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April is National Poetry Month

National Poetry Month Poster 2016

April is National Poetry Month. Looking for poetry?

Come see our display and discover some of our best new poetry books.

Here is a link to our poetry books in our online catalog, sorted by publication


2016 Jackson Poetry Prize recipient is Will Alexander. Will Alexander's books in our online catalog

New York City Poem in Your Pocket Day - April 21, 2016

New York City is hosting the annual Poem in Your Pocket Day celebration on Thursday, April 21, 2016 in honor of National Poetry Month. To join in the excitement, write your own poem or borrow one from your favorite poet; just make sure to carry a poem in your pocket to share with your friends, family, classmates, and colleagues.




Kindle Updates

That old Kindle sitting in your desk drawer is about to get locked out from the internet. Amazon is warning customers of older Kindle e-readers that they must update by Tuesday, March 22nd, or else they will no longer be able to access the Kindle Store or sync with the cloud. That means, most importantly, that you won't be able to download new books. The emergency update is for the original Kindle Paperwhite (2012) and every Kindle before it. If you do not update your Kindle before that date, Amazon says you'll receive this warning when you try to access internet services:

Your Kindle is unable to connect at this time. Please make sure you are within wireless range and try again. If the problem persists, please restart your Kindle from the Menu in Settings and try again.

All Kindles download and install the latest updates automatically if they're connected to Wi-Fi while asleep. If your Kindle is sitting somewhere in your house unplugged, however, it likely isn't updated with the latest version, and you should turn it on and make it pull the new update by clicking "Sync and Check for Items" in the menu.

Fortunately, you won't be entirely out of luck if you forget to update your device. You'll just have to do it manually by downloading the update file from Amazon's website and transferring it to your Kindle via a USB cable. For more detailed instructions, select your device on this help page. Of course, if it's not March 22nd, 2016 yet, just connect to Wi-Fi and do it the easy way right now. A full list of affected Kindle devices follow.

  • Kindle 1st Generation (2007)
  • Kindle 2nd Generation (2009)
  • Kindle DX 2nd Generation (2009)
  • Kindle Keyboard 3rd Generation (2010)
  • Kindle 4th Generation (2011)
  • Kindle 5th Generation (2012)
  • Kindle Touch 4th Generation (2011)
  • Kindle Paperwhite 5th Generation (2012)

February is Black History Month

 Celebrating Black History began in 1926, when Dr. Carter G. Woodson, a Harvard Ph.D., initiated "Negro History Week." Dr. Woodson, a historian, chose the second week in February because it included the birthdays of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln. In 1976, the Bicentennial (200th birthday) of the United States of America, the week-long observance was extended to the entire month of February in order to have enough time for celebratory programs and activities. Please see our book display in honor of Black History Month.

Books on African-American History in our collection

Statistical data for Black History Month


Thornton Wilder died 40 years ago

Thornton Wilder died 40 years ago. He died on December 7, 1975 in Hamden, CT. Thornton Niven Wilder was an American playwright and novelist. He won three Pulitzer Prizes—for the novel The Bridge of San Luis Rey and for the two plays Our Town and The Skin of Our Teeth. He was born on April 17, 1897 in Madison, Wisconsin. 

Education: Yale University, Oberlin College, Berkeley High School, Princeton University.

"We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures."

"There is a land of the living and a land of the dead and the bridge is love, the only survival, the only meaning."

"My advice to you is not to inquire why or whither, but just enjoy your ice cream while it's on your plate -- that's my philosophy." 

Books by Thornton Wilder in our collection

November is National Novel Writing Month


November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)! Come to the library and check out our display ofbooks about topics like writing fiction, "novel living", what not to do when writing a novel, etc.

You can also explore items on these subjects via our online library catalog and reserve them online.

Everybody is invited to check out their imagination and write a 50,000-word novel in November. Last year,
325,142 writers participated, including 80,000 students and educators via NaNoWriMo's Young Writers Program.

Of those participants, 58,917 writers hit their goals, completing a 50,000-word draft of a novel. Find out how

to participate here.

The only thing left to do is to start writing!


Banned Books Week

Check out our display during

BANNED BOOKS WEEK Sept. 27 - Oct. 3, 2015

 "Banned Books Week was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. More than 11,300 books have been challenged since 1982."

In honor of National Banned Books Week, Yale Professor Mark J. Schenker discusses ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF SOLITUDE by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, on Wednesday, September 30, 2015,  from 7 to 8 pm in the Friends Room, Miller Memorial Library, 2901 Dixwell Avenue in Hamden, CT. Admission is free. All are welcome. No registration necessary. Copies of the book are available in the library. Professor Mark J. Schenker has been with Yale College since 1990. He is currently Senior Associate Dean of the College and Dean of Academic Affairs. He received his Ph.D. in English Literature from Columbia University and has taught at Columbia, New York University, and Trinity College (Hartford). Professor Schenker was the recipient of the 2001 Wilbur Cross Award for Outstanding Humanities Scholar, presented by the Connecticut Humanities Council.

New York Public Library - Banned Books Quiz

Top Ten Most Frequently Challenged Books of 2014

Virtual Read-Out

Timeline: 30 Years of Liberating Literature







New Museum Pass added

We added a new pass to our collection of now 26 museum passes - just in time for the beautiful fall season. This new pass offers free admission for 2 adults and 2 children to the: 

White Memorial Conservation Center and Nature Museum  
80 White Hall Rd (off of Route 202), 
Litchfield, CT. 
Tel. 860-567-0857. 
open Mon.-Sat. 9-5, Sun. 12-5. 
FREE admission for 2 adults and 2 children. Closed major holidays. 
Pass status 

This is a state-of-the-art nature museum with hand-painted and photographic murals, dioramas, live animals, a working honeybee hive, unique exhibits, such as "The Art of Taxidermy". See a life-sized beaver lodge, learn about alternative energy, touch real animal fur, test your bird identification skills, visit the fluorescent rock cave, view nature through a digital macro-scope, or explore the children's corner. 

Then go outdoors and explore "Connecticut's Largest Nature Sanctuary" comprised of 4,000 acres and 35 miles of trails (grounds and trails are open year-round, 24 hours per day). 

Museum Passes are available for Hamden residents through the generosity of the Friends of the Hamden Library. Hamden residents only. One pass per family. Passes cannot be reserved. Museum passes are due before closing on the day after they are checked out. Please be courteous and return your pass at the Info Desk on time. 

See the complete list of our museum passes here


hooplaUse your library card to access thousands of movies, videos, music and audiobooks directly from your browser, tablet, or smartphone using Hoopla! Hoopla gives users access to thousands of titles through an Internet connection anywhere and anytime. There are no hold lists, so you can start enjoying your title right away.

Hoopla can be accessed on Apple or Android devices -just download the hoopladigital app from your app store then sign in with your Hamden library card number and you're ready for hours of free streaming entertainment. You can also watch, read or listen on your home computer via the four major web browsers, with no extra software to install.

Our staff all have their own favorite Hoopla films. Check out our Staff Picks for viewing suggestions, or find something on your own among Hoopla's hundreds of movie and TV titles.