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

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SUPER SMASH BROS. CLUB Wed, Jan. 25th, 12-2 p.m.
Learn the basics or fine tune your skills! We’ll have Smash 64, Melee, & Ultimate. Use your controller or ours. Learn techniques: wave dashing and DI, try out new characters or practice your main. Enjoy playing friendlies in a welcoming environment. An experienced player will guide newcomers. For ages 10 - 18. Refreshments served.
Take your child to the Library Day! Feb 1st 11-1pm
We're having a Dino Day to celebrate Take Your Child to the Library Day! Join us for dino stories, songs, crafts, snacks, & a visit from Riverside Reptiles at noon. Meet reptiles and amphibians from around the world!
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 Monday, January 20th in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.



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 titles feature courage, redemption, positivity and insight, and just might make your day.  Click sign for books and descriptions.  Some of the books are on display 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!

Crystals & Minerals of Connecticut: Saturday, January 18th
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? Read 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 Long Journeys Home

Wednesday, February 5th at 6:30 pm 

Listen to the moving stories of two Indigenous men and their repatriations as told by Nick Bellantoni from his new book  The Long Journeys Home: The Repatriations of Henry ‘Opukaha’ia and Albert Afraid of Hawk. Henry ‘Opukaha’ia (ca. 1792—1818) and Itankusun Wanbli (ca. 1879—1900) lived a century apart and came from different Indigenous Nations – Hawaiian and Lakota. However, the circumstances of Western imperialism that led them to leave their homelands and come to Connecticut have striking similarities. In 1992 and 2008, descendant women of the men had callings that their ancestors wished to “come home.” That began the repatriation process. CT State Archaeologist Nick Bellantoni oversaw the archaeological disinterment and forensic identifications, returning these men to their Native families. The Long Journeys Home chronicles these stories as examples of the wide-reaching impact of colonialism and the resurgence of Hawaiian and Lakota cultures. Nicholas F. Bellantoni is an associate adjunct professor in the Anthropology Department at the University of Connecticut and Emeritus Connecticut State Archaeologist at the Connecticut State Museum of Natural History.

Duo Retro Craft: DIY Decoupage Glass Plates

Wednesday, February 12th at 6 p.m.

Make your own decorative decoupage glass plate! Decoupage is an art form dating back to the 17th century which decorates surfaces by applying cutouts, such as paper or fabric, and then coating them with several layers of decoupage glue.  We will choose designs to color with colored pencils and use decoupage glue to adhere the designs to the plate. All supplies provided.  Makes a great gift!  This is a buddy program: parents and grandparents, older siblings, and caregivers work paired to help younger learners (ages 8 and up) learn the craft.  Space is limited for this program and registration is required. Please call 860-345-2204 or click link to register.

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 Trade Paperbacks and Games Available for Checkout!

Trade paperbacks are larger than mass market paperbacks but smaller than hardcovers. The size is approx. 5.5 x 8.5, with soft binding. Trade paperbacks are lightweight for traveling and easy to hold.
Check out our new collection!  You may find some authors you haven’t read.  We also have fun, challenging family board games below on the same shelves.
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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