BML offers regular programs like Book Clubs, Knitting & Writing groups and Technical Help as well as special programs for many different interests. View our programs below. If you don’t see something that strikes your fancy – Please Ask!
One-on-One Computer Help!
FRIDAY AFTERNOONS 2:00-5pm
Adult Coloring: Drop-in
Ask Staff for Supplies
“Card Angels” See dates
for card making sessions
Book Clubs and Groups
1st Wednesdays 6:30 pm
Enjoy reading about health, nutrition, fitness, & emotional wellness? Would you like to share details with other like-minded individuals? Please join the Healthy Exchange Book Club!
Next 3 titles for 2018: April, May, & June. The book club will be on hiatus for the summer. See you in September…
Brainerd Book Club
4th Wednesdays 6:30 pm
“She stood in the deep, dark woods, breath shallow and cold prickling over her skin despite the hot, heavy air. She took a step back, then two, as the urge to run fell over her.”
Naomi Bowes lost her innocence the night she followed her father into the woods. In freeing the girl trapped in the root cellar, Naomi revealed the horrible extent of her father’s crimes and made him infamous. No matter how close she gets to happiness, she can’t outrun the sins of Thomas David Bowes. Now a successful photographer living under the name Naomi Carson, she has found a place that calls to her, a rambling old house in need of repair, thousands of miles away from everything she’s ever known. Naomi wants to embrace the solitude, but the kindly residents of Sunrise Cove keep forcing her to open up—especially the determined Xander Keaton. Naomi can feel her defenses failing, and knows that the connection her new life offers is something she’s always secretly craved. But the sins of her father can become an obsession, and, as she’s learned time and again, her past is never more than a nightmare away.
Without You, There Is No Us: My Time with the Sons of North Korea’s Elite by Suki Kim
A haunting account of teaching English to the sons of North Korea’s ruling class during the last 6 months of Kim Jong-il’s reign
Every day, 3 times a day, the students march in 2 straight lines, singing praises to Kim Jong-il and North Korea: Without you, there is no motherland. Without you, there is no us. It is a chilling scene, but gradually Suki Kim, too, learns the tune and, without noticing, begins to hum it. It is 2011, and all universities in North Korea have been shut down for an entire year, the students sent to construction fields—except for the 270 students at the all-male Pyongyang University of Science and Technology (PUST), a walled compound where portraits of Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il look on from the walls of every room, and where Suki has gone undercover as a missionary and a teacher. Over the next 6 months, she will eat 3 meals a day with her young charges and struggle to teach them English, under the watchful eye of the regime.
Life at PUST is lonely and claustrophobic, especially for Suki, whose letters are read by censors and who must hide her notes and photographs from her minders and colleagues—evangelical Christian missionaries who don’t know or choose to ignore that Suki doesn’t share their faith. As the weeks pass, she is mystified by how easily her students lie, unnerved by their obedience to the regime. At the same time, they offer Suki tantalizing glimpses of their private selves—their boyish enthusiasm, their eagerness to please, the flashes of curiosity that have not yet been extinguished. She in turn begins to hint at the existence of a world beyond their own—at such exotic activities as surfing the Internet or traveling freely and, more dangerously, at electoral democracy and other ideas forbidden in a country where defectors risk torture and execution. But when Kim Jong-il dies, and the boys she has come to love appear devastated, she wonders whether the gulf between her world and theirs can ever be bridged. Without You, There Is No Us offers a moving and incalculably rare glimpse of life in the world’s most unknowable country, and at the privileged young men she calls “soldiers and slaves.”
Charity Knitting Group
Join us in as we “Knit for Charity.” We work with Middlesex Hospital; knit pink scarves for breast cancer patients, chemo caps, newborn and preemie caps, finger puppets for children, and serenity shawls.
We also knit for Haddam Public Health and for the VFW. We make warm scarves for those who need them and hats to be worn under helmets for our soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan. If you’re unable to join us on the 1st Tuesday of the month at 6:30 PM, stop in any time. We will happily accept your donations. For more information, call us at 860-345-2204.
Thursdays at 10:00 AM
In the Community Room
You do not need to attend the Thursday meetings to be a Friend.
Please join us, all are welcome!
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