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

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Toddler Tunes! 10:30am April 5th & 19th
3rd Saturdays: April 21st 10:30am
Read to a certified therapy dog. Pre-K - 12th grade. Call to Reserve time slot.
Brainerd Library Entry Hall Dome
History Room
Cozy room for working, small meetings, and simply reading....
Built in 1906

Library Hours

closed sundays
September - June:
Monday: 1pm to 8pm
Tuesday - Thursday: 10am to 8pm
Friday: 10am to 6pm
Saturday: 10am – 3pm
Summer hours
July & August :
FRIDAYS: 10am TO 5pm
SATURDAYS : 10am to 1pm

Come Join Us!

It’s back!  April 2nd – April 30th

CT libraries are sponsoring this exciting program to inform people of the power of their library card. Take your library card and passport to 5 participating libraries to be eligible to win a $150 gift card for adults or a $100 gift card for children.  Have fun exploring and receive a small gift for visiting!

Pick up your “passport” and take a special gift: a beautiful, custom-designed wildflower seed packet.  Follow the Library Hop blog detailing travels throughout CT’s notable libraries. Please submit your passport by May 7th.   Here’s a link to a list of passport contest libraries.

Saturday May 5th  8- 3pm

The Friends will be selling books & DVDs at the Town-wide Tag Sale at Haddam Elementary and also at BML

Come and pick up some great buys for your spring reading and viewing pleasure!



Our popular annual ‘Agricultural Day’ is being held on June 9th. 

Contact us to sponsor or participate in the event!

We’re looking forward to another fun day and hope you’ll be part of it.



Come out and be a Card Angel!

We meet at the Library monthly to make cards with happy messages for those in cancer centers and rehab/nursing homes. You will feel good knowing that you made someone’s day better. Free! All materials provided. No card making experience required. Meetings: May 24th from 5-8pm: A light dinner will be served. Hope to see you! Donations of glue sticks, adhesive, colorful paper & embellishments appreciated! Contact is Jessie:

Brainerd Library is pleased to announce its partnership with The Library Hop blog.  Read exciting articles on book picks, free resources, posts on visits to libraries throughout the state, and content of interest to curious readers.  Plus, enjoy artistic accompanying photography.

Launched 2016, The Library Hop features visits to museums included in library pass programs, and documents the “Passport to Libraries” program.

Click logo or Blog link on menu to visit and watch the BML website for special features.

Oops, I Wrote in a Library Book

Saturday, April 21st, 11am to 2:30 pm

Did you know that April is National Poetry Month? Join us as we recycle old library books to make “Blackout Poetry.”  Blackout Poetry is created by marking out many of the words in a text, leaving visible only carefully selected words that create a poem. This program is a drop in class for 16 year olds and up. Hang out afterwards to share, read and admire the poetry.

All supplies are provided, even the books.  Shh, don’t tell the librarians!

AARP CT Caregiver Roadshow

Saturday, May 5th 11-12pm

Caregiver Roadshow for CT Families provides a deeper-dive conversation designed for family caregivers. Family caregivers are the backbone of our health care system. Support is essential to make sure their loved ones have the choice to live safely and independently at home. This workshop presents: specific tools in navigating and connecting to services available, your care options and costs, and legislative issues impacting seniors and family caregivers.

Is it Alzheimer’s Disease or Dementia? What do we do now?

Saturday, May 5th  1 to 2 pm

Mary Anne Corasaniti will discuss: the signs of dementia, stages of progressive illnesses, communication skills, strategies for coping, updates on current research and local resources.

Ms. Corasaniti retired from the Alzheimer’s Assoc. after 10 years as the Exec. Director of the Central NY Chapter and is a trainer for Hunter College’s Brookdale Center on Healthy Aging and Longevity.

Announcing: “River Views: An Appreciation of Our State’s Namesake Waterway”               ~ 3rd Event in the series~

Saturday, May 19th 10:30- 1:45

River Dwellers and Connecticut River in a Jar

The Connecticut River Museum is bringing 2 great programs to the library! We will learn about the people of the river and how to keep our river clean. You will work in teams in both programs. Space is limited to 25 per program. Please sign up. These programs are for 3rd graders and up, families, and all who want to learn about the river.

River Dwellers:  Join us as we travel through time and along the 410 miles of the CT River in this fun history build-out!  We will work in teams to explore different broad groups of people who came to the River Valley, find out how they built their communities, used the natural resources, and interacted with each other.  The base for our program is a 20 foot floor map of the River. 

CT River in a Jar

Where does water pollution come from?  How do we clean up our waterways?  Be prepared to get your hands dirty in this science wet lab activity as we explore sources of pollution, how different pollutants affect waterways and how to clean it up!  


 3 New Children’s Passes! Children’s Museum of SE CT in Niantic.  Beardsley Zoo in Bridgeport. Children’s Museum in West Hartford
Passes are available in the Children’s Department.




Our February Display included books from this list of ~
“20 Books Sure to  Make You Laugh” 

Here are some entertaining books to help spark your sense of humor…

Our January Display included books from this list of ~
“50 Books to Read – at Least Once” 

It’s a long cold winter – now is a good time to enjoy some books you’ve been meaning to read…

Books to Read Before the Movies Come Out!

“The book was so much better than the movie. You have to read the book first!”

Test that cliché; with these 26 books being adapted into highly anticipated film releases. Link to Book List.

JobNow [click photo for access]

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


The IRS has launched a “Get Ready” outreach campaign to educate as many taxpayers as possible about steps they can take in December regarding changes that could affect their ability to timely file their tax returns and get their refunds as quickly as possible.  Here is their link.

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.


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                          2:00-5:00 pm

book-nook-prices-10-28-16The Friends’ Book Nook is open Daily. Come browse their book store in BML’s lower level 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 or use lock box.

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