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

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Library Hours

Building Temporarily Closed: Touchless Pickup Available

Please call or email us!

Current Hours:

Mon. and Wed: 12-7
Tues, Thurs, and Friday: 10-5

Join Us!

The library will be closed on January 18th in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Yale Peabody’s MLK Programming Begins!

Today: January 14th at 5:30 pm

Welcome and Opening Reflections
Join stewards of the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy of Social and Environmental Justice as they welcome the community to this year’s virtual festival.

This marks 25 years of gathering to honor Dr. King, celebrate his legacy, and imagine new futures with local environmental and social justice leaders.

Register on Zoom or watch the broadcast live on their Facebook Page and YouTube Channel. *Live Captioning Available.  Click here to register!

Friday, January 15th 1:00 pm
Birds in Your Backyard: A Collections Tour of Winter CT Birds  Click here to register!

Curious about the winter birds you see outside your window? Join staff from the Vertebrate Zoology Division & Education Dept. to learn about the native bird species in your yard this season. Three experts will take you on a guided tour through one of the country’s richest bird collections. Register on Zoom or watch the broadcast live on their Facebook Page and YouTube Channel.

Don’t miss a minute of this year’s Festival!  Full schedule of MLK events.

Touchless Pickup “What’s New?” – 1 Minute Video

     While renovations continue, we are pleased to offer touch-less pickup. Please email BML ( or call 860-345-2204 to request up to 10 items per card. Availability may vary. We will arrange pick-up when we fill your order, so please provide the best contact, and include your library card number.  Masks and social distancing required onsite.



Click here for information on Connecticut COVID-19 response.

January Children’s Take & Make Craft Kits will be available Monday Jan 4th after 1pm.

Kits include materials for the Penguin Igloo and Bird Feeder as well as coloring pages.  Enjoy!

Let’s Play!

Visit our new games & puzzles page!  There are daily puzzles, online games like Tetris and Mahjong Solitaire, jigsaws [even create your own] and more fun distractions to try.

has merged with OverDrive/Libby. RBdigital ebooks and audiobooks moved to the Libby app.

You will still be able to browse and borrow all the same great ebooks and audiobooks you loved in the RBdigital app; now available in the Libby app.

Acorn TV, The Great Courses, and RBdigital eMagazines will remain accessible through the RBdigital app until further notice.

If you currently have a book checked out in the RBdigital app, it will be available through the remainder of the lending period.

Holds cannot be transferred, so you may want to export your Transaction History from the RBdigital website by accessing My Account > Profiles. You can place holds on those titles again in Libby.

Children’s Book Bundles are still available for the taking in the entry hall where Contactless Pickup bags are located. 

Pick up a set, while supplies last!



BML Announces the Selection of Haddam’s First Poet Laureate!

Lorraine Riess has been selected for a two-year appointment as the Poet Laureate of Haddam. Lorraine, a published poet, and a Haddam resident will serve in the honorary position as the ambassador of the community’s literary life on January 1, 2021.

The selection was made by a committee of community representatives that considered applicants’ breadth of experience in poetry, comfort level in public speaking, and achievements of distinction.

Although the position is unpaid, the Haddam Poet Laureate position is endorsed by the Town of Haddam and will be assisted by the Brainerd Memorial Library in the coordination of scheduling of events. Full Press Release Link

Go to our Lego Challenge page!

The theme for January is create your own “Dream Vehicle”.

Pop Up Book & DVD Sales! *In foyer:  The Book Nook is not open at this time.

The Friends are selling items in the entry near the Touchless Pickup Station. Stop by and pick up some titles to enjoy over the winter.  Hardcovers & Trade [large] paperbacks are 2/$1. CDs, DVDs, & small paperbacks 3 for a $1. Special items as marked.  This months items include hobbies and self-help [to support your New Year’s resolutions] as well as fiction and non-fiction for everyone!  There are also mystery bags of 10 music CDs for $3.

Live Ongoing SCORE Webinars

Get strategies from industry experts to help your business succeed.


LearningExpress Library

BML is pleased to offer a free career service through the CT State Library and Ebsco.  Use this link for access

Then Register by creating a Username and Password

Includes: A Job & Career Accelerator & Computer Skills Center

For more Job Related Resources [Search Sites, Webinars, Resume help] visit our Job Search page!

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Microsoft Office Training – Microsoft offers free online tutorials for MS Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Access & more. –provides quality innovative online computer learning. Whether you are new to the computer, require review or just want to gain more skills, these free tutorials can help. From Computer Basics to Microsoft Office to Apple, choose from dozens of free training topics. is a program of Goodwill Industries of Easter NC, Inc.

How To Tether An iPhone: The Guide To Setting Up Personal Hotspot!

How to Tether your Mobile Phone Internet to your Laptop 

If you’re traveling or do not have an Internet connection, you can connect by using your phone. Perhaps you’ve heard of a personal hotspot, but don’t know how to set it up. This article will explain how to tether an iPhone or Android phone to another device, via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth or USB.  Note: Setting up a personal hotspot may affect your wireless data plan and you may need to speak to your mobile phone carrier.  It may be as simple as turning it on in your phone and plugging the USB cable into your laptop! Link to Android only phone tethering directions

Google Meet

If you have a GMail account you can access the meeting setup from right beneath your file folders on the left. Click “Start a meeting” or “Join a Meeting” and a meeting screen will instantly open!  Or type in your meeting code to join one.  To invite others, click “Add People” and put in their email.  You can share your screen as well with the icon on the bottom right of your screen.  Enjoy!

Open Library and Internet Archive

Non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, websites, and more.

Online Storytelling!

NORTHEAST STORYTELLING (NEST) is a non-profit organization focused on artistic, educational and charitable pursuits.

Their vision and purpose is to nurture family, community, and storytelling throughout New England and New York. They believe sharing stories creates understanding between people.

Here are 450 Ivy League courses you can take online right now for free

Free College Classes and Code Camp!

8 Ivy League schools offer free online courses across online course platforms.There are 450 classes. The Class Central collection includes: Computer Science, Programming, Humanities, Business, Art & Design, Science, Social Sciences, Health & Medicine, Engineering, Mathematics, Education & Teaching, and Personal Development.

Screenshot ImageSkyView® Lite

Brings stargazing to everyone! Simply point your iPhone, iPad, or iPod at the sky to identify stars, constellations, satellites, and more!

Links direct you to a free app on the Apple Store site.

SkyView® Lite [Google Play App for Android Devices]

Find stars and constellations! Open SkyView® Free and let it guide you and identify them. SkyView Free is a beautiful, intuitive stargazing app that uses your camera to spot and identify celestial objects in sky, day or night.

Hanging out in Haddam?

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Haddam Veterans Museum

Libby by Overdrive

Phone & Tablet app for Downloadable eBooks, audiobooks & magazines.  Libby can also send library books to your Kindle.

Materials may be borrowed for 14 days.
Materials may be renewed for 14 days if there are no holds on the items.

10 loans at one time
10 holds at one time

The Friends of BML Spring Book Sale  POSTPONED: Dates TBA

Gift certificates will be available at the front desk in any amount you choose.  They do not expire and can be used later in the book store.

The Friends always accept books and DVDs.

Please make sure that items are saleable [not soiled, yellowed, moldy, or damaged] and gently used!

The Nook is closed and subject to library opening protocols.  Pop-up sales continue in the entry hall. 

Thank you for your generous donations.

Books of Hope for Challenging Times

If you sometimes feel overwhelmed by angry, grim news, turn to these books to lighten your spirits and restore hope.  Chosen by BML Friends, staff, and trustees, these titles feature courage, redemption, positivity and insight, and just might make your day.  Click sign for books and descriptions.  Some of the books are available or can be requested from another library.  

The library has automatic renewals!

Most BML materials may be renewed twice unless it is on hold for another patron.  Items will renew automatically! You no longer have to call or renew online.

BML Has Trade Paperbacks and Games Available for Checkout!

Trade paperbacks are larger than mass market paperbacks but smaller than hardcovers. The size is approx. 5.5 x 8.5, with soft binding. Trade paperbacks are lightweight for traveling and easy to hold.
Check out our expanding collection!  You may find some authors you haven’t read.  We also have fun, challenging family board games below on the same shelves.
Located next to the Audio Books.

 Have you been to the:  Children’s Museum of SE CT in Niantic,  Beardsley Zoo in Bridgeport, or the Children’s Museum in West Hartford ? These passes and many more are available in the Children’s Department.



“Resume lab” and live, online job coaches help job seekers: target suitable jobs, prepare and practice for job interviews.  The Adult Learning Center provides: career-enhancing skills through test preparation (including GED and the U.S. Citizenship Test) and live, online academic tutors for writing assistance, computer literacy, and software assistance.

Statue of Lady JusticeNuwav Legal Documents

NUWAV provides documents that meet the needs of the everyday Citizen. Easily compose documents in categories like Business, Contracts, Landlord/Tenant disputes, Divorce, Medical, & more. Log in using your BML card.




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