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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

Brainerd Photo

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
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
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

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.

September 2015 Brainerd Public Library Events-Discoveries

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.

Lulu the READ dog Retirement-Our dear sweet READ dog Lulu, is retiring. Thanks so much to Lulu and Michelle for their years of volunteering letting children read to Lulu. If you have pictures of a child reading to Lulu we'd love to see them. If you'd like to write a note to Lulu or Michelle stop into the library. Thank you John and Michelle McCaughtry for sharing your special Lulu with the library. We'll miss you Lulu!

Moo! Traveling Trunk Show-Monday September 28th @ 6:30pm- Join author David LaRochelle, illustrator Mike Wohnoutka, and Cow--- the star of their book Moo! for a one of a kind show. David and Mike will share a puppet show retelling of Moo!, get everyone dancing and follow up with a group storytelling and drawing activity. Kids will also have a chance to milk Ada, a realistic metal cow from the Crow Wing County Dairy Association. Stay for ice cream too donated by Kemps. Don't miss this moooovelous family event!

Banned Book Week September 27th-October 3rd-Harry Potter, Captain Underpants, Catcher in the Rye. Every year, there are hundreds of attempts to remove books from the shelves of bookstores, libraries and schools. Celebrate your freedom to read by reading your favorite banned book during Banned Book Week Sept 27th-Oct 3rd.

Friends of the Library Book Sale October 1st-3rd-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

Star Wars Read Day-October 10th-Make sure you stop in and get your favorite Star Wars book, a Star Wars activity sheet, and to see our display of Star Wars books and memorabilia.

Author of MN Lost Towns Towns, Rhonda Fochs*-Monday October 12th @ 12 noon-Travel along as we visit and learn about more than 200 central Minnesota locations. The book covers over 200 of Minnesota's central corridor counties, from east to west. Learn about how the towns were created, how they developed and lived, and why they died.

Selecting and Growing Sedums-Gardening Class-Tuesday October 13th @ 12:00 noon- Join Master Gardener Jackie Froemming for this hour long presentation. Jackie will cover basic information about many beautiful sedums and how we can grow them successfully in zone 3. Register by calling the library at (218) 829-5574.

Make it Ok Presentation-October 15th @ 12 noon-If we all talk more about mental illness, we'll understand more. When we understand more, we'll make it ok. The event is free of charge and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. This presentation is part of the Making Healthy Choices series that is collaboration with Brainerd Public Library, area organizations, and Crow Wing Energized that focus on various aspects of health and wellness in our community. No registration is necessary.

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten-Sign up for this fun new program. 1,000 books before kindergarten challenges all families and caregivers to read at least 1,000 books with their young children before they enter kindergarten. You can read any type of book and you can read it anywhere. We'll give you everything you need to keep track of all of the great books you read. Earn fun prizes along the way too. Help your child get ready for school with an interactive way to get the entire family reading together. Stop into the library and ask about it today! This program is funded by the Initiative Foundation and the Friends of the Brainerd Public Library.

The Library now offers free basic computer classes. Stop into the library to ask for a schedule, visit 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
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.

* 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

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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