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Taste of Haddam

Taste of Haddam

Eighth Annual Taste of Haddam

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.

Tickets for this event are available at the Library.  Contact Cindy Muhlbach at 860-345-2204 to reserve tickets, $25.00 in advance, $30.00 at the door.

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

Proceeds will benefit the Library.

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, April 30
6:30 to 7:30 PM

The Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline

The Orphan TrainChristina Baker Kline’s Orphan Train is an unforgettable story of friendship and second chances that highlights a little-known but historically significant movement in America’s past—and it includes a special PS section for book clubs featuring insights, interviews, and more.

Penobscot Indian Molly Ayer is close to “aging out” out of the foster care system. A community service position helping an elderly woman clean out her home is the only thing keeping Molly out of juvie and worse...

As she helps Vivian sort through her possessions and memories, Molly learns that she and Vivian aren’t as different as they seem to be. A young Irish immigrant orphaned in New York City, Vivian was put on a train to the Midwest with hundreds of other children whose destinies would be determined by luck and chance.

Molly discovers that she has the power to help Vivian find answers to mysteries that have haunted her for her entire life—answers that will ultimately free them both.

Rich in detail and epic in scope, Orphan Train is a powerful novel of upheaval and resilience, of unexpected friendship, and of the secrets we carry that keep us from finding out who we are.

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

Registration is not required.

CT GypsiesConnecticut Gypsies

Tuesday, May 5
7:00 to 8:00 PM

Who were the Connecticut Gypsies and what was their story? In 1896, Victoria Williams was found dead on the railroad tracks in East Hartford. Her husband, the King of the Gypsies, had died recently. Beth Lapin searched for answers and will speak about them in her talk. Her sleuthing led to the publication of her newest novel Caravan of Dreams. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

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

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 Immortal Life of Henrietta LacksThe Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
by Rebecca Skloot

Wednesday, May 6
6:30 to 7:30 PM

Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor black tobacco farmer whose cells, taken without her knowledge in 1951, became one of the most important tools in medicine, vital for developing the polio vaccine, cloning, gene mapping, and more. Henrietta's cells have been bought and sold by the billions, yet she remains virtually unknown, and her family can't afford health insurance. This phenomenal New York Times bestseller tells a riveting story of the collision between ethics, race, and medicine; of scientific discovery and faith healing; and of a daughter consumed with questions about the mother she never knew.

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.

Essential OilsEssential Oils

Thursday, May 14
7:00 to 8:00 PM

Essential oils are a powerful, natural, and cheaper way to support good health and prevent illness. There are times when we get sick or need an emotional boost and oils can help! Give your medicine cabinet a make-over! Come learn how essential oils can help clean your home and support your body when dealing with colds and flu, asthma, arthritis, rashes/eczema, behavioral problems/ADHD, allergies, cuts, scrapes and bruises, fever, sleeping troubles, sore throat/cough, headaches, ear pain, anxiety and depression, inflammation, viruses and bacteria and much more.

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

Night FlyingBook Discussion:
Night Flying by Joy Mlozanowski

Tuesday, May 19
7:00 to 8:00 PM

Join Higganum author Joy Christine Mlozanowski for a discussion of her most recent book, Night Flying.

Copies of the book and discussion questions will be available in the Library during May.

In Night Flying, Mae questions God, as she and her husband confront the reality of an abnormal pregnancy and agonize over the decisions they face. Taking time away to think, she visits her childhood home and reconnects with Will, a deaf friend who taught her to sign when they were young. After her visit, Mae and Will continue an intimate written exchange, through which Will shares his own struggle to honor his father’s dying wishes and reconcile his mother’s reluctance to let go.

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

Credit ReportsCredit Reports and Credit Scoring

Thursday, May 21
6:00 to 7:30 PM

Join Scott Sullivan of Money Management International as he explains how to get the most mileage from credit.

Your credit report and credit score, when used together, provide an inspection report of your past use of credit. Lenders determine your credibility by looking at your credit report and credit score; therefore, accurate information in your credit report is key to obtaining the best credit terms and rates. Are you getting the most mileage you can from credit? Find out what your credit report and credit score say about you.

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

Healing HerbsAn Introduction to Healing Herbs
with Jane Sibley

Wednesday, May 27
7:00 to 8:00 PM

We have a wide variety of botanicals growing wild here in Haddam, while others are readily available from various suppliers and health food stores, as well as your herb garden. We will look at some of the more important ones, including how they are prepared and used. For instance, jewelweed is sovereign against poison ivy, plantain is great on rashes, and coltsfoot acts as an expectorant and is good in cough syrup...the list goes on. Come to learn what herbs are be used for some common ailments.

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


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!

Suggested Authors List Requires Acrobat Reader
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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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