Saturday, October 18, 2014

Music from the Backyard & Front Porch

Internationally acclaimed musician Lauren Pelon will appear in a unique concert at The Brentwood Library on Sunday, October 26, 2014, at 3pm. Under the title “Music from the Backyard & Front Porch,” Lauren Pelon will perform on approximately twenty ancient and modern wind, string and free-reed instruments, and voice.

This is a free event, but registration is required. Please register online or call Judy at 615-371-0090 ext 8510.

This program of American music features the music of America's indigenous peoples, as well as the songs and instruments of America's many immigrants and Pelon's own compositions. “I believe in the importance of local music and local stories,” says Pelon, “and I like to celebrate its great variety and range. This program gives me a chance to do that.”

Pelon plays an astonishing array of instruments. Among the instruments she will be using are Native American flute, concertina, pennywhistle, ocarina, eagle bone flute, guitar, recorder and psalmodikon, all prominent in American history. Other instruments (guitar-lute, archlute, bowed psaltery, lyre, hurdy-gurdy, gemshorns, cornamuse, krummhorn, schreierpfeife, shawm, electric wind instrument and pedalboard) will be used to tell a story or illustrate an idea.

Lauren Pelon has performed throughout the U.S. and in China, Canada, England, Ireland, Scotland, Russia, Kazakhstan, Australia, and New Zealand. She is noted for her versatile use of a diverse array of instruments, but Pelon has also won recognition for her lovely soprano voice, and for her compelling compositions and arrangements of music from many countries and cultures. Lauren has performed with symphony orchestras, The Philadelphia String Quartet, on Garrison Keillor's “A Prairie Home Companion,” and at the Russian Institute for the History of the Arts in St. Petersburg, Russia. Pelon was the recipient of the 2001 “Artist of the Year” award from The Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council. More recently, she received a 2010 Artist Initiative Award and 2014 Arts Tour Minnesota Grant Award from the Minnesota State Arts Board.

Living Well with Chronic Conditions

Join us on Friday October 24th from 10am-12pm for the first in a six-session workshop. If you or someone you love has health problems such as diabetes, arthritis, cancer, chronic bronchitis, high blood pressure or other chronic diseases, the Living Well with Chronic Conditions workshop can help you take control of your life.

By participating in this six-session workshop, you will learn ways to:
*manage your symptoms
*communicate better with your doctor, family members, and friends
*lessen your anger and frustration
*fight fatigue and pain
*build confidence
*manage stress and learn to relax
*discover better nutrition and exercise choice
*manage medications
*get more out of your life!
This is a free six-week program, but registration is required. Register online or call Judy at 615-371-0090 ext 8510. This program is a Partnership with UT Extension, Williamson County Health Department, and The Brentwood Library and is presented by Patty Norem and Patsy Watkins

Friday, October 17, 2014

Healthy Halloween Treats

Join us for Whole Foods Market Day at The Brentwood Library.
 Wednesday October 22nd at 1pm.

Learn how to lighten up the Halloween treats for the little goblins in your life.

This program is free, but registration is required. Register online or call Judy at 615-371-0090 ext 8510

Presenters: Dori Wilbert, Healthy Eating Specialist, and Michael Martin, Franklin Cooking Coordinator.

Thursday, October 9, 2014


Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Now accepting credit cards!

The Brentwood Library is pleased to announce we are now accepting MasterCard and Visa. We will still accept cash and checks, as always, but now you have the added possibility to pay with credit cards.
  • There is a $.95 transaction fee.
  • You may pay at the library or online.
  • You may continue to check out materials until your fines reach $10.
  • Fines do not appear on your account until late books are returned or renewed.
  • To pay from home, you will need to log into your account with your library card number and pin number.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Watercolors Class

     Join is for an Autumn Mum themed Watercolor Class on Saturday October 11th from 12-3pm. This class offers a mini course in shading and highlights, as well as color mixes. Paintings will be completed in one session.

Register here or call Judy Payton at 615-371-0090 ext 8510 The class fee is $35 which includes all materials.

     Instructor Laura Melling has a BA in Business Economics, and two years at The Art
Institute of Ft. Lauderdale, with studies in a range of art topics from Commercial to Fine Arts, the Psychology of Art to Art Therapy, Photography, Interior Design.

     Recently, she has been a watercolor art teacher at Franklin Clubhouses in McKay's Mill and Westhaven,and is now expanding into course offerings in Spring Hill and Brentwood. Laura has sold her work at several local shows, including the Art Crawl in downtown Franklin.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Closed for Inventory

The Brentwood Library will be closed on Monday, October 13th for inventory. We will reopen at 9am on Tuesday. Those books won't count themselves!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Volunteers needed!

The Brentwood Library is proud to offer excellent materials, polite personal service, and engaging programs. But we couldn't do it without the help of our dedicated volunteers!

What do volunteers do?
  • answer calls at our switchboard
  • assist with mailings
  • shelve books and media materials
  • keep our extensive collection in order
  • search missing items
  • pull items that patrons have placed on hold
  • sort donated materials for the Friends of the Library Book Sales
  • process materials newly added to our collection

And if that's not enough, we do more around the holidays! Volunteers help at the Tree Lighting Ceremony and with The Polar Express Reading and also with the Morning with Santa event.

We are in particular need for office volunteers at this time. If you are available for a weekly two-hour shift and have availability on Tuesdays between the hours of 11am-5pm, or Wednesdays or Thursdays from 3-5pm, please fill out an online application

If you would like to help out for special events, please also fill out an online application.

We appreciate our volunteers so much!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Spring internships available

The Brentwood Library is excited to be offering two unpaid internship opportunities during the Spring semester. Applications are available online. Please share this information with any college students you know who may be interested.

Author Event

Description/Responsibilities: The Brentwood Library Foundation is a nonprofit organization that solicits contributions in support of The Brentwood Library. The Brentwood Library is seeking an intern to assist in planning and executing the annual Author Event hosted at the library.

Qualifications: Applicants should be students with a background in communications, literature, language arts, non-profit management, library sciences, or business with a flair for event planning. Duties include but are not limited to: emailing save-the-date, mailing invitations, electronic invitations, working with sponsors and vendors, administrative tasks, and hosting the event. Intern must have reliable transportation.

Position Type: Unpaid, part-time internship; 8-10 hours per week; weekday availability, with some evenings including the night of the event; flexible scheduling

To apply: Please visit The Brentwood Library’s website and submit an on-line internship application and specify which intern position you seek. 

Social Media and Internet Marketing

Description/Responsibilities:  The Brentwood Library seeks an intern to assist with a social media campaign. The intern will work with the Special Projects Manager to increase awareness, drive internet traffic, and other marketing activities as assigned.

Qualifications:  Applicants should possess excellent written and oral communication skills, have an understanding of LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, as well as an understanding of social media best practices.  

Position type:  Unpaid, part-time internship; 8-10 hours per week; flexible scheduling.

To apply:  Please visit The Brentwood Library’s website and submit an on-line internship application and specify which intern position you seek.


Thursday, September 25, 2014

Book Sale time is near!

Come one, come all! Calling all book lovers to the Friends of The Brentwood Library's quarterly book sale from Friday, October 10 - Sunday, October 12. Come on Friday for the best selection. Join us Saturday for a full day of shopping, and don't miss Sunday when all items are half price.

Friday 10am-5:30pm
Saturday 10am-5:30pm
Sunday 1pm-5:30pm (Half price day!)
Your purchases directly support the library and library programs. The book sale isn't just books either! Come see our collections of movies, games, puzzles, and more. Credit cards, cash, or check.