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Taste of Haddam

Taste of Haddam

Eighth Annual Taste of Haddam

SAVE THE DATE: Saturday, May 2
6:00 to 9:00 PM

Please join us for the Eighth 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 for this event are available at the Library.  Contact Cindy Muhlbach at 860-345-2204 to reserve tickets, $25.00 in advance, $30.00 at the door.

Thanks to all the Library Supporters who made the Seventh Taste of Haddam, 2014, such a success.

Proceeds will benefit the Library.

Healthy Exchange Book Club

First Wednesday of Each Month

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 Great Cholesterol Myth:
Why Lowering Your Cholesterol Won’t Prevent Heart Disease and
The Statin-Free Plan that Will

by Jonny Bowden

The Great Cholesterol MythWednesday, April 1
6:30 to 8:00 PM

Heart disease is the #1 killer. However, traditional heart disease protocols--with their emphasis on lowering cholesterol--have it all wrong. Emerging science is showing that cholesterol levels are a poor predictor of heart disease and that standard prescriptions for lowering it, such as ineffective low-fat/high-carb diets and serious, side-effect-causing statin drugs, obscure the real causes of heart disease. Even doctors at leading institutions have been misled for years based on creative reporting of research results from pharmaceutical companies intent on supporting the $31-billion-a-year cholesterol-lowering drug industry.
The Great Cholesterol Myth reveals the real culprits of heart disease, including:

- Inflammation
- Fibrinogen
- Triglycerides
- Homocysteine
- Belly fat
- Triglyceride to HCL ratios
- High glycemic levels

Bestselling health authors Jonny Bowden, Ph.D., and Stephen Sinatra, M.D. give readers a 4-part strategy based on the latest studies and clinical findings for effectively preventing, managing, and reversing heart disease, focusing on diet, exercise, supplements, and stress and anger management.

Get proven, evidence-based strategies from the experts with The Great Cholesterol Myth.

The Immortal Life of Henrietta LacksThe Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
by Rebecca Skloot

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

Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor black tobacco farmer whose cells, taken without her knowledge in 1951, became one of the most important tools in medicine, vital for developing the polio vaccine, cloning, gene mapping, and more. Henrietta's cells have been bought and sold by the billions, yet she remains virtually unknown, and her family can't afford health insurance. This phenomenal New York Times bestseller tells a riveting story of the collision between ethics, race, and medicine; of scientific discovery and faith healing; and of a daughter consumed with questions about the mother she never knew.

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

Registration is not required.
If you are unable to attend, please feel free to add your comments
about the book on the Library's Facebook page.

Library Closed on Good FridayLibrary Closed on Good Friday

We will be closed on Good Friday, April 3, 2015
in observance of the holiday.
The Library will reopen on Saturday, April 4, 2015.

Heroes for All TimeHeroes for All Time:
Connecticut Civil War Soldiers
Tell Their Stories

Thursday, April 9
7:00 to 7:45 PM

Please join local authors Dione Longley and Buck Zaidel tell stories of Haddam Civil War soldiers they encountered while researching their book. They use rich passages from soldiers’ letters and diaries and photographs of soldiers to portray soldiers’ experiences.

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

Freedom RidersThe Freedom Riders:
Could You Get on the Bus?

Created Equal - Civil Rights Act of 1964 - Film and Discussion Series

Saturday, April 11
1:00 to 2:30 PM

Free Film Discussion – Copies of the DVD will be available for checkout at the Library in April. You don’t need to view the DVD to attend the discussion, but it will make the discussion more valuable.

Join Dr. Jeffrey Ogbar, Ph.D., Vice Provost for Diversity and Professor of History at UCONN Storrs, as he shows film clips from the movie The Freedom Riders and facilitates a discussion on some of the important issues raised by the film. The Freedom Riders is about an integrated band of college students who decided to risk everything and buy a ticket on a Greyhound bus headed for the Deep South. They managed to bring America face to face with the challenge of correcting civil rights inequities that plagued the nation.

Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and Bridging Cultures.

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, April 30
6:30 to 7:30 PM

The Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline

The Orphan TrainChristina Baker Kline’s Orphan Train is an unforgettable story of friendship and second chances that highlights a little-known but historically significant movement in America’s past—and it includes a special PS section for book clubs featuring insights, interviews, and more.

Penobscot Indian Molly Ayer is close to “aging out” out of the foster care system. A community service position helping an elderly woman clean out her home is the only thing keeping Molly out of juvie and worse...

As she helps Vivian sort through her possessions and memories, Molly learns that she and Vivian aren’t as different as they seem to be. A young Irish immigrant orphaned in New York City, Vivian was put on a train to the Midwest with hundreds of other children whose destinies would be determined by luck and chance.

Molly discovers that she has the power to help Vivian find answers to mysteries that have haunted her for her entire life—answers that will ultimately free them both.

Rich in detail and epic in scope, Orphan Train is a powerful novel of upheaval and resilience, of unexpected friendship, and of the secrets we carry that keep us from finding out who we are.

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

Registration is not required.

CT GypsiesConnecticut Gypsies

Tuesday, May 5
7:00 to 8:00 PM

Who were the Connecticut Gypsies and what was their story? In 1896, Victoria Williams was found dead on the railroad tracks in East Hartford. Her husband, the King of the Gypsies, had died recently. Beth Lapin searched for answers and will speak about them in her talk. Her sleuthing led to the publication of her newest novel Caravan of Dreams. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

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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Inclement Weather Closings & DelaysInclement Weather
Closings & Delays

The Library will close for SNOW days when Regional School District 17 schools close. When there are other storms, such as hurricanes or Nor'easters, please call the Library at 860-345-2204 for further information. If school openings are delayed, the Library will open at its normal time, 10:00 AM.

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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Higganum Book Drop

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To borrow one, you must have your
library card and a photo ID.

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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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