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Healthy Exchange Book Club

First Wednesday of Each Month

Do you enjoy reading about health, nutrition, fitness, and emotional wellness?
Would you like to share the details of what you’re reading with other like-minded individuals?
If so, then please join the Healthy Exchange Book Club.

The China Study:
The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted
and the Startling Implications for Diet

by T. Colin Campbell

The China StudyWednesday, March 4
6:30to 8:00 PM

Even today, as trendy diets and a weight-loss frenzy sweep the nation, two-thirds of adults are still obese and children are being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, typically an “adult” disease, at an alarming rate. If we’re obsessed with being thin more so than ever before, why are Americans stricken with heart disease as much as we were 30 years ago?

In The China Study, Dr. T. Colin Campbell details the connection between nutrition and heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. The report also examines the source of nutritional confusion produced by powerful lobbies, government entities, and opportunistic scientists. The New York Times has recognized the study as the “Grand Prix of epidemiology” and the “most comprehensive large study ever undertaken of the relationship between diet and the risk of developing disease.”

The China Study is not a diet book. Dr. Campbell cuts through the haze of misinformation and delivers an insightful message to anyone living with cancer, diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and those concerned with the effects of aging.

The Great Cholesterol Myth:
Why Lowering Your Cholesterol Won’t Prevent Heart Disease and
The Statin-Free Plan that Will

by Jonny Bowden

The Great Cholesterol MythWednesday, April 1
6:30 to 8:00 PM

Heart disease is the #1 killer. However, traditional heart disease protocols--with their emphasis on lowering cholesterol--have it all wrong. Emerging science is showing that cholesterol levels are a poor predictor of heart disease and that standard prescriptions for lowering it, such as ineffective low-fat/high-carb diets and serious, side-effect-causing statin drugs, obscure the real causes of heart disease. Even doctors at leading institutions have been misled for years based on creative reporting of research results from pharmaceutical companies intent on supporting the $31-billion-a-year cholesterol-lowering drug industry.
The Great Cholesterol Myth reveals the real culprits of heart disease, including:

- Inflammation
- Fibrinogen
- Triglycerides
- Homocysteine
- Belly fat
- Triglyceride to HCL ratios
- High glycemic levels

Bestselling health authors Jonny Bowden, Ph.D., and Stephen Sinatra, M.D. give readers a 4-part strategy based on the latest studies and clinical findings for effectively preventing, managing, and reversing heart disease, focusing on diet, exercise, supplements, and stress and anger management.

Get proven, evidence-based strategies from the experts with The Great Cholesterol Myth.

Copies of Book Club books available here at the Library.
(Book description obtained from www.amazon.com)

Registration is not required.
If you are unable to attend, please feel free to add your comments
about the book on the Library's Facebook page.

Home Equity Conversion Mortgage -
HECM or Reverse Mortgage

Reverse MortgageThursday, March 10
6:30 to 7:30 PM

Touted as a way that seniors can stay in their homes, reverse mortgages are becoming more common. Learn the ins and outs of this type of financing, and get the tools you need to decide if it is right for you.

Presented by Money Management International and
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Registration required, please call 860-345-2204 or
click on the program calendar located to the right.

SAT Workshops

Critical Reading

Wednesday, March 11
6:30 to 8:00  PM

SAT Workshops


Wednesday, March 18
6:30 to 8:00 PM

Join Jaime Allesandrine as she discusses the finer points of the READING and WRITING sections of the SATs. You definitely need to attend these prep classes.

Registration required, please call 860-345-2204 or
click on the program calendar located to the right.

Coffee House Series

The Kerry Boys

Kerry Boys

Thursday, March 12
6:30 to 7:30 PM

For 25 years, The Kerry Boys have been one of Connecticut’s favorite Irish Balladeers and they are returning to the Library. With their humorous and high energy show, The Kerry Boys are just plain Celtic fun! They’ll have you clapping and singing along with their collection of traditional and original Irish songs. Bring the whole family for what is sure to be a fun and exciting evening!

Identity TheftIdentity Theft

Thursday, March 19
6:30 to 7:30 PM

What is identity theft? According to the “Identity Theft Resource Center,”  identity theft is a crime in which an imposter obtains key pieces of personal information, such as Social Security or driver's license numbers, in order to impersonate someone else. The information can be used to obtain credit, merchandise, and services in the name of the victim, or to provide the thief with false credentials. Learn more about this type of crime and what you can do to prevent it by attending this workshop.

Brainerd Library Book Club

Join us for the Brainerd Library Book Club!
Open to all who love to read and talk. This Book Club will meet monthly.

Thursday, March 26
6:30 to 7:30 PM

The Color of Water

The Color of Water by James McBride

In The Color of Water, McBride retraces his mother's footsteps and, through her searing and spirited voice, recreates her remarkable story. The daughter of a failed itinerant Orthodox rabbi, she was born Rachel Shilsky (actually Ruchel Dwara Zylska) in Poland on April 1, 1921. Fleeing pogroms, her family emigrated to America and ultimately settled in Suffolk, Virginia, a small town where anti-Semitism and racial tensions ran high. With candor and immediacy, Ruth describes her parents' loveless marriage; her fragile, handicapped mother; her cruel, sexually-abusive father; and the rest of the family and life she abandoned.

At seventeen, after fleeing Virginia and settling in New York City, Ruth married a black minister and founded the all- black New Brown Memorial Baptist Church in her Red Hook living room. "God is the color of water," Ruth McBride taught her children, firmly convinced that life's blessings and life's values transcend race. Twice widowed, and continually confronting overwhelming adversity and racism, Ruth's determination, drive and discipline saw her dozen children through college—and most through graduate school. At age 65, she herself received a degree in social work from Temple University.

Copies of Book Club books available here at the Library.
(Book description obtained from www.amazon.com)

Registration is not required.

Taste of Haddam

Taste of Haddam

Eighth Annual Taste of Haddam

SAVE THE DATE: Saturday, May 2
6:00 to 9:00 PM

Please join us for the Eighth Annual Taste of Haddam and experience a great evening of food and wine. Local restaurants will offer samples of their fare. In addition, local liquor stores will offer wine tasting. Other beverages will be available as well.

Thanks to all the Library Supporters who made the Seventh Taste of Haddam, 2014, such a success.

Proceeds will benefit the Library.


The Books You Want, Before You Know You Want Them!

We are pleased to annouce a new program at Brainerd Library, Adopt-an-Author. Select an author(s) whose work you want to read from our Suggested Authors list. Agree to purchase any book your author(s) writes and donate the book to Brainerd Library. (You may cancel at any time.) If you don’t see your favorite author, call Cindy Muhlbach at 860-345-2204 to see if your favorite author is available for this program. If your author is already adopted, the Library will contact you for a different choice. This program ensures that new titles of popular authors will be available in the Library and it frees up funds in the budget for additional material purchases.

We order the books for you, and you receive the Library’s discount, sometimes this can be up to 50% off retail prices.

The book will be placed on hold for you as soon as it is received and cataloged. You will then be the first to read the books and you will be able to receive a tax deduction. Please call Cindy Muhlbach at 860-345-2204 to start!

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Inclement Weather Closings & DelaysInclement Weather
Closings & Delays

The Library will close for SNOW days when Regional School District 17 schools close. When there are other storms, such as hurricanes or Nor'easters, please call the Library at 860-345-2204 for further information. If school openings are delayed, the Library will open at its normal time, 10:00 AM.

Avoid disappointment by registering in advance for our programs. 
Programs with fewer than the minimum number of registrants will be cancelled. 
For more information and to register, please call us at 860-345-2204.

For Online Registration,
Click the Program Date on the Calendar


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Book Drop

Higganum Book Drop

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Try a Wireless
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We now have two wireless laptop
computers available to
check out for use in the Library.
To borrow one, you must have your
library card and a photo ID.

Younger patrons will need to
be accompanied by a
guardian with a photo ID.



We're Looking for Legos!

Do you have some Legos sitting in your
basement needing a new home?
We are in the process of starting a
Legos play group and would love
to have them at the Library.
Please consider donating them.
Thank you!


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