Wednesday, April 23, 2014

@ the library, part 2

We challenged you last week to tell us how your life has changed @ the library. Today, we are sharing some more of our answers with you!

Cassie: "I've always been a bookworm and devoured books at a rapid pace as a child. Living in a single family home, feeding my reading appetite wasn't always easy. One day my mom took me to the library & suddenly money wasn't a problem! I discovered that I could read books to my heart's content, safely and soundly in our public library."

Kersten: "I was born with a reading list I will never finish. Thank goodness I work at the Library!"

Caitlin: "I've been able to visit strange new worlds just by reading books!"

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

@ the library

We challenged you last week to tell us how your life has changed @ the library. Today, we are sharing some of our answers with you!

Missy: "I have been so lucky to work for The Brentwood Library! I have worked in 3 different buildings and been through 2 renovations! It is always exciting here!"

Amanda: "Say it loud... Say it proud... I am a GEEK @ my library!"

Patricia: "Libraries have given me continuity in my travels, and given me a safe place for my kids to explore all kinds of stuff."

Stay tuned for more to come later this week. Send us YOUR thoughts on how you have changed @ the library!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Celebrating the life of Gabriel García Márquez

Gabriel García Márquez, renowned Colombian writer, passed away Thursday in his home in Mexico City at the age of 87. Long considered to be one of the world's greatest living authors, the loss of his presence as a literary voice and cultural commentator will be greatly felt. While most well known for modern classics, One Hundred Years of Solitude and Love in the Time of Cholera , García Márquez's work as an author, journalist, and pioneer of the Latin American boom included a large number of novels and short stories. He has been called the most influential Spanish-language writer since Miguel de Cervantes of Don Quixote fame, and is widely credited with helping to develop the literary genre of magical realism. Known affectionately as "Gabo" by his many fans, García Márquez was born in Aracataca, Colombia in 1927 -- the town which later became the setting for his 1967 hit, One Hundred Years of Solitude . The same title catapulted him to literary stardom upon its publication, earning international acclaim and millions of readers. He followed up with the also critically acclaimed Love in the Time of Cholera in 1985, after winning the Nobel Prize for literature in 1982. His other works include The Autumn of the Patriarch, No One Writes to the Colonel, Love in the Time of Cholera, Living to Tell the Tale, and Memories of My Melancholy Whores, in addition to numerous projects in screenwriting, editing, and journalism. Many of his writings were also adapted for TV and feature films.

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!

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.