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Summer Book Sale

Buy One, Get One FREE!

ALL August!
(higher price prevails)

The Friends' Book Nook in the Community Room is having a SUMMER BOOK SALE! All print and nonprint materials will be sold for "Buy one, get one free" from July through August. Prices range from 25 cents to two dollars. Come to the Library during regular hours and see the new, easily accessible space that is dedicated to the sale of used materials. There are fiction and non-fiction, hardcover and paperback books for adult and children, and a large selection of young adult books, large print books, and cook books, as well as DVDs and CDs. Proceeds benefit Library programming and collection development.

Passport to CT LibrariesSeptember is
Library Card Sign Up Month

Brainerd to Participate in Passport to
CT Libraries Statewide Program

Win a gift card for visiting libraries! Based on the Wine Trail Passport Program in CT, the Connecticut Library Association is instituting a Library Passport program during Library Card Sign Up Month for the entire month of September. Brainerd Library will offer a passport to our patrons, as well as a small gift. People will then visit as many participating libraries during the month of September as possible, having their passport stamped once and receiving a small gift at each library.  Passports may be turned in to any participating library by October 4.  Each library will select a winner of the most libraries visited for submission to a second drawing, as well as a random drawing, which will be applied to a final drawing for four gift card prizes (2 adult of $150 each, 2 children of $100 each). Please visit the Facebook page (facebook.com/passporttoctlibraries) to see all the wonderful programs, special collections, and services that CT libraries offer!

Coffee House Series

Phil Rosenthal

Thursday, September 11
6:30 to 7:30 PM

Phil Rosenthal

We are honored and pleased to have noted folk musician, Phil Rosenthal return to the Library. Phil is well known throughout New England and this visit has him playing “Songs of Pete Seeger.” Among Pete Seeger’s songs are: Turn, Turn, Turn; Where Have All the Flowers Gone; and Bring Them Home. This is an event not to be missed.

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 Paleo SolutionThe Paleo Solution:
The Original Human Diet by Robb Wolf

Wednesday, September 3
6:30 to 8:00 PM

Do you want to lose fat and stay young, all while avoiding cancer, diabetes, heart disease, Parkinson's, Alzheimer's and a host of other illnesses? The Paleo Solution incorporates the latest, cutting edge research from genetics, biochemistry and anthropology to help you look, feel and perform your best. Written by Robb Wolf, a research biochemist who traded in his lab coat and pocket protector for a whistle and a stopwatch to become one of the most sought after strength and conditioning coaches in the world. With Robb's unique perspective as both scientist and coach you will learn how simple nutrition, exercise and lifestyle changes can radically change your appearance and health for the better.

—Book descriptions obtained from www.amazon.com

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.

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.

Two Book Choices This Month!

Thursday, September 25
6:30 to 7:30 PM

World War Z by Max BrooksWorld War Z by Max Brooks

“The end was near.” —Voices from the Zombie War

The Zombie War came unthinkably close to eradicating humanity. Max Brooks, driven by the urgency of preserving the acid-etched first-hand experiences of the survivors from those apocalyptic years, traveled across the United States of America and throughout the world, from decimated cities that once teemed with upwards of thirty million souls to the most remote and inhospitable areas of the planet. He recorded the testimony of men, women, and sometimes children who came face-to-face with the living, or at least the undead, hell of that dreadful time. World War Z is the result. Never before have we had access to a document that so powerfully conveys the depth of fear and horror, and also the ineradicable spirit of resistance, that gripped human society through the plague years.

WildWild: From Lost to Found
on the Pacific Crest Trail
by Cheryl Strayed

At twenty-two, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother’s death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life. With no experience or training, driven only by blind will, she would hike more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State—and she would do it alone. Told with suspense and style, sparkling with warmth and humor, Wild powerfully captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddened, strengthened, and ultimately healed her.

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

Registration is not required.

50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
Film and Discussion Series

The Freedom Riders Film DiscussionThe Freedom Riders:
Could You Get on the Bus?

Tuesday, September 30
6:30 to 8:00 PM

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.


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.

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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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