The Nigerian author Chinua Achebe died on March 21, 2013 at age 82 in Boston. His first novel and
magnum opus, Things Fall Apart (1958), is the most widely read book in modern African literature.
Publisher's Weekly recently revealed the Top Ten Bestselling Cookbooks of 2012. You can find them all in our library collection!
3. In the Kitchen with David. By David Venable.
5. Great Food Fast. By Bob Warden.
6. The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook. By Deb Perelman.
Which cookbooks do some of our best known cookbook authors favor?
Mollie Katzen's favorite cookbooks are:
1. Honey from a Weed, Fasting and Feasting in Tuscany, Catalonia, the Cyclades and Apulia. By Patience Gray.
3. Mediterranean Grains and Greens. By Paula Wolfert.
Ina Garten's favorite cookbooks are:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
Pride and Prejudice: A Jane Austen interactive. Compiled by THE GUARDIAN. Leading writers give an alternative reading of its characters.
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.
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'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)