Circulation clerk at the library Abigail Miller prepares for the Vision Board Workshop, which is set for 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 19, at the Coffee County Lannom Public Library. The workshop aims to help local teens and adults identify and achieve their goals.

Research shows that goal-setting is linked to higher achievement.

Setting objectives is a common practice for the workplace and it helps businesses succeed. Written goals provide a chart by which employees can measure their efforts and figure out how they contribute to the success of their companies. In the same way, goal-setting helps motivate athletes, entrepreneurs and individuals to achieve their dreams.

To help local teens and adults identify and achieve their long- and short-term goals and reach their full potential, Coffee County Lannom Memorial Public Library circulation clerk Abigail Miller has organized a free Vision Board Workshop to be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 19, at the library.

This is the first time the library will host such an event. 

“It is a vision board workshop and it is for both teens and adults,” Miller said. “They are going to make vision boards, which are collages of pictures that represent goals for things you want to achieve. We will have [pieces] cut out from magazines, printouts from internet, and just different pictures, quotes and phrases. We will provide all the materials.”

Laura Leanna, of Tullahoma, will lead the class.

“Laura Leanna had suggested to teach that class,” Miller said. “And we decided to open it for teens and adults because we thought both groups would benefit from it.”

A local farmer, Leanna is also trained in reiki, said Miller.  Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that promotes healing.

“Laura Leanna has done a couple of cooking demonstrations for us in the past,” Miller said. “Now she is coming back to do this, and we are really excited to have her back.”

Setting goal is very important, especially for teens, said Miller.

“It’s an age when you are figuring out a lot of stuff – you are trying to plan for college and decide what kind of career you want to have,” Miller said. “It’s really important to have your goals laid out clearly.”

Being able to look at those objectives is also essential, she added.

“Seeing them daily really helps you achieve your goals,” Miller said. “It’s important to be able to put this vision board together, so it will help you figure out exactly what you want to do and find a way to accomplish those goals.”

The new Vision Board Workshop is just one of the many free community events hosted by the library.  Others include open session tech help, a writers’ group and a book club.


Open session tech help

Open session tech help is available at the library from 9:30-10:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 23.

Locals are invited to bring any questions about computers, tablets, social media, emails and any online tools.


Writers’ group

The Writers’ Group will meet 6:30-8:30 p.m. Monday, March 25.

Local author Mary Jane Miller has teamed with the library to start a writers’ group with the goal to support and encourage local writers. She started the group last January hoping to inspire and help writers fulfill their literary aspirations.

Local residents interesting in writing are encouraged to join the group.


Book Club

The Book Club meeting is set for 3 p.m., Sunday, March 31.

This month’s book is “Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI.” This is the third nonfiction book by American journalist David Grann.

For more information about the events at the library, visit or the library’s Facebook page.

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