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Brainerd Memorial Library: April 2016

Brainerd Memorial has a lot of things going on April 2016. Programs/events are listed separately, under the Brainerd Memorial Library tab under Organizations: Town Resources.

Adult Coloring Club: See this link.

April Book Clubs. See this link.

First Annual Ag Day at the library. See this link.

Friends’ Corner

The Friends enjoyed hosting a reception on March 10, 2016 to welcome the Library’s new Director, Tom Piezzo. In addition, the Friends were happy to assist with the Board’s Open House on March 18, 2016.

Be sure to look for the Friends’ table on the Library’s First Annual Ag Day!

Brainerd Memorial Library Merchandise Sale

  • Tote Bag $15.00
  • Child’s Tote Bag $7.00
  • T-Shirt $10.00
  • Mug $8.00
  • Hoodie $35.00
  • Crewneck Sweatshirt $25.00


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 [email protected] for details.

Check Out Some of the Library’s New Arrivals!

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

  • Off the Grid by C.J. Box
  • Fire Touched by Patricia Briggs
  • All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  • The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
  • The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
  • The Gangster by Clive Cussler and Justin Scott
  • The Steel Kiss by Jeffery Deaver
  • The Waters of Eternal Youth by Donna Leon
  • Cometh the Hour by Jeffrey Archer
  • Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee

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

  • When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
  • Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Dark Money by Jane Mayer
  • The Immortal Irishman by Timothy Egan (On Order)
  • The Name of God is Mercy by Pope Francis
  • Evicted by Matthew Desmond (On Order)
  • Being Mortal by Atul Gawande

Fiction Books on CD

  • The Survivor by Kyle Mills

Fiction DVDs

  • Second Coming
  • Steve Jobs
  • Suffragette
  • Trumbo

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.

The Pier Falls by Mark Haddon

The tales in Mark Haddon’s lyrical and uncompromising new collection take many forms—Victorian adventure story, science fiction, morality tale, contemporary realism—but they all showcase his virtuoso gifts as a stylist and the deep well of empathy that made his three bestselling novels so compelling.

Drawing inventively from history, myth, folktales, and modern life, The Pier Falls showcases Haddon’s immense gifts of invention and penetrating insight.  Publication Date May 2016

Wilde Lake by Laura Lippman

Luisa “Lu” Brant is the newly elected, and first female, state’s attorney of Howard County, Maryland, a job in which her widower father famously served. Fiercely intelligent and ambitious, she sees an opportunity to make her name by trying a mentally disturbed drifter accused of beating a woman to death in her home. It’s not the kind of case that makes headlines, but peaceful Howard county doesn’t see many homicides.

As Lu prepares for the trial, the case dredges up painful memories, reminding her small but tight-knit family of the night when her brother, AJ, saved his best friend at the cost of another man’s life. Only eighteen, AJ was cleared by a grand jury. Now, Lu wonders if the events of 1980 happened as she remembers them. What details might have been withheld from her when she was a child?

The more she learns about the case, the more questions arise. What does it mean to be a man or woman of one’s times? Why do we ask our heroes of the past to conform to the present’s standards? Is that fair? Is it right? Propelled into the past, she discovers that the legal system, the bedrock of her entire life, does not have all the answers. Lu realizes that even if she could learn the whole truth, she probably wouldn’t want to.  Publication Date May 2016

Other Soon-to-be-Published Popular Titles:

  • The Cavendon Luck by Barbara Taylor Bradford
  • All Summer Long by Dorothea Benton Frank
  • End of Watch by Stephen King
  • The Singles Game by Lauren Weisberger

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

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The Books You Want, Before You Know You Want Them!

Consider adopting your favorite author in Brainerd Library’s Adopt-an-Author program. Select an author(s) whose work you want to read from our Suggested Authors list. Agree to purchase any book your author(s) writes and donate the book to Brainerd Library. (You may cancel at any time.) If you don’t see your favorite author, call Tom Piezzo at 860-345-2204 to see if your favorite author is available for this program. If your author is already adopted, the Library will contact you for a different choice. This program ensures that new titles of popular authors will be available in the Library and it frees up funds in the budget for additional material purchases.

We order the books for you, and you receive the Library’s discount; sometimes this can be up to 50% off retail prices.

The book will be placed on hold for you as soon as it is received and cataloged. You will then be the first to read the books and you will be able to receive a tax deduction. Please call Tom Piezzo at 860-345-2204 to start!

See the library’s website for more information.