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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, January 22
6:30 to 7:30 PM

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his longing for his mother, he clings to the one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

As an adult, Theo moves silkily between the drawing rooms of the rich and the dusty labyrinth of an antiques store where he works. He is alienated and in love--and at the center of a narrowing, ever more dangerous circle.

The Goldfinch is a mesmerizing, stay-up-all-night and tell-all-your-friends triumph, an old-fashioned story of loss and obsession, survival and self-invention, and the ruthless machinations of fate.

The Goldfinch

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

Registration is not required.

Encouraging Words Writer's Group

Encouraging WordsFriday, January 30
1:00 to 3:00 PM

"Encouraging Words" is an open writers’ group that meets bi-weekly on Fridays, from 1:00 to 3 PM.  Tap into creativity and fun with timed-writing exercises and share short stories or essays based on a topic assigned at the end of the preceding session. The next meeting is January 30th and the topic to write about is "gather."  For more information, contact Tanja Moriarty, 860-614-5158.

Registration is not required.

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 Autoimmune EpidemicThe Autoimmune Epidemic
by Donna Jackson Nakazawa

Wednesday, February 4
6:30 to 8:00 PM

Hailed by Mark Hyman, MD, as “a ray of light and hope” for autoimmune sufferers, this groundbreaking book provides research and solutions for those affected by autoimmune disorders including Crohn’s disease, type 1 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and more.

In the first book of its kind, journalist Donna Jackson Nakazawa examines nearly 100 debilitating autoimmune diseases—such as multiple sclerosis, lupus, Crohn’s disease, type 1 diabetes, and rheumatoid arthritis—that cause the body to destroy itself, mistakenly attacking healthy cells as the immune system fights off bacteria, viruses, and other invaders. As Nakazawa share the vivid, heartbreaking stories, including her own, of people living with these mysterious, chronic, and often hard-to-diagnose illnesses, she explores the alarming and unexpected connection between this deadly crisis and the countless environmental triggers we’re exposed to every day: heavy metals, toxins, pesticides, viruses, chemicals in the foods we eat, and more.

With the help of leading experts, Nakazawa explores revolutionary preventions, treatments, and cures emerging around the world and offers practical advice for protecting your immune system and reducing your risk of autoimmune disease in the future.

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.

Social Security Benefits:
Learn About Them and How to Possibly Increase Them

Social Security BenefitsTuesday, February 17
6:30 to 7:30 PM

Do you want to know how to increase your benefits?
I do!! 

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

Need Help with Organization?

Tuesday, February 24
6:30 to 7:30 PM

Need Help with Organization?Join Sarah Soboleski from Classically Organized as she provides organizing solutions for individuals and families who want to get their homes and lives in order! Her mission is to help clients de-clutter their homes and minds thereby increasing their productivity and alleviating stress.  With her background as a licensed clinical social worker, experience working with children and families and a passion for organizing, she works with her clients to develop personalized plans of action to get and stay organized.

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

Adopt-an-AuthorAdopt-an-Author

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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Inclement Weather Closings & DelaysInclement Weather
Closings & Delays

The Library will close for SNOW days when Regional School District 17 schools close. When there are other storms, such as hurricanes or Nor'easters, please call the Library at 860-345-2204 for further information. If school openings are delayed, the Library will open at its normal time, 10:00 AM.

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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Tuesday,
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2:00 PM

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Alexander

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Book Drop

Higganum Book Drop

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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Try a Wireless
Laptop Computer!

Laptops

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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Legos

We're Looking for Legos!

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

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