Monday, April 5, 2021

Jennie Woodworth Library of White Bluff COVID-19 Guidelines

Updated April 1, 2021

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Our goal is to ensure as safe of an environment as possible while library services resume. We want both the patrons and staff to know they are valued. We will evaluate these guidelines as we progress.


1.    Patrons are requested to follow social distance requirements of at least 6 feet apart.

2.    Staff reserves the right to deny access to patrons who appear to be sick, i.e., coughing, sneezing, etc.

3.    Patrons are encouraged to wash their hands before entering the library. Wearing a face mask is requested. Please be considerate of others.

4.    Materials are to be returned to the box that is at the circulation desk.  Each returned item will be disinfected and quarantined a minimum of 48 hours before being available for checkout.

5.    While following the social distancing requirements, patrons will be allowed to study and use the free wi-fi service available throughout the building.

6.    Staff will not be able to provide one on one technology assistance at this time due to social distancing. Staff will remain at the circulation desk during hours of operation, if a patron needs assistance they are to come to the desk and request what they need.

7.    We request that the vulnerable and elderly use the library from 10-12 Monday – Saturday. All patrons may use the library from 12 until close. (Monday & Thursday 10-6, Tuesday, Wednesday, & Friday 10-5, and Saturday 10-2)

8.     These guidelines are in addition to existing Library policy.

Friday, March 26, 2021

The Wingfeather Saga

 You asked and we listened. 

Over the last several months we have had a few request for the series The Wingfeather Saga. It took a moment to get the series but we are happy to announce that we have all four volumes.

The Wingfeather Saga is a four-book series by singer-songwriter Andrew Peterson that tells the story of a family living in a land governed by venomous giant lizard men, the Fangs of Dang, who terrorize the citizenry in ways both outrageous (stealing local children) and banal (demanding paperwork for permission to shovel). The family’s three children discover they have a deep history behind them and destiny ahead of them, both of which could change their whole land and drive the Fangs out for good—if they can overcome the fangishness poisoning their own hearts. 

We have put this series in our Young Adult section. The first two books are geared for middle grade, think 6-8th grade, while the last two books are a little more mature in theme. Given the spectrum of topics and themes in our Juvenile Fiction books we felt it best for this series to be in YA.

We are happy to be able to provide this series in our collection for our community.

Would you like to get on the reserve list? Log in to your account (username is your library card number and password is the last four digits of that number) and reserve the books today!

Andrew Peterson is a singer-songwriter and author. Andrew has released more than ten records over the past twenty years, earning him a reputation for songs that connect with his listeners in ways equally powerful, poetic, and intimate. As an author, Andrew’s books include the four volumes of the award-winning Wingfeather Saga, released in collectible hardcover editions through Random House in 2020, and his creative memoir, Adorning the Dark, released in 2019 through B&H Publishing.

Friday, March 12, 2021

Daylight Savings Time this weekend.

 It seems that the discussion around having daylight savings time has been around for a minute or two. ;)

Daylight Savings Time March 14, 2021 at 2 am
Benjamin Franklin, American politician and scientist, wrote an essay
entitled "An Economic Project" in 1784 that pointed out money would be saved on the cost of candles if people (Parisians, specifically) would wake up at sunrise and go to bed at sunset.

It didn't catch on.

In 1895, George Vernon Hudson- a entomologist from New Zealand - wrote a paper to the Wellington Philosophical Society suggesting a two hour shift in time. This shift would go forward in October and backward in March. This was criticized and rejected rather quickly.

Daylight Savings Time was determined to happen though. In 1916 during the First World War it was implemented. Germany decided it would be good to make use of the natural light and save fuel for the war effort. (Germany was one of the most powerful countries at the time.) Many other European countries followed suit as well.

President Woodrow Wilson signed and approved the idea of DST March 8, 1918 after Robert Garland introduced it following a trip to the UK. It didn't last long though. The time change was repealed at the end of the war. Although there was a return for the Second World War.

After the war, not everybody removed daylight savings time and that caused quite a bit of confusion for those that had interaction in different areas. Picture maybe Nashville/Davidson County decided to have DST and Dickson County didn't. That would cause some serious issues for people.

In 1966 the United States Congress passed the Uniform Time Act of 1966. The US Department of Transportation oversees the time zones and the implementation of daylight saving time. Since then the Act has been amended so that the start date is in March by advancing an hour at 2 am on designated Sunday and then ending in November at 2 am by reversing an hour. There are some states that opted out of DST.

Florida Senator Marco Rubio introduced the Sunshine Protection Act to make DST permanent. Tennessee is one of the states that has joined Florida in wanting to make DST permanent. The bill is in the beginning stages in the 117th Congress. (more info here)

Below is information from the Florida version of the Sunshine Protection Act.

Sunshine Protection Act - Florida