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…

 Masking in the library is optional but welcome. Thank you.

Brainerd Memorial Library Association

Serving the community since 1908

We’ve just earned our 2023 Gold Seal with Guidestar. We are excited to share the work our nonprofit does through our Profile. Learn how you can support us and make a difference.

Pokemon Party!

Saturday, Feb. 4, 11-1

This year’s “Take Your Child to the Library Day” celebration is all about Pokémon! Join us for Pokémon crafts, activities, games, snacks, & cool surprises!

Celebrate Black History Month!

Visit to discover the origins via galleries, articles, & documentaries.

Browse the exhibitions in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art

Explore Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture

Listen to some Motown! A Greatest hits collection

Cookies, Cookies, anCulinary Club

2nd Wednesdays at 6:30 pm

February 8th 

(March 8, April 12, May 10, June 14)

We have made plans for 2023!!
Feb. 8th Non-Chocolate for Your Sweetheart- recipes without chocolate
Mar. 8th What can you do with fruit?
Apr. 12th Spring Tonic (non- alcoholic)- as Spring arrives, prepare a dish to give us a feeling of well-being.
May 10th Thinking of Mom – a recipe that reminds you of Mom or a loved one.
June 14th From Crook to Cook- BML will provide cookbooks for celebrity chefs that have been in prison; eg. Snoop Dog. If you have any questions, contact Laurie at We will meet in the History Room.  Please register here.

The Crafting Connection: Flowers are Blooming

Monday, Feb. 13, 5:30pm

Getting tired of winter? Join us as we shake off the winter blues by making a colorful Embroidery Hoop with Flowers. In this session, we will be creating flowers with felt and sewing them onto an embroidery hoop to make a 3D artwork. An example will be provided for inspiration. All supplies supplied. This is an in-person class. This craft is for ages 16+. Register early to reserve your spot.

Love Lost and Found with Sara deBeer

Thursday, Feb. 16, 6:30pm

In this program of folktales, characters experience love in a variety of ways. From the twists and turns of romantic love to a mother determined to save her beloved daughter, these stories invite listeners to reflect on the many meanings of “love”. In 1978, Sara deBeer provided library outreach in Albany, NY, telling stories to kids in city parks and housing projects. In 1980, she’d received a Yale fellowship to wander the west coast of Ireland and listen to traditional tellers. Sara’s great love is telling traditional folktales from world cultures. Listeners discover the richness of each culture while appreciating the universality of human experiences. This is an in-person program.  Register here.

Brainerd Library’s “Nature’s Inspiration” Book List

The theme is “the natural world” and includes: backyard habitats & gardening, climate change, outdoor adventures, rainforests, coral reefs, trees, survival, sustainability and wildlife.  Represented are: novels, poetry, children’s, teen’s, illustrated, scientific, and graphic novels. They provide entertainment & insight as well as information & education.  We hope you’ll enjoy the beautiful illustrations, the lyrical prose, and exciting plots –

And be inspired by them!   A short list of resources is included.

Book Lists links below & copies at the library, with a display of books available for checkout near the Adult Non-Fiction Section.  Extended list with descriptions   Book list with titles and locations

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 to join. The library orders books in advance which can 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

Thanks to the Friends, BML has birdfeeders! They are outside the windows in the Children’s Department with guides & binoculars to identify the 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 in April at our window feeder and are now regulars.

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 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 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.