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June is Audiobook Month

In June we celebrate Audiobook Month. 25% of Americans have listened to an audiobook in the last year. More and more audiobooks are being published. 
 
You can borrow audiobooks on CD, as a playaway or as a digital download. Playaway "is the name of a solid-state prerecorded audio player introduced in 2005 by Findaway World, LLC, based in Solon, Ohio. About the size of a deck of playing cards and weighing 2 ounces, it can store up to 80 hours of audio. As of March 2010, the audiobooks are all produced in high definition audio".
 
New Audiobooks in the Library
 
Hamden Library playaway audiobook collection
Downloadable Audiobooks This service is called OneClick Digital and is offered to our patrons via the statewide catalog iconn.org. For more information about this service, go to the OneClick Digital help page.
 
Audiobook Award Winners
 
Winners of the 2014 Audie Awards were announced on May 29, 2014
by the Audio Publishers Association. The Award for "Audiobook of the Year"
went to Still Foolin' 'Em by Billy Crystal, published by Macmillan Audio.
 
Trending on Audio. Article by Jocye Saricks. Booklist, June 1, 2014, p. 120. This article sums up major trends in audiobook publishing.
 

British Library - Discovering Literature

The British Library recently launched a "Discovering Literature" website which covers the Romantic and Victorian periods. More than 1,200 treasures from the British Library collection were digitized.  The website also includes 150 articles from 60 leading scholars, 25 short documentary films, and 30 inspirational teachers’ notes and more.  "From Dickens’s urban underworlds and the polite society of Jane Austen to the radical politics of William Blake and the fantasy worlds of the Brontë sisters, explore 22 iconic authors from the Romantic and Victorian periods." There is a lot to discover. Fascinating!

Best Gardening Websites

The Elegant Garden: Architecture and Landscape of the World's Finest GardensPrivate Edens: Beautiful Country GardensA Garden of Marvels: How We Discovered That Flowers Have Sex, Leaves Eat Air, and Other Secrets of Plants

Below is a listing of "Best Gardening Websites", courtesy of The Huffington Post.

Thank you, Nancy for bringing these to my attention. And here is a link to

our new gardening books in our online catalog. You can request these titles online

by placing a hold. New gardening books are also published monthly in our Architecture, Decorating and

Garden Design Newsletter. You can subscribe via email here. The Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme, CT

will offer a GardenFest from May 30 to June 15, 2014. You can check out a pass to this museum at the info desk

at Miller Library in Hamden.  For a list of our museum passes click here.

Best Gardening Websites

My Folia

Garden Web: The Internet’s Community Garden

Dave’s Garden

Best Plants for Beginners

Online Garden Planner

Plants in Your State

Endangered Plants in Your State

Hardiness Zone Map

UCONN Extension Site

Garden Watchdog (YELP for Gardeners!)

Farmer’s Almanac Last Frost Dates

Farmer’s Almanac Planting Dates

Burpee’s Growing Calendar

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Come to the library this month and check out our display with books and brochures 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...)

United Way of Connecticut - Mental Health Care Links

CT Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services

Regional Mental Health Boards in CT

National Institute of Mental Health
Explore materials dealing with mental health in our online catalog.





April is National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month. Looking for poetry?

Come see our display and discover some of our best poetry books.

The Connecticut State Library has put together links to online databases and

other resources online.

Here is a link to our poetry books in our online catalog, sorted by publication

date.

New York Times Found Poetry Student Contest

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".

Claudia Rankine wins $50,000 Jackson Poetry Prize

 

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