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November is Vegan Awareness Month

Check out our display of new cookbooks with a vegan theme during Vegan Awareness Month.

The United States Department of Agriculture has put together several information and fact sheets

with helpful tips for vegetarian diets. World Vegan Day is celebrated on November 1 because on

that day in 1944 the world's first Vegan Society was founded. Founder Donald Watson (1910-2005) chose the word

"vegan" to describe the diet of his 'non-dairy vegetarians'.

Explore our vegetarian cookbook collection here. To receive information about new cookbooks, subscribe to

our LIFESTYLES newsletter.

One-Dish Vegan: More than 150 Soul-Satisfying Recipes for Easy and Delicious One-Bowl and One-Plate Dinners

This Photography Book is a Bestseller!

Humans of New York

Brandon Stanton's "HUMANS OF NEW YORK" is that rare photography book that has stormed the bestseller lists! You can borrow it from our library.

The book, in its first week out,  has become the Number 2 bestselling nonfiction hardcover book according to an article in Publisher's Weekly from October 28, 2013.

The photographer and author Brandon Stanton, 29, moved from Chicago to New York. He used to be a bond trader. In New York he began photographing random people on the street and interviewed them. He then posted the images and interviews online. His blog has now a huge following.   Check out our other new photography and art books here. You can also subscribe to our various bookletters here.

 

 

Impressionism - Book Display and Lecture

We have gathered our most beautiful books on Impressionism for a display in

conjunction with the lecture on French Impressionism on Tuesday, October 29, 2013,

at 7 pm. New Canaan art educators Robin Hoffman and Jodi Stiffelman will be the presenters.

Artscapades

French Impressionism: From Studio to Plein Air

This lecture will focus on the important artists and movements of the period including background information on each artist's life and work, characteristics of style to help you visit any museum, anywhere, and recognize the artist’s work, and the relationship of the artistic movement to historical and intellectual currents of the time. 

The goal of ArtScapades is that you will develop the means to critique a work of art while learning art history and art appreciation.  You will come away with both an understanding of French Impressionism and the tools to effectively explore galleries and museums.  

ArtScapades takes you through the historical climate that gave rise to Impressionism and gives the history of factors that brought the movement to Paris: the redesign of the city, the growth of the café culture, the impact of the Industrial Revolution, and advances in materials and technology. Artscapades chronicles the life of four artists and their works, Édouard Manet, Claude Monet, Pierre Auguste Renoir and Edgar Degas.

When: 
Tuesday, October 29, 2013 - 7:00pm
Where: 
Miller Memorial Library, Thornton Wilder Auditorium, 2901 Dixwell Ave., Hamden, CT.

Have yourself a Literary Halloween...

 

A picture of a girl in fox ears and socks for mittens, holding the book "Fox in Socks" below her nose

Fox In Socks by OhSoHappyTogether, from Flickr.

Two posts in one day?  What can I say, there's only eight days to Halloween!  Some people love it, some people don't, but two of my favorite things about the holiday are the costumes and the excuse to watch scary movies.  Take a look at our Pinterest board for some inspiration, or share your ideas with us!  As always, remember to look at our calendar for current or seasonal events, including whether you need to call ahead to preregister!

-Rebecca

 

October (Food) Chills

Hey, all.  Rebecca again!

Remember my post on National Ice Cream Month?  Well, one of the things I forgot is that not only do we have a pretty good collection of books on how to make ice cream here at Hamden Public Library, but one of the magazines we carry, Connecticut Magazine, puts out an annual list of the best places in the state to find ice cream.  If you're like me and ice cream is a year-round treat for you, now might be the time to check out the list and try a new ice cream based on seasonal flavors, like pumpkin spice!

Connecticut Magazine articles:

The Big Chill (June, 2012)

Summer Fun, Cool Treats (June, 2010)

Local favorite Ashley's made the 2012 list of 20, and I'm tempted to visit my statewide favorite, which also made the list.  Salem Valley closes for the winter after this Sunday.

What's your favorite ice cream stop in the state?  What's your favorite flavor?  Ice cream may not be part of eating better, together (October is "Eat Better Together" month, see Elisabeth's post for more details), but what's your family's favorite treat to share?

Thanks to Elisabeth for bringing these articles to my attention.

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