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

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Children E-Resources!

Learning; Reading; Fun; Aquariums; Museums; Zoos… Choose your adventures!

Summer Reading Program Page Link

“Imagine Your Story”

It will be similar to last year’s program where children used a sticker chart to record minutes read according their age group/school level. There will still be weekly prizes as well as a larger drawing for those who complete the entire program. The only difference is that parents will receive the entire summer reading packet, complete with weekly prizes, when BML begins curbside/touchless pickup later this month. Parents/caregivers can monitor their children’s progress and distribute prizes as earned.

Link to Haddam-Killingworth Middleschool Summer Reading Lists



Click Calendars to enlarge and view suggested activities for your children!





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!





Here is a link to a free yoga video!

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


Youth & Family Services of Haddam/Killingworth has created-

Summer Activity Bags

for all 3, 4 and 5 year-old children in our community.

To reserve your bag, call:

H/K Youth & Family at 860-345-7498. 


What is MuseumMobile?

Typically a Museum Naturalist visits elementary school classrooms.  They explore science & nature through experiments, games, and natural objects.  Now, they are offering online versions of some lessons.  Check out these first grade videos and materials on ponds and frog life!


Virtual Pre-K Mini-Sessions with Miss Margie!

Take a 5-minute Margie break from Pre-K and Kindergarten homeschooling, and share these little rhymes and stories with your children, just for something different. Pre-K Plays #1 and #2 started in mid-March, and more are added each week.  Margie will continue to do so, through the end of the school year. 


Harry Potter at Home

Bringing Hogwarts to You!

Wizarding World introduces the Harry Potter at Home Hub. “We know that everyone is trying to keep safe at home at the moment and so, with J.K. Rowling and our friends at Audible, Bloomsbury, OverDrive, Pottermore Publishing and Scholastic, we are delighted to introduce Harry Potter At Home to help children, parents, carers and teachers add a touch of Harry Potter magic to our new daily lives.”


Easy to use databases featuring unlimited access! Patrons can read as many books as they want, when they want, and on any device. There are no check-outs, holds, or downloads. Books are available instantly. Click the icons to open links to K-6 eBooks & Math.  These include videos and read-alongs.  Enjoy!




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Free, Easy Science for Remote Learning

To help educators and parents during this time of Covid-19, Mystery Science is offering their most popular science lessons for free. No account or login is needed.  They curated this starter set of science lessons.


K-5 Math Learning Program

Personalized Learning Path Fit for catching up, enrichment or regular practice, interactive games and rewards motivate children to learn and improve their scores.


Money and Budgeting for Kids!

In this kid-focused webinar, J.W. Fansler of Purdue University shares fun and educational personal finance lessons for elementary and middle school aged children. The lessons are designed to spark conversations about money and the importance of spending wisely. If you’re looking to incorporate financial literacy into your homeschool lessons, this webinar is a great place to start.


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Storyline Online

The SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s award-winning children’s literacy website streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books with creative illustrations. Readers include Viola Davis, Chris Pine, Lily Tomlin, Kevin Costner, Annette Bening, James Earl Jones, Betty White and more.

Storyline Online receives 100 million views annually from children all over the world.

Reading aloud to children improves reading, writing and communication skills, logical thinking and concentration, and general academic aptitude, and inspires a lifelong love of reading.  Books include curriculum developed by an elementary educator, to strengthen comprehension, verbal, and written skills.

Free Online Mindfulness Class for Kids!

Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday this week! 10am PDT / 1pm EDT

For the next couple of weeks, Mindful Schools will be offering mindfulness classes for kids! Join them online – for mindful activities, mindful movement, read-alouds – and have fun exploring mindfulness together.

Image result for starfall logoStarfall: Math, Language Arts, and Music for Pre-K to Grade 3® opened in 2002 as a free public service to teach children to read. It has expanded to include language arts and mathematics for preschool, kindergarten, first, second, and third grade. Starfall’s emphasis on phonemic awareness, systematic sequential phonics, and common sight words with audiovisual interactivity has proven effective in teaching emergent readers. Starfall activities are research-based and align with Individual and Common Core State Standards in English language arts and mathematics.

See the source imageScholastic Learn at Home (Free resources during school closures, Pre-k through Grade 9)

Missing school isn’t easy for children or parents. But Scholastic knows there are ways to turn unexpected time at home into exciting opportunities for students to learn, think, and grow. So they created Scholastic’s Learn at Home website. This free resource provides children with 20 days of exciting articles and stories, videos, and fun learning challenges. Children can complete them anytime, in any order. They can work on their own or together with family.

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PebbleGo is a curricular content hub specifically designed for K-3 students. Packed with informational articles, ready-made activities, and literacy supports for students of all abilities, it boosts engagement and fosters independent learning in core subject areas. 


For as long as schools are closed, Amazon Audible is available. Starting today, kids can instantly stream an incredible collection of stories, including titles across 6 different languages, that will help them continue dreaming, learning, and just being kids. All stories are free to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet. Explore the collection, select a title and start listening. It’s that easy!

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Scratch Jr.

Free coding for young children

ScratchJr is an introductory programming language that enables young children (ages 5-7) to create their own interactive stories and games. Children snap together graphical programming blocks to make characters move, jump, dance, and sing. Children can modify characters in the paint editor, add their own voices and sounds, even insert photos of themselves — then use the programming blocks to make their characters come to life.


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How Khan Academy works

A nonprofit with the mission to provide a free, world-class education for anyone. Personalized learning: Students practice at their own pace, first filling in gaps in their understanding and then accelerating their learning. Trusted content created by experts: Khan Academy’s library of trusted, standards-aligned practice and lessons covers math K-12 through early college, grammar, science, history, AP®, SAT®, and more. Tools to empower teachers: Teachers can identify gaps in their students’ understanding, tailor instruction, and meet their needs.

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Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History

Founded in 1994 by Richard Gilder and Lewis E. Lehrman, supporters of American history education, the Institute is the leading nonprofit organization dedicated to K–12 history education while also serving the general public. Its mission is to promote the knowledge and understanding of American history through educational programs and resources. Drawing on the 70,000 documents in the Gilder Lehrman Collection and an extensive network of eminent historians, the Institute provides teachers, students, and the public with direct access to unique primary source materials.

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American Eagle Foundation Bald Eagle Live Nest Cams!

These Nest Cams provide high-definition insight into the Bald Eagle nesting process. At the start of nesting season, Bald Eagles return to their ‘home nest’ and begin ‘nestorations.’ Sticks are brought in to reinforce the structure, and soft nesting material provides the protective nest “bowl” for the 1 – 3 eggs.  Incubation is about 35 days. Eyes are pealed for the first ‘pip’ or breakthrough of the egg shell by the baby inside.  Viewers get to watch these babies grow and develop from downy bobble-heads to feisty and magnificent Eaglets, ready to take their first flight into the wild. A moderated chat is on all cam pages. This allows viewers to ask questions. Knowledgeable and friendly moderators guide the discussion and provide insight about eagle behavior. AEF encourages students to reserve time in the chat to ask questions and learn from experts. This hugely successful endeavor has welcomed students of all ages.

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San Diego Zoo Kids

Learn about the different animals at the zoo.  Includes animal facts, stories, videos, games, and craft activities





Monterey Bay Aquarium Live Cams

Enjoy sea otters as they frolic, watch sharks and fishes glide through their habitats, view busy tropical fishes, and be hynotised by glowing moon jellies.  They have 10 live cams to choose from as well as other exciting resources to explore for all ages.

Cincinnati Zoo Home Safari Resources

While the Cincinnati Zoo is closed they are making children’s hiatus from school fun and educational.

Join them for a Home Safari Facebook Live each day at 3pm EDT where they highlight one of their amazing animals and include an activity you can do from home.

All the videos will be posted to the webpage and to their YouTube channel shortly after Facebook Live ends.


The Ocean Voyager gallery is home to 4 whale sharks, 4 manta rays and thousands of other fascinating fish. Ocean Voyager features an acrylic tunnel to view thousands of marine creatures on all sides, as well as a giant acrylic viewing window to explore our oceans. The webpage features webcams to other exhibits in the aquarium.

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Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History

Here is the link to the digital resources, educational tools, and interesting online curiosities of the Peabody Museum! The Peabody encourages the curious and invites explorers of all ages to search collections and engage with their programs. Their doors may be closed right now, but they are opening windows into the many digital resources available at the Peabody and across the internet. They will be adding to Peabody@Home regularly.  The goal is to offer you and your family resources that entertain, inspire, and provide meaningful opportunities to discover more about the world we share.

Mystic Seaport Digital Museum

The Mystic Seaport Museum is working hard to bring the museum to you! Within these pages you will find collections of videos, blogs, articles and ways for you to continue to interact with them. They are curating new content to share with you, from an insider look at Watercraft Hall and other behind the scene tours they think you will love! Come back often as they are updating frequently.


Middle School Essay Contest Results!

“What happiness means to you”

First Place Essay Winner: Quinn Pollock
Read Quinn’s essay “One Day” here.

Special judges’ awards:
Sarah Bradley: Read essay here
Morgan Cook: Read essay here

Early Childhood Wellness Works Series Postponed: New Dates TBA

4 Mondays of March from 6:00 -7:00 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.


Saturday, March 28th, 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Learn the basics or fine tune your skills! We’ll have Smash 64, Melee, & Ultimate. Use your controller or ours. Learn techniques: wave dashing and DI, try out new characters or practice your main. Enjoy playing friendlies in a welcoming environment. An experienced player will guide newcomers. For ages 10 – 18. Refreshments served.

Nutmeg Book Club  POSTPONED

Last Wednesdays 6 -7 pm

Next Meeting is March 25th

The Nutmeg Book Club returns!  If you are in grades 4-6, join us on the last Wednesday of each month from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. for a lively discussion of a selected Nutmeg nominee.  Be prepared to enjoy pizza, snacks, book-related activities, and trivia.  Please register by calling 860-345-2204 or clicking here.


Every Tuesday at 10:30 AM

Themed stories, songs, finger plays, and crafts.  Appropriate for children ages 2 to 5, but siblings are always welcome.  Registration is not necessary.


Music with Margie: CANCELED Until Further Notice

10:30am Thursdays: March 5th & 19th

A multi-sensory music program that builds skills in order for children to reach the developmental goals they need to enter kindergarten.  Margie brings items such as beanbags, scarves, puppets, and instruments.  Appropriate for children ages 2 to 6.  Registration is not necessary.  The theme for March is “Windy days and things that fly”.   The theme for April is “April Showers and Earth Day”.  The theme for May is “May flowers, butterflies, and farms.”  The theme for June is “Bugs and insects.”

Toddler Tunes:  10:30 on Thursdays: CANCELED: Until Further Notice

Will alternate weeks with Margie: March 12th & 26th

Toddler Tunes is back!  Mr. Dan will be leading this program along with his signature instrument, the keyboard!  Toddler Tunes is a music and movement program for toddlers and their caregivers.  Join us to sing nursery rhymes, dance, make music, and read a simple story.  Appropriate for children ages 1 to 3, but siblings are always welcome. A music and movement program for toddlers and their caregivers.  Sing, dance, make music, and read a simple story. 

LEGO™ Group CANCELED until further notice

1st & 3rd  Tuesdays of  each month at 5:00 PM

The 1st Tuesday of the month will have a theme and the 3rd Tuesday will be a free build.  Creations will displayed until next session.  For ages 5 & up.  Registration is not necessary.

Come play with us!

The Children’s Department just got in lots of fun things from Green Toys! From vehicles to stacking toys to house and farm play sets, everything is made in the USA from 100% recycled plastic and is safe for babies and big kids alike. We also have a puppet stage, kitchen set, and a Brio train table.  All of these additions to our Children’s Room were made possible by generous donations from the Reid Smith Memorial Fund.