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Brainerd Memorial Library: January 2019 Programs & Events

Submitted by Marissa Lehmacher and Laurie Gardner.


An Evening with Poe

Saturday, January 19, 2019 6:30 p.m.

Actor Campbell Harmon brings the Master of the Macabre, Edgar Allan Poe, to life on the writer’s 210th birthday for an after hours evening of thrills and chills at Brainerd Memorial Library. Hear stories and poems like the The Tell-Tale Heart and The Raven by Poe. Learn about the author’s life, his tragic love, his mysterious death, and his profound influence on American literature. Campbell Harmon will dispel the myths that have surrounded his legacy to show how Poe’s works continue to affect us today.

Connecticut 169 Book Talk with Marty Podskoch

Thursday, January 31 6:30 p.m. 

On Thursday, January 31 at 6:30, the Brainerd Library will host a book talk and signing by author and historian Marty Podskoch on his new book, The Connecticut 169 Club: Your Passport and Guide to Exploring Connecticut. The new travel book encourages travelers to visit all of the 169 towns and villages of our beautiful and unique state.

Marty has created the book to be a guide and a passport. Podskoch got someone from each town to write a short description highlighting their town’s location, history, and interesting places to visit. Elizabeth Malloy, Executive Director of the Haddam Historical Society, has written the chapter on Haddam. Podskoch did this because local residents knew more about their town than he. The book has a space for travelers to journal about their experiences and a place to get the book stamped or signed by a resident or business. Travelers will get to know the locals and perhaps learn about a good place to eat or an interesting local attraction. In this way they get to know a lot about Connecticut and its residents.


Preschool Storytime

Preschool Storytime takes place every Tuesday at 10:30 a.m.  Join us for themed stories, songs, finger plays, and crafts.   Appropriate for children ages 2 to 5, but siblings are always welcome.

Saturday Storytime

Can’t make preschool storytime during the week?  Join us on the first Saturday of every month at 10:30 a.m. for stories, songs, finger plays, and crafts.  Appropriate for children ages 2 to 5, but siblings are always welcome.

Music with Margie

Music with Margie will meet on the following Thursdays in January: the 10th, 24th, and the 31st at 10:30 a.m.  The theme for January is “Rhymes and Circle Dances”.  Margie’s multi-sensory program builds skills on a bi-weekly basis, in order for children to reach the developmental goals they need to enter kindergarten.  Margie brings items for children to play with such as beanbags, scarves, puppets, and instruments.  Music with Margie is appropriate for children ages 2 to 6.

Toddler Tunes

Toddler Tunes is a music and movement program for toddlers and their caregivers.  Join us to sing nursery rhymes, dance, make music, and read a simple story.  Ms. Kelly brings musical instruments.  In January, Toddler Tunes will take place on the following Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.: the 3rd and the 17th.  Appropriate for children ages 1 to 3, but siblings are always welcome.

LEGO™ Club

Like playing with Legos?  Come build with us!  Each month will feature one unique theme and one free build.  Lego creations will be put on display until the next session.  Lego Group meets on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of every month from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m.  Appropriate for children ages 5 and up.


Teen Advisory Board

Is back for the school year! What can your library do for you?  Join BML’s Teen Advisory Board to find out!  The TAB will meet on Thursday January 17th from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.  Voice your ideas for improved young adult (YA) services, help plan YA events and activities, help develop the YA collection, and assist with Children’s programming.  Participation counts toward community services hours and looks great on college and job applications! Contact Kristen at or call us at 860-345-2204.  It’s your library… make a difference!  For tweens and teens grades 6 to 12.

Cupcake Lab

No competition, just fun! We provide the cupcakes and decorating supplies, and you decorate them to create unique cupcakes.  Each month has a new science based theme!  This month’s theme is Entomology (the study of Insects)! Cupcake Lab will take place on Thursday, January 24th from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.  For tweens and teens grades 6 through 12.

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