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Taste of Haddam

Saturday, April 26
6:00 to 9:00 PM

Please join us for the Seventh Annual Taste of Haddam and experience a great evening of food and wine. Local restaurants will offer samples of their fare. In addition, local liquor stores will offer wine tasting. Other beverages will be available as well.

Tickets may be purchased in advance for $25 or at the door for $30. Proceeds will benefit the Library. Parking will be available at the Library, Senior Center, Haddam Congregational Church, and the lot by Jail Hill Road.

Brainerd Library Needs Your Input!

Please take this survey!The Board of Trustees seeks your assistance in planning how the Library will serve town residents in the future. Your voice is important. We ask that you take a few minutes to complete our survey. Please feel free to include ideas proposed by your family as a whole. Responses will be recorded anonymously. As an added incentive, survey participants will be entered into a drawing for certificates to local grocery stores. The survey may only be completed one time per computer.

SAT Prep - Reading


Wednesday, April 23
6:30 to 8:00 PM

Join Jaime Allesandrine as she discusses the finer points of the reading section of the SAT. This is one prep you need to attend.

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

Brainerd Library Book Club

Thursday, April 24
6:30 to 7:30 PM

Join us for the Brainerd Library Book Club!
Open to all who love to read and talk. This Book Club will meet monthly.

Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver

Flight BehaviorThe extraordinary New York Times bestselling author of The Lacuna (winner of the Orange Prize), The Poisonwood Bible (nominated for the Pulitzer Prize), and Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, Barbara Kingsolver returns with a truly stunning and unforgettable work. Flight Behavior is a brilliant and suspenseful novel set in present day Appalachia; a breathtaking parable of catastrophe and denial that explores how the complexities we inevitably encounter in life lead us to believe in our particular chosen truths. Kingsolver's riveting story concerns a young wife and mother on a failing farm in rural Tennessee who experiences something she cannot explain, and how her discovery energizes various competing factions — religious leaders, climate scientists, environmentalists, politicians — trapping her in the center of the conflict and ultimately opening up her world. Flight Behavior is arguably Kingsolver's must thrilling and accessible novel to date, and like so many other of her acclaimed works, represents contemporary American fiction at its finest. (Book description obtained from Amazon.com)

Registration is not required.

How To Use Your Digital SLR Camera

Tuesday, April 29
6:30 to 7:30 PM

Local photographer, Amber Dietz, returns to Brainerd to talk and demonstrate how to use your Digital SLR camera. Do you have a new camera and leave it on "auto" all the time? Amber will show you how to break out and use the manual settings the way they are meant to be used.

How to Use Your Digital Camera

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

Classic American Films Then and Now

Classic American Films
Then and Now

Wednesday, April 30
6:00 to 8:00 PM

Dawn Hoffman, film critic, leads us on a journey of films from the 1930's til now. The first film will be "Singin' in the Rain." Please join us as Dawn talks about these classic American films.

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


Thursday, May 1
6:30 to 8:00 PM

Join Jaime Allesandrine as she discusses the finer points of the writing section of the SAT. This is one prep you need to attend.

SAT Prep - Reading

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 8:00 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.

The Healthy Exchange Book Club meets monthly on the first Wednesday in the History Room of the Library at 6:30 pm. The role of discussion leader rotates among members. Book selection is the responsibility of the current month's discussion leader.

There is no longer any question that consumer products contain toxic chemicals harmful to our families. But how do we protect ourselves, and where do we start?

The Science of SkinnyThe Science of Skinny:
Start Understanding Your Body's
Chemistry and Stop Dieting Forever
by Dee McCaffrey

Wednesday, May 7
6:30 to 8:00 PM

With scientific research, her own chemistry background, and the traditional diets of our not-so-distant ancestors as her guide, Dee McCaffrey casts new light on an age-old wisdom: Eating foods in their closest-to-natural form is the true path to sustained weight loss and, in fact, the remedy for almost any health problem. We are so far removed from foods in their natural state that we now call them "health foods," a sad admission that we've compromised our health for the sake of convenience. The Science of Skinny aims to create a space for change, to educate and enlighten readers on the value of proper nutrition so that they can find a healthier and more life-affirming relationship with their bodies and the food they eat.

Offering serial dieters a healthy and lifelong way to shed pounds, and keep them off  The Science of Skinny includes: kick-start plans; guidelines for family- and kid-friendly meals; quick and delicious menus and more than 50 recipes; shopping lists and eating-on-the-go tips; easy fitness routines; and more.

Book description obtained from www.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.

Coffee House Series

Brian Wilkens Returns 

Brian Wilkens

Wednesday, May 14
6:30 to 7:30 PM

This local musician is sure to please everyone! If you have not heard Brian, you are missing a great local talent.

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

The Rocks are HereThe Rocks Are Here!!

Thursday, May 15
6:30 to 7:30

We've pulled every trick in the book to get the rocks to Brainerd. What rocks? You might ask. Moon Rocks!! If you have never seen rocks from the Moon please stop by. The rocks will only be here for 1 hour.

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

Dr. Uke

Dr. Uke

Tuesday, May 27
6:30 to 7:30 PM

Join us as we present Dr. Uke to all ukulele fans in the area. This will be a combo show—a short history of ukes, a showing of several different kinds of ukes, a few songs by the master and then several sing-alongs.  This man knows his ukuleles!

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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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!

Try a Laptop ComputerTry 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.

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.

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12:30 PM

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May 24

1:00 PM

Pirate Fairy



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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.


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