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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
Sue H., Library Assistant
Robin M., Library Assistant
Robin R., Library Assistant
Maria S., Library Assistant
Julia L., Library Assistant
Emily I., Library Assistant
Dennis H., Custodian


Location:
Brainerd Library map

Directions to Branch: Intersection of Highway 210 to 4th Street.  Turn on 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:

Brainerd Public Library Events - Discoveries


Wine and Words - Friday August 22nd - Arrowwood Lodge Baxter - Join our Friends of the Library for an evening of good friends, good wine, fabulous authors and wonderful books. Social hour starts at 5:30pm. Call the library for tickets at 829-5574.

September is Library Card Sign up Month - If you don't have a Brainerd Public Library card September is a great time to get one. Gain access to all kinds of free things at your local library. Kids 10 and under that sign up for a new card in September can pick out a free book to bring home. Remember that a library card is the most important school supply kids need as they head back to school. Library cards are FREE and bring you a world of opportunity no matter what your age.

"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 August 18th, September 8th, and 22nd from 6:00pm to 7:00pm Register to read to Lulu by calling the library at (218) 829-5574. Thank you to our volunteer, Michelle McCaughtry, for sharing Lulu's special skills with kids at the library!

Friends of the Library August book sale has been postponed. Check with the library in September for new dates for this popular event.

Musician Shannon Murray-Thursday September 4th @ 4:00pm* - Shannon will be presenting on the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) and tying it into local history. She'll perform some IWW labor songs and "original songs inspired by their organizing".

Day Lilies: Perfect Perennials-Gardening Class - Tuesday September 9th @ 12:00 noon - Extension Educator Jackie Froemming will present on selecting, planting, dividing, landscaping and more on this hour long presentation on day lilies. Register by calling the library at (218) 829-5574.

Community Discussion on 2015 Brainerd History Week - Tuesday September 16th @ 6:00pm
You are cordially invited to a Community Discussion "brainstorming session" to see what folks would like to see in next year's Brainerd History Week! What did you enjoy the most in the 2014 event, and how can the committee improve the week for 2015? Make this your celebration! Come with ideas or just listen in, at the Brainerd Public Library. Open to the public, Brainerd residents and others welcome!!!

Family Book Club - Monday September 29th @ 4:00pm- Join us for our monthly family book club as we discuss Percy Jackson and the Olympians Bk2 The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan. 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. Ask about it today!

Closed Labor Day - The library will be closed Monday September 1st for Labor Day.

The Brainerd Public Library now holds free regular basic computer classes. Stop into the library to ask for a schedule, visit http://www.krls.org/branches/branch_br.html or call 829-5574.

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
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

Fax number for library: 218-829-0055
$2/page to send; $1/page to receive

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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