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

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Library Hours

Current Hours:

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

What’s happening…

During this new COVID spike, all visitors are strongly requested to wear a mask inside the Library.   Thank you.

The library will be closed on Monday, May 30th in observance of Memorial Day.  The staff thanks all who served and wishes the community a happy, healthy holiday weekend!

Thank you to all our sponsors & donors who made SPRING BREAK-OUT! a great success! 

View Donor page here.

BML is pleased to announce that we now have a pass to the:

Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center!

110 Pequot Trail, Mashantucket, CT 06338

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

Introducing our Teen Book to Movie Club!

Read The Maze Runner by James Dashner in May, then join us for a movie viewing and discussion June 1st. Books are available for checkout at the Circulation Desk. Refreshments will be provided. This film is rated PG-13. If you don’t have time to read the book or have read it previously, you are welcome to attend the viewing and discussion, too–we’d love to hear your thoughts on the film! We hope to see you there!

Click on the image to access Workforce Solutions through researchIT CT!

Whether you’re looking to find a new job in your current field or pursue a career in a different industry, Job & Career Accelerator™ has the powerful tools and expert guidance to help you through every step of 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!

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

If you, or someone you know, has a new baby, please stop in, or tell them – to pick up a 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 right 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 get started, so here is a list of some of the most common backyard birds found throughout 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 now offers: Birds & Blooms, National Geographic & Smithsonian to check out. Here is the complete list in our Reading Room.  

HK Mentoring info session

Ever wondered what you could do to impact the life of a child in a positive way?

Do you have one spare hour of time per week to become a valued friend and role model to a child?
If you answered yes, please join one of the information sessions to learn about the HK Mentoring Program, a partnership between Youth and Family Services of Haddam-Killingworth (HKYFS) and RSD 17. During the information session, you will learn about the importance of mentoring, the value it can bring to a student in our community, and the steps you can take to become a mentor.
Wednesday, June 1st at 3 PM in the Brainerd Library Community Room
Email Patty Coletti, Mentor Program Consultant, for HK Youth and Family Services at or you can call Patty at 860-345-7498.

BML’s Game Collection!

Did you know that Brainerd Library has a collection of board games for all ages? When it’s too rainy or hot to play outside, stop in and grab one of these games!

Building for the Future:  Book-a-Brick Renovation Campaign

Continuing the Crafting Connection!

Thanks to the generosity of the Community Foundation of Middlesex County, the Griffin Family, and the Peach Pit Foundation we are pleased to continue the Crafting Connection. This initiative offers monthly crafting kits and programs seeded by a unique $2,500 grant designed to “share joy and cheer with the community.” With our grant-funded Cricut, an advanced cutting machine for paper, card stock, & vinyl, etc., and with materials from our “Library of Things”, we are happy to offer take-home craft kits. But there’s more to the Crafting Connection! A portion of each month’s crafts will go to local organizations to spread the good in our community. Watch for the kits’ announcements here, or on our Facebook and Instagram feeds.

Poetry book by Haddam Poet Laureate available for check out or purchase

“Still Life with Wings” by Lorraine Riess

Ask at desk to borrow or purchase to own for $16.00.  Your purchase supports the Friends of BML.

“Written with insight and a careful grace, these poems offer themselves with a characteristic humility and sly humor.”

Margaret Gibson, Poet Laureate
State of Connecticut

Nintendo Switch games are available for checkout!

Here’s what we have – with more games to come! Please call 860-345-2204 or email us at to start a new adventure today!

BML is pleased to announce:   We have 2 new 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, textiles, and decorative arts. The museum’s collection of paintings includes: Monet, Degas, Whistler, Manet and Cassatt.

The Social Security Administration in CT is providing some helpful information & tools to make it easier to communicate with them. The office has been closed for almost 2 years due to the pandemic. However they plan to re-open in April 2022.  In the meantime, here is their link to an informational portal called “The Social Security Express.”  This portal allows users to easily access specific portions of the Social Security Administration’s website ( to conduct business and obtain forms.

Want to know what’s new in our YA collection?

Sign up for this newsletter to learn about the new books we get each month! Each newsletter will include pictures and a brief synopsis of each new book.

Teens and adults looking to sign up can email to get on the mailing list.

Opening Day—October 13, 1908

Brainerd Memorial Library announces the approval of a $675,000 construction grant by the Connecticut State Library. This money will fund half of the phase two renovations, which will transform and modernize the interior of our building, unchanged since the 1996 expansion.

We look forward to the Town of Haddam’s support for 1/4 of the remaining costs, with the rest of the total, $1,350,000, to be funded by the Library. This investment is in addition to the current work in progress, which is near completion, and has been fully paid by the Library.

Let’s Play!

Visit our games & puzzles page!  There are daily puzzles, online games like Tetris and Mahjong Solitaire, jigsaws [even create your own] and more fun distractions to try.

Live Ongoing SCORE Webinars

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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 now 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 will explain 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

Open Library and Internet Archive

Non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, websites, and more.

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.


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