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.
Visit our poetry blog!
Read, comment, and send us poetry to post.
View Aquariums & Wildlife on Webcams!
Go to Children's page to visit zoos & virtual museums for exciting adventures and activities.
Visit our E-Museum Page for Virtual Tours, Videos, Activities & More!
Links on Home & Teen Page to 450 Classes
Code Camp, computer science and many other disciplines!
Visit our Tech Tips and Digital Resources Page
They include access to: learning, reading, video, & tech materials
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

       While renovations continue inside and out, 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.  Note: You can also request magazines [issues you may have missed are available for check out as well.]  Search our catalog for the title or even try a generic magazine search.  Or call and tell us what you’d like!

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



Click here for information on Connecticut COVID-19 response.


Sept 21st at 4pm

Macmillan Library Marketing is celebrating the work of Mary Kay Andrews with the queen of beach reads herself!  Join them for their very first Happy Half Hour as they talk books, life, and fun in the sun.

NASA has announced September 26th as International Observe the Moon Night 2020. This is a time to come together with fellow Moon enthusiasts and curious people worldwide. 

NASA Connecticut Space Grant Consortium (CTSGC) is sponsoring a photo contest. Participants may submit photos taken during this event to Instagram, Facebook and/or Twitter using #ObserveTheMoon and #CTObserveTheMoon. Photos may be for anything related to the Moon, Moon observation, or culturally significant activities.

The winner of the Observe the Moon Night Photo Contest will receive up to $300 in prize money!! 

This is a great opportunity to promote nature, science and culture for K-12 education!

For details of International Observe the Moon Night visit

See the source imageConnecticut Voting Options

1) You can vote in-person at the polls Nov. 3rd or

2) by Absentee Ballot.

Voting by Absentee Ballot is a 2-step process:

      *First, you must complete an Application for the Absentee Ballot.  You can go to Town Hall to get the application or wait to receive one from the Secretary of State.  All registered voters will be sent an application from Sept. 8 – Sept. 11.

     * Second, the Application must be completed and returned.  You can bring the application to Town Hall, or return it in the prepaid envelope.

The actual Absentee Ballots will be mailed starting Oct. 2nd.  You must fill out the ballot and return it as soon as possible for your vote to count.   

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More Author Conversations from Simon & Schuster!

From James Lee Burke to Greg Iles, to Ruth Ware, to a Facebook Happy Hour event with Mary Kay Andrews, Mary Alice Monroe, and more!

Events run daily.  Visit the S & S website to view the calendar and choose your favorite authors.


Seeing Nature Through Art

An exhibition of works featuring the instructors of the Yale Peabody Museum Natural Science Illustration Program on display at the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History

Artists that specialize in the natural sciences illustrate our world, inviting us to see it with new eyes. In this exhibition, the instructors of the Yale Peabody Museum Natural Science Illustration Program capture subjects ranging from the feathered dinosaur Anchiornis to the devastating environmental effects of trash. continually offers Nature Illustration classes for free or with a certificate.

Did you know that RB digital not only offers audio books and e-books but has a large selection of magazines to download?

You can also automatically check out magazines and they will appear on your device monthly.  Sign in to RB digital and enjoy some new and fun content on your tablet, phone, or laptop!

This Week’s [9/3] Silly Songs with “Tuba Kelly” !

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



Live 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!

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

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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.

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?

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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

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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