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

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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.
Summer Reading!
The entire summer reading packet, complete with weekly prizes, will be distributed when BML opens for touchless pickup later this month. HK Middleschool links included.
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.
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

Join Us!

Touchless Pickup AND Kids Summer Reading

            While renovations continue inside and out at the library, we are pleased to offer touch-less pickup.  Please call 860-345-2204 or email BML ( with your requests for up to 10 items per card. Item availability will vary.

            We will provide a pick-up day and time after we fill your order, so please tell us the best way to reply, and include your library card number.

             The Children’s Summer Reading Program is taking place remotely this year, and activity packets are available for touchless pickup.  Just stop by the main entrance and grab your kit. This year’s theme is “Imagine Your Story.” The packets contain instructions, reading logs, bookmarks, and 6 weeks of  prizes to be distributed each week as earned by participating children. Children’s Craft kits are also available in the blue BML Friends bags.




Click here for information on Connecticut COVID-19 response.

Summer Reading Titles and BML Program Page



Teen Summer Reading Page!

Visit our Teen Summer Reading page to participate in activities of your choice to win prizes.  

Prize drawing will be on August 25th.

Have fun!




T.A.B. at HK Dairy Barn!

RESCHEDULED FOR Thurs. August 13th  2 – 3pm

Teens, meet for ice cream and share your library ideas.

Register here


Princess Grace BookfaceBML’s Bookface Challenge! Ends August 31st

Get your face in a book!  For more details visit our Bookface page.  Two $20 Amazon gift certificates will be awarded.  Here is a fun link for more examples. 

(Source: illestflow, via nakedbookshelf) :) - Crafted from the finest Internets. INSTAGRAMDA YENİ TREND #BOOKFACE - Star Wars When Fraser Met Billy Book Cover

This Week’s [7/23] Silly Songs with “Tuba Kelly” !

For weekly music videos with Kelly and more events and activities visit our Facebook page!





From June 30th to August 6th WayUp is hosting new, free, Lunch & Learn sessions featuring world-renowned industry experts in media, tech, finance, e-commerce, and more! Register now →



LearningExpress Library

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

Here are 2 links to free yoga videos!

2-minute Children’s Sun Salutation from Emma [BML Children’s Assistant] with music from Sunny Train

The Yoga Shop – Yoga Homeschool for Adults

Yoga at the Florence Griswold Museum

Sundays, July 5 – August 2


Sara Jascot, Certified Yoga Instructor

Drop in. This event is free. Meet on campus north of gardens behind the yellow house. Bring mat, towel, water and any yoga equipment you use. This series is designed for all levels of yoga. Focus on celebrating and exploring the art and beauty of the mind-body connection. Participants are required to wear a face mask.

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

To see all entries – Visit new Haiku Page! or our Poetry Blog.  Check back for our next challenge!  Hint: Will involve photos…

Below are the 2 entries chosen to receive a $15 garden center gift certificate.

From Lorraine:

On the banks of creeks
Jack-in-the-pulpits convene
to hear the frogs sing.

From Susann:

Violets and grass.
Amid a sea of lilies.
Bordered by stillness.

Try Something New!  Here are this weeks Tips! Click right Icon for more…See the source image

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 before, 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!

BML’s Book Title Challenge Results!

The 2 winning entries were from Stacey & Ellen

For more 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.

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 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!

The 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. 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 questions.

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: 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 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 closed and subject to new library opening protocols. 

Volunteers welcome!  The Friends get together on Thursday mornings and for a monthly meeting when library re-opening is established.  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 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.




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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