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Brainerd Book Club

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

Join us for discussion, refreshments, and sharing as we meet each month to discuss our latest book selection.  Originally founded by beloved librarian Pat Coleman, this book club seeks to carry on her love of reading.  Members take turns suggesting books.

All are welcome to join. The library orders books in advance which can be checked out as needed. A zoom option is generally available as well.

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Wednesday, November 29th at 6:30pm

Chemist Elizabeth Zott is not your average woman. But it’s the early 1960s and her all-male team at Hastings Research Institute takes a very unscientific view of equality. Except for Calvin Evans; the lonely, brilliant, Nobel–prize nominated grudge-holder who falls in love with—of all things—her mind. True chemistry results. 

But like science, life is unpredictable. Which is why a few years later Elizabeth Zott finds herself not only a single mother, but the reluctant star of America’s most beloved cooking show Supper at Six. Elizabeth’s unusual approach to cooking (“combine one tablespoon acetic acid with a pinch of sodium chloride”) proves revolutionary. But as her following grows, not everyone is happy. Because as it turns out, Elizabeth Zott isn’t just teaching women to cook. She’s daring them to change the status quo.  

Funny, shrewdly observant, and studded with a dazzling cast of supporting characters, Lessons in Chemistry is as original and vibrant as its protagonist.


Wednesday, January 24th at 6:30pm

Chief Inspector Armand Gamache returns in the 18th book in #1 New York Times bestseller Louise Penny’s beloved series.

It’s spring and Three Pines is reemerging after the harsh winter. As the villagers prepare for celebration, Armand Gamache and Jean-Guy Beauvoir find themselves increasingly worried. A young man and woman have reappeared in the Sûreté du Québec investigators’ lives after many years. The 2 were children when their troubled mother was murdered, leaving them shattered. Now they’ve arrived in Three Pines. But to what end?

Gamache and Beauvoir’s memories of that tragic case come rushing back. Did their mother’s murder hurt them beyond repair? Have those terrible wounds, buried for decades, festered and are now about to erupt?

As Chief Inspector Gamache works to uncover answers, a letter written by a long dead stone mason is discovered. The man describes his terror when bricking up an attic room in the village. When the room is found, the villagers open it up and discover a world of curiosities. But the head of homicide soon realizes there’s more than meets the eye. There are puzzles and hidden messages warning of mayhem and revenge. In unsealing that room, an old enemy is released into their world. And into the very heart of Armand Gamache’s home.