Brainerd Memorial Library
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Welcome to our library!
Visit our Job Search Resources Page
For resumé help, state unemployment sites, social media, webinars and other job related venues and opportunities.
View Aquariums & Wildlife on Webcams!
Go to Children's page to visit zoos & virtual museums for exciting adventures and activities.
Links on Home & Teen Page to 450 Classes
Code Camp, computer science and many other disciplines!
Visit Home, Children, & Teen pages for links to ebooks & audiobooks for all ages!
Includes read alongs, video books, and elementary school math & science programs. Instant access, No downloading!
Visit Teen Page for Link to Instant ebooks!
Visit our E-Museum Page for Virtual Tours, Videos, Activities & More!
Try our new Tech Tips and Digital Resources
Posted weekly, they include access to: learning, reading, video, & tech materials
Visit our new poetry blog!
Read, comment, and send us poetry to post.
Postponed Until September! Dates TBA
Built in 1906
One of BML's Lovely Gardens

Library Hours

closed sundays

Monday: 1pm to 8pm

Tues - Thurs: 10am to 8pm

Friday: 10am to 6pm

SATURDAY: 10am to 3pm

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Click here for information on COVID-19 from the CDC [Centers of Disease Control and Prevention] 

Announcing BML’s June Challenge!  “Haiku in My Garden”

We will accept submissions until June 30th emailed to Robbie .

The Haiku team will choose 2 garden themed entries to award $15 gift certificates from local garden centers. To see all the entries –  Visit the new Haiku Page!

“A traditional Japanese haiku is a 3-line poem with 17 syllables, written in a 5/7/5 syllable count. …Often focusing on images from nature, haiku emphasizes simplicity, intensity, and directness of expression.”

Here is a sample of a famous haiku by Matsuo Bashō.

The Old Pond

An old silent pond

A frog jumps into the pond—

Splash! Silence again.

BML is Selling its Large Shed!  Price is $5,000

• 14’ x 20’ ; Keyed barn doors & garage door; Wood construction
• 6 years old; Small overhead loft storage area inside
• Buyer responsible for pickup from Library; Email the Director








BML’s Book Title Challenge Results!

The 2 winning entries were from Stacey & Ellen

To see all entries & staff efforts visit the Challenge Page

The Breakup by Stacey

Is there anything good about men? Love and marriage, heart songs, hard times, bad love, unspeakable problems, crazy talk, stupid talk — couples feed the end of the affair, trust me. Beloved, look me in the eye: love without conditions spins impossible things – misery, quicksilver punishment. Out of time! I am crying all inside.

Celebrities by Ellen

Celebrities remember their favorite teachers practicing mandolin in the bathtub out on the porch.

Using this Internet sensation as a sample, the staff issued a challenge in May to create sentences from books at home.

Books in photo say: “The English Patient had caught it on the beach.  I should have stayed home she said.  Now she was in quarantine in the dark splendid house of isolation. Still hope springs eternal. With a little bit of luck, common sense, and personal hygiene, the corona book of horror stories must end soon. Always remember, clean hands save lives, and when in doubt don’t go out!”

Mary Alice Monroe

Mary Alice Monroe: Author Talks on Zoom

• MAY 30 (12:00 PM): Discusses her newest title live on Zoom, organized by Story on the Square

• MAY 30 (6:00 PM): An online conversation with author organized by Read It Again

• JUNE 1 (8:00 PM): Lynden Sculpture Garden’s Women’s Speaker Series & Boswell
Books welcome author of On Ocean Boulevard, for a virtual conversation with MKE Read’s Margy Stratton

Mary Alice Monroe is the New York Times bestselling author of over 20 books, including the Beach House series.

Silly Songs with “Tuba Kelly” !

Link to video above. Timestamps for the songs are:

1 Hello Song (0:38)
2 Shake Your Sillies Out (2:10)
3 ABC Song (3:38)
4 Three Little Monkeys (5:14)
5 Down by the Bay (6:25)
6 If You’re Happy and You Know It (9:15)
7 Five Green and Speckled Frogs (11:13)
8 The Hokey Pokey (13:09)
9 The Wheels on the Bus (15:02)
10 Baby Beluga (Tuba)  (20:01)
11 The Itsy Bitsy Spider (Tuba)   (22:00)
12 Down by the Station (Tuba)     (23:29)
13 Baby Shark (24:34)
14 Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star  (26:45)

Think Like an Employer: A Recruiter’s Perspective of the Hiring Process

Zoom Webinar: Register Here

Wednesday, June 3, 2020, 1:00–1:30 pm

Do you wish you could see inside a recruiter’s mind to find out exactly what they’re looking for? In this webinar, they pull back the curtain on the hiring process to reveal what it looks like from an employer’s point of view.

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

Rainy Day? Take a virtual walk through the NY Botanical Gardens!


The power of plants connects people and provides inspiration. While the Garden’s gates may be closed temporarily, the virtual gates are wide open.  The new content hub features videos, plant guides, virtual events, recipes for kids, and much more. 

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.

Poetry Blog!

In honor of April’s National Poetry Month, BML set up a Poetry Blog to share our favorite poems.  You can comment on posts or send us the title and author of your favorite poem. Or send one of your original efforts to Robbie.  Take a look!

2020 Census: Have you filled out your form?   Each home received requests to complete a short questionnaire online, by phone, or mail. Why We Conduct This Count . Funding goes to hospitals, schools, services, roads, etc. based on census data. Results determine the number of seats in the U.S. House of Representatives, and are used to draw legislative districts.

New Online Resources! 

Here are links to: ebooks, movies, read alongs, video books, and math and science programs for elementary school students.  Click here or Audio Book icon for Tumblebooks all ages audio books.  Visit Children, Adults, E-Museums, and Teens for links to specific materials!  Enjoy!


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

Free College Classes and Code Camp!

8 Ivy League schools now offer free online courses across multiple online course platforms.There are 450 classes. Class Central has made a collection of them which include: Computer Science, Data Science, Programming, along with: Humanities, Business, Art & Design, Science, Social Sciences, Health & Medicine, Engineering, Mathematics, Education & Teaching, and Personal Development.

Try Something New!  Here are Friday’s Tips! Click right Icon for more…See the source image


Upgrade to Windows 10

Support for Windows 7 etc. ended in January.  If you haven’t installed Windows 10 for free, there is still an opportunity.  Note:  It’s not for the faint hearted and takes hours, as the machine keeps installing and re-booting.  But if you have old software on an old machine it’s worth upgrading!


Cloud Storage 

Amazon Drive

Cloud storage is a good alternative to physical back up units and devices and you have access to your files anywhere you go. If you have an Amazon Prime account you have 5GB of free storage with unlimited photo storage.  There’s an additional charge starting at 100GB.  There are many other cloud storage services like Google Drive, One Drive, Drop Box, & Microsoft etc. to explore and discover the one that best suits your needs.  

Screenshot ImageSkyView® Lite

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

This is an Apple App and the links direct you to a free app on the Apple Store site.

SkyView® Lite [Google Play App for Android Devices]

You don’t need to be an astronomer to find stars or 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 precisely spot and identify celestial objects in sky, day or night. Find constellations as they fade in and out while you scan the sky, locate planets in our solar system, discover distant galaxies, and witness satellite fly-bys.

Hanging out in Haddam?

See the source image

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

Portable Tech Station

This newly acquired all-in-one computer was donated recently and will be used for computer instruction, presentations, and even films for small groups. 

Visit our Tech Tips page for instructions on computer applications like: browsers, email, library account access, downloads and more.  Handouts will be available in the new “Tech Library” as well. Email Robbie for Tech Help appointments or questions at 

In-person sessions resume when library re-opens

Brainerd’s Culinary Club POSTPONED New Date: TBD

Do you like to cook? Read cookbooks?  Then join us at BML as we gather to discuss and taste our recipes! The club meets on the 4th Monday of the month at 6:30.  The theme for our next get together is “Our Favorite Chocolate Recipes.”  A sign up sheet for the recipe you have chosen to make and bring in to sample will be on the Circulation Desk.  At our first meeting, we chose the cookbooks for our following meetings.  The list is on our Book Club page! The Library supplies the plates, utensils, and beverages.

The Friends of BML Spring Book Sale  POSTPONED:  Until September – 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, however please wait until the library re-opens.

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

Visit our bookstore, the Book Nook located behind the non-fiction section.  Stop in and browse, relax in our comfy chairs, have a coffee or tea and take advantage of our sales.  DVDs, CDs, paperbacks and a large selection [4000+ items!] of hardcover fiction and non-fiction are arranged by author and subject. There are always special items for purchase; TV series, unique books, BML merchandise, and book safes!

The Nook is open during library hours.  Cash, checks, plastic, & PayPal accepted.

Volunteers welcome!  The Friends get together on Thursday mornings and for a monthly meeting.  Stop in or contact us to join.

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 new 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.


One-on-OComputerHelpne Computer Help

Wednesdays 10-12 & Fridays 12-2                     

The Friends’ Book Nook is open daily.

You never know what you’ll discover! 

Browse our upstairs location [behind the Non-Fiction] for: Hardcover Fiction & Non Fiction; Paperbacks; Children’s & YA books, Music CDs, Audio books, & DVDs.  Enjoy a hot beverage and relax in our comfy chairs…

Pay at Circ Desk with cash, checks, or Credit Cards.



Poetry Blog

KEEPING QUIET by Pablo Neruda Now we will count to twelve and we will all keep still. For once on Read More

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