Brainerd Memorial Library
920 SAYBROOK ROAD, HADDAM, CT 06438     P:860.345.2204

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2017 Summer Reading Programs Begin in June!
History Room
Cozy room for working, small meetings, and simply reading....
Built in 1906
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Library Hours

closed sundays
September - June:
Monday: 1pm to 8pm
Tuesday - Thursday: 10am to 8pm
Friday: 10am to 6pm
Saturday: 10am – 3pm
Summer hours
July & August :
FRIDAYS: 10am TO 5pm
SATURDAYS : 10am to 1pm

Come Join Us!

Weekend Summer Hours for July – August
Fridays 10-5  & Saturdays 10 -1
Weekdays remain: Mondays 1-8; Tues – Thurs 10-8

Businesses and Individuals:
Show Haddam and Higganum your support for the library by sponsoring a hole at the 2nd annual “Links in the Library” mini-golf event to be held inside BML on Saturday, Sept. 16th, 2017.
We expect this all-day event to draw hundreds of patrons at the family play portion, as tickets will cost only $1 each.  The evening golfing is a ticketed event with music, drinks, refreshments, and a silent auction.  Last year’s mini-golf was a fun success, and this year’s will be even bigger. 
For just $100 you can honor a loved one or have your business recognized at a mini-golf hole with a named placard. You can even decorate the hole!   Sponsorships will be acknowledged in publicity to our 1,100 email subscribers, Facebook, Instagram, posters, flyers, score-cards and on our website.  You will also receive 2 complimentary tickets to the evening event.
We are also seeking a title sponsor whose $1,000 donation defrays the cost of the event.
This sponsor will have the entire day named for them:Links in the Library 2017” presented by _________.  You will also receive 4 complimentary tickets to the evening event.
Contact the library at 860-345-2204 or email Tom Piezzo to donate.
~We appreciate your support!~

Card Making Drive

Thursday, July 20th: 5 to 8 PM

We are making cheerful cards to send to those in nursing homes and cancer treatment centers to brighten their day and spread some joy to those who need it most. Please come out and help!  Free!  All materials provided. No card making experience required. Light refreshments served. At the last workshop, we created over 250 cards! Be a part of this project and make a difference!  Donations of glue sticks/adhesive, bright/colorful scrapbook paper and embellishments are appreciated. For more info contact Jessie at Like us on Facebook/CardAngelsCT

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High School Reading Assignments

HKHS Reading Suggestions

 3 Butterfly Gardening Classes for Children

by Master Gardener: Cindy Tillson

June 28th

July 26th

August 16th

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Music on the Lawn with Tom MacGregor

July 19th at 7pm

Bring your chairs & picnic blankets for a concert outside. If the weather is inclement, we’ll move indoors.

Tom MacGregor’s many incarnations include filling G.E. Smith’s shoes in The Scratch Band, a year with Christene Ohlman, and lead guitar with Jake And The Family Jewels. For the last 7 years Tom has been a member of LittleHouse, and can be heard on their CDs. As producer for The Meadows Brothers and Chris MacKay & The Tone Shifters, Tom knows writing, performing, and recording terrific music. In 2016 Tom stepped into the spotlight solo, showcasing his tremendous talent!

Author Andrew Pessin

July 26 at 6:30pm

PessinAndrew Pessin [Professor of Philosophy at Connecticut College, with degrees from Yale and Columbia], is known for his appearances as “The Genius” on David Letterman. Author of many academic articles and books, Uncommon Sense: The Strangest Ideas from the Smartest Philosophers, was named an “Outstanding Academic Title of 2013” by Choice. He has spent 2 decades teaching at colleges and speaking to many non-philosophy oriented audiences; plenty of experience making philosophy entertaining, accessible, provocative and fun!  His new novel, The Irrationalist,Product Details is based on the sad life and (possible) tragic murder of René Descartes. In his spare time Pessin composes and can occasionally be coaxed to perform amusing philosophy songs.


Digging into Archaeology in New Mexico

Wednesday, August 2 at 6:30

Michelle Turner is an archaeologist who lives in Haddam but works in the Southwest. She studies the architecture, artifacts and landscapes of historic Chaco Canyon and the Ancestral Puebloan people throughout the Four Corners area, where Utah, Colorado, Arizona, and New Mexico meet. She will discuss her summer 2016 excavation at a Chacoan great house site in New Mexico. Between 900 AD and 1150 AD, at Chaco Canyon, Pueblo ancestors built enormous stone masonry structures, filled with beautiful pottery, turquoise beads, ritual objects, cacao from Mesoamerica, and many other exotic artifacts.  These “great houses” represent the time of a very different kind of society.  Come learn about archaeology, the amazing sites of Chaco Canyon, and Michelle’s work at her previously unexcavated site!

Music of the Lawn: Belle of the Fall

Wednesday,  August 16th at 7pm.

Bring your chairs and join us for our 2nd concert on the lawn with Belle of the Fall.  A vocal duo featuring  Tracy Walton, on upright bass and vocalist, Julia Autumn Ford, on guitar.  Expect lots of vocal harmonies from classic rock music.  If  the weather is inclement the concert will be indoors.

“To say that Belle of the Fall lead singer, Julia Autumn Ford, possesses the voice of an angel is beyond obvious. Soft, tender and raw all at once; Julia’s vocal delivery is light as a feather yet powerful enough to knock down an entire city block with one turn of a phrase.  Her partner in crime, bassist Tracy Walton, rounds out  Belle of the Fall’s folky yet modern sound. You will want to take note of this performance as it’s one of those ‘I saw them when they were still playing bars’ moments.”  Block Island Music Fest

Wednesday, August 23rd 

Come Unplugged at the Library

 7pm to 9pm

 Are you looking for a family night out before school starts back? Would you like to unplug? Have you heard of Ticket to Ride or Code Names?   Ticket to Ride – An easy game of strategy, using routes and trains to find your way across the US. Code Names -Become a Spymaster and find your agents through clues! We have the oldies too; Yahtzee, Scrabble and Monopoly.  Join us at BML for a family board game night. Socialize with your friends and neighbors in Haddam and nearby towns!  Bring a board game to share or play ours.  This will be a fun night for everyone. Snacks and beverages provided.

Sense and Sensibility: Sniffing Through Our Stinky Past: Monday, August 28th 6:30pm

Please join Ehris Urban from Grounded Goodwife as she takes us on a journey of our stinky past.  Today’s history comes deodorized. Learn about a few historical stinky tidbits; such as King Henry VIII and his festering leg wound and that baldness was “cured” by combining chicken droppings with potassium salts.  Then, learn about the medicinal benefits of herbs and essential oils – like; cinnamon can help regulate blood sugar for diabetics, eucalyptus cleanses “swampy” areas of the body, just as it cleanses malarial swamps, and rosemary has been recognized as a memory tonic since the ancient Egyptians – now it is being studied for use in Alzheimer’s Disease. This information is found in The Doctrine of Signatures, an early herbal remedy book. Finally, create your own 8-oz herbal reed diffuser based on your preference/needs. Choose one of 4 blends: Sleeping Beauty, Dear John, Doggone It!, or All in the Family. This 90-minute workshop includes all materials. Space limited to 25 people, please sign up early.

We had a wonderful time at BML’s 2nd Annual Agricultural Day!  For more photos & event coverage –  Visit our Facebook page.


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NUWAV provides documents that meet the needs of the everyday Citizen. Easily compose documents in categories like Business, Contracts, Landlord/Tenant disputes, Divorce, Medical, & more. Log in using your BML card.


One on One Computer Help


                          ComputerHelp 2:00-5pm





Shop in the Book Shed! Summer Book Sale

book-nook-prices-10-28-16The Friends’ Book Nook is open Daily. Come browse their book store in BML’s lower level for:  Hardcover Fiction & Non Fiction; Paperbacks; Children’s & YA books, Music CDs, Audio books, & DVDs. There is a huge inventory right now- You never know what you’ll find! 

Cupcake Wars for Middle & High Schoolers runs every 2nd Thursday and continues to be a success!

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