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Branches > Brainerd Public Library

Brainerd Public Library - Directions to Library
416 S. 5th Street
Brainerd, MN 56401
Phone: (218) 829-5574 Fax: (218)829-0055
E-mail Address:  
Web Site Address http://www.krls.org/branches/branch_br.html

Brainerd Photo


Hours:
Sun Closed
Mon 9:00 a.m - 8:00 p.m.
Tue 9:00 a.m - 8:00 p.m.
Wed 9:00 a.m - 8:00 p.m.
Thu 9:00 a.m - 8:00 p.m.
Fri 9:00 a.m - 6:00 p.m.
Sat 9:00 a.m - 4:00 p.m.
Staff:
Jolene B., Branch Manager
Merle G., Library Assistant
Linda M., Reference Librarian
Darcy D., Library Assistant
Jayne D., Library Assistant
Laurel H., Library Assistant
Diane S., Library Assistant
Jenny H., Library Assistant
Robin R., Library Assistant
Maria S., Library Assistant
Emily I., Library Assistant
Dennis H., Custodian


Location:
Brainerd Library map

Directions to Branch: Intersection of Highway 210 to 4th Street. Turnon 4th Street. Go two blocks to the stop sign. Turn left on Laurel Street. Go one block. Turn right on 5th Street. Go two blocks. The library will be on your right side.

Brief History: The Brainerd Public Library was established in 1904 and was a founding member of the Kitchigami Regional Library system in 1969. Originally housed in a Carnegie library, the current building was constructed in 1986

Reserve a Brainerd PC

Story time hours:
Family Story Time
Every Monday at 6:30 pm and every Tuesday at 10:15 am

Baby Story Time
Every Thursday at 11:15 am

Event Emails:
Would you like to sign-up for Brainerd Public Library event emails? If so, click here!

Local Library Board Meetings:
Meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month at 6:00 pm. The public is welcome.

Special Events:
February 2015 Brainerd Public Library Events-Discoveries


Check out the Brainerd Public Library's Newsletter HERE

The library holds Gardening Presentations from the University of Minnesota Extension Crow Wing County Master Gardeners. CLICK HERE to see the 2015 schedule. Register by calling the library at (218)829-5574.

"Paws" to read with Lulu the Dog-Lulu is a Reading Education Assistance Dog. She is very patient and calm and a great listener. Whether you're a strong or struggling reader Lulu loves to hear kids read stories. Want to read her a story? Lulu will be at the library Monday Feb 23rd, Monday March 9th and Monday March 23rd from 6:00pm to 7:00pm. Register to read to Lulu by calling the library at 829-5574.

Family Book Club-Monday February 23rd @ 4:00pm-Join us for our monthly family book club as we discuss Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis. Our book club is for kids ages 8-12. Pick up a copy of the book at the library and read it together before book club. Then come to book club and talk about your reading experience while making fun crafts. Snacks too! Family Book Club is a great way to foster a lifetime of reading in your family.

February is I Love to Read Month-Blind Date with a Book- Looking for something different to read? Tired of waiting for your favorite author to hurry up and write another book? Try a blind date with a book! Visit the library in February and check out the books' "personal ads," then choose one to check out-without seeing what it is. Tell us what you thought for your chance to win a Valentine treat. Kids ages 2-12 can tell us their favorite book for a chance to win prizes too!

Selecting and Growing Hostas with Extension Educator, Jackie Froemming - March 10 from 12:00 noon to 1pm. "Big Daddy", "Surfer Girl", "Gentle Giant", "Dancing Queen", "Rhinestone Cowboy". So many hostas! Come join Jackie to learn about selecting and growing the most popular shade perennials. Register by calling the library at (218)829-5574.

Free Weekly Computer Classes-If you're new to computers, haven't used them in a while, or just need a bit of a refresher, we have the tools to tackle technology at your own pace and gain confidence to succeed. Call the library for more information at (218)829-5574.
Tablet and ebook help: Open session Wed Feb 18th from 9:00am-10:30am
Computer Basics: Friday Feb 27th from 9:00am-11:00am


Healthy Brain- presented by Carmen Thelen from the Crisis Line -Thursday Feb. 19th from 12:00 noon - 1:00pm-No denying it, that as we age chronologically, our body and mind age right along with us. But research is showing that you can increase your chances of maintaining a healthy brain well into your old age if you add these simple changes to your daily regimen. We will learn some easy and simple ways to keep our brains healthy now and as we age. A program in partnership with the Crow Wing Energized Healthy Choices Series.

The library will be closed Monday February 16th for Presidents Day

Straw Bale Gardens with Author Joel Karsten on Thursday March 5 at 5:30pm-Ready for gardening season? Learn how to grow a garden in straw bales.

Write Basics Conference - Saturday, March 21 starting at 1pm - Brainerd American Legion Post 255. Join us for our third annual Write Basics conference, featuring authors Ellen Hart and Marge Barrett. This is a free event funded by the Minnesota Legacy Amendment. Register by calling the library at 829-5574. Click HERE for brochure.

Regular Brainerd Public Library Events
Family Story Time-Every Monday @ 6:30pm
Family Story Time-Every Tuesday @ 10:15am
Baby Story Time-Every Thursday @ 11:15am
Family Movie Time-Every Wednesday @ 3:30pm
Brainerd Adult Book Club-Second Wednesday of every month @ 2:00pm.

For more information call the Brainerd Public Library @ 829-5574 or visit www.krls.org
All programs are free of charge.

* These free programs are made possible with funding from the Kitchigami Regional Library through the State of Minnesota's Legacy Amendment funds to preserve arts and cultural heritage.

The Brainerd Public Library has a viewer with large flat-screen monitor to increase the size of materials. Patrons can use the machine to increase the size of magazines, newspapers, books and more. The machine is located by the References Desk. Many thanks to Brainerd Lions and Baxter Lions for the donation for this machine with the assistance of the Nisswa Lions.

Available Services:
Special online database services only available at the Brainerd Public Library:
        Westlaw
        Ancestry.com

Free wireless Internet access and public Internet computers

Reference Service: The Reference Desk is staffed all hours that the Brainerd Public Library is open. Information and reference requests may be called in: 829-2906, emailed to: reference@krls.org , or brought in to the Brainerd Public Library. For more information, please call Linda McIntosh, Reference Supervisor at 829-2906.


Special Collections:
Book Club in a Bag
This is a great resource for your local book club.


Friends:
Generally meets the first Monday of each month at 10:30am.
In June & July, meets at 11am during the Brown Bag Lunch series.
Used book donations accepted and appreciated throughout the year and used for the Friends Biannual Book Sale. Events and various materials provided by the Friends are free and open to the public. Visit the Friends of the Brainerd Public Library's website by clicking here.

Please consider a Friends membership - your membership will help us help to strengthen the library's collection and bring new programming and resources to the library.

Friends of the Library Membership Application









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