Brainerd Memorial Library
920 SAYBROOK ROAD, HADDAM, CT 06438     P:860.345.2204

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Monday, June 24th, 6:00 p.m.

Join us for a dazzling, family-friendly magic show from the master of illusions, Richard Rothstein. With mesmerizing spectacles and mystifying tricks, Mr. Magic will amaze and astound ages 2 to 102. Get ready for audience participation and lots of fun prizes! This program will be the kickoff to our 8-week space-themed summer reading program, “A Universe of Stories”.  Registration is not required.


Thursday, June 27th
Session One: 2:00 p.m
Session Two: 3:00 p.m

The Brainerd Library and Killingworth Library will host the Children’s Museum of West Harford’s Starlab Traveling Planetarium at H-K Middle School.  Take a special tour of creature constellations from around the world. Hear the amazing tales people told about how those animals got placed up in the night sky. Bring a constellation to life and meet a live animal from their wildlife sanctuary!

For grades Pre-K through 2nd.
     Child must be able to stay in the inflatable planetarium
unaccompanied by an adult                           for the full 45-minute program. 

Registration is necessary as space is limited.
Please sign up via the calendar BEGINNING ON JUNE 1.
Click here for 2 PM
Click here for 3 PM


Wednesday, July 17th 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Create an original piece of dimensional art to give your walls a pop!  Come learn the retro craft of string art.  We will teach you how to create the outline with hammer and nails and then weave embroidery floss to fill it in.  All supplies will be provided.  This is a buddy program: parents and grandparents, older siblings, and caregivers work paired to help younger learners (ages 8 and up) complete the craft.  Please note that space is limited for this program and registration is required.  Please sign up via Engaged Patrons or call us at 860-345-2204.


Wednesday, July 24th at 6 p.m.

Join Tuba Kelly for an evening of exciting space adventures! We’ll embark on a musical journey through the solar system and explore the planets through the sounds of different instruments, including tuba, saxophone, trombone, and more. Come learn about everything from our Sun to Neptune, with a potential guest appearance from everyone’s favorite dwarf planet, Pluto. Audience is welcome to look at and touch the instruments at the end of the program.  All ages welcome.



2nd and 4th Tuesdays 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. 

Come put your skills to the test with challenges such as tangrams, pentominoes, and word puzzles.  Stimulate your brain, sharpen your problem-solving skills, and learn effective strategies to impress your friends in Tetris.   Appropriate for ages 8 -12. 

Toddler Tunes

Thursdays at 10:30 AM: June 20th, & 27th [Alternates with Margie]

A music and movement program for toddlers and their caregivers.  Sing, dance, make music, and read a simple story.  Miss Kelly brings musical instruments.  Appropriate for children ages 1 to 3, but siblings are always welcome.  Registration is not necessary.

Preschool Storytime

Every Tuesday at 10:30 AM

Themed stories, songs, finger plays, and crafts.  Appropriate for children ages 2 to 5, but siblings are always welcome.  Registration is not necessary.

Saturday Pre-School Storytime

1st Saturday of Every Month at 10:30 AM

Can’t make preschool storytime during the week?  Join us on the first Saturday of every month at 10:30 AM for stories, songs, finger plays, and crafts.  Appropriate for ages 2 to 5, but siblings are always welcome.  Registration is not necessary.


Music with Margie 

Thursdays, 10:30 AM: June 6th & 13th  July & August Hiatus: Stay Tuned!

A multi-sensory music program that builds skills in order for children to reach the developmental goals they need to enter kindergarten.  Margie brings items such as beanbags, scarves, puppets, and instruments.  Appropriate for children ages 2 to 6.  Registration is not necessary.

LEGO™ Group

1st & 3rd  Tuesdays of  each month at 5:00 PM

The 1st Tuesday of the month will have a theme and the 3rd Tuesday will be a free build.  Creations will displayed until next session.  For ages 5 & up.  Registration is not necessary.

Come play with us!

The Children’s Department just got in lots of fun things from Green Toys! From vehicles to stacking toys to house and farm play sets, everything is made in the USA from 100% recycled plastic and is safe for babies and big kids alike. We also have a puppet stage, kitchen set, and a Brio train table.  All of these additions to our Children’s Room were made possible by generous donations from the Reid Smith Memorial Fund.