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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)

 

New Year's Resolutions (and how the Library can help you keep them)

Resolutions

You make your list of resolutions every January, and by the middle of February, you've reverted to all your old habits. This year, stop by the library when you feel your resolve begin to weaken. We have wide variety of resources and tools that can help motivate you and get you back on track.

 

Lose Weight/Get in Shape - We have a wide selection of health and fitness books and magazines that can help you plan your strategy for losing weight in a sensible way. Our healthy eating cookbooks provide recipes that taste delicious, and are good for you. And don't forget to checkout a few of our exercise videos and DVDs to get yourself up and moving!

Manage Debt/Save Money - You'll find plenty of practical, easy-to-understand guides to managing your personal finances at the library. Our books cover a wide range topics, including basic information on credit cards, banks, investing, insurance, buying a car or home, taxes, financing college educations, retirement planning, estate planning, and more.

Get a [Better] Job - Whether you are trying to find what career path is right for you, or attempting to polish up your resume, you will be able to find plenty of material to get you started in your job search. We also have online career resources that you can access from home 24 hours a day, including, Job Now, Job Search & Workplace Skills Learning Center, and Learn A Test, which offers practice tests for academic, civil service and vocational exams.
 

Learn Something New - The library is a great place to start when you are looking to pick up a new skill or hobby. We have illustrated guides for countless numbers of crafts, and detailed instruction books for enhancing your computer skills. You can learn a new language using our cassettes or CDs, or even using Mango, our online language program. There's so much to choose from - stop in and find what's best for you.
 

Reduce Stress - We have numerous resources that will help teach you techniques to help you unwind. Browse through out CD collection in our newly renovated media room to find some relaxing music to play to ease your tension. And if all else fails, what can be more relaxing than curling up with a good book!
 

Coping with Tragedy

In the wake of the terrible tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the librarians at Healthnet, the Connecticut Consumer Health Information Network, offer the following online resources to help you and your children talk about violence. These links are provided for informational purposes only and should not be construed as medical advice or opinion. This information is the result of an extensive search of online resources and represents what has judged to be appropriate information. Please be aware that medical experts may disagree on the various aspects of situations such as this one.

http://www.apa.org/helpcenter/aftermath.aspx
Helping your children manage distress in the aftermath of a shooting
From the American Psychological Association

http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/helping-children-and-adolescents-cope-with-violence-and-disasters-parents/how-parents-can-help.shtml
Helping Children and Adolescents Cope with Violence and Disasters: What Parents Can Do/How Parents Can Help
From the National Institute of Mental Health

http://www.nctsn.org/nctsn_assets/pdfs/age_related_reactions.pdf
Age-Related Reactions to a Traumatic Event
From the National Child Traumatic Stress Network

http://www.aacap.org/cs/root/facts_for_families/children_and_the_news
Children and the News
From American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

http://www.aacap.org/galleries/default-file/Talking_to_kids_aurora_shooting.pdf
Tips for Talking to Children about the Aurora Shooting
From American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

http://www.dbsalliance.org/site/PageServer?pagename=education_brochures_coping_unexpected_events
Coping With Unexpected Events: Depression and Trauma
SEE SECTION:  Helping and Talking with Children
From the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA)

Jane Austen's 237th Birthday - December 16, 2012

Jane Austen was born 237 years ago on December 16, 1775 in Steventon, England. She died on July 18, 1817 at age 41 in Winchester, England. She is one of the most widely read writers in English literature.

A news article published in November 2011 revealed that Jane Austen might have died of arsenic poisoning. Arsenic was a common ingredient in medicines of the time.

 
The Connecticut Chapter of the Jane Austen Society of North America has organized a JANE AUSTEN SUMMER CAMP which will take place from July 26-28, 2013 in Middletown, CT. For more information click here.

Jane Austen's works in our library collection

Audio Recordings of her books on CD and tape

Movie Adaptations of her books on DVD

Books and films about Jane Austen and her works

Jane Austen Read-alikes

 
Online exhibition on Jane Austen compiled by the Morgan
Library in New York
 
Turquoise Jane Austen ring sells at auction
 
Jane Austen's House Museum in Chawton, England
Newer book acquisitions of interest to fans of Jane Austen (click on the cover for link to the online catalog)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Best History Books of 2012

"The Passage of Power" by Robert Caro was chosen as the BEST HISTORY BOOK of 2012 by History News Network's online poll.

In second position is "Seward: Lincoln's Indispensable Man" by Walter Stahr.

In third position is "Sick from Freedom: African-American Illness and Suffering During the Civil War and Reconstruction" by Jim Downs.

In fourth position is "Nature Next Door: Cities and Trees in the American Northeast" by Ellen Stroud. In fifth position "The Patriarch: the remarkable life and turbulent times of Joseph P. Kennedy" by David Nasaw.

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