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 Board of Trustees is delighted to announce that the CT State Library Board has approved our submitted plans for the interior renovation to the library.  After this first important step in the process, next spring the Bonding Commission must allocate funding for half of the cost of this renovation.  We are hopeful…

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.

BML’s Gingerbread House Competition is for Everyone!

Please register here.  Pick up a free gingerbread house kit via touchless pickup. Supplies limited.

Build & decorate it at home and send us a picture by noon Thursday, Dec 10th.  Houses will be displayed on our webpage. Voting begins Monday, Dec 14th. Please send submissions to:

                Gift Certificates awarded Dec 18th for: Children (12 & under), Teen (13 -17), Adult (18 & up), and Family (multiple ages collaborating).  For fairness, please only use the materials supplied.

Children’s: $25 to Amato’s Toy and Hobby – Teen: Winter Day Gift Bag [at right] – Adult: $25 to R.J. Julia –      Family: $25 to DaVinci’s  

Holiday Tree Book Folding Craft

Saturday, Dec 12th: 10 to 12

Would you like to try book folding?  It is an art form where pages of a book are folded to create a 3 dimensional piece of work.

Join us on a Zoom meeting for this holiday tree book folding project. We will supply a paperback & embellishments for your tree.

Please sign up here or call 860-345-2204 to receive your Zoom link. You can pick up the supplies via touchless pick up the week before. All supplies are handled with PPE and quarantined. 

December Craft Kits are ready for pickup Dec 1st!

In the kit: Coloring pages, an ornament to decorate, and Snowmen set: 4 snowmen bodies, Googly eyes,

Black strip of paper for hat and buttons, and an orange rectangle for noses.

Have fun!

BML’s Bookmark Challenge!  

Choice of themes:

“I am thankful for…”  or

Your best mood lifters [What lifts your spirits?]

Feel free to be specific!  Activities, places, music, people, things, experiences etc. that are special to you and make you happy.  All entries will be posted on the Bookmark Page and 3 will be reproduced for distribution.  Blank bookmarks in foyer.

Three $25 Amazon gift certificates will be awarded.

1 each for: Grades K-5 , 6-12, and Adults.  Ends December 15th Templates and samples here….

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 December is “Underwater Adventures”.

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


The Friends are offering items for sale in the entry near the Touchless Pickup Station. Stop by and pick up some titles to enhance the season! Includes: Hardcovers, Trade [large] paperbacks, CDs, or DVDs 2 for a $1; 3 for $1 paperbacks. Special items as marked.  

Announcement from Youth and Family Services

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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.


This Week’s [11/20] Silly Songs with “Tuba Kelly” !

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


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.

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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, 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.

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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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