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The Library will be closed
December 24 & 25.

We wish you
a joyous holiday!

Happy Holidays

Happy New Year 2015

On Wednesday, December 31, the Library will be closing at 4:00 PM .
The Library will be closed on Thursday, January 1.
We wish you a bright and Happy New Year!

Reviving 5000 Years of Chinese Civilization
and Origami Teaching

Origami TeachingWednesday, January 14
6:00 to 7:30 PM

The renaissance of Chinese Culture is happening in our time and we have the opportunity to witness and be part of it.

Join us for an exciting presentation that will include the essence and uniqueness of the traditional Chinese culture and how the authentic culture is coming back to world stage through genuine artistic values and presentations such as the New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts.

This program will teach you how to make a paper lotus flower with a bookmark as the pendant. It is fun to make this precious and beautiful treasure. The lotus flower grows in muddy water and rises above the surface to bloom with remarkable beauty. It symbolizes the purity of heart and mind. The lotus flower represents long life, health, honor and good luck.

This presentation will run approximately 30 minutes and it will be followed by the origami teaching.

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

“Toxic Chemicals:
Health, Environment, and Our Future Legacy”

Presented by the Watershed Partnership

Toxic Chemicals

Tuesday, January 20
6:30 to 7:30 PM

Many chemicals produced by industry can have a profound effect on both human and environmental health. What does their widespread use mean for us and for our legacy to future generations? Find out more and what we can do to prevent harm when Dr. Jerry Silbert speaks about the implications of pesticides and other toxic chemicals. Dr. Jerry Silbert is a physician trained in Pathology, Laboratory Medicine, Blood Banking and Environmental Health. He is currently the Executive Director of the environmental and health non-profit the Watershed Partnership.

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

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, January 22
6:30 to 7:30 PM

The Goldfinch

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his longing for his mother, he clings to the one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

As an adult, Theo moves silkily between the drawing rooms of the rich and the dusty labyrinth of an antiques store where he works. He is alienated and in love--and at the center of a narrowing, ever more dangerous circle.

The Goldfinch is a mesmerizing, stay-up-all-night and tell-all-your-friends triumph, an old-fashioned story of loss and obsession, survival and self-invention, and the ruthless machinations of fate.

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

Registration is not required.


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

Did you know that the Library has a book drop located in downtown Higganum? You will find it on the sidewalk outside the Liberty Bank on Route 81. Items are collected daily.


Try a Wireless
Laptop Computer!


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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