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

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Library Hours

Monday: 1-8
Tues, Wed, Thurs: 10-8
Friday: 10-6
Saturday: 10-3

What’s happening…

Our Agricultural Day on June 3rd was a great success! We heartily thank all attendees & volunteers.

As usual the Friends will continue plant & book sales all summer.  Stop in to pick up heirloom tomatoes, perennials, houseplants, beach reads & beautiful flower arrangements!  Visit the baby chicks downstairs at the Children’s desk.

Stop in our entry and browse our Seed Catalog!  We have vegs, herbs, & flower seeds. 

Choose some packets to plant.

If you have some to share please drop them at the Circulation desk to be filed in the catalog. 

Thank you!

Crafting Connection: Macrame plant hanger!

Monday, June 12 at 5:30 PM

This is an in-person class. Please note that space is limited for this program and registration is required. For ages 16+. 

In this session of the Crafting Connection, we will create a macrame plant hanger. Using some cord and a few knots we will make a plant hanger that you can use to spruce up any room in your house.  All materials will be supplied by the Library. Please register here or call.

Drew’s Bees: Saturday, June 17th at 11:00 am and 1:30pm

Rain date is June 24th

Would you like to see the inside of a working honeybee hive? Can you tell the difference between a queen and a worker bee? Climb into a bee suit and join Andrew Burnett from Drew’s Honeybees! He will educate us about his working honeybee hives that he’ll bring to the Library. Andrew has been beekeeping for dozens of years. He keeps 11 apiaries in eastern CT with about 120 hives.

We will hold two sessions at 11:00 and 1:30pm. Children can attend the 11 AM session with a parent.

Please sign up for only one session. Please register here or call 860-345-2204.

The Art of the Cottage Garden with Andrew Pighills

Wednesday, June 21st at 6:30

Horticulture may be a science, but creating gardens that speak to one’s soul is an art form. This presentation by Andrew Pighills will inspire you to reimagine your landscape. He will examine the qualities and characteristics that define cottage gardens, and offer practical advice on how to achieve this in your own garden environment.

Born in Yorkshire, England, Andrew Pighills is an accomplished gardener, horticulturist and builder of dry stone walls. He received his formal horticulture training with The Royal Horticultural Society and has spent 30 years creating gardens and building dry stone walls in his native England in and around the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District.  Please register here or call 860-345-2204.

Enjoy thousands of free eBooks, audiobooks, & more from your local library!

The Palace app offers you all the eBooks at the library in one easy-to-use app, so you can search once, find your title, and start reading in just a few taps.

What is The Palace Project ? more info…

Culinary Club

2nd Wednesdays at 6:30 pm

June 14th

June 14th From Crook to Cook- BML will provide cookbooks for celebrity chefs that have been in prison. Questions? Contact Laurie at We will meet in the History Room.  Please register here. 

Blithewold Mansion & Garden Tour 

     Thursday, June 8th

Our community partner, The Haddam Garden Club, is sponsoring a bus trip to Blithewold Mansion & Gardens in Bristol, Rhode Island on Thursday, June 8. 

Price is $100. pp. Includes bus, admission, docents and lunch.  Email Lorraine for more info at:

Brainerd Book Club

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

The book choices are rather eclectic; selected from a diversity of genres. Discussion is always friendly and expansive. All are welcome! The library orders books in advance to be checked out as needed.

For more info visit our Bookclub page.

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 is pleased to announce that we offer a pass to the:

Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center!

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

The Friends of the Library welcome new babies to the community and introduce them & their families to the library with a free baby gift bag!

If you or someone you know has a new baby, please stop in, or tell them to pick up a free baby gift bag!

Gift bags are at the Circulation desk & the Children’s Department desk.

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.

Bringing the Outside In

The Children’s Department has guides & binoculars to identify birds.  We also installed a bluebird house!  Link to Free Audubon Bird App

Get to Know These 20 Common Birds

New to birding? Right outside your window is a great place to start. Here is a list of some of the most common backyard birds found around the country. 

Even if you’re an experienced birder, the list includes some fun facts about our most common—and beloved—feathered friends.  Learn More These goldfinches showed up at our window feeder.

BML magazines include: Birds & Blooms, National Geographic & Smithsonian to check out. Complete list in our Reading Room.  

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 warm 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 is pleased to announce:  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. The paintings include: Monet, Degas, Whistler, Manet and 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.

Try Something New!  Click right Icon for more…

River Runner

Spend a minute or two with River Runner, a site that allows you to “drop a raindrop” anywhere in the contiguous United States and then shows you a visualization of the downstream path to where the raindrop ends up.

How to Use Split-Screen in Google Maps

The Google Maps app 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.


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 explains 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

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


“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.