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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.

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.

Fall PhotographyFall Photography


Saturday, October 18
2:00 to 4:00 PM 

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.

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.

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.

Thursday, October 23
6:30 to 7:30 PM

Still Life with Bread Crumbs by Anna Quindlen

Still Life with Bread Crumbs begins with an imagined gunshot and ends with a new tin roof. Between the two is a wry and knowing portrait of Rebecca Winter, a photographer whose work made her an unlikely heroine for many women. Her career is now descendent, her bank balance shaky, and she has fled the city for the middle of nowhere. There she discovers, in a tree stand with a roofer named Jim Bates, that what she sees through a camera lens is not all there is to life.
Brilliantly written, powerfully observed, Still Life with Bread Crumbs is a deeply moving and often very funny story of unexpected love, and a stunningly crafted journey into the life of a woman, her heart, her mind, her days, as she discovers that life is a story with many levels, a story that is longer and more exciting than she ever imagined.

Still Life with Bread Crumbs

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

Registration is not required.

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.

Healthy Exchange Book Club

First Wednesday of Each Month
6:30 to 7:30 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.

We will meet monthly on the first Wednesday of the month in the History Room at 6:30 PM. The role of discussion leader will rotate among members. Book selection will be the responsibility of the current month’s discussion leader.

How We Do HarmHow We Do Harm: A Doctor Breaks Ranks
About Being Sick in America

by Otis Webb Brawley, M.D.

Wednesday, November 5
6:30 to 7:30 PM

How We Do Harm exposes the underbelly of healthcare today—the overtreatment of the rich, the under treatment of the poor, the financial conflicts of interest that determine the care that physicians’ provide, insurance companies that don’t demand the best (or even the least expensive) care, and pharmaceutical companies concerned with selling drugs, regardless of whether they improve health or do harm.

Dr. Otis Brawley is the chief medical and scientific officer of The American Cancer Society, an oncologist with a dazzling clinical, research, and policy career. How We Do Harm pulls back the curtainon how medicine is really practiced in America. Brawley tells of doctors who select treatment based on payment they will receive, rather than on demonstrated scientific results; hospitals and pharmaceutical companies that seek out patients to treat even if they are not actually ill (but as long as their insurance will pay); a public primed to swallow the latest pill, no matter the cost; and rising healthcare costs for unnecessary—and often unproven—treatments that we all pay for. Brawley calls for rational healthcare, healthcare drawn from results-based, scientifically justifiable treatments, and not just the peddling of hot new drugs. (Book description obtained from Amazon.com)

Registration is not required. 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.

Sophie HelenekSophie Helenek:
Award Winning Author and
Mountain Climber

Wednesday, November 5
6:30 to 7:30 PM

Sophie Helenek ’s philosophy is “everything is possible.” With that philosophy and a determined heart, Sophie has achieved many of her lifelong dreams. This night she will be talking about her adventures and achievements in mountain climbing.

Before 2006, Sophie had never climbed, nor trekked in before. Discovering climbing, she fell in love with the sport and her passion for it has been growing ever since. In May 2008, she became the fourth and youngest French woman to succeed in scaling Mount Everest (29,000+ feet).  In 2009, Sophie successfully made two ascents that had never been climbed by a female. In 2010, she opened five new climbing routes which were later referenced in the honorable American Alpine Journal.  

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

Googling GenealogyGoogling Genealogy

Thursday, November 6
6:30 to 7:30 PM

Libraries to the rescue! ICONN.org, administered by the Connecticut State Library, provides an easy way to research your genealogy online with just a library card. This presentation will explain how to access and use a few resources especially helpful to genealogists, including the HeritageQuest database, newspaper databases, and Connecticut’s digital collections.

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

Run a Successful Etsy ShopHow to Set Up and
Run a Successful Etsy Shop

Thursday, November 13
6:00 to 7:00 PM

Would you like to sell your art, craft, or antique collection online but aren't ready to set up your own website?  Tap into the already booming marketplace of Etsy, an online collection of shops for handcrafted and vintage goods, and plug into a worldwide community of buyers. Kristen Romans, a Lebanon resident and successful Etsy seller for the past 5 years with her jewelry business, Silver Ranch, will present a comprehensive overview on how to set up your own Etsy shop to start your online business. Kristen brings her talent for public speaking and many years of teaching experience to make this a fun and informative program. Bring your questions, a notebook, and your sense of adventure!

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

Henna for Adult WomenHenna for Adult Women

Thursday, November 20
6:30 to 7:30 PM

Jamilah Zebarth of Jamilah Henna Creations, a henna artist located in central Connecticut, visits Brainerd Library again – she has been here several times for teens, this time she is here to share her love of this beautiful ancient tradition for adult women.

Henna is a natural dye derived from a plant. It is dried and sifted to make a fine powder. Henna artists mix the henna with natural ingredients like lemon juice, tea or coffee, a little sugar, and then add essential oils to improve the stain. Some henna artists used pre-mixed henna that may include other ingredients to give it a longer shelf life or produce a darker stain. Some of these additional chemical ingredients can be harmful to the skin. Jamilah only uses natural fresh ingredients to make her henna paste for the darkest stain possible. It is beautiful and feels great! This program will fill up quickly!

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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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
Laptop Computer!


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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