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Jolene B., Branch Manager
Merle G., Library Assistant
Linda M., Reference Librarian
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
Dennis H., Custodian
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
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.
April 2015 Brainerd Public Library Events-Discoveries
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.
"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 is at the library two Mondays a month from 6:00pm to 7:00pm. Register to read to Lulu by calling the library at 218-829-5574. Lulu, we are so glad you are feeling better!
National Library Week-April 12th-18th- Draw a picture of your favorite book or character and get ice cream! In celebration of National Library Week kids ages 4-11 can to pick up a coloring sheet at the Brainerd Public Library. When they return it to the library they'll get a token for free frozen custard at Culvers in Baxter. Finished entries will be on display at the library and kids will be put in a drawing for Culvers kids meals and new books too! Be sure to get your coloring sheet back to the library by Sat April 25th.
Family Book Club-Monday April 20th @ 4:00pm-Join us for our monthly family book club as we discuss Shadow on the Mountain by Margi Preus. 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.
Author Lauraine Snelling-Monday April 20th @ 6:30pm*-Award winning and best-selling author Lauraine Snelling has had over 80 books published. She has written horse books for young girls, adding historical and contemporary fiction and nonfiction for adults and young readers to her repertoire. Event will be held at the Arrowwood Lodge in Baxter. No registration is required.
Introduction to Rain Gardens - Gardening Class-Tuesday May 12th from 12 noon to 1:00pm- Join Crow Wing County Extension Educator, Jackie Froemming, for this free and informative class thanks to the U of MN Extension Office. Rain gardens are beautiful landscaped areas that are great at managing storm water runoff. This presentation will cover the basics of designing and installing a rain garden. Register by calling the library at 218-829-5574.
Twin Cities Hardingfelelag Fiddle Music-Monday May 11th @ 12 noon*-Join us at the library for lively Scandinavian Fiddle Music and dance. All are welcome and no registration is required.
Genealogy Conference-Saturday May 16th-1:00-4:30pm*-Join us at Arrowwood Lodge in Baxter for our Fourth Annual genealogy conference. 3 experts will speak on finding your female ancestors, accessing military records and a fresh update on the best websites for expanding your research. Register by calling the library at 218-829-5574.
Do you have local historical photos? Turn your past pictures into part of Brainerd Lakes Area history!*- The Brainerd Public Library would like to scan: recent and old photographs and documents, buildings and people, city scenes, 371 corridor changes and postcards. These items will be scanned for historical and archival purposes. If you're interested in sharing your photos, please call the library for a scanning appointment. 218-829-5574.
Let's Make It Okay presented by NAMI- Monday, May 18 @ 12 noon - Join us to get a better understanding of how to see the signs of depression and suicidal thought. This presentation is part of the Making Healthy Choices noon series that is a 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 necessary.
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 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.
Special online database services only available at the Brainerd Public Library:
Free wireless Internet access and public Internet computers
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: firstname.lastname@example.org , or brought in to the Brainerd Public Library. For more information, please call Linda McIntosh, Reference Supervisor at 829-2906.
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