you and your support.

We have had a successful fundraiser for our two shelving sections. The second set has now been ordered.

The first set of shelves will be installed in February. These shelves will allow us to shift the books around some and will define our sections more, along with providing room for growth. In addition, we will move our classics section so that it is easier to access. This is so VERY exciting.

The second set of shelves that have just been recently ordered will define our reference and local history section. It will also provide a workstation for patrons to access these materials better.

We love seeing our library grow and we love seeing our patrons use our library. Thank you. We are here for you!

Friday, January 10, 2020

Statistically Speaking... 2019

The Jennie Woodworth Library serves White Bluff, TN and its surrounding areas. Our service population is approximately 3,600 people (

Using the Library Value Calculator on the website we decided to add up the value of our library in 2019. The value is based on books, movies, CD-books, computer use, program attendance, and making use of the knowledge the library staff has.

The value that the Jennie Woodworth Library brought to the White Bluff, TN area in 2019 is $68,646.
  • 2,438 Books were checked out.
  • 75 CD-Books were checked out
  • 612 DVDs were checked out

The computers were checked out 964 times with the average use being about 2 hours each. (we figured 1,928 hours for the stats.) And this does not count the many patrons that come in and use the WiFi with their own devices.

Attendance to programs approximately 225.

Reference questions, book suggestions, all around help in the library is figured at 648. This is different from hours opened. We are typically open 301 days a year totaling approximately 2,100 hours.

In addition, we currently have:
  • 1,434 patrons
    • 1,055 are adults
    • 379 are juvenile
  • 8,718 materials in our inventory
    • 7,018 books
    • 1,464 DVDs
    • 156 CD-Books
    • 75 Reference Materials
    • 4 patron use computers
    • 1 search computer
Pretty good for a library that gets the majority of its materials and funding from the community. Thank YOU for supporting us. We are excited to make an impact in our community and hope to increase in 2020.

Friday, January 3, 2020

December has already washed away

We had an amazing December this year.

December Events
December 12th, we had Santa and Mrs. Claus come and visit with the children for story time and pictures. IT was a grand old time and we were able to enjoy the hustle and bustle of almost 50 children!

December 14th was our Jennie’s Christmas Mercantile. We had a good amount of people come through and were able to do lots of Christmas shopping. We are already planning on next year’s event. We would love any feedback from those that were vendors and those that shopped the sale.

December Fundraiser Status
This month we did it! We started raising funds in October for two sets of shelves. We were able to order the first set in November. The order for the second set will be going in next week! This is very exciting for the library. While the first set of shelves will be in our fiction section, the second set will be with our genealogy and local history section and include a workstation.

Future Events
January 15th at 10:30 am Children’s Story Time hosted by Ms. Jennifer

We would love to host more story times and other activities. We just need volunteers to get it done. Would you be interested in helping?

December New Patrons
In the month of December, we added another 23 more friends. Welcome! We are glad to have you here.

December Circulation
206 books were checked out
47 DVDs were checked out
2 CD-books were checked out
The computers were used 59 times. This is really good considering it is the month of December and our patrons were traveling, not to mention the weather.

We do anticipate some growth in January while we are picking up some of the normal traffic that goes to the Dickson County Public Library. We are so excited they are getting their new building! It is much anticipated.

December New Resources
We were able to add 50 more resources to our collection this past month. 18 were new and we added several CD-books. Thank you for making this possible.