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Brainerd Memorial Library: Programs February 2016

Hooked on Llamas! On Take Your Child to the Library Day, Be on the Look-Out for Llamas in the Library!

Saturday, February 6 • 1:00-2:00 pm

Look for llamas in the library when Debbie Labbe brings one of her trained llamas to the Library to interact with the participants of her program, Hooked on Llamas. This is an entertaining as well as educational program designed specifically for children of all ages.

Coloring Club for Grown-Ups!

Saturday, February 20 • 12:00-2:30 pm

20160103_150652Coloring books aren’t just for kids anymore!  Adult coloring books are everywhere, filled with intricate designs, and patterns inspired by nature and art and anything else you can think.   Join us on a Saturday and spend some time in a sunny room relaxing and coloring. We can’t guarantee the sun will be out, but all supplies will be provided.  We recommend bringing a friend to join in on the fun!  Feel free to bring a box lunch or snack.

Book Clubs

Healthy Exchange Book Club

Meets on the First Wednesday of Each Month at 6:30 pm

Do you enjoy reading about health, nutrition, fitness, and emotional wellness? Would you like to share the details of what you’re reading with other like-minded individuals? If so, then please join the Healthy Exchange Book Club.

Wednesday, February 3 at 6:30 pm

Healthy Joints for Life by Richard Diana, M.D.

No surgery. No medication. No drastic measures. Just healthy joints—for life!

In this groundbreaking book, leading orthopedic surgeon and former NFL player Richard Diana, M.D., applies his unique experience and training to tackle join pain. Based on cutting-edge research that has clarified the crucial role of a molecule known as NFkB in regulating inflammation, Dr. Diana’s proven eight-week program teaches you to harness the power of this research to reduce inflammation, relieve pain and rejuvenate your joints.

This scientifically-backed program includes:

  • Which delicious foods reduce inflammation
  • Simple exercises tailored to your ability
  • The right supplements to help increase your mobility

Brainerd Library Book Club

Join us for the Brainerd Library Book Club! Open to all who love to read and talk. This Book Club meets monthly.

Thursday, February 25 at 6:30 pm

The Last Original Wife by Dorothea Benton Frank

Leslie Anne Greene Carter is The Last Original Wife among her husband Wesley’s wildly successful, Atlanta social set. His cronies have all traded in the mothers of their children they promised to love and cherish, ’til death did them part, for tanned and toned young Barbie brides.

If losing the social life and close friends she adored wasn’t painful enough, a series of setbacks shake Les’s world and push her to the edge. She’s had enough of playing the good wife to a husband who thinks he’s doing her a favor keeping her around. Now, she’s going to take some time for herself, in the familiar comforts and stunning beauty of Charleston, her beloved hometown. In her brother’s stately historic home, she’s going to reclaim the carefree girl who spent lazy summers sharing steamy kisses with her first love on Sullivans Island. Daring to listen to her inner voice, she will realize what she wants . . . and find the life of which she’s always dreamed.

Copies of Book Club books available at the Library.

Book descriptions obtained from

Friends’ Corner

Book and Media Sale — Winter Sale

All Books – Buy One/Get One Free!

Book Sale WinterThe Friend’s Book Nook, located downstairs in the Community Room, is open for purchasing used books, DVDs, CDs, etc., during Library hours. Prices range from $.25 to $2.00. Newly donated items are being added to the shelves each week.

All proceeds benefit Library programming and collection development.

NEW Brainerd Memorial Library Merchandise Sale

Hoodies ($35.00) available in new colors (athletic heather, maroon, columbia blue, and clover green) in sizes medium to x large

Crewneck Sweatshirts ($25 each) in a variety of colors and sizes


Looking for a fun and rewarding way to support the Library and meet other people with similar interests? Volunteer with the Friends! The Friends meet every Thursday morning in the Community Room to sort and shelve donated books. Flexible times and days are available. Please contact Cheryl at for details.

Material Donations

Thank you for all the wonderful material donations! The Friends appreciate all the book, CD and DVD donations; however, they have run out of room to store the items. Please hold onto your donations for now and watch the newsletter for donation updates. Once room is available, donations will be accepted again.

Check Out Some of the Library’s New Arrivals!

Fiction Books (from the New York Times Best Sellers List)

My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout

Star Wars: The Force Awakens by Alan Dean Foster (On Order)

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Scandalous Behavior by Stuart Woods

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

Rogue Lawyer by John Grisham

See Me by Nicholas Sparks

The Bitter Season by Tami Hoag

Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff

Nonfiction Books (from the New York Times Best Sellers List)

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi (On Order)

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates

by Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger

Killing Reagan by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard

Being Mortal by Atul Gawande

The Wright Brothers by David McCullough

Fiction Books on CD

Cross Justice by James Patterson

See Me by Nicholas Sparks

My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout

Nonfiction Books on CD

The Witches: Salem, 1692 by Stacy Schiff

Fiction DVDs


Mission: Impossible. Rogue Nation

No Escape

Terminator Genisys

The Gift

Magic Mike XXL


Pawn Sacrifice

The Martian

TV Series DVDs

A Place to Call Home, Season 1

A Place to Call Home, Season 2

Sherlock: The Abominable Bride

Items can be reserved through the Library’s Online Catalog or by calling us at 860-345-2204.

Pre-Publication Alerts

The books listed below have not yet been released by their publishers, but are certain to be in high demand. You may place a hold on them now and be among the first in line to borrow them. Please be aware that the book publication dates are often changed, delayed and sometimes cancelled.

At the Edge of the Orchard by Tracy Chevalier

1838: James and Sadie Goodenough have settled where their wagon got stuck in the muddy, stagnant swamps of northwest Ohio. They and their five children work relentlessly to tame their patch of land, buying saplings from a local tree man known as John Appleseed so they can cultivate the fifty apple trees required to stake their claim on the property. But the orchard they plant sows the seeds of a long battle. James loves the apples, reminders of an easier life back in Connecticut; while Sadie prefers the applejack they make, an alcoholic refuge from brutal frontier life.

1853: Their youngest child Robert is wandering through Gold Rush California. Restless and haunted by the broken family he left behind, he has made his way alone across the country. In the redwood and giant sequoia groves he finds some solace, collecting seeds for a naturalist who sells plants from the new world to the gardeners of England. But you can run only so far, even in America, and when Robert’s past makes an unexpected appearance he must decide whether to strike out again or stake his own claim to a home at last.

Publication Date March 2016

Miller’s Valley by Anna Quindlen

“No one ever leaves the town where they grew up, even if they go,” says Mimi Miller as she tells the story of her life, from the 1960s to the present, in a small American town on the verge of upheaval. The Miller family has lived and farmed in Miller’s Valley for generations, but Mimi sees change looming at the corners of her community and within the walls of her home.

As she grows up and discovers sex, love, and ambition, the people in her world who have seemed forever bound together begin to drift apart: Mimi’s mother, from her reclusive sister, Ruth; Mimi’s damaged brother Tommy, from his family and son; and even the townspeople, menaced by the lingering presence of government officials. As Mimi looks back on the past, she comes to understand that her family and the town itself might always have been destined to disappear.

Publication Date April 2016

Other Soon-to-be-Published Popular Titles:

Fool Me Once by Harlan Coben

The Gangster by Clive Cussler and Justin Scott

The Murder of Mary Russell by Laurie R. King

NYPD Red 4 by James Patterson and Marshall Karp

Items can be reserved through the Library’s Online Catalog or by calling us at 860-345-2204.

Book descriptions obtained from

Annual Appeal

Thank you to those of you who have already made a donation to the Library’s Annual Appeal!

Brainerd Memorial Library is a private tax-exempt organization. A portion of the annual budget is funded by the Town. Remaining funds are derived from donations, fundraising, and investments. In an effort to best serve residents, we ask for your financial support to ensure our ability to offer important services, enjoyable programs, and updated technology. If you haven’t made a donation yet, please consider doing so.

Giving has just been made easier! You may donate online. Just go to our web site and click on the Support BML button.



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