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Community Yard Sale

Saturday, August 9
 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM

(Rain date Sunday, August 10)

Need to get rid of some stuff? Have something to sell?
10´ x 10´ Spot rental  $25.00
A limited number of tables will be available for rental $5.00 each.

For more information or to reserve a spot, please contact
Cindy Muhlbach at 860-345-2204.

Spot Rental proceeds benefit the Library

Summer Book Sale

Buy One, Get One FREE!

July through August
(higher price prevails)

The Friends' Book Nook in the Community Room is having a SUMMER BOOK SALE! All print and nonprint materials will be sold for "Buy one, get one free" from July through August. Prices range from 25 cents to two dollars. Come to the Library during regular hours and see the new, easily accessible space that is dedicated to the sale of used materials. There are fiction and non-fiction, hardcover and paperback books for adult and children, and a large selection of young adult books, large print books, and cook books, as well as DVDs and CDs. Proceeds benefit Library programming and collection development.

Annual Ice Cream SocialAnnual Ice Cream Social

Tuesday, August 5
6:15 to 6:45 PM

Join us for our annual ice cream social under the tent. This event is free and open to everyone and for all ages. We will start serving ice cream at 6:15 PM.  Enjoy a dish of ice cream plain or top it with a variety of toppings that will be available. Refreshing on a warm summer night. Come and enjoy the company of your friends and neighbors.

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

Healthy Exchange Book Club

First Wednesday of Each Month
6:30 to 8:00 PM

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 Healthy Exchange Book Club meets monthly on the first Wednesday in the History Room of the Library at 6:30 pm. The role of discussion leader rotates among members. Book selection is the responsibility of the current month's discussion leader.

There is no longer any question that consumer products contain toxic chemicals harmful to our families. But how do we protect ourselves, and where do we start?

How to MeditateHow to Meditate: A Practical Guide
to Making Friends with Your Mind
by Pema Chodron

Wednesday, August 6
6:30 to 8:00 PM

With How to Meditate, the American-born Tibetan Buddhist nun presents her first book that explores in-depth what she considers the essentials for an evolving practice that helps you live in a wholehearted way. More and more people are beginning to recognize a profound inner longing for authenticity, connection, compassion, and aliveness. Meditation, Pema explains, gives us a golden key to address this yearning. This comprehensive guide shows readers how to honestly meet and openly relate with the mind to embrace the fullness of our experience as we discover: The basics of meditation, from getting settled and the six points of posture to working with your breath and cultivating an attitude of unconditional friendliness. The Seven Delights - how moments of difficulty can become doorways to awakening and love. Shamatha (or calm abiding), the art of stabilizing the mind to remain present with whatever arises. Thoughts and emotions as "sheer delight"-instead of obstacles-in meditation.

—Book descriptions obtained from www.amazon.com

If you are unable to attend the book club meeting,
please feel free to add your comments about the book on the Library's Facebook page.

CT FishingConnecticut Fishing

Thursday, August 21
6:30 to 7:30 PM

Bob Sampson, author, biologist and local fishing guru will give his "bluegills to blue fin tuna" talk for us to enjoy. This talk covers all aspects of local fishing, both saltwater and freshwater. He will also answer any and all questions you have about fishing in the area. Learn from Bob as he shares the techniques you need to land the big one in the local streams, lakes, rivers and saltwater. Bob will also demonstrate his fishing equipment and lures to everyone. Be sure to bring your questions to this informative talk.

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

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.

Tell the Wolves I'm HomeTell the Wolves I'm Home by Carol Rifka Brunt

Thursday, August 21
6:30 to 7:30 PM

In this striking literary debut, Carol Rifka Brunt unfolds a moving story of love, grief, and renewal as two lonely people become the unlikeliest of friends and find that sometimes you don’t know you’ve lost someone until you’ve found them.

1987. There’s only one person who has ever truly understood fourteen-year-old June Elbus, and that’s her uncle, the renowned painter Finn Weiss. Shy at school and distant from her older sister, June can only be herself in Finn’s company; he is her godfather, confidant, and best friend. So when he dies, far too young, of a mysterious illness her mother can barely speak about, June’s world is turned upside down. But Finn’s death brings a surprise acquaintance into June’s life—someone who will help her to heal, and to question what she thinks she knows about Finn, her family, and even her own heart.

An emotionally charged coming-of-age novel, Tell the Wolves I’m Home is a tender story of love lost and found, an unforgettable portrait of the way compassion can make us whole again.

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

Registration is not required.


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.

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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.


Try a Wireless
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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.



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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