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Saturday, Oct. 17, 1-3 p.m.
Interstate 81 parallels the Appalachian Mountains from New York to Tennessee, a region rich in musical history. It was here that a potent mix of Irish/Scottish traditional ballads and dance music, African American blues and gospel music were fused together to form what eventually became known as bluegrass music.

With an emphasis on vocal harmonies, driving banjo and infectious rhythm, 81 South draws repertoire from traditional sources(Doc Watson, The Carter Family), early country music (Roy Acuff, Hank Williams), traditional bluegrass (Bill Monroe, Jimmy Martin) and also more contemporary songwriters (Willie Nelson, Guy Clark). 81 South brings the high and lonesome sound to everything from melodic ballads and waltzes to hard driving bluegrass breakdowns.

81 South is:
Scott Antonio- guitar and vocals
Tim Remaly- mandolin and vocals
Dan O’Keefe- banjo
Bill McCasland- bass
Wednesday, Oct. 21, 6:30 p.m.
Register Online or call 860 345-2204.
Join Erin Lamb of Lighted Path Consulting as she demystifies the terminology, process, paperwork and Special Education laws before entering your child’s PPT meeting. The process can seem daunting, but Erin will help you feel more comfortable and aware as you prepare to work with your child’s school for his or her educational needs and rights.

Seating limited. Please reserve seats by calling (860) 345 - 2204 or through the calendar on the library’s website: http://www.brainerdlibrary.lioninc.org/


Wednesday, Oct. 21, 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. (Always the third Wednesday of each month.)
Register Online or call 860 345-2204.
What can your library do for you?

Join Brainerd's Teen Advisory Board to find out!  Meetings are for teens in grades 7-12 and are held on the third Wednesday of each month from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm.  Pizza, snacks, and beverages will be served.
  • Voice your ideas for improved young adult (YA) services.
  • Help plan YA events and activities.
  • Help develop the YA collection.
  • Assist with Children's programming and book clubs.
Participation counts towards community service hours and looks great on college and job applications!

If you are interested in joining, please contact Marissa at mlehmacher@brainerdlibrary.org or call the library at 860-345-2204.

It's your library...make a difference!
Register Online or call 860 345-2204.

There will be two sessions of Story Time for 3 to 5 year olds - one beginning Tuesday, October 6 and ending on December 1, the other beginning on Wednesday, October 7 and ending on December 2. Both Story Times will begin at 10:30 am. There will be no story time during Thanksgiving week.
Each week will focus on a different  theme with stories, songs, and other activities.
Please register for the first week. No other registrations will be necessary.


Tuesday, Oct. 20, 6:30 p.m.
Register Online or call 860 345-2204.
Join author and photographer Julie Griffin as she shares her photos and experiences from many years of paranormal investigation.  In keeping with the title of her book, skeptics and believers should both be prepared for her “Ghostly Photographs:  Real Ghost Stories You Can See With Your Own Eyes.

Seating limited. Please reserve seats by calling (860) 345 - 2204 or through the calendar on the library’s website: http://www.brainerdlibrary.lioninc.org/

Register Online or call 860 345-2204.
This fun story time welcomes toddlers from 24 to 36 months with stories, songs, finger plays and games. The Fall session runs from Friday, October 2 to December 4. There will be no Story Time on November 27.
Please register for the first session.


Tech HelpNEW! Tech Help

FREE One-on-One Computer Help!

from 4:00 to 8:00 PM

Brainerd Memorial Library's new Computer Instruction Librarian, Michael Sweeney, is available to help with basic computer issues such as:

• creating and saving documents,
• printing
• creating an email account and sending email
• saving to a USB drive,
• connecting to the Library wi-fi... and more!

Or make an appointment for a 30-minute one-on-one session on a specific topic. To make an appointment, please call 860-345-2204 or email msweeney@brainerdlibrary.org.

Healthy Exchange Book Club

Resumes September 2015

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 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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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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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.


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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.



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


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