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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
Jessica W., Library Assistant
Nancy H., Library Assistant
Mary D., 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 6:00 pm and every Tuesday at 10:15 am
Every Third Wednesday of the month at 11:15am *New

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 2017 Crow Wing Master Gardener Monthly Presentations click HERE

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

Brainerd Public Library April and May Events

Read to Shadow the Read Dog on Thursdays - Come and read to Shadow. Shadow is a 4 year old collie that loves to listen to kids read to him. Call the library to sign up to read to Shadow. (218)829-5574.

ECFE comes to the library on Thursdays from 11am-12noon - Join us for fun classes for preschool age children with an ECFE teacher. Bring your little one to baby storytime Thursdays at 11:15am while your older kids experience learning new things with an Early Childhood Family Education teacher. Every Thursday when school is in session.

Work of Art Workshop on "Legal Considerations" - Wednesday, April 26th from 1-3:30pm - Obtain general information about your intellectual property, contract basics, and structuring your artistic business. Register by calling (218)829-5574.

Brown Bag Author, Anne Dunn - Monday, May 1st @ 12:00pm - Ann will discuss her new book Fire in the Village which includes 75 stories. This collection includes creation myths, fables, and legends of survival. Anne is an Anishinabeg-Ojibwe grandmother storyteller.

Mondays, May 1st and 8th from 6-7pm - Learn to knit with step by step basics. Build knitting skills one square at a time by practicing between class dates and discover the joy of knitting. Please register for these classes by calling (218)829-5574.*

WWI History with Arn Kind - Tuesday, May 2nd at 6pm - Arn Kind will dress the part for this exciting living history program as you learn about the causes of the war, why Americans got involved, strategies used to win the war, the role women played, and the life of a typical Minnesota soldier.*

Work of Art - Saturday, May 6th: 2 Classes
10:00am-12:30pm - Pricing- Discover an an analytical approach to defining key elements that will help you calculate the costs and prices of your art for a variety of markets.
2:00pm-4:00pm - Time Management - Discover analytical and tool-based approaches to tackle hurdles related to efficiency, flexibility and your work-life balance.
Please register for these classes by calling 218-829-5574*

Edible Landscaping Gardening Class - Tuesday, May 9th @ 12noon - Looking for great ideas on how to mix fruits and vegetables with your flowers and shrubs? This presentation will show you how to eat local, from your own garden, without the long straight rows in the backyard. Please register by calling the library at 218-829-5574.

Crafternoons @ Your Library: Handmade Mini Journals - Thursday, May 11th @ 2pm - Second Thursday of each month. On this Crafternoon learn to create quick and easy booklets using only a few tools and paper. See how to vary the techniques to make journals for personal use and gift items. Taught by Lily A. All supplies are provided for this free series for adults by the Friends of the Brainerd Public Library. Registration is required by calling the library at 218-829-5574. Others are welcome to drop in and color or work on your own crafts.

Adult Knitting 101 - Thursdays, May 11th and 18th from 6-7:00pm - Learn to knit with step by step basics. Build knitting skills one square at a time by practicing between class dates and discover the joy of knitting.
Please register for these classes by calling 218-829-5574.*

Books Burgers and Brews Book Club - Monday, May 15 from 6:00-8:00pm @ Prairie Bay in Baxter- We will be discussing the book The Nest by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney. Click here to RSVP and then pick up a copy of the book at the Brainerd Public Library.

Adult Knitting 102: Advanced Stitches - Tuesdays, May 16 and 23 from 6-7:00pm- Build on the basics by learning new stitches in knitting. Learn to read a pattern. Discover essential skills by practicing basic knit and purl stitches and enjoy making something unique. Please register for these classes by calling 218-829-5574.*

Work of Art - Thursday, May 18th from 1:00-3:30pm "Funding" - Learn how to think creatively about diversifying your funding streams by exploring traditional and new models for generating value, resources, and revenue. Please register for these clases by calling 218-829-5574.*

Genealogy - Saturday, May 20th - Alice Eichholz, Ph.D., CG and nationally known family history researcher, writer, adult educator, and genetic genealogist will present three genealogy topics:
10:00-11:00am: "The DNA Side of Genealogy"
11:30am-12:30pm: "I Took a DNA Test - Now What?"
1:30-2:30pm: "Sisters, Aunts, Mothers, Daughters: Adding Women to the Family Tree"
Sign up for one or all three of the sessions by calling the library at 218-829-5574.*

Pool Noodle Structures - Monday, May 22nd from 3:30-4:30pm - How high can you build with pieces of foam pool noodles? Can you build something that floats? You'll learn fun new ways to use the noodles. And you thought they were only for the beach! Imagination Mondays are offered every month for kids ages 8-12. No registration needed.

Traditional Anishinaabe Songs with Lyz Jaakola - Monday, May 22nd @ 5:30pm - Lyz will be sharing a variety of traditional Anishinaaabe songs that she arranged as well as the traditions and that surround them.*

Reading by Design Summer Reading Program Starts June 1st - Build your best summer ever! We've got a great blueprint planned for our 2017 Summer Reading Program. Readers from babies to teens will celebrate our theme, Reading By Design. We'll create and connect our way through games, stories, crafts and more. Cement your plans to include the library this summer and earn great prizes!

The Library will be closed on Monday, May 29th in honor of Memorial Day.

Yarn Bomb the Library! - Help us yarn bomb the library by knitting or crocheting a 6 by 6 inch patch for us to sew together to cover different parts of the library! Yarn will be available at the library in April and May for people to use to create a patch. We will also have knitting workshops for adults and teens in April and May. Call the library at (218)829-5574 for more information and to register for a knitting class.

The library now offers free basic computer classes every month. Call the library to register at 218-829-5574. Click here for March and April classes.

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 Story Time-Third Wednesday of every month @ 11:15am **NEW**
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
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:
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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