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

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Library Hours

Mon & Thurs: 10-6
Tues & Wed: 10-8
Friday: 10-6
Saturday: 10-3

What’s happening…

The library will be closed on Wednesday, June 19th in honor of Juneteeth.

Summer Reading for all ages begins on June 24th!

Summer Reading pages:




The Upper Level is Closed for Renovation.  But we’re still open! 

Please use the lower entrance.  All materials should be returned in the Community Room or parking lot bookdrop. 

Big changes are coming to BML!  More info here. Our interior renovation began upstairs.  The lower level Community Room provides Adult Services space with computers, copier, checkout and a selection of books & DVDs.  Staff will order any materials you want from other libraries, like we do now. The Children’s Room will not be affected by the 1st phase.

Summer Gardening Basket Raffle!

The Friends have donated a wonderful basket with gardening tools, gloves, a watering can, seeds, & more!  Stop in to enter.  The Raffle supports library programming.  The drawing will be in August. We still have many plants for sale! Browse them on your way in.

BML is making a Community Quilt!

This is an ongoing project culminating in October.  We intend to stitch all the pieces you color together, to fabricate one beautiful quilt to display.

If you have a quilt piece, don’t forget to return it when it’s finished.  Call or email Jenny for questions. 


Thursday, June 20th 6:30 to 8PM

Decoupage Vases

After Hours Craft with Jenny

We have really cool vases and all the fun fabrics, tissue paper, and materials to design some lovely, interesting, or wild decoupage vases!   Register here to save your spot.




The Crafting Connection: Beach Memories

Monday, July 8th at 5:30 PM

Do you have seashells or beach glass you have collected? Do you want to create a memento with these treasures? Join us as we use small picture frames and hot glue to design a keepsake. 

No worries if you don’t have seashells, we have plenty!. 

All materials will be supplied by the Library. Space is limited and registration is required. This craft is for ages 16+.  Please register here or call.

Culinary Club- Baking Yesteryear

Wednesday, July 10th at 6:30 PM

The Culinary Club will be making recipes from Baking Yesteryear: The Best Recipes from the 1900s to the 1980s by B. Dylan Hollis.  All the recipes are from antique cookbooks Hollis has shared on social media. A few will have you licking your lips, like the 1930s Peanut Butter Bread or 1970s Potato Chip Cookies. While the Pickle Cheesecake, will have you shaking your head!

Are you brave enough to try some of these recipes?

In this unique book club we meet to talk about our favorite recipes. But, if you need inspiration for a dish, we have books to help! A requirement of the club is to bring a dish.  Please register here or call.

Booklist Reader is here!

Booklist Reader is a magazine that features diverse readers’ advisory recommendations for readers & listeners of all ages. It’s filled with high-interest, top 10 themed lists showcasing books you can read & check out now. Booklist Reader’s pages also provide read-alikes, trend alerts, & new releases, plus content from their partners; LibraryReads & PBS Books.  Copies of Booklist Reader will be near the check out area.  Don’t forget to pick up your copy!

BML magazines include: The Atlantic, Better Homes & Gardens, Birds & Blooms, Booklist, CT Magazine, Consumer Reports, Family Handyman, People, Prevention, National Geographic, Smithsonian, Taste of Home, & Yankee to check out.

Brainerd Book Club

Meets the 4th Wednesday of each month at 6:30pm

This group is not staff-run but hosted by the library. They meet on the 4th Wednesday of each month at 6:30pm at a member’s home until the renovations are completed. Email Marijean for the location at The book choices are rather eclectic as they try to select from diverse genres. Discussion is always friendly and expansive. All are welcome to join. BML orders books in advance which can be checked out as needed.  Click here for more info…

June 26th Book will be James by Percival Everett

Click on the image to access Workforce Solutions through ResearchIT CT!

Whether you’re looking to find a new job in your field or career in a different industry, Job & Career Accelerator™ has the powerful tools and expert guidance to help you through the process. Job & Career Accelerator™ puts everything you need to land a job in one place. For more Job Related Resources [Search Sites, Webinars, Resume help] visit our Job Search page!

BML offers a pass to the:

Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center!

Ask at the Children’s Desk, where all museum passes are held.


We hope new patrons will take a little time to explore what BML has to offer!

Please visit our website & Facebook Pages to sign up for our E-newsletters and discover Children’s activities and events.

BML’s Game Collection!

Brainerd Library has a collection of board games for all ages and Nintendo Switch games for checkout!  Call or check the catalog to see what’s available.  When it’s too wet or cold to play outside, stop in and grab one of these games!

Open Library and Internet Archive

Non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, websites, and more.


Building for the Future:  Book-a-Brick Renovation Campaign

BML holds 2 passes to the Hill-Stead Museum!

The passes may be checked out and provide 50% off general admission for 2 adults & 2 children. List of Museum Passes

Link to Hill-Stead Museum Website

Hill-Stead was the first architectural project of Theodate Pope Riddle (1867–1946), one of the first licensed female architects in the U.S.  The Colonial Revival mansion is one of the few remaining representations of early-20th-century country estates with 152 acres. Hill-Stead gives a personal view of renowned masterpieces, and decorative arts. Paintings include: Monet, Degas, Whistler, Manet & Cassatt.

Let’s Play!

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

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


“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.