July is National Park and Recreation Month! Check out our new museum passes which are listed below. All of our new passes offer free admission.
Museum Passes are available for Hamden residents with valid Hamden library cards through the generosity of the Friends of the Hamden Library. One pass per family can be checked out. First come, first serve. Passes can be checked out at the info desk, Miller Memorial Library, 2901 Dixwell Ave. in Hamden.
Complete list of all of our museum passes (click on pass status for information on availability)
American Clock & Watch Museum, 100 Maple St., Bristol, CT. Tel. 860-583-6070. Open 10-5 daily, March 28th to Nov. 29th, except Easter & Thanksgiving. Weekends only in December. Winter hours by appointment. Free admission for 2 adults and 3 children. CT was once the clock capital of the U.S. See the museum's current special exhibition: Once Upon a Time: Clocks & Watches in Popular Literature. "The American Clock & Watch Museum's 2015 exhibition links great clocks and great writing. The exhibition highlights writings as diverse as F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, Edgar Allen Poe's "The Pit and the Pendulum," and the J. K. Rowling Harry Potter series. A section of the exhibit focuses particularly on the use of clocks and time in children’s books. Next to each displayed book is a clock from the museum’s renowned collection, carefully chosen for its relevance to the tale being told. “Once Upon a Time” is on display during regular museum hours through December 27, 2015."
Lyman Allyn Art Museum, 625 Williams St., New London, CT. Tel. 860-443-2545. The museum houses one of the most significant art collections in Southeastern Connecticut, including European and non-Western art as well as American fine and decorative art. Pass provides free admission for 2 adults and 2 children. Children under 12 are always free. Tuesday through Saturday: 10 am — 5 pm, Sunday: 1 pm — 5 pm, Closed Monday and major holidays. There is also a special doll house.
Stamford Museum & Nature Center, 39 Scofieldtown Rd, Stamford, CT 06903. Tel. 203.322.1646. The pass offers free admission for 2 adults of the same household, and their children under age 18, plus free parking. Free Admission includes the Bendel Mansion & Galleries, Heckscher Farm, Nature's Playground, and access to Animal Embassy's live exotic animal exhibit, as well as, free admission to the Observatory and Astronomy Nights programs. (50% Discount on Admission to all Family Festival Weekends)
In June we celebrate .
Come to the library this month and check out our display with books on "May is Mental Health Awareness Month", or explore these links:
Mental Health Resources: a guide for patients and families. Compiled by Lyman Maynard Stowe Library, University of Connecticut Health Center (diagnosing mental illness, therapy guidelines, positive child rearing, finding a therapist, medications, legal resources, organizations and agencies...)
Connecticut's Network of Care ("makes available a vast array of services and information about community-based social services for people with mental illness and their families and service providers")
Explore in our .
April is National Poetry Month. Looking for poetry?
Come see our display and discover some of our best new poetry books.
The Connecticut State Library has put together links to online databases and
Here is a link to our poetry books in our online catalog, sorted by publication
"To celebrate National Poetry Month, the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs (@NYCulture) is hosting the sixth annual #PoetweetNYC Twitter poetry contest from April 6 to April 13, 2015". 140-character poets submit your 140-character poems!
Found poems are “poems that are composed from words and phrases found in another text. A New York Times found poem, then, uses words and phrases taken from one or more Times articles, past or present — and since the paper has been publishing since 1851, choosing which Times article(s) to use is often the hardest part".
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.
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.