Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Watercolors Class

Register now for a mini course in shading and highlights, as well as color mixes. The class takes place on Saturday, August 2nd from 10am-1pm. Paintings will be completed in one session. The class fee is $35.

Instructor Laura Melling has a BA in Business Economics, and spent 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, July 14, 2014

Living Well with Chronic Conditions

Join us for a free six-session workshop on Mondays from 1-3pm starting July 28th. The workshop is a partnership with UT Extension, Williamson County Health Department, and The Brentwood Library. The workshop is free, but space is limited.

Enduring life with a chronic condition? Ready to start enjoying life...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 a six-session workshop, you will learn ways to:
  • Manage your symptoms
  • Communicate better with your doctor, family members, and friends
  • Decrease your anger and frustration
  • Fight fatigue and pain
  • Build confidence
  • Manage stress and learn to relax
  • Discover better nutrition and exercise choices
  • Manage medications
  • Get more out of your life!

FREE: No cost to attend, spaces are limited. Open to anyone with a chronic condition. Spouses, family members, and caregivers are welcome. Each workshop participant receives the book, Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions and a relaxation CD. A minimum of 10 are needed to hold workshop.

Please register online or by calling Judy Payton at 615-371-0090 ext 8510.

How's your Summer Reading coming along?

Remember back when we were signing up for Summer Reading? It's seems like just a short time ago, but the weeks are flying by. Today is the first day young readers/listeners can come by the Children's Department to pick up their prizes.

Haven't met your goal yet? No worries! You have until August 17th to complete your log.

We look forward to seeing you with a completed log in hand to pick up your prize!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Kids Protection Planning

Join us for a Special Free Seminar on Estate Planning
Saturday, July 26th from 1-2pm

You are a great parent, but is something incomplete? Who will take care of your kids if something happens to you and will they be cared for the way you wish? Julie Cornell, a local estate planning attorney, will be giving us an overview of this topic where you will discover:
* The steps every parent should take to make sure their kids are protected.
* How to choose the right guardians for your children and make sure your children are never taken from your home or placed with strangers if something happens to you.
* How to make sure your assets are immediately and privately available to the people you've named to care for your children.
* Why a will alone is simply not enough to make sure your kids are taken care of the way you want, by the people you want, no matter what.

Presenter: Julie Cornell, Attorney and Counselor at Law, Cornell Law Group

Please register online or by calling Judy Payton at 615-371-0090 ext 8510.

Presenter bio:
Julie Cornell co-founded Cornell Law Group with a particular purpose in mind – to assist growing families in protecting their children, preserving their assets, and planning for the future. Julie seeks to establish ongoing relationships with her clients to make sure that their plans are kept up to date as their needs change.

Julie believes that estate planning is more than meeting with a lawyer for a couple of hours in order to sign some form documents that you don’t understand. It is about protecting what is most important to you and passing on your legacy – including your spiritual, intellectual, and human assets. Julie listens to each client and helps identify the client’s goals, needs, and concerns. She then creates a plan that ensures the safety and well-being of her clients and their children. Julie’s clients find peace of mind knowing that their plan will actually work when it needs to come into action.

Julie is a Knoxville, TN native and attended Pepperdine University School of Law in Malibu, CA before returning to Tennessee. She is an active member of the Estate Planning Council of Middle Tennessee, the Tennessee Bar Association, and the Nashville Bar Association.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Table Top Tea Cups and Fairy Gardens

Photos are illustrations of the project. Flowers will vary.

Unearth Your Inner Florist: Delicate Design Class

Wednesday, July 16th, 1-2pm
Class fee: $12 

Join Elaine Rohrig, Past President of the Nashville Newcomer's Garden Club, as she teaches how to turn backyard horticulture into tabletop beauty. Learn to make a miniature floral design in a tea cup. Ground yourself in the principles of color, shape, texture, and pattern. Bring a cup and saucer or favorite mug to use a decorative container. Master the concepts of line and proportion using fresh materials. Minimum of 8 registrations are needed to hold class. 

To register, click on the link and complete the registration form or call 615-371-0090 ext 8510.

How to Create a Fairy Garden

Wednesday, July 23rd, 10-11am
Free demonstration

What fairy could resist resting her wings on a cozy bench beneath a tree, with moss at her feet and dainty flowers to admire? In this make-believe landscape, a pint-sized bush is a large tree, twigs and leaves turn into firniture, and tiny woodland sprites area as close as your imagination. Award-winning Carolyn M. Kirchner will create a fairy garden during the demonstration and inspire you to create your own magical miniature container garden for you and your own fairies to enjoy.

To register click on the Fairy Guide link and complete the registration form or call 371-0090 ext 8510.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Let's Go Surfin' Now...

Professor Hoot has been busy surfing, building sand castles, and catching some rays in Myrtle Beach.

But, before he could hit the beach, he had to check out the Surfside Library to pick up some books.

Where, oh where, will he go next?

FOBL July Booksale

Mark your calendars! July 18-20th is the next Friends of The Brentwood Library Book sale. Come early for the best selection!

Friday and Saturday hours are 10am-5:30pm. Sunday hours are 1pm-5:30pm and all items are half-priced on Sunday.

We are happy to announce the Friends will be able to accept credit cards now at book sales.

There is always a great selection of hard backs, paperbacks, games, puzzles, CDs, and DVDs. You don't want to miss it!

Can't make the sale this time? The Friends also sell thousands of items online through Amazon. Visit their store at

All proceeds from the book sales and from the Amazon shop benefit The Brentwood Library.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Kickoff Celebration for Southern Festival of Books

The Brentwood Library is excited to be hosting a Festival kickoff party on July 12th from 6-8pm. The first lineup for the 26th annual Southern Festival of Books: A Celebration of the Written Word will be revealed.

The reception will include announcement of confirmed authors, door prizes, and refreshments. Please let Humanities Tennessee know if you plan to attend by completing the RSVP by July 10th.

The Festival is one of the oldest and largest book festivals in the nation, welcoming more than 200 authors and 25,000 visitors to Legislative Plaza and the Nashville Public Library each year. It is a free event and will be held October 10-12, 2014.

"We're so thrilled that Brentwood Library has offered its beautiful space to help us kick off the Festival," said Serenity Gerbman, Festival director. "We're thrilled to share the first list of confirmed authors at this party, and we think readers will be excited to hear who's coming in for the Festival."

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

The Adventure Continues...

Professor Hoot joined the Maguires on a plane ride to visit family in Maryland and Rhode Island.
Then he caught a game at Fenway Park in Boston.
After that adventure, Professor Hoot was off to St Louis, MO with the Schafer family to see the St. Louis skyline and arch.
"What is this thing called a Snow Route?" the Professor wondered.

The idea of snow was not to his liking, so he made a quick trip to Florida. He caught a ride back to Tennessee with the meadows family.

And once he was back in his home state, he met up with the Fortunas for a visit to Elite Martial Arts for Warrior camp.
And then he took a very long owl nap.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Professor Hoot's latest adventures

Have you seen Professor Hoot? He was last seen singing with Elvis in Tupelo, MS.

Then he was off to Memphis to learn more about the King.

It was hotter than owls care for, so he joined the Rahman family at the Celebration Park Splash Pad in Gardendale, Alabama.
Then he hopped a ride with the Meltons to visit Kentucky and Indiana before making his way back to Tennessee.

Where will he go next?