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Brainerd Memorial Library: September 2019 Activities & Events

Submitted by Laurie Gardner and Marissa Lehmacher.


We are Revisiting our Founding Era with the Connecticut Historical Society’s presentation of  Tories, Spies, and Traitors: Divided Loyalty in Revolutionary Connecticut on Wednesday, September 11, 2019 at 6:30 p.m.

Brainerd Memorial Library has received a grant from the Gilder-Lehrman Institute of American History on Revisiting the Founding Era. The concept behind this project is for us as a society to contemplate ideas and inspect documents from that unstable time period as some philosophies have endured and have had bearing on twenty-first century. As part of the grant the Library has received selected readings to help us examine this time period. Please stop by and ask for a copy to read before the program.

So which side are you on? That’s the question that every single person in Connecticut had to answer in 1775, as the thirteen colonies began a rebellion against British rule. Loyalty was not only a matter of words or opinion. For soldiers and civilians alike, loyalty could mean loss of fortune, of friends, and even of life. This presentation reveals stories— some well known, some obscure— of Nutmeggers who risked and sacrificed to support their chosen side during this “tumultuous, jarring time of civil war.”

Spirits of New England

On Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. Dustin Pari from SYFY’s hit show “Ghost Hunters,” “Ghost Hunters International” and “Destination Truth” will be bringing the paranormal to the library.  Being a New England native has allowed Dustin to investigate some very interesting places rich with local history and folklore. His lecture chronicles some of his favorite New England investigations that he has been a part of. It even touches upon a legend with local roots that has become a world-wide phenomenon. A great bit of local history colored with some chilling tales of the supernatural. The author of numerous books, Dustin applies his knowledge and colorful personality to weave strange tales of the unknown, motivational tales of his own life, and random tales of his own mind. His mind is a bit of a mess, but it sure is a lot of fun!

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


Preschool Storytime

Preschool Storytime with Miss Marissa 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 Thursday, September 12th and Thursday, September 26th at 10:30 am. The theme for September is “Getting to Know You”. 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. Tuba Kelly brings a different musical instrument each week. Get ready to hear the guitar, saxophone, trombone and, of course, her signature tuba!  In September, Toddler Tunes will take place on the following Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.: the 5th and the 19th. 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.

Puzzle Club

Come put your skills to the test with challenges such as tangrams, pentominoes, and word puzzles. Stimulate your brain, sharpen your problem-solving skills, and learn effective strategies to impress your friends in Tetris. Puzzle club meets on 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. Appropriate for ages 8 -12.


College Essay Writing Workshop

Jodie Small, founder of College Coordinators, will present “Writing the College Essay” to students at the Brainerd Library on September 12th at 6 p.m.  The college essay is one of the most important ways students can distinguish themselves from other applicants. Ms. Small will share a step-by-step process that results in the creation of an essay that gets you noticed and remembered! Essays of prior clients will be read aloud so that students have examples from which they can learn. Please register for this event on our website or by calling the library at 860-345-2204 or emailing Kristen, our Teen Services Coordinator at

Teen Advisory Board

Is officially back for the school year! The first meeting takes place Thursday, September 26th from 6:00 to 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

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