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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
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Brainerd Public Library

Sun Closed
Mon 9:00 a.m - 7:30 p.m.
Tue 9:00 a.m - 7:30 p.m.
Wed 9:00 a.m - 7:30 p.m.
Thu 9:00 a.m - 7:30 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
Darcy D., Library Assistant
Jayne D., Library Assistant
Laurel H., Library Assistant
Diane S., Library Assistant
Jenny H., Library Assistant
Robin R., Library Assistant
Emily I., Library Assistant
Carol C., Library Assistant
Lindsey S., 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:

Check out the Brainerd Public Library's Newsletter HERE

To see the 2016 Crow Wing Master Gardener Monthly Presentations click HERE

Brainerd Public Library's great monthly programming for ages 8 up -- HERE

May 2016 Brainerd Public Library Discovery Events

Monday Storytime Change-Now at 6:00pm-Please join us a bit earlier for our weekly storytime full of fun books and crafts.

The Brainerd Public Library will be holding "Genealogy All Day" on Saturday, May 7, 2016*.
Genealogy All Day will include three different classes scheduled at 9:30am, 11:00am and 1:00pm. Participants can register for as many of the free classes as they want to attend by calling the library at 218-829-5574. All of the classes will be taught by Certified Genealogist Paula Stuart-Warren. The classes will include:

  • 9:30am - Tho' They Were Poor, They May Have Been Rich in Records

  • So many researchers put up artificial brick walls because their ancestors weren't land owners, were perennial renters staying one step ahead of the bill collector, or didn't leave behind a ten page will listing all the children. Many researchers figure that the trail runs cold, but that is far from the truth. Our poorer relatives are traceable, and, because they were poor and often needed some kind of assistance, may have left more helpful records than one might think. Some of the record keepers made side comments about our poorer ancestors in these records which may lead to other sources and relationships. The various records, sources for tracking them down, and dealing with the sometimes painful aspects of the information found will be discussed. Visuals will demonstrate the extensive information which may be found. The examples span many states and time periods and both private organizations and government agencies at many levels.

  • 11:00am - The Farmer in the Dell . . . and in Many U.S. Records

  • Name 20 places to seek information about ancestral farms. 25? 30? This session and accompanying handout demonstrate the extensive records and places for learning more about ancestral farmers and farms. No matter the present status of the property, there are ways to learn more about the farmers, farm, and related activities.

  • 1:00pm - Railroad Records and Railroad History: Methods for Tracking

  • How many genealogists have heard that great-grandpa traversed this nation as he worked for the railroad? For which railroad did he work? Where did it run? Are there railroad records still extant which may tell us something about his ancestry or where he later went? This lecture addresses these questions. Visuals and references demonstrate the wealth of historical materials available all across the U.S. When this lecture is over you will know where to turn to find out more about the railroad, its records, and how to determine current day access to the records.

    Garden Seeds: Starting, Seeding and Sowing-Gardening Class-Tuesday May 10th from 12 noon to 1:00pm-Looking for something different to start in your garden? This presentation will offer information on where to find the seeds you're looking for and how to start them indoors for the best results. Register by calling the library at 218-829-5574.

    Arna Rennan Norwegian Folk Music*-Tuesday May 10th at 6:00pm-Arna has translated immigrant's stories that are set to song in order to share them with you. She'll include music from a variety of genres including the simple four lined poems, waltz tunes, along with well-known favorites here in Minnesota.

    Pencil Art-Monday May 16th 3:30-4:30pm-Instead of using your pencil eraser to make marks disappear, turn it into a stamp and make playful pictures appear on cards and wrapping paper. Cut your erasers and invent your own cool shapes. For kids ages 8-12.

    Explore Robots-May 17th or 24th from 5:30pm-7:00pm- Come play with and learn the basics of Sphero, BB8's "cousin". Take it for a spin! Learn first-hand about cool STEM activities in school from a local educator. For kids ages 7-12. Registration is required by calling the library at 218-829-5574. We ask that there is one adult and one child per registration.

    Local history Scanning*-Help keep local history alive by bringing old pictures, postcards, slides or negatives of the Brainerd Lakes Area to the library this month for scanning. Call the library at 218-829-5574 to schedule an appointment to work with a local historian.

    Your energized Year-Brainerd Public Library is coordinating with Crow Wing Energized to offer weekly Lunch and Learn classes every Thursday @ 12:00 noon at the library. Bring your own lunch and treat yourself to terrific health tips. Call the library for more information.

  • 5/5/2016 Ed Schulz presents "Talk Backs to Negative Thoughts"

  • 5/12/2016 Janet & George Bedard presents "The Slippery Slope of Lifestyle Change"

  • 5/19/2016 Michelle McMahon, Takedown Gym, presents "Jump Start Your Activity Plan"

  • 5/26/2016 Brenda Myers presents "Make Social Cues Work for You"

  • 6/2/2016 Donn Beaubien presents "Stress: What Eats You? "

  • 6/9/2016 Jackie Thurlow presents "Moving Forward with Your Energized Year"

  • The Library now offers free basic computer classes every month. Stop into the library to ask for a schedule, visit or call the library to register at (218) 829-5574

    The library will be closed Monday, May 30th for Memorial Day.

    Regular Brainerd Public Library Events
    Family Story Time-Every Monday @ 6:00pm
    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 @ (218) 829-5574 or visit All programs are free of charge.

    *This free Legacy Program is funded in part or in whole with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008 which dedicated funding to preserve Minnesota's art 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

    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.

    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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