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

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Baby Rhyme Time! Alternating Thursdays: 10:30am on Jan 4th & 18th
New! 2nd & 4th Mondays! 6:30pm on Jan 8th & 22nd
History Room
Cozy room for working, small meetings, and simply reading....
Brainerd Library Entry Hall Dome
Built in 1906

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!

The Library is closed: Monday, January 15th for Martin Luther King Day, & Tuesday, January 16th for boiler replacement.

Please remember us in this season of giving.

          2017 was an exciting year, thanks to the support of patrons like you.  Our new Monday service hours have proven to be popular, allowing opportunity for a wide variety of events, and access to information six days a week.  The Children’s room has been energized with activity stations and program space, overlooking the new butterfly garden and picnic space established this spring. We have been proud to host numerous community organizations in our library — as one of the few options in town– free of charge. Programming for all ages increased again over the previous year, and the new high-speed fiber connection created markedly greater technological capacity.
           To continue quality service free to library users of all ages, interests, and abilities, we ask our community for a donation. The Town of Haddam generously appropriates 80% of our operating funds, but to help make up the remainder (about $90,000 this coming fiscal year) please consider a tax-deductible gift.
          You may mail or drop off a check to 920 Saybrook Rd. Haddam, CT 06438. Donations may also be made online by clicking here.  Contributions of all amounts are greatly appreciated.
On behalf of the Board of Trustees, the Library Friends, and the staff, we send our best wishes for a happy and healthy 2018.

How Psychotherapy works with Richard Shulman, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist

Wednesday, January 17th, 6:30pm

Psychotherapy is not what you see on television or hear on the radio.  How does psychotherapy provide unique understanding and solutions for personal problems?  This talk uses actual (disguised) case material to demonstrate how a psychotherapist analyzes clues to personal problems and discusses them in plain language.  He will also discuss protection of privacy, options for confidential psychotherapy, and psychiatric labels.

Dr. Shulman’s nonprofit organization, Volunteers in Psychotherapy, allows anyone to earn no-fee private psychotherapy, in exchange for volunteer work, done privately and independently, at the charity, nonprofit or government agency of the person’s choice. VIP has been providing therapy in greater Hartford for over 18 years, with primarily licensed clinical psychologists through their private offices. For more info:, or Facebook.

Card Angels

Card Making Drive

Thursday, January 18th from 5:00 to 8:00 PM

at the Brainerd Memorial Library

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!

Past library sessions saw scores of people create hundreds of beautiful
cards which were distributed throughout the community.
All materials will be provided. No card making experience required.

For more information please contact Jessie at

Like us on Facebook/CardAngelsCT

Introduction to Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Classic CC – Basic Controls

Monday, January 29th, 6:00pm

Follow-up class to the Intro to Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Classic CC class on Nov. 20th.  Lightroom is broken up into several modules and the focus will be specific editing controls within the Develop Module.  The specific subgroups covered in depth in this class are: Advantages of the RAW file format over JPEG, Review of histograms, Basics of color temperature, Basic editing controls in Adobe Lightroom CC, including controls for: Color temperature, Tone (Exposure, Contrast, etc.) and Presence controls & Cropping.

Classes that follow will progressively cover all of the editing controls within the Develop Module.

Our January Display includes books from this list of ~
“50 Books to Read – at Least Once” 

It’s a long cold winter – now is a good time to enjoy some books you’ve been meaning to read…

Books to Read Before the Movies Come Out!

“The book was so much better than the movie. You have to read the book first!”

Test that cliché; with these 26 books being adapted into highly anticipated film releases. Link to Book List.

JobNow [click photo for access]

A “resume lab” and live, online job coaches help job seekers strategically target suitable jobs and prepare and practice for job interviews.  The Adult Learning Center provides: foundational, career-enhancing skills to adult learners through test preparation (including the GED and the U.S. Citizenship Test) and features live, online academic tutors for writing assistance, computer literacy, and basic software assistance.


The IRS has launched a “Get Ready” outreach campaign to educate as many taxpayers as possible about steps they can take in December regarding changes that could affect their ability to timely file their tax returns and get their refunds as quickly as possible.  Here is their link.

Statue of Lady JusticeNuwav Legal Documents

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-OComputerHelpne Computer Help


                          2:00-5:00 pm

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.  You never know what you’ll find!  Pay at Circ. Desk or use lock box.

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