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You may now access the library’s new Schedule of Events Calendar to view and
register for all upcoming programs and events.  Cancel a program registration.

Registration Etiquette! 
Please keep in mind that many of our programs end up with waiting lists… if you are unable to attend a class please be sure to cancel by calling 371-0090 ext. 8510, or if you received an email confirmation there is a cancellation link that you can simply click, after clicking a “Cancel Registration” prompt comes up, click “Continue” to complete the cancellation process. Thanks!



Stitching for Charity
  Watercolors Class
New! Digital Photography Class


eBooks for iPads
eBooks for Kindle
iPad Class


  Guided Meditation 
Kids Protection Planning
Chronic Conditions Workshop
Blue Zones
New! Herb Gardening
New! Mobile Pet Adoption
New! Disease Prevention


New! Williamson County Community Band Concert


Book Discussion Groups
Book Club to Go
Conversational Spanish 
 Conversational French
New! Genealogy Class - Archival Basics


 Pilates Mat Class
Grab Your Tennis Shoes!
Guided Meditation
 Restorative Yoga Class
Morning/Evening Yoga
Tai Chi Practice
Mah Jongg Club




















art lending library

Monthly art displays showcase the talents of local artists. Oil 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 awaken your senses and jumpstart your creativity.


STITCHKniiting yarn and needlesING FOR CHARITY
Tuesday, August 19
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
Meeting Room B

CALLING ALL KNITTERS AND CROCHETERS! Join us on the 3rd Tuesday of the month from for coffee, conversation and fun. 

We are working on the following projects:

    1. Lap Quilts for Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center
    2. Hats & Scarves (child to adult) for local shelters and non-profit groups.
    3. Baby hats and incubator blankets for Centennial Women’s Center.
    4. Prayer Shawls for Vanderbilt Ingram Cancer Center Baptist Hospital and GraceWorks

Bring your knitting needles and crochet hooks… we’ll provide the yarn and instructions. If you have any questions please call Judy Payton, Library Program Coordinator at 371-0090 ext. 8000.  

For more information about Stitching for Charity please visit the following website:

The Brentwood Library Stitching for Charity group would like to express our sincere gratitude for the cash donation from the Brentwood Rotary Club Charitable Foundation.  Because of this generous donation we were able to purchase supplies that will benefit many recipients.

The Brentwood Library always accepts yarn donations… please drop off yarn at the circulation desk to the attention of Judy Payton.

NOTE: No wool yarn please!

To date this hard working group has made 216 lap blankets, 211 baby hats, 160 baby blankets, 538 adult hats, 145 scarves, over 400 teddy bear gowns.



Saturday, August 2
10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Presenter: Laura Melling
Class Fee: $35.00 (includes canvas and all supplies)

This class offers a mini course in shading and highlights, as well as color mixes. Paintings will be completed in one session.

 Artist Bio: Laura Melling earned 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, and Interior Design.

Recently, Laura 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.

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

CameraDigital Photography Class
Thursday, August 14
6:30–8:30 p.m.
Meeting Room A
Presenter: David Johnston
Class Fee: $100

The digital photography classes will teach you how to start taking better photographs with your DSLR camera, expanding your skills beyond the beginner level. Learn multiple attributes that make a great photograph. Whether your goal is to take better photos of your kids or take terrific landscape photos, you will learn a number of strategies to improve your photographs. These classes build on each other to ensure steady progression of your skills.

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

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Woman sitting in meditationGUIDED MEDITATION CLASSES 
July 30, August 6, 13, 20, 27
6:30—7:30 p.m.
Instructor: Theresa Kuhn
Class Fee: $5.00 per class

Stress is an almost unavoidable reality of modern living , but it doesn't have to leave us feeling overwhelmed and scattered. Creating a few moments calm in your busy day can dramatically change the way you see the world and the challenges in it.

This class offers a gentle guided meditation designed to help you hit the reset button on your nervous system, to bring you to a sense of peace and calm in one short hour.

Blankets and Props are provided! 

Instructor: Theresa Kuhn is a registered Kripalu yoga teacher and Licensed Massage Therapist. She has been practicing yoga and meditation since 2001, studying many different styles and approaches, before turning her focus the uses of yoga and meditation in therapeutic settings.

Please register for each class individually by clicking on the following links: 7/30, 8/6, 8/13, 8/20, 8/27 and complete the registration form, or call 371-0090 ext. 8510.

Kids Protection Planning: A Special FREE Seminar on Estate Planning
Saturday, July 26
1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Presenter: Julie Cornell, Cornell Law Group
Free Seminar
Fall Conference Room

You are a great parent, but has something been left incomplete? Who will take care of your kids if something happen to you and will they be card for the way you want? 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 totally protect.
• 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 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.

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

Living Well with Chronic Conditions Workshop
A partnership with UT Extension, Williamson County Health Department and The Brentwood Library
July 28
1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Presented by: Patty Norem, Health Educator and Williamson County Health Dept. and Patsy Watkins, MPH, CFCS, Extension Agent, Family & Consumer Sciences. Williamson County Extension
Free 6-week workshop
Note: A minimum of 10 are needed to hold workshop.

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 symptom, communicate better with your doctor, family members and friends, lessen your anger and frustration, fight fatigue and pain, building confidence, manage stress and learn to relax, discover better nutrition and exercise choices, manage medications, get more out of your life!

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.

To register call 371-0090 ext. 8510.

Woman picking riceFree Seminar:  The Blue Zones - Lessons Learned from the World's Longest Living Populations
Thursday, August 7
1:00-2:00 p.m.
Fall Conference Room
Free seminar - registration required.

Back by popular demand! By improving their lifestyle, people can look and feel better at every age and add 12 years to their life expectancy. Something called the Danish Twin Studies established that less than 25% of how long the average person lives is dictated by genes. In other words, most of how long and how well you live is up to you.

So how can you live longer? Does it involve diets? Supplements? Exercise programs? Should you be eating organic, free range chicken or tofu? And what about physical activity? Should you be running marathons or doing yoga?

During this lecture, Mrs. Bruey will present the findings of a project sponsored by National Geographic who hired the world’s best longevity researchers to identify pockets around the world where people lived measurably better. They identified five areas in the world that they called “Blue Zones”, where they found that people reach age 100 at rates 10 times greater than in the United States. They found the extra 10 years that we’re missing.

Bio: Susan Bruey RN MSN CHC has been a nurse educator for many years. Now, Mrs. Bruey is teaching healthcare consumers how to take control of their health to avoid the preventable diseases that are usually associated with aging. Mrs. Bruey focuses her health coaching practice on adults who are interested in learning more about their health and in taking action to improve it.

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

HerbsHerb Gardening Seminar
Tuesday, August 12
1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Meeting Room A
Free Event
Please RSVP

Presenter: Amy Dismukes, UT/TSU Horticulture Extension Agent for Williamson County, Tennessee.

Planning on putting in an herb garden? Then don’t miss this informative program that will cover the basics on how to grow some of these beautiful and fragrant plants in Tennessee … including what will and won’t do well in our climate, bed/garden arrangement and the random do’s and don'ts that many encounter. Herbs as companion plants will be an added bonus!

Presenter Bio: Amy Dismukes is a graduate of Auburn University, three times over, where she received a Bachelor of Liberal Arts, a Bachelor of Science in Horticulture: Sustainable Fruit and Vegetable Production and a Master of Agriculture in Plant Pathology & Entomology. She provides educational training, for both homeowner and commercial clients, about issues concerning horticulture and agriculture, and teaches training classes for Master Gardener programs in Williamson and surrounding counties. Amy conducts both commercial and consumer site visits throughout the county to diagnose and resolve issues with insects, plant diseases and weeds. She is a frequent guest speaker for garden and horticultural associations, and commercial pesticide workshops and conferences.

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

Mobile Pet Adoption Center
Williamson County Animal Control and Adoption Center partners with The Brentwood Library
Saturday, August 16
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
The Brentwood Library Parking Lot
No registration required.

Williamson County Animal Control and Adoption Center (finalist of 2014 ASPCA Rachel Ray $100K Challenge) is bringing their Mobile Adoption Center to the library. Come out and visit during WCAC's summer of Stars event. Adopt a star, save a life! Pets are priceless!

Disease Prevention Program
6 week program
Tuesdays: August 19, 26, September 2, 9, 16, 23

1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Presenter:  Susan Bruey, RN MSN CHC
Class Fee:  $75.00 (attending spouse received 50% discount)

There is strong evidence that chronic inflammation is a major factor in many chronic diseases, including diabetes, heart disease, Alzheimer’s Disease and certain cancers. During this 6-week program, Mrs. Bruey teaches you the framework of the Disease Prevention Lifestyle, and she coaches you to begin to incorporate the changes that are required to accomplish it. This program uses the Anti-inflammatory Diet by Dr. Andrew Weil as a way to use food as medicine and the National Physical Activity Guidelines for Adults to incorporate physical activity into the wellness plan.

This 6-week program is designed for “baby-boomers” and others who are interested in taking actions to reduce their risks for (or possibly improve) the diseases listed above that are usually associated with aging.

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


Begin your healthy lifestyle by attending one of our great exercise classes!
PLEASE HELP US… by registering for classes each week. If there is only 1 or 2 registered it is very likely the class will be cancelled.

Woman practiding Pilates on matPILATES MAT CLASS

July 29, August 5, 12, 19, 26
10:00-11:00 a.m.
Instructor Maria Guse
Class Fee: $5.00 per class

Adding Pilates to your exercise routine will benefit your overall well-being in numerous ways. This class will go through a series of traditional Pilates exercises that will improve your core strength, increase your flexibility, create better postural alignment, develop your balance and give you a wider range of motion. Pilates is excellent for all ages and all levels of fitness, as the instructor will modify the class based on your needs and abilities. Please bring your own mat if you have one.

Instructor Maria Guse is a Romana's Pilates certified instructor. She completed a 600 hour certification program with Romana Kryzanowska, who was a direct protege of Joseph Pilates, the inventor of Pilates. Maria has been teaching Pilates for ten years and recently moved to Brentwood, where she teaches both private lessons and mat classes.

Please register for each class individually by clicking on the following links: 7/29, 8/5, 8/12, 8/19, 8/26 and complete the registration form, or call 371-0090 ext. 8000.

Yoga image for restorativeRESTORATIVE YOGA CLASS 
July 27, August 3, 10, 17, 24 (No class August 31 - the library is closed in observance of Labor Day.)
3:00-4:00 p.m.
Instructor: Norman Taulbee
Class Fee: $5.00 per class

Sunday Restorative Yoga might be the recipe you need. Beginning with slow, gentle movement, we use padded bolsters, blankets, blocks and chairs for a supportive environment to experience rest and relaxation in a wakeful state. Completely supported by the props, we will hold each passive stretch for a few minutes with dimmed lights and soft music. Some practitioners report a reduction of the effects of stress-related illness. Come experience it for yourself.
PLEASE NOTE: Limited yoga props provided. If available, please bring any of the following you would like to use: yoga mat, bolster, blocks, blankets and strap.

Instructor Norman Taulbee has studied various styles of yoga for over a decade.

Please register for each class individually by clicking on the following link(s) 7/27, 8/3, 8/10, 8/17 and 8/24 and complete the registration form, or call 371-0090 ext. 8000.

Yoga pose for beginner yogaMORNING YOGA CLASS
July 28
, August 4, 11, 18, 25
10:00-11:00 a.m.

July 25, August 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
10:00-11:00 a.m.

Instructor: Deirdre Grace

Class Fee: $5.00 per class

Learn Yoga poses in a safe and fun environment! Discover how Yoga can improve strength and flexibility in your body. Study the fundamentals of yoga postures and lay the foundation for an effective yoga practice. The instructor will guide students on how to execute each pose within their ability. This class will focus on improving flexibility and gaining clarity in the mind. We will work on balance and postures to keep the core strong.

Please register for each class individually by clicking on the following link(s)  Mondays: 7/28, 8/4, 8/11, 8/18, 8/25 and Fridays: 7/25, 8/1, 8/8, 8/15, 8/22, 8/29 and complete the registration form, or call 371-0090 ext. 8000.

July 29, August 5, 12, 19, 26
6:30-7:30 p.m.
Story Time Room
Norman Taulbee
Class Fee: $5.00 per session
July 31, August 7, 21, 28 (August 14 cancelled)
6:30-7:30 p.m.
Instructor: Linda McCampbell
Class Fee: $5.00 per session

This new yoga class will emphasize a gentle approach for all levels in a safe environment to experience the many benefits of yoga poses. Bring a non-competitive spirit, playful curiosity and your own yoga mat. A limited number of blankets will be available. Other props, such as blocks and straps, will not be provided.

Instructor Norman Taulbee has studied various styles of yoga for over a decade.

Please register for each class individually by clicking on the following link(s) Tuesdays: 7/29, 8/5, 8/12, 8/19, 8/26 and Thursdays: 7/31, 8/7, 8/21 and 8/28 and complete the registration form, or call 371-0090 ext. 8000.

10 week program begins: 6/3/2014 thru 8/7/2014
It's not too late! You can join the group any Tuesday or Thursday.
Tuesdays and Thursdays
10:00-11:00 a.m.
Location: Each session begins on the Outdoor Reading Terrace

No gym, no pressure! Join in the fun and participate in basic cardio and strength training exercise in this 10 week summer program. You start at your current fitness level and enjoy beautiful mornings increasing your activity level on the wonderful trails surrounding the library.

Presented by: Patty Norem, Williamson County Health Educator and Certified Personal Trainer and Susan Bruey, RN & Certified Health Coach.

To register click on the Tennis Shoes link or call Judy Payton at 371-0090 ext. 8510.

People practicing Tai ChiTAI CHI QIGONG Practice & Variation
Thursday Mornings
August 7, 14, 21
9:15 - 10:00 a.m.
August 28
10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Certified Instructor: Jani Kendy
Class Fee: $5.00 per class

Tai Chi movements offer a valuable tool to learn how to let go of the stress most of us have "dumped" in our bodies. This low impact form of movement has been shown to promote relaxation, relieve tension and enhance the mind/body connection, while improving balance, coordination, posture, flexibility and muscle tone. Our focus will be the short form of Sun Style Tai Chi and Qigong. Qigong is an ancient healing art which focuses on renewing and balancing the body’s natural flow of internal energy through movement and breath. Tai Chi is a form of Qigong. These sessions include basic practice as we move to gentle background music.

Please register for each class individually by clicking on the following links: 8/7, 8/14, 8/21 and 8/28 and complete the registration form, or call 371-0090 ext. 8000.

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The Life of Bright Ideas by Sandra Kring - Tuesday, August 26 at 10:00 a.m.
Rules of Civility by Amor Towles - Tuesday, September 23, at 10:00 a.m.

Excellent Women by Barbara Pym - Wednesday, August 20 at 6:30 p.m.
Ten Poems to Last a Lifetime by Roger Housen - Wednesday, September 17 at 6:30 p.m.

No reservations necessary - newcomers always welcome!
Book Discussions meet in the Fall Conference Room. For more information please call  371-0090 ext. 8000. 
If book selection is not available on our library shelves call 371-0090, extension 8510 to reserve your copy.

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.

Now Available:

  •     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

Click the link below for title availability. If a title is checked out, you may place an online hold by clicking “Details” next to the desired title, clicking “Place Hold” in the left navigation box, and following the instructions. If a title is showing as available in the library, you may place a hold by calling 371-0090, ext. 8070.

Check Title Availability for Book Club to Go kits

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mah jongg tilesMAH JONGG CLUB
July 30, August 4, 11, 18, 25
1:00-4:00 p.m
Bring your Mah Jongg set (if available) and join us at the Brentwood Library for an afternoon of Mah Jongg. If you would like to sign up for a free lesson please call our Program Coordinator, Judy Payton, 371-0090 ext. 8000. or email


French Merci clip artCONVERSATIONAL FRENCH  
Every other Tuesday
August 12, 26
6:00-7:30 p.m.
Facilitator: Rita Stapleton

Are you looking to improve your French speaking skills in a fun, interesting, educational and social way? Join the Conversational French Meet-up group. Group meets on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month. PLEASE NOTE: This is not a beginner’s French group!

For more information about this group please call Judy Payton, Brentwood Library Program Coordinator at 371-0090 ext. 8000. 

Every other Monday
July 28, August 11, 25
6:00-7:30 p.m.
Facilitator: Don Korzekwa

The Conversational Spanish Group will soon celebrate its second year! Are you looking to improve your Spanish speaking skills in a fun, interesting, educational and social way? Join the Conversational Spanish Meet-up group. PLEASE NOTE: This is not a beginner’s Spanish group!

For more information about this group please call Judy Payton, Brentwood Library Program Coordinator at 371-0090 ext. 8000. 

Genealogy archivalGenealogy: Archival Basics
Thursday, August 7
6:00-8:00 p.m.
Instructor: Holly Hebert
Free class

Learn to protect your family history photos and documents for future generations.

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

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Exciting News for our Online Classes!

The Brentwood Library will soon begin offering online classes from Universal Class. With over 500 courses to choose from, patrons can enroll anytime, anywhere, with no waiting for sessions to start or end. Universal Class has a great variety of classes for professional skills and fun, from Excel to Algebra to Bird Watching to Floral Arranging! Check the Skill Building section of our website soon for more details and look for a list of courses in next month’s eNews.

Wednesday, August 6
1:00 p.m.
Class Instructors: Kelly Lee & Jerry Boonstra
Free Class - Limited Space!

Learn to use the Library's eBook resources to download eBooks to your device.

Please note: This is not a class to learn how to use your device.  See below for iPad class. 

IMPORTANT: This class is for the iPad only.  There is an alternate class for Kindles, and we offer appointments to assist with other devices.  You must have a valid library card with no fines or fees to take this class. 

To register click on the eBooks on iPad link and complete the registration form, or call 371-0090 ext. 8000.

Wednesday, August 20
1:00 p.m.
Instructors: Kelly Lee and Jerry Boonstra
Free Class - limited space!

Learn to use the Library's eBook resources to download eBooks to your device. Please note: This is not a class to learn how to use your Kindle.

IMPORTANT: This class is for Kindle only.  There is an alternate class for iPads, and we offer appointments to assist with other devices. You must have a valid library card with no fines or fees to take this class.

To register click on the ebooks on Kindle link and complete the registration form, or call 371-0090 ext. 8000.

iPad Class
Thursday, August 28
1:00-3:00 p.m.
Computer Lab
Free Class
Instructor: Kelly Lee

Learn to navigate around the iPad! Class will take a detailed look at iPad Settings.

To register click on the iPad link and complete the registration form, or call 371-0090 ext. 8000.  


Williamson County Community Band Concert
Sunday, August 17
3:00-5:00 p.m.
Meeting Room A & B
Free Concert for all ages
No registration required

The Williamson County Community Band will perform classic pop and other favorites for all ages.

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