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

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Welcome to Our Library!
BML's Culinary Club: Last Mondays at 6:30
Toddler Tunes Returns! Thursdays at 10:30am
Pick up a copy & check them out!
Built in 1906
One of BML's Lovely Gardens
3rd Annual Agricultural Day
On June 9th we held our 3rd annual Agricultural Day

Library Hours

closed sundays

Monday: 1pm to 8pm

Tues - Thurs: 10am to 8pm

Friday: 10am to 6pm

SATURDAY: 10am to 3pm

Join Us!

The library will be closed on Monday, February 17th in observance of Presidents’ Day.




Libby by Overdrive

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

Brainerd’s Culinary Club

Monday, February 24th 6:30pm

Do you like to cook? Read cookbooks? Do the pictures make your mouth water and you want to try the recipes? Then join us at BML as we cook and gather to discuss and taste our recipes! The club meets on the 4th Monday of the month at 6:30. Stop in to browse our next cookbook; The Smitten Kitchen by Deb Perelman. It will be located at the circulation desk with a sign up sheet for the recipe you have chosen to make and bring in to sample. At our first meeting, we chose the cookbooks for our following meetings.  The list will be posted soon! The Library supplies the plates, utensils, and beverages.

Middle School Essay Contest!

Grades 6 – 8

“What happiness means to you”

Prizes include $50 & $25 iTunes cards

Deadline is March 31st

Return 200-300 Word essay to library or email:

Early Childhood Wellness Works Series

4 Mondays of March from 6 – 7 pm

Please join us for an informative 4-part series of wellness presentations that will be sure to provide you with helpful tools and tips for parenting your young children.  Sessions will be held in the Children’s Department on the first Mondays with a light supper included.  Teen volunteers will be available to do craft activities with young children and keep them entertained:

March  2nd: Benefits of Children’s Yoga with Theresa Tovey, OT Regional School District 4

March 9th: Positive Parenting with Barbara Vita, Early Childhood Specialist, CT Afterschool Network

March 16th: Speech/Language Development with Mary Pope, SLP, Lyme/Old Lyme Public Schools

March 23rd: Healthy Eating with Kara Pachniuk, Certified Nutritionist-Nourish & Nosh, Madison

This program is offered by H/K Youth and Family Services in partnership with the Brainerd Memorial Library and Killingworth Library.  Please register by clicking dates that you are interested in, as space is limited.

The Friends of Brainerd Memorial Library Spring Book Sale

Friday April 3rd , Saturday 4th, & Mon. 6th

The Friends of BML always accept books and DVDs, but request patrons help contribute by bringing down their donations throughout the winter.

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

The Friends invite you to 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 monthly sales.  DVDs, CDs, paperbacks and a large selection [over 4000 items!] of hardcover fiction and non-fiction are arranged by author and subject.  There are always special items for purchase, like TV series, unique books, BML merchandise, and book safes!

The Nook is open during library hours.  We accept cash, checks, plastic, and PayPal.

The Friends will also require the assistance of teens and adults to move books for the sale.  Please email Robbie at to sign up.

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 and we look forward to seeing everyone at the Spring Book Sale!

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 on display or can be requested from another library.  The Friends also have a few available for purchase in the Book Nook.  Stop in and check them out!

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 1-3 pm & Thursdays 1-4 pm                     

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.



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