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Brainerd Memorial Library: March 2020 Programs & Events

Submitted by Laurie Gardner and Marissa Lehmacher.



Saturday, March 21, 2020  10:30 a.m. to 2:20 p.m. at Brainerd Library

Friday, March 20, 2020 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at East Haddam Free Public Library

Gnomes are everywhere! They have been sighted at Brainerd Memorial Library and East Haddam Free Public Library. Let’s make some of these cute Nordic-Scandinavian gnomes. Come learn how to make these adorable home decorations using socks, felt and fake fur at either library. To make a gnome at Brainerd Memorial Library, please sign up for a time slot on March 21st on the Library’s website; www.brainerdlibrary.lioninc.orgTo make a gnome at East Haddam Free Public Library call 860-873-8248 to register. We will see who has the best gnomes with a contest on our Facebook Pages. Space is limited.

Brainerd’s Culinary Club

Monday, March 23, 2020 at 6:30 p.m.

Do you like to cook? Do you like reading cookbooks? Do the pictures make your mouth water and you want to try the recipes? Then come join us at Brainerd Memorial Library for our cookbook book club. The club will meet on the fourth Monday of the month at 6:30 p.m. For our March 23, 2020 gathering, we are making our favorite chocolate recipes. You may choose one of your own favorite chocolate recipes or the library will have a selection of cookbooks to choose from. Please stop by the library to sign up with your name and the recipe you have picked. You may also email your recipe choice to Laurie at The Library will supply the plates, utensils, and a drink.


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.

Music with Margie

In March, Music with Margie will take place on the following Thursdays: the 5th & the 19th. The theme is “Windy Days and Things That Fly”. 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 back! Mr. Dan leads this program along with his signature instrument, the keyboard! In March, Toddler Tunes will take place on the following Thursdays: the 12th and the 26th. 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. Appropriate for children ages 1 to 3, but siblings are always welcome.

LEGO™ Club

Like playing with Legos? Come build with us at our drop-in Lego Club! Each month will feature one unique theme and one free build. Lego creations will be put on display until the next session.   Lego Club 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.

Nutmeg Book Club

The Nutmeg Book Club returns! If you are in grades 4 – 6, join us on the last Wednesday of each month from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. for a lively discussion of a selected Nutmeg nominee. Be prepared to enjoy pizza, snacks, book-related activities, and trivia. March’s meeting takes place on the 25th and the selection is Greetings From Witness Protection by Jake Burt. Please register by calling 860-345-2204 or visiting

Super Smash Bros. Club

Whether you want to learn the basics or are looking to fine tune your skills, our Smash club has a place for you! Join us on Saturday, March 28, 2020 from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. where we’ll have Smash 64, Melee, and Ultimate. Play using our controllers or bring your own. Come learn techniques such as wave dashing and DI, try out new characters or practice your main, and enjoy playing friendlies in a welcoming environment. An experienced player will be there to guide newcomers. For ages 10 – 18. Refreshments will be served.

Early Childhood Wellness Works Series

Please join us for an informative 4-part series of wellness presentations that will be sure to provide you with helpful tools and tips for parenting your young children. Sessions will be held at the Brainerd Library in the Children’s Department on the first 4 Mondays of March from 6:00 -7:00 p.m. with a light supper included. Teen volunteers will be available to do craft activities with young children and keep them entertained:

March 2, 2020: Benefits of Children’s Yoga with Theresa Tovey, OT Regional School District 4

March 9, 2020: Positive Parenting with Barbara Vita, Early Childhood Specialist, CT Afterschool Network

March 16, 2020: Speech/Language Development with Mary Pope, SLP, Lyme/Old Lyme Public Schools

March 23, 2020: Healthy Eating with Kara Pachniuk, Certified Nutritionist-Nourish & Nosh, Madison

This program is offered by H/K Youth and Family Services in partnership with the Brainerd Memorial Library and Killingworth Library. Please see Brainerd’s website for further information on each session and please register for any/all dates that you are interested in as space is limited:


Teen Advisory Board

Thursday, March 12, 2020 from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.  What can your library do for YOU?  Voice your ideas for improved YA services, help plan events and activities in the Teen Lounge, help develop the YA collection, assist with Children’s programming and so much more! New members are always welcome! For more information please contact Kristen at

*Registration is not required for programs unless specified in the description.*



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