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Brainerd Memorial Library: March 2018 Events

Submitted by Laurie Gardner and Marissa Lehmacher. 



This program has been postponed to Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.

Our first lecture in the series — River Views: an appreciation of our state’s namesake waterway is Our Connecticut River: From Sea to Source from Kelvin Cole.  A comprehensive and refreshing overview of what this natural resource has meant to us English-speaking people since we first found Her here some 400 years ago. What -about Her- has drawn us to Her? This series of lectures and events are sponsor by a grant from the Rockfall Foundation. Be on the lookout for more lectures and events on the Connecticut River throughout the next year at the library.

Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame Talks on the Road Lecture:  Powerful Voices: Connecticut Women Changing Democracy

Monday, March 26, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.

Connecticut’s history is filled with remarkable women who achieved extraordinary things! Join us for an interactive multimedia program by the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame and learn about some of the state’s powerful female voices for change in our democracy. Discover the power your own voice can have by exploring the inspirational stories of suffrage advocates like Alice Paul and Isabella Beecher Hooker, prominent female firsts like Ella Grasso and Denise Nappier and social activists like Helen Keller.

Please stop by to see the banner exhibit “We Fight for Roses, Too” from the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame that will be on display from March 19th to April 9th. This exhibit is dedicated to the stories, struggles and achievements of our Inductees, women who have shaped the culture and society of Connecticut and the nation. Rather than focus solely on the photographs of each of the inductees, this exhibit showcases images that highlight the struggle of each woman’s actions as a means of further reminding audiences that the quest for women’s equality has not been an easy battle.

Read to Me: a Short Story Book Club

Saturday, March 31, 2018 at 3:30 p.m.

Did you like to be read to as a child? Remember sitting and hearing the characters come to life? Do you not have time to read a novel?  Please join us at Brainerd Library for a new monthly short story book club for adults.  We will be reading short stories to you.  No advanced reading is required, and we will have a lively discussion after the reading. Our first short story will be “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. “The Yellow Wallpaper” examines the stifling roles that denied women freedom of expression. The narrator (often identified as Jane) is driven mad by her inability to write or assert her independence.  Come sit back at the Library after hours and listen to a short story that is read to you!


Preschool Storytime

Preschool Storytime takes place every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m.  In March, those dates are the 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th. Activities will include stories, songs, finger plays, and crafts.  Preschool Storytime is appropriate for children ages 2 and up.

Music with Margie

Music with Margie will meet on Thursday, March 15, 2018 and Thursday, March 29, 2018 at 10:30 a.m.  The theme for March 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.  Many Haddam children have grown up with Margie as she has been coming to Brainerd Library for 20 years.  Music with Margie is appropriate for children ages 2 to 6.

Baby Rhyme Time

Baby Rhyme Time is a bimonthly music and movement program for infants and toddlers.  In March, Baby Rhyme Time will take place on the following Thursdays:  March 1st , 8th , and 22nd at 10:30 a.m.  Join us to meet other parents, sing nursery rhymes, dance, make music, and read a simple story.  Baby Rhyme Time is appropriate for children ages 0 to 3, but older siblings are welcome.

Pajama Storytime

Pajama storytime will take place on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month at 6:30 p.m.  In March, those dates are the 12th and the 26th.  Put on your pajamas and bring your favorite stuffed animal to join us for bedtime stories, songs, flannel board fun, and relaxing stretches.  On the 4th Monday of the month (March 26, 2018), bring your stuffed animal for a sleepover at the library.  Pajama Storytime is appropriate for ages 0 to 6, but older siblings are welcome.

LEGO™ Club

Lego Group meets on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of every month from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m.  In March, those dates are the 6th and the 20th.  Each month will feature one unique theme and one free build.  Lego creations will be put on display until the next session.  Come build with us!  Lego Club is appropriate for children ages 5 and up.

Seed Starting

Spring is coming!  Beginning in March, visit our little indoor greenhouse in the Children’s Department.  Plant a seed and watch it grow.  In the summer, we will transplant them together into our Brainerd Library community vegetable garden.   This is an ongoing drop-in event appropriate for all ages.


Cupcake Lab

Cupcake Lab will take place on Thursday the 22nd from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.  This program now takes the place of Cupcake Wars each month. No competition, just fun! Complete the challenge of the month and hone your skills for the Cupcake Championships coming this spring! For tweens and teens grades 6 to 12. Each month has a different science based theme- this month we are creating cupcakes inspired by Oceanography (the study of the sea!)

Teen Advisory Board

What can your library do for you?  Join BML’s Teen Advisory Board to find out!  The TAB will meet on Thursday, March 15th from 6:00 to 7:00 pm.  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 [email protected] or call us at 860-345-2204.  It’s your library… make a difference!  For tweens and teens grades 6 to 12.

Teen Take Over Fridays

Teens: Take over the Community Room after school every Friday for the month of March from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.! Watch movies, listen to music, do homework, play board games- the choice is yours!  Under the supervision of our teen librarian, teens will be given their own safe space to hang out and just be teens.  For more information, please contact Kristen at [email protected] or call us at 860-345-2204. For teens in grades 8 to 12.