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.

Click here for information on Connecticut COVID-19 response.

Recommended Reads from BML Staff!

Link to HK-Now Article

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

Saturday June 19th. Plants! & Book Sale!

The avid gardeners of BML are excited to share what we grow with our community.

Monthly pop-ups continue with buy 1 get 1 “beach” reads, & DVDs.  Pick up your summer reading today!

The outdoor plant sales will be every 3rd Saturday 10-1pm: June 19th, July 17th, August 21st & Sept 18th.

Perennials, groundcovers, annuals, shrubs, trees… As the season goes on – cut flowers, organic herbs, & edibles. A Master Gardener will be onsite. Stop by, plants will vary every month!  Raindate is the following Saturday.

Juneteenth: Our Other Independence Day

Two and a 1/2 years after the Emancipation Proclamation, American slavery came to an end and a celebration of freedom was born…

Commemorate Juneteenth With Virtual Programs From the Smithsonian, NMAAHC will honor the end of slavery with events featuring Annette Gordon-Reed, Adrian Miller & more

June 14th Craft Kit for Ages 11 Up

Starting Monday, June 14th, we’ll have these fabulous DIY Stained Glass craft kits available in the entry!

This is a perfect craft for tweens to adults to enjoy.  Come down and pick one up!

Conversation with Elin Hilderbrand: Golden Girl Description – June 28th 6PM

Save your spot for a virtual live event with Elin Hilderbrand, “the queen of beach reads” and the bestselling author of Book Page’s June Buzz Pick, Golden Girl. Elin and her editor, Judy Clain, of Little, Brown & Company, will talk about Elin’s latest book, a satisfying page-turner centered on Nantucket novelist Vivi. It’s a book – and conversation – you won’t want to miss!

Register now and you’re entered to win a signed copy of Golden Girl!

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!

“Bid for Brainerd” online auction has ended.  Thank you to all our bidders and donors! [view list of local businesses here]

Opening Day—October 13, 1908

The 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.

has merged with OverDrive/Libby. RBdigital titles have moved to the Libby app. Click both graphics for more info.

You will still be able to browse and borrow the same great ebooks, audiobooks, & magazines you loved in the RBdigital app; now available in the Libby app. Access to RBdigital ended March 31st.  

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.

JustWatch makes it easier for people to navigate the jungle of content and streaming services.  Use it to locate a particular show or film! JustWatch constantly monitors more than 1,000 streaming video services and digital download catalogs from companies like Apple & Amazon. There are thousands of entertainment options that constantly change and vary by country.

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

Google Meet

If you have a GMail account you can access the meeting setup from right beneath your file folders on the left. Click “Start a meeting” or “Join a Meeting” and a meeting screen will instantly open!  Or type in your meeting code to join one.  To invite others, click “Add People” and put in their email.  You can share your screen as well with the icon on the bottom right of your screen.  Enjoy!

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.



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