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2013 Brentwood Library Foundation Board portrait


First Row from left: Francene Kavin, Suzan Hindman (president), Sheila Cleveland, Sue Falls.

Second Row from left: Linda Lynch, Susan Earl (Library Director), Janet Donahue, Dottie Grief.

Back Row from left: Larry Kain, Judy Foster, Tom Henry, Diane West.

Not pictured: Bert Bosse, Arlene Cooke, and John Mick.

Brentwood Library Foundation is a nonprofit organization chartered in 2002 to solicit contributions in support of the Brentwood Library. The foundation seeks to fund projects as worthy enhancements of the reading room, collections and programs, over and above what the City of Brentwood can provide.

With geneous support from library supporters obtained from the Annual Fund and other fundraising efforts, the Brentwood Library Foundation Board of Directors will continue to support enhancements to the Brentwood Library.


The Mick Outdoor Reading Terrace opened in 2006, was funded entirely by donations to the Foundation. Members of the Foundation Board of Directors also actively participated in the planning and design of the terrace.

The Brentwood Morning Rotary Club genously donated funds for a relaxing water fountain feature and other donations were given for benches, sculpture and pavers.

Children's Story Time RoomTeen Area

The renovation and expansion of the library completed in 2009, was funded by the City of Brentwood and the Brentwood Library Foundation. Over $300,000 was raised by the Foundation to provide furnishings and artistic elements for the Children’s Library, the Teen Room, the Media Collection Room, the study rooms, and the Story Time Room.

Top image: Stained glass window  in the Children's Story Time Room features  plants and animals native to Tennessee.

Bottom image: Teen Center provides a welcoming space for teens to read and study.


Mick Reading Terrace shaded patio 

New in 2012 A louvered structure over the patio area of the Mick Outdoor Reading Terrace with comfortable tables and chairs for patrons to enjoy the library in a cool, shaded haven was installed.

Additional mature trees were planted on the hillside surrounding the reading terrace for additional comfort. 

Children's Activity and Craft Room

New in 2012 Renovation of Children’s Craft and Activities Room to enrich and enhance the room for all ages of children was completed with new cabinets and flooring. Tables and chairs will soon be added as well.

The mural in the foreground was funded by a memorial gift in memory of Manny Buzzell, a true friend of the library. Manny and his wife, Pat have been supporters of the library for many years in a variety of roles such as: Friends, Library Board and Regional Library Representative. The Buzzell's made a very generous donation to fund the Children's Story Time Room renovation.

Your contribution to the 2014 Annual Fund or by shopping at will help make a great library even greater!  With so much going on at the Brentwood Library, we hope you’ll want to be a part of the progress by making a contribution. The more you give, the more we can accomplish together.

Please support the Brentwood Library Foundation and its efforts to make a great library even greater. Download a copy of the 2014 Brentwood Library Foundation Board of Directors' Annual Fund letter to library supporters and response card.


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  • Accessing 21st Century Resources  


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$2,500 Scholar

$1,000 Author

$500 Reader

Up to $100 Storyteller

Checks payable to Brentwood Library Foundation
may be sent to:
8109 Concord Road
Brentwood, TN 37027
Phone: 615-371-2279
Fax: 615-371-2238

Donations large and small are invited.

A portion of each gift will be reserved for the Library Endowment Fund.
Contributions of $1,000 or more will be recognized on a permanent display in the library (unless anonymity is requested.)
Naming opportunities exist for very large gifts.
The Brentwood Library Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization.
Contributions are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law. 
2014 An Evening at the Library invitation

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The Brentwood Library Foundation is pleased to announce that its 2014 An Evening at the Library will feature Keel Hunt.

Mr. Hunt is the author of COUP: The Day the Democrats Ousted Their Governor, Put Republican Lamar Alexander in Office Early, and Stopped a Pardon Scandal. COUP is the behind-the-scenes story of an abrupt political transition that was unprecedented in US history. Based on 163 interviews, Hunt describes how collaborators came together from opposite sides of the political aisle. In an extraordinary few hours, they reached an agreement that the corruption and madness of the sitting Governor of Tennessee, Ray Blanton, must be stopped. The sudden transfer of power that caught Blanton unawares was deemed necessary because of what one FBI agent called “the state’s most heinous political crime in half a century”—selling pardons for cash. Putting aside political and personal interests, these politicians worked together to stop the release of these criminals and oust Blanton from office before another night fell.

Mr. Hunt is a native Nashvillian. He is a graduate of MTSU, the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, and the Kennedy school of government at Harvard. In his early career, Keel was a reporter, editorial writer, Washington correspondent, and City Editor of The Tennessean. In 1974, the Tennessee affiliate of the National Wildlife Federation named Keel their “Conservation Communicator of the Year” for his investigative journalism in 1972-73 that led to saving Radnor Lake, now protected by the state’s Natural Areas Program. He left the newspaper to become an advisor to Lamar Alexander’s campaign for Governor and continued on as a member of the Governor’s staff. He went on to consult for a number of years before becoming the staff director of the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and eventually starting his own public affairs consulting business, The Strategy Group.

The Nashville Scene has called Keel Hunt the “facilitator’s facilitator.” He is frequently asked to organize and manage complex projects, planning retreats and community processes. Mr. Hunt writes a regular column called “Metropolitan” for The Tennessean editorial pages and is a Trustee of the Country Music Foundation, a member of the Nashville’s Agenda Steering Committee, and serves on the CABLE Advisory Council.

An Evening at the Library will be held April 11, 2014 with cocktail dinner and wine at 6:30 p.m. and Mr. Hunt's program at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $75 and may be obtained on-line  or by calling 371-0090 x8000. 

  • President:  Suzan Hindman - Prudential Woodmont Realty
  • Vice-President: Larry Kain - Pinnacle Financial Partners
  • Treasurer: Diane West
  • Secretary: Sheila Cleveland - Community Volunteer
  • Gilbert Bosse, Jr. - Brentwood Bldg. Maintenance
  • Janet Donahue, MD- Cumberland Emergency Physicians
  • Sue Falls - Community Volunteer
  • Judy Foster - Community Volunteer
  • Dottie W. Grief - Community Volunteer
  • Thomas Henry - Nissan North America, Inc.
  • Francene Kavin - Bottorff & Kavin, PLC 
  • Linda Lynch - Community Relations City of Brentwood
  • John Mick - The Mick Foundation

The Brentwood Library has grown tremendously since it was established by the City in 1983. The library moved into its current 55,500-square-foot building on Concord Road in 1998.

The Brentwood Library has been recognized as one of the premier public libraries in Tennessee. It is one of the busiest as well, with more than 1,000 visitors daily.

Last year, 678,533 items were circulated and 373,897 patrons visited the library. The library offered 399 children’s programs, and 13,152 children attended. There were 390 teen and adult programs attended by 4,853 people.

The library’s attributes include the award-winning building designed by Nashville architect David Minnigan, a renowned children’s reading room and a 40-acre, park-like setting.

The City of Brentwood provides 99 percent of the operating budget.



Last updated: 8/1/2014 1:22:25 PM