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

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Welcome to Our Library!
Baby Rhyme Time! 10:30am on Feb 15th & 22nd
New! 2nd & 4th Mondays! 6:30pm Feb 12th & 26th
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!

The Library will be closed Monday, February 19th in honor of Presidents’ Day.



The Charity Knitting group [meets at BML 1st Tuesdays at 6:30 pm] is involved with Little Hats Big Hearts – sponsored by the American Heart Assoc.  The website has more info, including patterns! 

Volunteers around the country are joining the American Heart Association, in connection with The Children’s Heart Foundation, to celebrate American Heart Month by knitting and crocheting red hats for babies born in February. Charity Knitting has knit over 30 hats!

Together, they are working to raise awareness, provide resources and inspire moms to take their family’s heart health to heart while also raising awareness about Congenital Heart Defects.

The 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.

Originally launched in 2016, The Library Hop will also feature visits to museums included in library pass programs, and will be documenting the “Passport to Libraries” program in April, when patrons are invited to visit as many of the 100+ participating libraries to have their “passport” stamped, and be entered in a prize drawing.

Click logo to visit and watch the Brainerd Library website for special features.

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





Wednesday, March 7th at 6:30 pm

Our 1st lecture in the series: “River Views. An appreciation of our state’s namesake waterway”  is Our Connecticut River: From Sea to Source by Kelvin Cole.  A comprehensive and refreshing overview of what this natural resource has meant to us English-speaking people since discovery some 400 years ago. What has drawn us to The River? This series is sponsored by the Rockfall Foundation. Look for more programs about the Connecticut River!

Come out and be a Card Angel!

What is a Card Angel? We are a group of volunteers who meet at the Brainerd 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. And what’s even better…free! Just bring yourself. All materials provided. No card making experience required. Our next meetings: March 15th, April 19th, & May 24th from 5-8pm: A light dinner will be served. Hope to see you soon! Donations of glue sticks/adhesive, colorful paper & embellishments are appreciated! For more info please contact Jessie at

Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame Talks on the Road Lecture:

Powerful Voices: CT Women Changing Democracy; Monday, March 26th at 6:30 pm

Connecticut’s history is filled with remarkable women who achieved extraordinary things! Join us for an interactive multimedia program by the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame.  Learn about some of the state’s powerful female voices for change in our democracy. Discover the power your own voice can have through inspirational stories of suffragettes like Alice Paul and Isabella Beecher Hooker, prominent female firsts like Ella Grasso and Denise Nappier and social activists like Helen Keller.

Stop by to see the banner exhibit “We Fight for Roses, Too” from the CT Women’s Hall of Fame March 19th – April 9th; dedicated to the stories, struggles and achievements of women who have shaped the culture and society of Connecticut and the nation. It showcases images that highlight the struggle of each woman’s actions, reminding audiences that the quest for women’s equality has not been an easy battle.

Read to Me: a short story book club

Saturday, March 31st at 3:30 pm

Did you like to be read to as a child? Remember sitting and hearing the characters come to life? Please join us at BML for a new monthly short story book club for adults. We will have a lively discussion after the reading. Our first short story will be “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. “The Yellow Wallpaper” examines the stifling roles that denied women freedom of expression. The narrator is driven mad by her inability to write or assert her independence.  Come sit back at the Library after hours and listen to a short story!

Our February Display includes 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 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.

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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