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…

The Library will be closed on Monday, January 17th in honor of Martin Luther King Day.

To celebrate his legacy, here is a link to the Yale Peabody Museums virtual events.  The Peabody’s 26th Annual Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Legacy of Social and Environmental Justice offers a line-up of inspiring virtual events from January 13-17
The CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) and New Haven Museum partnered with the Peabody for a slate of programs that illustrate how Dr. King’s legacy continues to impact artists, advocates, and thought leaders.

Luminaries, both local and across the country, give live presentations that examine and encourage social and environmental justice. From exploring spirituality in environmentalism to how climate change is affecting local frogs. This year’s program has: conversation, storytelling, dance, & poetry.  

Visit their website for the complete schedule. Register on Zoom or watch everything at their YouTube Channel and Facebook Page.

We are open for our full hours. Masks [worn over the nose & mouth] & social distancing required. Library safety requirements

Free Grape Hyacinth Kit Available Today!

Create an early spring indoors!  Kits are located in entries.

Includes: Flower Bulb, Glass Container, Pebbles & Instructions

The Friends of BML are providing free Paperback book bundles! 

They are available on the bench in the entry.

Please stop by and help yourself!


The first full moon of 2022 in the earth’s northern hemisphere is known as Wolf Moon. This Januarys full moon will occur on Monday, January 17 at 18:48.  Here are some haiku in honor of the event by Haddam’s Poet Laureate, Lorraine Riess.

Wolf Moon Haiku   




Wolf moon howls aloud

in hunger over meadows

hunting a warm heart.


Ravenous tongue laps

the field, a glistening cloak

to reflect the stars.


Yellow old teeth honed

smooth as a pickaxe handle

steel blades carve the air.


His breath mists the lake

rodents quell their shuffling

the snowy owl stills.


From his withers spill

the hair of bare black branches

lining the west ridge.


Wolf light streams through blinds

my palms to the cold window

an offer of warmth.

BML ordered some new magazines for you to check out and enjoy.  We now offer: Birds and Blooms, National Geographic. and Smithsonian.  Here is the complete list currently in our Reading Room.  

The Friends are celebrating the New Year with Truffles! 

They have generously donated the chocolates to give away with each purchase $3 and over from the Book Nook. When you buy your books from the Book Store [located behind the Non-Fiction section], you can pick up a truffle at the Circulation desk.

Besides a large selection of over 4000 items there is a $5 a bag table.

Stop by and browse! 

BML’s Game Collection!

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

4 programs about Dementia and Memory Care

Along with the Avon Senior Center, The Bloomfield Library, and The Canton Library, the Avon Library is hosting a 4 programs about Dementia and Memory Care. All 4 programs are free and will be presented online through Zoom. Registration is required.  Please feel free to register and share this information with any individuals or local organizations.

Here’s the Schedule:

January 13th 6:30 pm Dementia 101 /  For more info click here

February 10th 6:30 pm Care for the Caregivers / For more info click here

March 24th 6:30 pm Healthy Eating for People with Dementia / For more info click here

April 21th 6:30 pm  Activities for People Living with Dementia / For more info click here

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

Announcing 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 launch the Crafting Connection.

Over the next 6 months, we will offer monthly crafting kits and programs seeded by a unique $1,000 grant designed to share joy and cheer with the community.  BML purchased a Cricut, an advanced cutting machine for paper, card stock, & vinyl, etc.  With this capability and materials from our “Library of Things”, we will offer take-home craft kits.

January: CriCut Crafts, February: Candy making, March: Cross-stitch

But there’s more to the Crafting Connection!  A portion of each month’s crafts will go to local organizations, to share 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 now 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.

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

Get strategies from industry experts to help your business succeed.

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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…

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.

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.

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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