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

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Baby Rhyme Time! Alternating Thursdays: 10:30am on Jan 4th & 18th
New! 2nd & 4th Mondays! 6:30pm on Jan 8th & 22nd
History Room
Cozy room for working, small meetings, and simply reading....
Brainerd Library Entry Hall Dome
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!

How Psychotherapy works with Richard Shulman, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist


Psychotherapy is not what you see on television or hear on the radio.  How does psychotherapy provide unique understanding and solutions for personal problems?  This talk uses actual (disguised) case material to demonstrate how a psychotherapist analyzes clues to personal problems and discusses them in plain language.  He will also discuss protection of privacy, options for confidential psychotherapy, and psychiatric labels.

Dr. Shulman’s nonprofit organization, Volunteers in Psychotherapy, allows anyone to earn no-fee private psychotherapy, in exchange for volunteer work, done privately and independently, at the charity, nonprofit or government agency of the person’s choice. VIP has been providing therapy in greater Hartford for over 18 years, with primarily licensed clinical psychologists through their private offices. For more info:, or Facebook.

Introduction to Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Classic CC – Basic Controls

Monday, January 29th, 6:00pm

Follow-up class to the Intro to Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Classic CC class on Nov. 20th.  Lightroom is broken up into several modules and the focus will be specific editing controls within the Develop Module.  The specific subgroups covered in depth in this class are: Advantages of the RAW file format over JPEG, Review of histograms, Basics of color temperature, Basic editing controls in Adobe Lightroom CC, including controls for: Color temperature, Tone (Exposure, Contrast, etc.) and Presence controls & Cropping.

Classes that follow will progressively cover all of the editing controls within the Develop Module.

Sweethearts at Sea: Love and Marriage in the New England Whaling Industry

Monday,February 12th; 6:30pm

During the 19th century, men from over 30 New England communities sailed the seas in pursuit of whales, leaving their families behind for up to 5 years at a time. Meanwhile, new philosophies encouraging companionate marriages became popular in New England society. The combination of historical phenomena meant men and women in these whaling communities faced the daunting prospect of spending most of their lives apart. That is until the 1840s.  A small group of married couples defied social and industrial tradition by going to sea together aboard whaleships. Focus is on a remarkable couple— Captain John and Elizabeth Marble of Fall River, Massachusetts, using letters & journals to tell a story of love, life, & loss at sea.
Amanda Goodheart Parks has been studying gender and marriage in the New England whaling industry for more than a decade. Parks is pursuing her Ph.D. at UMass. Amherst while serving as Director of Education at the New England Air Museum in Windsor Locks, CT.

Watercolor: “Let Go And Let It Flow”

February 17, 2018

10:30am – 1pm

Presented by Alan James, a highly respected watercolor artist, and designed for those who want to learn – how to loosen up and paint with confidence! Alan will share his secrets of – “Let It Go & Let It Flow” – the process of using big brushstrokes loosely & freely. Step-by-step demonstrations and one-on-one guidance. Alan’s instruction will enable you to take your inspiration and create an expressive painting; strong in composition and content.

Alan teaches his watercolor methods at the Lyme Art Association. Many of his students have gone on to become successful artists. His style is impressionistic and traditionalist with emphasis on purity of design and clear, transparent colors.

This workshop is free and supplies are provided. You may also bring your own supplies.

Class is limited to 12 and for ages: 16 and up.

Our January Display includes 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.

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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.

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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


                          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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