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 Monday, May 27th in observance of Memorial Day.

BMLs hours changed May 1st…

to best accommodate our patrons. After conducting a visit count & survey we determined that: opening Monday & Thursday mornings at 10 and closing at 6 allows for the best usage schedule.

So the new hours are:

Monday, Thursday, & Friday 10-6; Tuesday & Wednesday 10-8; Saturday 10-3  Note: Programs can still be held after hours.

Reminder!  Our 6th Annual “Ag Day” is on June 1st!  Save the date!  It promises to be another wonderful community event.

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.

Free Raffle!

Stop in and fill out a free raffle ticket to win a lovely hand-crafted bird nesting ball. The raffle will continue until they are all gone. We will draw 2 tickets a week. Good Luck!

*Thank you to the Community Foundation of Middlesex and the Janvrin Fund!*

BML is making a Community Quilt!

This will be an ongoing project starting May 1st and culminating in October.  We intend to stitch all the pieces you color together, to fabricate one beautiful quilt to display.

Stop in to pick up a piece to color here with fabric markers or bring home.  Return it when it’s finished.  Call or email Jenny for questions. 


Whimsical Wire Bugs!

Thursday, May 23 6:30 PM 

We will be creating these silly or fancy or even more realistic wire bugs with beads and buttons and other materials. 
This program is for ages 14 and up and requires working with pliers and wire.  There are 10 spaces available so please register here.

All materials are provided, however feel free to bring some that you feel would enhance your project. 

Note: Although the library will be closed at 6, this is an after hours craft and you will have access to the lower level where it will be held. 

Local Author Talk

Thursday, May 30th- 6:30

Katie will be at BML to discuss her novel. Join us for discussion & refreshments at this After Hours program.

Katie (Devlin) Tietjen grew up in Higganum, attended RSD17 and is the daughter of English teachers. It makes sense then, that she became an author.  Her 1st novel Death in the Details debuted April 9th. Katie tells the story of Maple Bishop who must save her home in Vermont after being left penniless.  She creates and sells dollhouses; however, her first customer is found dead. So Maple decides to use her miniature house skills to solve the crime. You can register for this program here.

More information about Katie’s book can be found at

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…

May 22nd Book will be Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

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.