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

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Welcome to Our Library!
Toddler Tunes! Thursdays at 10:30am
Pick up a copy & check them out!
Children’s Holiday Party with Santa Claus Saturday, Dec. 7, 11:00am
Built in 1906
One of BML's Lovely Gardens
3rd Annual Agricultural Day
On June 9th we held our 3rd annual Agricultural Day

Library Hours

closed sundays

Monday: 1pm to 8pm

Tues - Thurs: 10am to 8pm

Friday: 10am to 6pm

SATURDAY: 10am to 3pm

Join Us!

The Library will be closed on Tuesday, December 24th and Wednesday, December 25th for Christmas. We will close at 3:00 pm on Tuesday, December 31st and will be closed Wednesday, January 1st for New Years. We wish our patrons a safe and wonderful holiday season!

Books of Hope for Challenging Times

If you sometimes feel overwhelmed by angry, grim news, turn to these books to lighten your spirits and restore hope.  Chosen by Brainerd Library Friends, staff, and trustees, these fiction and non-fiction titles feature courage, redemption, positivity and insight, and just might make your day.  Click sign for list of books with descriptions.  Some of the books are on display in the library or can be requested from another library.  The Friends also have a few available for purchase in the Book Nook.  Stop in and check them out!


New one act play on the life of Yukitaka Osaki, William Gillette’s Gentleman Valet. It was 1888 when Yukitaka Osaki and his brother, Yukio, came to the US. Yukio became a leader in Japanese politics, and gave Washington D.C. the famous cherry trees. Yukitaka, however, decided to stay. Discover the story of Gillette’s valet the elusive brother behind the famous politician. Yukitaka Osaki lived from the Victorian era through the turn of the century and both World Wars. Poignant and life affirming, here is what you will learn from Yukitaka about Victorian actor William Gillette, creator of the role of Sherlock Holmes.

Girl Scout Troop 60772

To stock the Haddam Food Bank shelves

Click the flyer for suggested items.

Drop off your donation in the library entrance
throughout the month of December.

Vaping: What Every Parent Should Know

Thursday January 16th 6-7:30pm

Join us  for a presentation by HK Youth & Family Services on how vaping is affecting our youth. Parents will have an opportunity to see, and touch, various vaping materials helping them understand what they look like and how they affect their children. Following the presentation there will be a “sofa talk” discussion with local teens to assist parents in how to get the conversation started with their own children. This program is appropriate for parents of children ages 8 and up. Refreshments will be served, please register here  or by emailing our Teen Services Coordinator, Kristen at

Crystals & Minerals of Connecticut: Saturday, January. 18  1- 3 PM 

Join Nancy Najarian for a hands-on discussion of the variety of CT minerals and crystals and around the world and the various tests used to identify them.  She will bring some fluorescent samples and a geologic microscope to view the minerals and crystals up close. If you would like a sneak peek stop by to see samples of Nancy’s collection in our display case by circulation.

Brainerd’s Culinary Club

Monday, January 27th 6:30pm

Do you like to cook? Do you like reading cookbooks? Do the pictures make your mouth water and you want to try the recipes? Then come join us at BML as we start a cookbook book club! The club will meet on the 4th Monday of the month at 6:30. Come by the Library to browse our first cookbook: Jennifer Joyce’s Small Bites. This book includes recipes for finger foods to wet our appetites and get us started.  The cookbook will be located at the circulation desk with a sign up sheet for your name recipe you have chosen to make and bring in to sample. At our first meeting, we will choose the cookbooks for our following meetings.  The Library will supply the plates, utensils and a drink.

The library now has automatic renewals!

Most BML materials may be renewed twice unless it is on hold for another patron.  Items will renew automatically! You no longer have to call or renew online.

BML Has a Trade Paperback Section!

Trade paperbacks are larger than mass market paperbacks but smaller than hardcovers.
The size is approx. 5.5 x 8.5, with soft binding; the paper is usually of higher quality than mass-market paperbacks.
Trade paperbacks are lightweight for traveling and easy to hold.
Check out our new collection!  You may find some authors you haven’t read.
Located next to the Audio Books.

 Have you been to the:  Children’s Museum of SE CT in Niantic,  Beardsley Zoo in Bridgeport, or the Children’s Museum in West Hartford ? These passes and many more are available in the Children’s Department.



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

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

Wednesdays 1-3 pm & Thursdays 1-4 pm                     


The Friends’ New Book Nook is open daily.

Come browse our upstairs location [main level behind the Non-Fiction] 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 with cash, checks, or Credit Cards.


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