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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

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

Abraham Lincoln's Birthday - February 12

 Abraham Lincoln was the 16th President of the United States from March 4, 1861 to April 15, 1865. He was born on February 12, 1809 in Hardin County, Kentucky. He died, only 56 years old, on April 15, 1865 in Washington, D.C.

Click here for books and other materials on Abraham Lincoln in our library collection divided by subject headings. Explore an online daily account of Abraham Lincoln's life. Other interesting websites on Abraham Lincoln can be found here. Check out our display with books about Abraham Lincoln when you visit the library this week.

New York Times Topics - Abraham Lincoln

Lincoln's house in Springfield, Illinois, in Winter

New - Long Wharf Theatre Pass!

The Friends of the Hamden Library provided the funding for the Long Wharf Theatre pass. Thank you, Friends! 

Hamden residents with valid Hamden Library cards can check out a pass/voucher to the Long Wharf Theatre at the info desk, Miller Library, 2901 Dixwell Ave. in Hamden. Each voucher is valid for a two day period and is good for 2 free adult tickets. Patrons have to phone the box office to reserve the tickets and present the voucher. They will give best available seats pending availability for a given performance. We can hand out one voucher per day. First come, first serve. Our Town.jpg

 The first show of the new theatre season is OUR  TOWN

 by Thornton Wilder. It will run from Oct. 8  to Nov. 2, 2014. 


 Review of OUR TOWN in the Hartford Courant

 Review of OUR TOWN in the New Haven Register 

 Review of OUR TOWN in the New York Times

 Books and DVDs in our library collection

 OUR TOWN by Thornton Wilder - Wikipedia article

 

 

Long Wharf Theatre, 222 Sargent Dr,  New  Haven,  CT  

Box Office: (203) 787-4282, or toll  free (800) 782-8497

BOX OFFICE PHONE HOURS:

 Monday: 10 am - 5 pm
 Tuesday - Friday: 10 am - one hour before curtain
 Saturday & Sunday: noon - one hour before curtainDirections: Long Wharf Theatre is located directly off Exit 46 of I-95, near the junction of I-95, I-91 and Route 34. Parking is free in a lighted, secure lot.

Hamden Library Museum Passes

A printed brochure is available at the info desk, Miller Library. For questions, call the information desk, 203-287-2680, or check information online.

 

Banned Books Week Sept. 21 - 27, 2014

Check out our display during

 BANNED BOOKS WEEK Sept. 21 - Sep. 27, 2014

 "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 THE GRAPES OF WRATH by John Steinbeck on Monday, September 29, 2014, from 7 to 8 pm in the Friends Room, Miller Memorial Library, 2901 Dixwell Ave. in Hamden, CT. Admission is free. All are welcome. No registration necessary. "The Grapes of Wrath" which was originally published 75 years ago, is perennially on the list of classic books that are banned or challenged. 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.

Books challenged, restricted, removed, or banned in 2013/2014

Virtual Read-Out

Timeline: 30 Years of Liberating Literature

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

State Park Fees Waived for July 26 and July 27

State Parks Centennial CelebrationConnecticut State Park Fees will be waived this Saturday, July 26, 2014 and this Sunday, July 27, 2014. Fees for campgrounds are excluded. There are 107 state parks in Connecticut.

For more information, check out the announcement by Governor Malloy.

Free State Parks Weekend July 26 and July 27, 2014

Top Ten Places to Go

You can check out the book

"A shared landscape: a guide and history of Connecticut's State Parks

& Forests" by Joseph Leary from our library or place a hold online.

 

 

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