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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

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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.
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

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:

July 2014 Brainerd Public Library Events - Discoveries

Paws to Read Summer Reading Program enters its final week - We've crushed our record. More than 1,130 kids signed up to read this summer, logging thousands of hours reading. We've had fun during the dog days of summer with fun animal stories, crafts and performers. Don't forget to come to the library to get your prizes before Friday July 25th.

"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 July 28th, Monday August 4th and Monday August 18th from 6:00pm to 7:00pm. Register to read to Lulu by calling the library at 829-5574.

Family Book Club-Monday August 25th@ 2:00pm - Join us for our monthly family book club as we read The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo. 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 as a family and make fun crafts. Snacks too! Family Book Club is a great way to foster a lifetime of reading in your family.

Friends of the Brainerd Public Library Brown Bag Authors:
--July 21, 12:00pm - Author Terri Peterson Smith - Off the Beaten Page: The Best Trips for Lit Lovers, Book Clubs, and Girls on Getaways
--July 28, 12:00pm - Author Jonathan Friesen - Mayday
--August 4th, 12:00pm - Author Jodi Schwen - Northern Comfort: The Musings of Jacqueline Pine Savage

Author Christina Baker Kline - Tuesday August 12th @ 7:00pm* - Hear Author Christina Baker Kline discuss her book, Orphan Train. Event will be held at Chalberg Theater at CLC.

Friends of the Library Book Sale August 14-16 - Don't miss this popular event and stock up on great books. Thursday and Friday 9:00am to 8:00pm. Saturday 9:00am to 4:00pm.

Colorful Pots All Season Long - Gardening Class - Tuesday August 12th from 12 noon to 1:00pm - Join Crow Wing County Master Gardener, Julie Kloster, for this free and informative class thanks to the U of MN Extension Office. Those who love to accent their patios, decks, front doors and even their gardens with plants should attend this class. Learn how to select, arrange and care for the plants that will perform colorfully all summer long. Find out how to even select plants that will survive the cooler fall weather as well. Register by calling the library at 829-5574.

The Brainerd Public Library now holds free regular basic computer classes. Stop into the library to ask for a schedule, visit or call 829-5574.

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.

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 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:

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: , 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.

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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310 2nd St North, P.O. Box 84, Pine River, Minnesota 56474
phone: 218.587.2171 / fax: 218.587.4855