Monday, August 31, 2015

Freegal News

Get all of your music absolutely free with your library card.
Check on the logo now to check it out.
Did you know? Rolling Stone just crowned legendary folk-rocker Bob Dylan as the greatest songwriter of all time. He landed the #1 spot in their list of the 100 greatest. The magazine wrote that "no one set the bar higher, or had greater impact." Mr. Dylan's music is available on the Freegal site. Other songwriters in the top 10 of the Rolling Stone list that have music you can listen to with your library card include Paul Simon, Chuck Berry, Stevie Wonder and Carole King.

AARP Drivers Course

AARP Drivers Course
Tuesday & Wednesday, September 8 & 9
Presenter: Bob Soriano
Class fee: $15 for AARP members; $20 for non-members.
Registration Required.
Learn about good driving habits and get a special discount on your insurance. There are no tests and/or homework! If your family has two cars, the husband and wife can take the course to get the discount on both cars.

AARP provides the Drivers Guide and DVD presentation for the class. Please bring a valid Tennessee license, your AARP card if you have one, along with a pen or pencil and a lunch. Coffee and water provided.

Register here, call Brigid Day at 615-371-0090 ext. 8510 or e-mail

7 Essentials for a Great Retirement

Retirement Surprise #1:
7 Essentials for a Great Retirement
Thursday, September 3, 1:00-2:00pm
Presenter: Edward Zinkiewicz
Free program. Registration required.
For some people retirement comes easily. Others flounder and even find themselves dismayed at changes retirement can bring. You can avoid that! Join me as I help you move into retirement with confidence, knowing you are bypassing the pitfalls and heading in a positive direction. Most retirement planning presentations focus on finances, but not this one. We’ll be talking about the fun stuff—what you might actually be doing and enjoying!

Be prepared to imagine and do.

Register here, call Brigid Day at 615-371-0090 ext. 8510, or e-mail

September is National Library Card Sign-Up!

Help Us Celebrate National Library Card Sign-Up Month.
Snoopy is our honorary chair!
We are joining with the American Library Association (ALA) and public libraries nationwide to make sure that every child has the most important school supply of all. 

Watch for fun stuff happening throughout the month!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

School's in session. Ready to volunteer?

The library is always looking for dependable, hard-working volunteers to help us provide the service our patrons deserve. Come be a part of our wonderful team. Spend your time around books, get to know some of the library's inner workings, and give back to the community as you help us stay on top of the ever-present demands of contemporary libraries.

Right now, we're looking for Restocking Aces (shelvers) in the Children's Department on
Tuesdays 6-8 PM
Wednesdays 1-3 PM
Fridays 1-3 PM

We also have several weekday/week night openings for self-starters who love order and can help out at least one hour a week. Initiative and a passion for clean spaces are a bonus for this flexible volunteer position on our Clean Team, which keeps library materials and displays in tip-top condition.

To learn more or set up an interview, please fill out an online application.
Our next new volunteer orientation & training session is September 13.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Children's Yoga

Twisting Time Yoga by Theresa Kuhn
Thursday, September 3rd & 17th
Children's Storytime Room
Grades K-2nd - 4:30PM-5:15PM
Grades 3-5 - 5:15PM-6:00PM
Instructor fee: $5.00 per class
An exciting age appropriate yoga class just for kids taught by Theresa Kuhn. This class is designed to foster coordination, cooperation , concentration and a little silliness, while building attention and focus. Mats, props, and laughter provided!

Theresa has been a yoga teacher since 2007 and teaches the Guided Meditation here at the Library. She holds several specialized training in yoga including YogaFit Kids and Radiant Child Yoga but most importantly she is the mother of 4.

here is a limit of 15 children per session.

Class Fee $5.00 per class. Payment will be taken the day of class, before class begins. We can accept exact cash or check made payable to the Brentwood Library.

Register online or call Amanda Chappell at 615-371-0090 ext. 8290 or the Children’s Library ext. 8380. Dates are subject to change.

Creative Writing by Jennifer Trafton

Creative Writing Classes by Jennifer Trafton
3rd-5th grade, 9-13 year olds
Children’s Storytime Room
Jennifer Trafton, author of "The Rise and Fall of Mount Majestic", will teach a 6-week series of foundational creative writing classes introducing kids to a writer's way of looking at the world. Different sessions will be held throughout the year. When you register for the 1st session for the 6-week program, you have registered for all the sessions in the 6-week program. Limit of 10 students per 6-week session.

Painting with Words: September 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th and October 7th

During this 6-week session, the writers will learn to be "spies in the universe" by paying close attention to the world around them, find astonishment in ordinary things, start a
word collection, and then use some basic writing tools to "paint pictures with words." This will be a very fun, interactive, and hands-on class.

Register online or call Amanda Chappell at 615-371-0090 ext. 8290 or the Children’s Library ext. 8380. Dates are subject to change.

Local Author Book Fair

Local Author Book Fair
Sunday, August 23rd
Free event. No registration Required.
The Brentwood Library is pleased to host this event which will showcase local authors while providing a venue for you, our local readers, to connect with them. We will have a screenwriting workshop, multiple authors who will speak about their books, and time for you to visit with them and purchase their books.

Authors attending: Bill Peach, Nanette Avery, Rick Reichman, Shannon L. Brown, Keely Brooke Keith, Paula Palermo, Tom Wood, Iscah, Carroll Silvera, Kathy Rhodes, Rena Johnson, D. G. Driver, Patty Keith, Louise Draper Colln, Dr. Veera S. Rajaratnam, Parnell Donahue, MD, Catherine Moore, Courtney Lynn Mroch, David M. Harris, Eva Melusine Thieme, Kimberly Dana, Nicole Jarrell, Leo Kennedy, Christine Copenhaver, and Alana Raybon.

Family Games

Family Games
Saturday, August 22nd
Free program. Registration requested.
Bring the family for a chance to play board games at the library! We'll have a variety of games available to try out, or you can play an old favorite. This program is intended for children ages 6 and older. Parents will stay and play with their children.

Register here, or contact Brigid Day at 615-371-0900 Ext. 8510 or

Canning Talk 101

Canning Talk 101
Thursday, August 20th
Free event. No registration required.
Do you get overwhelmed by all the fresh produce from your garden CSA box? Join Master Food Preserver Rowena Aldridge for an introduction to canning and learn the fundamentals of putting all those delicious seasonal flavors in your pantry! This talk will cover the basics, from equipment and safety to techniques and recipes, with a focus on in-season vegetable and fruit products.

Rowena will demonstrate the most up-to-date USDA food preservation techniques, so you can see for yourself just how simple it is to put up your own foods. When you leave this class, you will be ready to tackle canning in your own kitchen!