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…

BML has a bin to collect the dresses and will host a “Prom Dress Night” on March 8th at 6pm.

Yoga is Back!

Fridays at 12:45 PM

February 16th and 23rd

March 1st and 8th

Join certified yoga instructor Becky Rice for this FREE series for adults & older teens. Practice the essential poses in a gentle & guided environment. Mats, blocks & water provided, or bring your own. Please wear comfortable clothing. Classes run approx. 40 minutes.  Class size is limited. To register use the calendar at the top left – click the date you want.  It will open in the Engaged Patrons page. On your phone – Use the Calendar of Events at the top and scroll to event.

February 2024 Black History Month

Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history.  The event grew out of “Negro History Week,” the brainchild of noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans.

Since 1976, every American president has designated February as Black History Month and endorsed a specific theme.

The Black History Month 2024 theme, African Americans and the Arts,” explores the key influence African Americans have had in the fields of “visual and performing arts, literature, fashion, folklore, language, film, music, architecture, culinary and other forms of cultural expression.”

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 in the New Fiction section as well as at the computers.  Don’t forget to pick up your copy!

The Crafting Connection: Terrariums

Monday, March 11 5:30pm

Join us for an evening of planting. In this session, we will be making terrariums with glass vases, sand, and of course some small plants. Please feel free to bring any supplies/plants you would like to use for decorating your terrariums. 

Please note that space is limited and registration is required. Link coming soon…

This craft is for ages 16+. 

All materials will be supplied by the Library. 

BML’s Culinary Book Club

Sláinte! (Cheers!)

Wednesday, March 13th 6:30pm

Do you have a wee bit of Irish in you? No worries if you don’t have any Irish heritage, you can still come celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with us! For this session, we will be making Irish dishes. If you need an Irish dish to make for the meeting, the Library leprechauns can help you select a recipe from our collection of cookbooks.

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,This Old House, & Yankee to check out.

Brainerd Book Club: No Meeting in December

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. 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…

February selection is “The Only Woman in the Room” by Marie Benedict

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.

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.

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.