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September 2015

Banned Books Week

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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

Business & Career Programs

In conjunction with the opening of its new Business and Career Center, Miller Library will offer classes for people searching for a job, trying to start a new business or looking to update their computer skills.

Starting on October 2nd Duncan MacIntyre from Connecticut Works will be offering classes for people who are looking for employment. These classes will be on the first Friday of the month and will take place from 9:00am until 10:00am at the Miller Library. The first class will be a refresher class on computer skills including attachments and how to access learning tools. Then the classes will move on to Resume Basics on November 6th and Internet Job Search Techniques on December 4th.

Paul Berendsohn will offer “Computer Coaching” on Monday evenings from 6:00pm until 7:30pm beginning on October 19th and continuing on Mondays until November 9th. This is your opportunity to ask an expert questions you may have about how to establish an email account, how to use a resume template, or other questions that have been stumping you. Because the classes will be taking place in the computer lab at the Senior Center, registration will be required due to the very limited seating available. 

For people who run their own business or are thinking about opening their own business, the Business Assistance Center of Hamden and the library will present a free seminar series for business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs. The schedule’s dates and topics are:

Seminar One:   Wednesday 10/7/15 

·     Choosing your business structure

·     Identifying the right business opportunity for yourself 

Seminar Two: Wednesday 10/14/15

·     Managing your business

·     Financing your business

Seminar Three: Wednesday 10/21/15        

·     The Business Plan

·     The Personal Plan 

Seminar Four: Wednesday 10/28/15

·     Insuring your business

·     Marketing your business

Each session shall span two hours (6:00PM – 8:00PM). Attendees are encouraged to attend all sessions which shall be held in the Friends Room  at the Miller Library located at 2901 Dixwell Avenue Hamden CT 06518. 

For more information or to register for the “Computer Coaching” sessions, please call the information desk at Miller at 203-287-2680.


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.