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

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Library Hours

Building Temporarily Closed: Touchless Pickup Available
Please call or email us!

Current Hours:
Monday: 12-7
Wednesday: 10-7
Tues, Thurs, and Friday: 10-5

What’s happening…

Touchless Pickup “What’s New?” – 1 Minute Video

While renovations continue, we are pleased to offer touchless pickup. Please email BML ( or call 860-345-2204 to make requests. We will arrange pick-up, so please provide the best contact, and include your library card #. Masks and social distancing required onsite.

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.

Quack! This week’s duck puppet craft is available in the Library’s entry.

Leapin’ lemurs! This clinging lemur craft is now available in the Library’s entrance. Come pick up this new friend to hang out with you!


Cat Behaviorist Rachel Geller via ZOOM

Wednesday, Aug. 11, 6:30pm

Is your cat thinking outside the box? Are you living with a hard core shredder (and I don’t mean snowboarding)? And when it comes to your multi-cat household, why can’t they all just get along? We welcome Dr. Rachel S. Geller, certified cat behaviorist, pet chaplain and Fear Free Shelter specialist. She will give advice for developing and maintaining cat-and-owner harmony, provide you with insight on your cat’s behavior and answer all of your cat behavioral questions.

Register Here.

Free Museum Visits for Children!

Connecticut Summer at the Museum” is a new program that allows CT children free admission at over 90 museums during summer 2021.

From July 1 to Sept 6, CT children 18 & under – plus 1 adult – receive free admission to participating museums.

This includes the CT Science Center, CT’s Beardsley Zoo, Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, Mystic Aquarium, & Mystic Seaport Museum. The full list is available at

Call BML for updated info on our Library Museum passes.  Our passes are being renewed and honored as museums re-open.



Brainerd’s Culinary Club

We’ve had a lemon of a year, but good news: Brainerd’s Culinary Club is back! We will meet offsite at Field Park in Haddam to share our love of food and cooking. Join us on the 3rd Wednesday each month to discuss our culinary explorations!

For our first meeting, BML will provide a secret ingredient to inspire your dish. Click here to sign up for this program. Once you register, a bag will be prepared for you to pick-up. Use this ingredient to create a dish we can enjoy and talk about. Please contact Laurie with any questions. The threat of inclement weather will postpone the event. Announcements will be via Facebook, Instagram, library web page and email.

Meandering in the Meadows: Saturday, August 28 9:30am

Do you like to talk about books? Walk and hike? BML announces a new book club! Meandering in the Meadows. We meet at 9:30am on the 4th Saturday of each month at the silo at Haddam Meadows State Park. Join us to walk the loop and enjoy the outdoors, with stops along the way to discuss the month’s book selection. It is not necessary to have read the book. We will have copies available at the library. Call 860-345-2204 or email to reserve a book & arrange for pick up. You can email Laurie at for more information.  Register Here!

The threat of inclement weather will postpone the book walk. Announcements will be made via our Facebook, Instagram, library web page, and by direct email message to participants.

July & August books: Where the Crawdad Sings by Delia Owens & Harry’s Trees by Jon Cohen  Must Read Books for Nature Lovers

 Adult Summer Reading Form

Fill out form to be entered in a drawing for a $25 Amazon Gift Certificate!

Recommended Reads from BML Staff!

Link to HK-Now Article

Join us on Goodreads!  Here is BML’s Goodreads account! 

Virtual Visits in Children’s!

Just when you thought there was nothing new libraries could do!  Email Kelly at to schedule a Virtual Visit: Wed,Thurs or Friday. Connect with Kelly via Zoom or Facetime to tour the Children’s collection. Scope out new materials, catch up on a favorite series, sample pictures in an Easy Reader, explore cool graphic novels, & get advisory on what to read next. It’s the next best thing to being here.  Group bookings welcome. Kelly will send the Zoom login or call your Facetime contact.  Give it a try!

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 nearing 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

Get strategies from industry experts to help your business succeed.


LearningExpress Library

BML is pleased to offer a free career service through the CT State Library & Ebsco.  Link for Access.

Includes: Job & Career Accelerator & Computer Skills Center

For more Job Related Resources [Search Sites, Webinars, Resume help] visit our Job Search page!

Try Something New!  Click right Icon for more…See the source image

Get intelligent writing assistance from Microsoft Editor

Write with confidence across documents, email, & the web. Features help strengthen spelling, grammar, & style.  And even get suggestions in different languages! Receive basic guidance in over 20 languages, and spelling suggestions in more than 80.

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.

Microsoft Office Training Microsoft offers free online tutorials for MS Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Access & more. –provides quality innovative online computer learning. Whether you are new to the computer, require review or just want to gain more skills, these free tutorials can help. From Computer Basics to Microsoft Office, choose from dozens of free training topics.

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.

Online Storytelling!

NORTHEAST STORYTELLING (NEST) is a non-profit organization focused on artistic, educational and charitable pursuits. Their vision and purpose is to nurture family, community, and storytelling throughout New England and New York. They believe sharing stories creates understanding between people.

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
10 holds 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.



Poetry Blog

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