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Library Director Opening

The Board of Trustees seeks an enthusiastic and innovative individual to fill the position of Library Director. The Library is located in the scenic town of Haddam, serving a population of 8,366. The successful candidate will be charged with exploring the future of the Library’s services, in relation to the changing needs of the community, and become a community leader. The director reports to and is advised by the Board of Trustees.

Responsibilities: Duties include, but are not limited to: all day-to-day operations, community outreach, library policy recommendation and implementation, and supervision of all personnel (10 part-time employees) and volunteers. The director prepares and manages the budgets, and controls expenditures within the constraints of the approved budgets. This position is responsible for development, repair, and maintenance of the physical property. The director is responsible for fundraising and securing the Library’s long-term financial support.

Qualifications: A Master’s Degree in Library Science from an accredited college or university preferred plus five years of public library experience. Comparable experiences will be considered.

A broad understanding of library services.

Knowledge of library organization, technology, administrative, and financial procedures

Excellent communications, interpersonal and technology skills.

Ability to work effectively with the general public, Library trustees, elected and appointed officials, outside organizations and professional associations.

Excellent leadership skills with the ability to supervise and motivate Library personnel and volunteers.

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications. Health and retirement benefits are available. To apply, please complete the application and submit it along with a cover letter, and resume to Sue Staehly, Interim Director, Brainerd Memorial Library, P.O. Box 8, Haddam, CT 06438. Application package must be received by December 11, 2015.

For further information, please see the full Library Director Job Description.


Friends' Holiday Book Sale

November & December

Christmas, Craft, & Cook Books

Buy 1 Get 1 Free!

During Library Hours

(*Higher price prevails)Ribbon




Proceeds benefit Programming and Collection

Nicole Nalepa of WFSB

on the Business of Broadcasting

Nicole Nalepa
Wednesday, Dec. 9, 6-7 p.m.

Please join us for a visit from Nicole Nalepa, WFSB-TV's A.M. Traffic Anchor, Health Reporter, "Surprize Squad’ Member, and ‘Lost and Pound’ Host.  Nicole will share her insights and expertise as she talks about the ins and outs of the Broadcasting Business.

 REFRESHMENTS included with this FREE PROGRAM.

Please make a RESERVATION through the library calendar
or by calling the main desk as seating will be limited:

(860) 345 - 2204

Teen Advisory Board

Wednesday, December 16th, 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

(Always the 3rd Wednesday of each month.)

Register Online or call 860 345-2204.

What can your library do for you?

Join Brainerd's Teen Advisory Board to find out!  Meetings are for teens in grades 7-12 and are held on the 3rd Wednesday of each month from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm.  Pizza, snacks, and beverages will be served.

  • Voice your ideas for improved young adult (YA) services.
  • Help plan YA events and activities.
  • Help develop the YA collection.
  • Assist with Children's programming and book clubs.
Participation counts towards community service hours and looks great on college and job applications!

If you are interested in joining, please contact Marissa at mlehmacher@brainerdlibrary.org or call the library at 860-345-2204.

It's your library...make a difference!

POV FILM: Neuland by Anna Thomen

One teacher's response to the difficulties of migration for his adolescent students.


This event is a collaboration with POV, PBS' award winning non-fiction film series.


PreSchool Story Time

There are 2 sessions of Story Time for 3 to 5 year olds - from Tuesday, October 6 through December 1, the other on Wednesdays, October 7 ending on December 2. Both Story Times begin at 10:30 am. There will be no story time during Thanksgiving week. Each week focuses on a different  theme with stories, songs, and other activities. New sessions will begin in January!

Terrific Twos Story Time

This fun story time welcomes toddlers from 24 to 36 months with stories, songs, finger plays and games.

Fall session runs from Friday, October 2 to December 4.

No Story Time on November 27.

New sessions will begin in January!

Tech HelpNEW! Tech Help

FREE One-on-One Computer Help!

from 4:00 to 8:00 PM

Brainerd Memorial Library's new Computer Instruction Librarian, Michael Sweeney, is available to help with basic computer issues such as:

• creating and saving documents,
• printing
• creating an email account and sending email
• saving to a USB drive,
• connecting to the Library wi-fi... and more!

Or make an appointment for a 30-minute one-on-one session on a specific topic. To make an appointment, please call 860-345-2204 or email msweeney@brainerdlibrary.org.

Healthy Exchange Book Club

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.

December 2nd: No Book Discussion this month.

Club will go out to dinner.


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 have started a Legos play group
and would love to have them here
at the Library.
Please consider donating them.
Thank you!


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