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Bestselling and Best Loved Cookbooks

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Publisher's Weekly recently revealed the Top Ten Bestselling Cookbooks of 2012. You can find them all in our library collection!

1. Barefoot Contessa Foolproof. By Ina Garten.

2. The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Food from my Frontier. By Ree Drummond.

3. In the Kitchen with David. By David Venable.

4. Eat More of What you Love. By Marlene Koch.

5. Great Food Fast. By Bob Warden.

6. The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook. By Deb Perelman.

7. The Chew: Food. Life. Fun. By Peter Kaminsky.

8. The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Recipes from an Accidental Country Girl. By Ree Drummond.

9. Weeknights with Giada. By Giada de Laurentiis.

10. Hungry Girl to the Max. By Lisa Lillien.

Which cookbooks do some of our best known cookbook authors favor?

Mollie Katzen's favorite cookbooks are:

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1. Honey from a Weed, Fasting and Feasting in Tuscany, Catalonia, the Cyclades and Apulia.  By Patience Gray.

2. The Vegetarian Epicure. By Anna Thomas.

3. Mediterranean Grains and Greens. By Paula Wolfert.

Ina Garten's favorite cookbooks are:

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1. Summer on a Plate. By Anna Pump.

2. Nantucket Open House Cookbook. By Sarah Leah Chase.

3. Cold Weather Cooking. By Sarah Leah Chase.

4. Tate's Bake Shop Cookbook. By Kathleen King.

5. Baking for Friends. By Kathleen King.

6. Plenty. By Yotam Ottolenghi.

7. Jerusalem. By Yotam Ottolenghi.

Find out about new cookbooks in our collection via our LIFESTYLES bookletter. You can subscribe via e-mail here.

To locate books outside of our collection, go to the statewide catalog. You can request books via interlibrary loan

and the statewide catalog (iconn.org), if you are a Hamden resident.

 

 

March is Women's History Month

In celebration of Women's History Month, iCONN has assembled a web page with links to free resources from database vendors EBSCO, Cengage Gale, and ProQuest, as well as resources available on the open Web.
iCONN is part of the Connecticut Education Network. It provides all students, faculty and residents with online access to essential library and information resources. It is administered by the Connecticut State Library in conjunction with local libraries in Connecticut. Through iCONN, a core level of information resources including secured access to licensed databases is available to every citizen in Connecticut. You can also visit the CONNECTICUT WOMEN'S HALL OF FAME.
When you come visit the library this month, make sure to check out our display with books on Women's History in front of the main staircase. 

 

VITA Tax Assistance

VITA Volunteers from Quinnipiac University Law School will offer free tax preparation assistance to low and middle income Hamden residents at the Miller Memorial Library on Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. on the following dates:

2/16, 2/23, 3/2, 3/9, 3/23, 3/30, 4/6, and 4/13. No service will be available on 3/16 due to spring break vacation.

 Appointments are not necessary. People will be helped on a first come, first served basis. In order for the volunteers to assist you, you must bring with you the following items: 

  • Social Security cards for you, dependents and/or spouse
  • Photo identification for yourself and your spouse
  • All forms, W-2’s, and 1099’s
  • Information for other income
  • Information for all deductions/credits
  • A copy of last year’s tax return (if you have it)
  • Proof of account for direct deposit of refund (if you want it)

Volunteers will complete only simple 1040’s and will NOT be able to help those with investment incomes, military income or foreign incomes. Please bring all supporting documentation, otherwise the volunteers will not be able to assist you.

 

Saturday Hours Coming to the Branches

Branch Saturday Hours

Based on the success of the 2011-12 pilot project, Hamden Branch libraries will once again offer services on Saturdays beginning March 16.  Whitneyville Branch at125 Carleton Streetwill be open from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays through June 22 while Brundage-Community Branch at91 Circular Avenuewill open from 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. In addition to regular library services, Hamden’s Partnership for Young Children plans to once again offer its popular Saturday Cereal Club sessions for preschoolers and their parents at the Whitneyville Branch and Literacy Volunteers of Greater New Haven will provide tutoring for English language learners at Brundage Community Branch. Please watch for further announcements detailing start dates and times for these programs.

For further information about branch hours, please call Whitneyville Branch at 203-287-2677, Brundage Community Branch at 203-287-2675 or Miller Central Library Information Desk at 203-287-2680.

 

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 in front of the main staircase.

 Statistical data for Black History Month

Resource links from iconn.org (provided by Connecticut State Library)

200th Anniversary of "Pride and Prejudice"

This month marks the 200th anniversary of one of the most popular novels in English literature: "Pride and Prejudice" written by Jane Austen was published on January 28, 1813. Since then, it has sold more than 20 million copies worldwide. Below is the title page from the first edition of the first volume of "Pride and Prejudice". Here are a couple of interesting links:

http://www.prideandprejudice200.org.uk/

Jane Austen Society of North America Student Essay Contest

Pride and Prejudice: A Jane Austen interactive. Compiled by THE GUARDIAN. Leading writers give an alternative reading of its characters.

Goucher College Library Exhibition: Pride and Prejudice - a 200 year affair.

Free Library of Philadelphia: Day Long Celebration - January 28, 2013.

 

New 2013 State Park Pass has arrived

We just received a new 2013 STATE PARK pass for circulation. Discover the beauty and history of 139 state parks and forests and spend more time outdoors!

The pass can be checked out by Hamden residents with valid Hamden Public Library cards. One pass per family. The pass covers cost of parking, where there is an established parking charge. Parking fees are charged at all four state park beaches on Long Island Sound as well as several inland parks. The pass also covers admission for two adults and four children at state historical sites and exhibit centers at Dinosaur, Fort Trumbull and Gillette Castle State Parks.

Please note that starting Monday, February 25 the museum at Dinosaur State Park in Rocky Hill will be closed for construction. The tentative reopening date is April 4.

Come to the info desk at Miller Library, 2901 Dixwell Ave. to check out and return our museum passes.

List of Museum Passes

More info on State Parks in CT

Tax Forms Delayed

The production of some 2012 major tax products, including the Form 1040 and the Instructions for Form 1040, is impacted by the recent passage of the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012.  At this time, respresentative from  the Internal Revenue Service do not have an estimate as to when products will become available on www.irs.gov or in print.

The IRS is currently reviewing the details of recent tax legislation and assessing what impact it will have on this year's filing season. The IRS will soon make available additional information on when taxpayers can start filing 2012 tax returns.

 

January Literary Birthdays

January's literary birthdays include Virginia Woolf, Ernest J. Gaines, Anton Chekhov, Patricia Highsmith, Zora Neale Hurston, and Edgar Allan Poe.

 

Jan. 1 - J.D. Salinger (1919 - 2010 )

Jan. 2 - Isaac Asimov (1920 - 1992)

Jan. 3 - J. R. R. Tolkien (1892 - 1973)

Jan. 5 - Umberto Eco (1932 - )

Jan. 6 - Khalil Gibran (1883 -1931)

Jan. 6 - E.L. Doctorow (1931 - )

Jan. 6 - Carl Sandburg (1878 - 1967)

Jan. 7 - Zora Neale Hurston (1903 - 1960)

Jan. 8 - Wilkie Collins (1824 -1889)

Jan. 9 - Simone de Beauvoir (1908 - 1986)

Jan. 12 - Jack London (1876 - 1916)

Jan. 12 - Charles Perrault (1628 - 1703)

Jan. 12 - Haruki Murakami (1949 - )

Jan. 15 - Ernest J. Gaines (1933 - )

Jan. 15 - Frank Conroy (1936 - 2005)

Jan. 16 - William Kennedy (1928 - )

Jan. 17 - Benjamin Franklin (1706 - 1790)

Jan. 17 - Nevil Shute (1899 - 1960)

Jan. 18 - A. A. Milne (1882 - 1956)

Jan. 19 - Edgar Allan Poe (1809 - 1849)

Jan. 19 - Patricia Highsmith (1921 - 1995)

Jan. 22 - Lord Byron (1788 - 1824)

Jan. 22 - August Strindberg (1849 - 1912)

Jan. 22 - Joseph Wambaugh (1937 -)

Jan. 24 - Edith Wharton (1862 - 1937)

Jan. 25 - Virginia Woolf (1882 - 1941)

Jan. 25 - Gloria Naylor (1950 - )

Jan. 27 - Lewis Carroll (1832 - 1898)

Jan. 28 - Susan Sontag (1933 - 2004)

Jan. 29 - Anton Chekhov (1860 - 1904)

Jan. 31 - John O'Hara (1905 - 1970)

Jan. 31 - Norman Mailer (1923 - 2007)

Jan. 31 - Zane Grey (1872 - 1939)

Jan. 31 -Thomas Merton (1915 - 1968)

 

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