Thursday, May 28, 2015

Adult Summer Reading Program Begins May 28th

Calling all heroes! Escape the ordinary with the Adult Summer Reading Program that begins May 28th. Submit up to five completed Bingo Boards to be entered in a drawing for prizes, including the grand prize - an iPad mini.

Pick up your Bingo Boards and program materials outside the library administration office. While you're there, help us honor our local heroes. Sit down and complete the Hometown Hero jigsaw puzzle on behalf of The Brentwood City Police and Fire Departments.

Please ask a reference librarian for further information about the Summer Reading Program.

Our Summer Reading Program would not be possible without the generosity of our sponsor - The Friends of the Brentwood Library.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

My Father's War

Join us 

Sunday, June 14th at 2pm 

for an extraordinary free program.

My Father's War: A Story of War, Survival, and Grace

Adapted and performed by Carol Ponder and Robert Keifer, this performance is a reader's theater adaptation of Lt. Herschel Ponder's WWII memoir, Ponder Anew. Woven into the performance are music from the period and traditional songs from the family's Appalachian Mountains. This cathartic production "evokes the essence of war and warriors." With humor, poignancy, and honesty, My Father's War explores the victories, the tragedies, the sacrifices, and the often unspoken aspects of being a veteran. 

Discover why members of the military, mental health professionals, and fans from all walks of life herald My Father's War as a must-experience program for combat soldiers; their friends, families, and communities; and for general theater audiences. The performance is followed by enlightening discussion and a healing creative workshop.

Register online or call 615-371-0090
to be a part of this extraordinary free event.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Brentwood Library

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Distracted Driving - the Science and the Strategies

Do you talk on your cell phone while driving? Do you read or send brief text messages during your commute? Distracted Driving causes over one third of all crashes. Learn about the perils of Distracted Driving wrapped up in a fun, interactive experience. Join us to hear the facts and reflect on your own driving behaviors, potentially avoiding a distracted driving crash of your own. All drivers 15 and older are welcome.

Thursday, May 28, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Class fee is $10. Register online or call 615-371-0090, ext. 8510.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Pardon Our Construction

We've got an exciting project on the horizon! The Brentwood Library will be installing an automated book handler at the drive-up return station!

Once completed, the new system will process returned materials the instant they enter the building. This streamlined approach to returns will free slots on your account immediately. No more waiting to refill your account with new items! Patrons can even choose to get an emailed confirmation of items returned or take a printed return receipt right on the spot.

The construction project will take place May 24 - June 13. Because the outdoor book return will be unavailable during this time, making after hours returns impossible, library materials borrowed will automatically have an extended loan period. So no worries! Patrons will have extra time to return materials during regular business hours.

Thank you for your patience while we work to improve our library services.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Why Not Donate?

Spring cleaning? Moving? Have your kids outgrown picture books or Harry Potter? Did you buy a movie or music CD that you no longer want? Why not donate your new, like new, and gently used books and media to the Friends of the Brentwood Library?

We take donations all year and would be delighted to help your unwanted books, DVDs, CDs, audio books, video games, puzzles, and more find new homes. The FOBL holds a quarterly book sale (the next one is in July!) and sells on to raise funds for the library. Some items also wind up in the library collection!

You don't need to be a patron to donate, so tell your friends, family, and neighbors: We take donations! And we're taking them right now for the July book sale. We'll happily provide a receipt for your tax-deductible donation.

Stop by with your donations anytime we're open. For more information, call 615-371-0090, ext. 8120.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Family Bike or Walk through Brentwood History

Sunday, May 17, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Bring your family for an Open House and docent-guided tour of Ravenswood Mansion. Then bike or walk the 2.3 mile paved path to Boiling Spring Academy for a tour of the historic schoolhouse. The Academy is located in Primm Park, the site of the Pre-historic Native American Mounds. It's a fun and educational family outing. So make plans now!

Suggested parking is at Smith Park with a walk or bike ride to Boiling Spring Academy.

The Brentwood Historic Commission is also looking for volunteer docents for both properties. If interested, call 615-414-4745 or email

The Art of Chinese Calligraphy

Saturday, May 16, 3:00 - 4:30 pm

Chinese Calligraphy, the writing of Chinese characters, is an art which has developed over many centuries in China. Calligraphy is a way of meditation, establishing “qi” and building character. In this workshop, instructor Jen-Jen Lin will give step-by-step instructions on applying ink with a Chinese brush and writing Chinese words.  

Jen-Jen Lin grew up in Taiwan and is the founder and director of Chinese Arts Alliance of Nashville.

No previous experience required. The class fee, which includes all materials, is $10. Registration is required. Call 615-371-0090, ext. 8510, or register online

New Hope for Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain

This free workshop and test may give immediate relief for Fibromyalgia, Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthiritis, Migraines, and Peripheral Neuropathy. 

Saturday, May 16, 1:00 -2:00 pm

Sponsored by the Foundation for Wellness Professionals and presented by Dr. Dwaine Allison, a respected wellness professional and volunteer for the Foundation for Wellness Professionals.

Register online or call 615-371-0090, ext. 8510.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Reducing Stress Through Mediation

Stress. We are all subject to it, but how can we combat the stress we encounter each day? The scientific community has been exploring the use of meditation as a healing technique.

Thursday, May 14,  6:00 - 7:30 pm

Join William Smith, retired Army Lt. Colonel and long-time proponent of meditation, as he discusses the extraordinary effect of meditation to reduce stress-related responses, improve concentration, and enhance clarity of thought and mental equilibrium. He will also present a simple, yet powerful meditation technique that can enrich one's life personally, professionally, and spiritually.

This seminar is free, but requires registration. Sign up online or call 615-371-0090, ext. 8510.

Accents, Dialects, and Accent Modification

Are you frequently misunderstood because of your accent or dialect? Do you employ people whose accents or dialects interfere with their ability to be understood?

Join us for this informational session that will deal with daily activities in varied locations ranging from Starbucks, to social situations, to work settings.

Thursday, May 14,   6:00 - 7:30 pm

Presenter Celia C. Goldstein, MA, CCC-SLP holds a certificate of clinical competence in speech-language pathology and is licensed in TN. 

This is a free program, but registration is required. Call us at 615-371-0090, ext. 8510, or register online