Tuesday, October 21, 2014

New Emergency Notification System

The City of Brentwood, Franklin, and Williamson County are now all using Everbridge for emergency notifications. Everbridge has been providing notifications for the City of Franklin since 2012. With the whole county now using the same vendor, residents will be notified about emergencies in a more efficient way and residents will have greater control over their preferences.

  • Create an Everbridge account
  • Provide addresses of interest (home, work, child's school, parent's home, etc)
  • Provide phone, text, and email addresses for your alerts
  • You are now ready to receive alerts. Residents may select which alerts they would like to receive and the hours of the day you wish alerts to be turned off.

Click here to register.

Important facts:

  • It works with any type of phone, text, email, ot TTY/TTD hearing impaired line
  • Information is not shared with 3rd parties
  • Phone numbers from the previous notification system have been provided to Everbridge; however notification preferences, locations to monitor, other contact information, etc must all be set up by the resident in the Everbridge system
  • Some residents with phone-over-internet, such as Comcast, may have never registered in the old system and should create an account with Everbridge to be certain.
Frequently asked questions:

I already signed up with NIXLE, do I need to sign up with Everbridge?
Yes. NIXLE may be phased out in the near future. It is for non-emergency texts such as traffic alerts. Everbridge is much more robust platform that is able to be area-specific. 

My number was in the old system, do I need to sign up with Everbridge?
If your number was in the old system, it has been provided to Everbridge, but you need to set up an account to let Everbridge know what areas of Williamson County you wish to receive alerts about, what types of alerts, and how you wish to be notified (i.e. phone, email, or text).

Will I receive alerts in the middle of the night?
Only if that is what you want. You can specify hours in the Everbridge system when you want notifications turned off.

Once I'm signed up, can I change my preferences and information later?
Yes, you can change your information at any time.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Fall Floral Arrangement Design Class

Photo is an example only. Floral supplies will be determined by the instructor.

Is Thanksgiving at your house this year? Wow your guests with a beautiful fall arrangement for your table. Learn how to use fruit, vegetables, and flowers to decorate for the coming holiday season. Bring a vase that will fit your table, remembering that your guests will need to see over it to chat.

Tuesday, October 28 from 1-2:30pm
Class fee: $15
(includes instruction and floral supplies* - bring your own vase.)
Instructor: Elaine Rohrig

* Bring ribbon, candles, or special additions from your yard like: Locust, Rain tree pods, beauty berries, clusters of nuts, dried grains, corn shucks, dried okra, feathers, cat tails, pinecones, etc to personalize your design.

Register online here or call Judy at 615-371-0090 ext 8510.

Elaine Rohrig is a Past President of the New Neighbors Garden Club. She's excelled in numerous Tennessee Federated Garden Club Flower Shows, displayed her design expertise at the Williamson County Fair, and has taught floral design to novices and Master Gardeners.

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!