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

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  • Happy Spring and Welcome to our Library!

Library Hours

Building Temporarily Closed: Touchless Pickup Available
Please call or email us!

Current Hours:
Monday: 12-7
Wednesday: 10-7
Tues, Thurs, and Friday: 10-5

What’s happening…

Touchless Pickup “What’s New?” – 1 Minute Video

While renovations continue, we are pleased to offer touchless pickup. Please email BML ( or call 860-345-2204 to make requests. We will arrange pick-up, so please provide the best contact, and include your library card #. Masks and social distancing required onsite.

Click here for information on Connecticut COVID-19 response.

Get your COVID-19 Vaccine – it’s easy, local, and convenient

CT River Area Health District is hosting a COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic TONIGHT [April 21st] 3:30-7:30pm at Old Saybrook Middle School, 60 Sheffield St. No appointment needed for this drive-thru clinic. Show up within those hours. They are administering Moderna vaccine for anyone 18 years or older.

Essex Town Hall will host a COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic on Friday, April 23 from 8:30-11:00am. They are administering Moderna vaccine for anyone 18 years old & older. There are approximately 90 slots available, so register online with Nutmeg Pharmacy at Nutmeg Pharmacy Registration.

1040 Tax Booklets Available

BML is able to make some IRS 2020 1040 Booklets available in the foyer.

Note: The IRS has announced that tax filing is extended to May 17th.

CT State Department of Revenue Services Tax Help Info: PDF


Virtual Visits in Children’s!

Just when you thought there was nothing new libraries could do!  Email Kelly at to schedule a Virtual Visit: Wed,Thurs or Friday. Connect with Kelly via Zoom or Facetime to tour the Children’s collection. Scope out new materials, catch up on a favorite series, sample pictures in an Easy Reader, explore cool graphic novels, & get advisory on what to read next. It’s the next best thing to being here. Visits up to 30 minutes. Group bookings welcome. Kelly will send the Zoom login or call your Facetime contact.  Give it a try!

Poetry Read-In (ZOOM)

Wed., April 21st 4:00 to 5:00 PM

April is National Poetry Month, so join in our Poetry Read-In, kicked off by Haddam Poet Laureate Lorraine Riess. All are welcome to read 1 published or original poem, for up to 2 minutes. Content and language should be appropriate for all listeners. You may sign up just to listen & celebrate the poetry!

When you sign up as a reader, please let us know your age and title of the work. You will be assigned a position on the roster the day of the program.

We look forward to seeing — and hearing — you then! Click here to register, and you will receive the Zoom link the day of the event.

Craft Kits Available for Pickup April 22nd!









Helping to Prevent and Manage Osteoporosis with Physical Therapy  April 28th 1PM Online Webinar

The National Osteoporosis Foundation and NY Physical Therapy & Wellness are hosting this informative and engaging webinar. Dr. Garry Kushnir, PT, DPT of NY Physical Therapy & Wellness will discuss some possible causes of osteoporosis, various treatment options, how physical therapy can help improve bone density, and the role that strengthening your core, lower extremities and trunk can play in helping to prevent and treat osteoporosis. While osteoporosis can potentially harm any of our bones, we will focus on the spine and prevention of posture loss. Click here to register for the webinar.

Plants! & Gardening Sales at BML!

The avid gardeners on the BML staff, Friends, and Board are excited to share what we grow with our patrons and community.

Kicking it off with a May Pop-up in the entry, the Friends will offer plants & other items with our regular booksales. Gardeners can expect the Friends’ usual low prices.

Starting in June, the plant sales will be outside every 3rd Saturday from 10-2pm: June 19th, July 17th, August 21st & Sept 18th.

We will have: Perennials, groundcovers, annuals, shrubs, trees, herbs, and as the season goes on – cut flowers, organic herbs, and edibles.  Stop by, as plants will change and vary every month!

It’s no joke—our April craft kits are in the entry for pick-up April 1st! Celebrate Easter & Spring by making bunny ears, chicks in a nest, & more!


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

The Friends are selling items in the entry. Stop by and pick up some titles to enjoy this spring. CDs, DVDs, & small paperbacks: 3 for a $1!  Special items as marked.  This months featured items include ART & POETRY Books as well as fiction and non-fiction for everyone!  There are also mystery bags of 10 music CDs for $3.


“Bid for Brainerd” online auction has ended.  Thank you to all our bidders and donors! [view list of local businesses here]

Opening Day—October 13, 1908

The Brainerd Memorial Library announces the approval of a $675,000 construction grant by the Connecticut State Library. This money will fund half of the phase two renovations, which will transform and modernize the interior of our building, unchanged since the 1996 expansion.

We look forward to the Town of Haddam’s support for 1/4 of the remaining costs, with the rest of the total, $1,350,000, to be funded by the Library. This investment is in addition to the current work in progress, which is nearing completion, and has been fully paid by the Library.


Explore the Universe with telescopes you control over the internet!

This technology tool provides a unique learning experience for budding astronomers and artists. The night sky inspires a deep sense of wonder. In the Science Education Department at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO), they harness that wonder using their MicroObservatory Robotic Telescope Network. Anyone can access these telescopes the same way SAO astronomers access NASA space observatories or ground-based facilities—remotely using computer and digital communications technologies. 


This Website Highlights Views Outside Windows Across the World

The WindowSwap project provides a virtual travel opportunity for those staying close to home.  Instead of staring longingly out of your own window, simply visit the WindowSwap portal to see views shared by strangers around the world.

Let’s Play!

Visit our games & puzzles page!  There are daily puzzles, online games like Tetris and Mahjong Solitaire, jigsaws [even create your own] and more fun distractions to try.

has merged with OverDrive/Libby. RBdigital titles have moved to the Libby app. Click both graphics for more info.

You will still be able to browse and borrow the same great ebooks, audiobooks, & magazines you loved in the RBdigital app; now available in the Libby app. Access to RBdigital ended March 31st.  

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 & Ebsco.  Link for Access.

Includes: Job & Career Accelerator & Computer Skills Center

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

Try Something New!  Click right Icon for more…See the source image

Get intelligent writing assistance from Microsoft Editor

Write with confidence across documents, email, & the web. Features help strengthen spelling, grammar, & style.  And even get suggestions in different languages! Receive basic guidance in over 20 languages, and spelling suggestions in more than 80.

JustWatch makes it easier for people to navigate the jungle of content and streaming services.  Use it to locate a particular show or film! JustWatch constantly monitors more than 1,000 streaming video services and digital download catalogs from companies like Apple & Amazon. There are thousands of entertainment options that constantly change and vary by country.

How to Use Split-Screen in Google Maps

The Google Maps app now has a split-screen street view option on Android. Turning it on lets you use Street View and the map simultaneously, which makes finding and navigating to a destination—or virtually exploring the surrounding area—much easier than relying on the map or the street view alone.

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, choose from dozens of free training topics.

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.

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.

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


“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.



Poetry Blog

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