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Passport to CT LibrariesSeptember is
Library Card Sign Up Month

Brainerd to Participate in Passport to
CT Libraries Statewide Program

Win a gift card for visiting libraries! Based on the Wine Trail Passport Program in CT, the Connecticut Library Association is instituting a Library Passport program during Library Card Sign Up Month for the entire month of September. Brainerd Library will offer a passport to our patrons, as well as a small gift. People will then visit as many participating libraries during the month of September as possible, having their passport stamped once and receiving a small gift at each library.  Passports may be turned in to any participating library by October 4.  Each library will select a winner of the most libraries visited for submission to a second drawing, as well as a random drawing, which will be applied to a final drawing for four gift card prizes (2 adult of $150 each, 2 children of $100 each). Please visit the Facebook page (facebook.com/passporttoctlibraries) to see all the wonderful programs, special collections, and services that CT libraries offer!

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.

Two Book Choices This Month!

Thursday, September 25
6:30 to 7:30 PM

World War Z by Max Brooks

World War Z by Max Brooks

“The end was near.” —Voices from the Zombie War

The Zombie War came unthinkably close to eradicating humanity. Max Brooks, driven by the urgency of preserving the acid-etched first-hand experiences of the survivors from those apocalyptic years, traveled across the United States of America and throughout the world, from decimated cities that once teemed with upwards of thirty million souls to the most remote and inhospitable areas of the planet. He recorded the testimony of men, women, and sometimes children who came face-to-face with the living, or at least the undead, hell of that dreadful time. World War Z is the result. Never before have we had access to a document that so powerfully conveys the depth of fear and horror, and also the ineradicable spirit of resistance, that gripped human society through the plague years.

Wild: From Lost to Found
on the Pacific Crest Trail
by Cheryl Strayed

At twenty-two, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother’s death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life. With no experience or training, driven only by blind will, she would hike more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State—and she would do it alone. Told with suspense and style, sparkling with warmth and humor, Wild powerfully captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddened, strengthened, and ultimately healed her.


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

Registration is not required.

50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
Film and Discussion Series

The Freedom Riders Film DiscussionThe Freedom Riders:
Could You Get on the Bus?

Tuesday, September 30
6:30 to 8:00 PM

Join Dr. Jeffrey Ogbar, Ph.D., Vice Provost for Diversity and Professor of History at UCONN Storrs as he shows film clips from the movie The Freedom Riders and facilitates a discussion on some of the important issues raised by the film. The Freedom Riders is about an integrated band of college students who decided to risk everything and buy a ticket on a Greyhound bus headed for the Deep South. They managed to bring America face to face with the challenge of correcting civil rights inequities that plagued the nation. Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and Bridging Cultures.

The AbolitionistsThe Abolitionists

Thursday, October 9
6:30 to 8:00 PM

Dr. Demetrius Eudell, Ph.D., Department of History at Wesleyan University, will show film clips from the movie The Abolitionists and facilitate a discussion of some of the important issues raised by the film. Since the film is three hours long, copies of the DVD will be available for checkout in the Library. It is preferable, but not necessary, to view the film to attend the discussion. The Abolitionists brings the stories of prominent anti-slavery activists such as Frederick Douglass, William Lloyd Garrison, Angelina Grimke, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and John Brown to life.In the face of personal risks - beatings, imprisonment, even death – the abolitionists held fast to their cause, laying the groundwork for civil rights in the future and raising weighty constitutional and moral questions that are still with us today. Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and Bridging Cultures. (Film description adapted from Amazon.com.)

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

Fall PhotographyFall Photography

Saturday, October 11
2:00 to 4:00 PM 
(Rain date October 18)

Local photographer, Amber Dietz, returns to Brainerd to talk about taking great Fall photographs. She will give a short talk about what makes great photos and how to take them and then lead everyone outside to take some pictures. The Library is located in a great area that should produce great photos. We have woods, historic houses, churches, and a nearby cemetery. Bring your camera and walking shoes and be ready to capture the season.

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

Coyote Discussion with Laura Simon

Coyote Discussion with Laura SimonWednesday, October 29
6:30 to 7:30 PM

Are you seeing coyotes in your backyard? Are you worried about your children's safety? Coyotes are becoming an increasingly common sight in the suburban landscape, and fears abound. This program will give you insight about coyotes, and explain how hazing techniques can change problematic behaviors. We'll also go over how to prevent problems by reducing attractants and the best ways to protect your pets. Bring your questions!

Laura Simon is a Wildlife Ecologist for the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) who specializes in helping communities resolve urban wildlife issues. Laura’s work with wildlife has been featured on the Ellen DeGeneres show and in the New York Times

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

SAT Prep

Join Jaime Allesandrine as she discusses the finer points of the READING & WRITING sections of the SATs. These are the preps you need to attend.


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

SAT prep


Wednesday, October 15
6:30 to 8:00 PM

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

Suicide Prevention

Wednesday, October 22
6:30 to 7:30 PM

"Suicide is the third leading cause of death for 15 to 24-year-olds and second for 24 to 35-year-olds."

"About 2/3 of people who complete suicide are depressed at the time of their deaths. Depression that is untreated, undiagnosed, or ineffectively treated is the number one cause of suicide." These facts, obtained from dosomething.org, are scary but they can be changed.


• What can we do to support and
help people in our community?
• What are the warning signs of both
depression and suicide?
• How can I help the people I care about?
• What can we do as a community?
• And what are the resources available in
our community to help?

Come and be a part of the solution and
prevention for our community.

The speakers are local mental health professionals and will present this dynamic program that should be attended by teenagers, parents, and all adults in the community.

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


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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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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