Wednesday, April 16, 2014

There's an app for that!

Did you know The Brentwood Library has its own custom app? Manage your account while on the go. Users can browse the library’s catalog, check account information, renew books, and place items on hold. The app also includes a library calendar, access to social media pages, and library information such as location and hours. There is also a Downloadables section where you can access the library's eContent collections, including 3M Cloud Library, OneClickdigital, Freegal, and more!

The app has been downloaded onto more than 1,000 mobile devices. If you haven't downloaded it yet, now is a great time to give it a try.

The app is available for download on iTunes and the Google Play Store. Users can search “Brentwood Library” in their app store, or visit

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

National Library Week

This month, The Brentwood Library joins libraries nationwide in celebrating National Library Week, a time to highlight our libraries. “Lives Change @ Your Library” is a fitting theme for this year’s National Library Week celebration as we are constantly working to improve services, provide new opportunities, and keep up with the quickly changing landscape of learning possibilities.

We would love you to come in to the library and tell us how the library has changed your life, or post on your Facebook status, or mention in a Tweet by using the hashtags: #NLW14 and #LivesChange.  You can also print out this thought bubble to tell us how the library has changed you. We'll be sharing some of ours later this week!

Monday, April 14, 2014

It's almost time for our Easter Egg Hunt!

The Brentwood Library invites you to our annual Easter Egg Hunt on Thursday, April 17th at 4:30pm. The festivities will take place in the field between Lipscomb Elementary School and the library. Please arrive early for best parking. Parking is available at the library, the Brentwood Civitan parking lot, and River Park.

Come early to enjoy these activities beginning at 4pm:

     Pictures with the Easter Bunny -- Bring your camera!

     Face Painting

     Jelly Bean Guess

The field will be divided into the following age groups:

Toddlers to age 3, Ages 4-6, ages 7-9, ages 10-12.

The Egg Hunt starts promptly at 4:30pm. Don't forget to bring a basket!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Book Club To Go

Are you in a book club? Interested in starting a book club? The Brentwood Library offers book club discussion kits to Brentwood Library cardholders. Each kit contains ten copies of one title, discussion questions and author information.  Book club sets are available in either a plastic tote or a study bag, whichever you prefer.

A kit is checked out to a single book group member, who is responsible for all of the materials. The group may keep the kit for eight weeks.
New "Book Club To Go" Discussion Kits now available:
  •    Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn 
  •    State of Wonder by Ann Patchett
  •    The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey
  •    City of Women by David R. Gillham
  •    The Art of Healing Heartbeats by Jan-Phllipp Sendker
You may search the catalog for "set of 10" to find available titles.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

April Friends of the Library Book Sale

Mark your calendars! The next Friends of the Library book sale will be the last weekend in April.
Dates and times are:
Friday, April 25th from 10am-5:30pm
Saturday, April 26th from 10am-5:30pm
Sunday, April 27th from 1pm-5:30pm
(Enjoy big savings on Sundays when all items are half price.)
This quarterly sale benefits The Brentwood Library. Shop early, shop often!

Friday, April 4, 2014

April is 9-1-1 Education Month

Download the eBook to take the 9-1-1 Challenge at

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

A Center for the Arts

Discover one of the reasons
The Brentwood Library is called
 “A Center for the Arts”!

Monthly displays showcase the talents of local artists. Oils or acrylic paintings, watercolors, pen and ink drawings, pastels, collages or photography --- whatever medium sparks your interest, we have featured it on the gallery walls. In exchange for the display space, the artists generously donate one of their pieces to the circulating art collection.

That’s right! Your library card entitles you to borrow the works of a variety of local talent.

Artwork you can borrow is displayed near the back of the Great Hall on stunning, new shelving sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Check out artwork for 90 days, with two potential renewals, and the borrowing limit is 2 per card. Dress up your home or office with a mini-revolving art collection to will awaken your senses and jumpstart your creativity. 

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Poison Prevention Tips

In honor of National Poison Prevention Week, the Tennessee Poison Control Center has published the following poison prevention tips:

Store Poisons Safely

  • Store all medicines away from household products and food.
  • Never put any medicine or chemical in a cup or soft drink bottle.
  • Keep medicine and household products in their original containers.
  • Use child-resistant packaging, but remember - nothing is childproof!
  • If you have a young child who is able to walk or crawl, keep household plants and products stored above floor level, not beneath the sink.
Use Poisons Safely
  • Read the label on all medicines and household products.  Heed warnings and cautions.
  • Are children in the home?  Take the product or medicine with you to answer the door or phone.
  • Lock up products and medicines after using them.
  • Is it medicine?  Call it medicine, not candy.
  • Children learn by imitation.  Take your medicines where children can't watch.
  • Always turn on the light when giving medicines.  Never take medicines in the dark.
Teach Children to Ask First
  • Poisons can look like food or drink.  Teach children to ask an adult before eating or drinking anything.
If the unthinkable happens, help is just a phone call away.  The nurses, pharmacists, and physicians who answer the Poison Help hotline provide immediate treatment recommendations.  Interpreters are available for over 150 languages.  All calls are fast, free, and confidential.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

An Ounce of Prevention... Smart911

Brentwood families are lucky to have free access to Smart911 to prepare ahead of time for severe weather and emergencies. You create a profile for your family, your home, your pets, and even your vehicles. You can enter medical conditions, medications, allergies, and more. First responders have access to this information before they even reach your home. Take advantage of this service and sign up now.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Audio Books on the Go

Playaways are portable audio devices with an audiobook story pre-loaded inside. After checking one out, you just need earbuds or headphones and a AAA battery and you have a book on the go. Playaways are located in the Audio Visual Room at the end of the third shelf closest to the windows.

Authors include: David Sedaris, Suzanne Collins, Jeannette Walls, Jodi Picoult, James Patterson, Anne Lamott, Brad Meltzer, and many more. Come check one out!