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Brainerd Memorial Library: April 2018 Events/Programs

Submitted by Laurie Gardner and Marissa Lehmacher.


River Views: An Appreciation of Our State’s Namesake Waterway

Our second event in the series is a visit from Christine’s Critters on Saturday, April 7, 2018  11:00 a.m.

Christine’s Critters takes in injured and/or orphaned hawks, owls, falcons, and eagles and after rehabilitation, whenever possible, returns them to the wild for a second chance at life.  For those birds of prey that are unable to return to the wild due to their injuries, Christine finds them permanent homes at nature centers to become educational ambassadors.

Christine has many of the native species and will discuss the man made dangers these birds face and what we can do to try to offset that while at the same time improving the ecosystem for them to thrive!

Come out and meet some of our educational ambassadors and learn about these amazing creatures and the dangers they face in the wild.  If we all work together, we can help prevent some of the most common injuries we see in our raptors, and give them a better chance of survival out in the wild.

 Christine Peyreigne is a state and federally licensed General Class falconer, wildlife rehabilitator for migratory birds, and a wildlife educator.  She is the owner and founder of the nonprofit 501(c)(3) Christine’s Critters, Inc., which is dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and education with birds of prey and reptiles.

This event is made possible by grant from the Rockfall Foundation.

How Psychotherapy works with Richard Shulman, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist

Wednesday, April 11, 2018, 6:30 p.m.

Psychotherapy is not what you see on television or hear on the radio.  Those counselors provide no privacy, and barely listen to people before giving blunt and seemingly “expert” advice.  How does psychotherapy provide unique understanding and solutions for personal problems? This talk uses actual case material (disguised for privacy) to demonstrate how a trained psychotherapist might analyze clues to personal problems and discuss them in plain language with an adult, child or family.  We will also discuss protection of privacy, options for confidential psychotherapy, and the meaning of psychiatric labels.

  Dr. Shulman’s nonprofit organization, Volunteers in Psychotherapy, allows anyone to earn no-fee and truly private psychotherapy, in exchange for volunteer work, done privately and independently, at the charity, nonprofit or government agency of the person’s choice.  VIP has been providing therapy in greater Hartford for over 18 years, with primarily licensed clinical psychologists providing services through their private offices. Please visit the website at, or on Facebook.

Oops, I Wrote in a Library Book

Saturday, April 21, 2018, 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Did you know that April is National Poetry Month?   Join us a we recycle old library books to make blackout poetry.  Blackout Poetry is created when you mark out many of the words in a text, leaving visible only carefully selected words that work together to create a poem. This program is a drop in class and for 16 year olds and up. Hang out afterwards to share, read and admire the poetry. All supplies are provided even the books.  Shh, don’t tell the librarians!


Preschool Story-time

Join us for themed stories, songs, finger plays, and crafts.  Preschool Storytime takes place every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m.  In April, those dates are 4, 11, 18, and 25.  Appropriate for children ages 3 and up, but younger siblings are always welcomed.

Saturday Story-time

Can’t make preschool story-time during the week?  Join us on the first Saturday of every month at 10:30 a.m. for stories, songs, finger plays, and crafts.   In April, that date is the 7th.  Appropriate for children ages 3 and up, but younger siblings are always welcomed.

Music with Margie

Music with Margie is a multi-sensory music program that builds skills 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 will meet on Thursday, April 12 and Thursday, April 26 at 10:30 a.m.  The theme for April is “April Showers and Earth Day.”   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.  In April, Toddler Tunes will take place on Thursday, April 5 and Thursday, April 19 at 10:30 a.m.  Appropriate for children ages 1 to 3, but younger and older siblings are always welcomed.

LEGO™ Club

Like playing with Legos?  Then 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.  In April, those dates are 3 and 17.  Appropriate for children ages 5 and up.

Little Sprouts Seed Starting

Spring is here!  Come 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.

Paws to Read

Bring your favorite book to the library, and spend some time reading to a certified therapy dog.  Dogs are great listeners!  Paws to Read takes place on the third Saturday of every month from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  In April, that date is the 21st.  Paws to Read is appropriate for children and teens in Pre-K through 12th grade.  Registration is required as space is limited.  Call 860-345-2204 and ask for the Children’s Department to receive your 15-minute time slot.

Crazy 8’s Club

The Brainerd Memorial Library and the Killingworth Library are excited to announce a new joint program: the Crazy’s 8’s Math Club!  Crazy 8’s is nothing like your usual math club; kids will build glow-in-the-dark structures, crack secret spy codes and play games like Toilet Paper Olympics.  Crazy 8’s helps kids enjoy the math behind their favorite activities!  Crazy 8’s will run for 8 consecutive weeks on Thursdays from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. beginning on April 5 and ending on May 24.   The location of each class will rotate between the Brainerd Library and the Killingworth Library with the first class taking place at Brainerd.   This club is appropriate for children in grades 3-5.  Space is limited, so please sign up for this 8-week program at or call 860-345-2204.


Cupcake Lab

No competition, just fun! Complete the challenge of the month and hone your skills for the Cupcake Championships coming this spring!  Each month has a different science based theme- this month we are creating cupcakes inspired by botany (the study of plants). Cupcake Lab will take place on Thursday, April 19th from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.  For tweens and teens grades 6 to 12.

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, April 12 from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.  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.