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

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Toddler Tunes! 10:30am April 5th & 19th
3rd Saturdays: April 21st 10:30am
Read to a certified therapy dog. Pre-K - 12th grade. Call to Reserve time slot.
Brainerd Library Entry Hall Dome
History Room
Cozy room for working, small meetings, and simply reading....
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!

March is Friends Annual Appeal Time:  We appreciate your generous donations!  Please feel free to use our convenient PayPal button or respond to our Friends 2018 Brochure.

The Library will be closed on Friday, March 30th in observance of Good Friday.

Announcing!  3 New Children’s Passes! Children’s Museum of SE CT in Niantic.  Beardsley Zoo in Bridgeport. Children’s Museum in West Hartford
Passes are available in the Children’s Department.




Come out and be a Card Angel!

We meet at the Library monthly to make cards with happy messages for those in cancer centers and rehab/nursing homes. You will feel good knowing that you made someone’s day better. Free! All materials provided. No card making experience required. Meetings: April 19th & May 24th from 5-8pm: A light dinner will be served. Hope to see you soon! Donations of glue sticks, adhesive, colorful paper & embellishments appreciated! Contact is Jessie:

Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame Talks on the Road Lecture:

Powerful Voices: CT Women Changing Democracy; Monday, March 26th at 6:30 pm

Connecticut’s history is filled with remarkable women who achieved extraordinary things! Join us for an interactive multimedia program by the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame.  Learn about some of the state’s powerful female voices for change in our democracy. Discover the power your own voice can have through inspirational stories of suffragettes like Alice Paul and Isabella Beecher Hooker, prominent female firsts like Ella Grasso and Denise Nappier and social activists like Helen Keller.

Stop by to see the banner exhibit “We Fight for Roses, Too” from the CT Women’s Hall of Fame March 19th – April 9th; dedicated to the stories, struggles and achievements of women who have shaped the culture and society of Connecticut and the nation. It showcases images that highlight each woman’s actions, reminding us that the quest for women’s equality has not been easy.

Read to Me: a short story book club for adults

Saturday, March 31st at 3:30 pm

Did you like to be read to as a child? Remember sitting and hearing the characters come to life? Please join us at BML for a new monthly short story book club for adults. We will have a lively discussion after the reading. Our first story will be “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, which examines the stifling roles that denied women freedom of expression. The narrator is driven mad by her inability to write or assert her independence.  Come sit back at the Library after hours and listen to a short story!

Brainerd Library is pleased to announce its partnership with The Library Hop blog.  Read exciting articles on book picks, free resources, posts on visits to libraries throughout the state, and content of interest to curious readers.  Plus, enjoy artistic accompanying photography.

Launched in 2016, The Library Hop will also be featuring visits to museums included in library pass programs, and documenting the “Passport to Libraries” program in April, when patrons are invited to visit as many of the 100+ participating libraries to have their “passport” stamped, and be entered in a prize drawing.

Click logo or Blog link on menu to visit and watch the Brainerd Library website for special features.

River Views: An Appreciation of Our State’s Namesake Waterway

2nd event in the series: Christine’s Critters

Saturday, April 7th  11am

Christine’s Critters takes in injured and/or orphaned hawks, owls, falcons, and eagles. After rehabilitation, she returns them to the wild.  For those birds of prey that are unable to be released, Christine finds permanent homes at nature centers to become educational ambassadors.

Christine has many of the native species and will discuss the man-made dangers they face and what we can do to try to offset them and improve the ecosystem for them to thrive!

Christine Peyreigne, [founder of the nonprofit Christine’s Critters, Inc.], is a licensed General Class falconer, wildlife rehabilitator for migratory birds and reptiles, and a wildlife educator.

Come out and meet some “educational ambassadors” and learn about these amazing creatures.

This event is made possible by grant from the Rockfall Foundation.

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

Wednesday, April 11th  6:30pm

Psychotherapy is not like the television or radio programs. Those counselors provide no privacy before giving blunt and seemingly “expert” advice. How does psychotherapy provide unique understanding and solutions for personal problems? This talk uses actual case material (disguised) to demonstrate how a trained psychotherapist analyzes clues to personal problems and discusses them in plain language.

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

Oops, I Wrote in a Library Book

Saturday, April 21st, 11am to 2:30 pm

Did you know that April is National Poetry Month? Join us as we recycle old library books to make “Blackout Poetry.”  Blackout Poetry is created by marking out many of the words in a text, leaving visible only carefully selected words that create a poem. This program is a drop in class for 16 year olds and up. Hang out afterwards to share, read and admire the poetry.

All supplies are provided, even the books.  Shh, don’t tell the librarians!

March is Women’s History Month.  Visit our display and discover titles about amazing women from Abolitionists to Spies! Amelia Earhart, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Sojourner Truth, Georgia O’Keeffe, Rosa Parks, Gloria Steinem, Sally Ride, Sarah Edmonds…

Our February Display included books from this list of ~
“20 Books Sure to  Make You Laugh” 

Here are some entertaining books to help spark your sense of humor…

Our January Display included 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.

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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.


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                          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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