If you saw Elisabeth's wonderful displays in June, you know that Hamden Public Library has lots of books about grilling, barbeque, and ice cream, but did you know that the month of July will be both National Grilling Month and National Ice Cream Month?
First proclaimed by President Ronald Regan in 1984, National Ice Cream Month (and the third Sunday of July, National Ice Cream Day) was proclaimed in order to recognize "ice cream as a fun and nutritious food that is enjoyed by a full 90 percent of the nation's population. In the proclamation, President Reagan called for all people of the United States to observe these events with 'appropriate ceremonies and activities'"(IDFA). Check out our Pinterest to view some ice cream books in our collections, and some links to online resources for how to make ice cream at home!
How to make ice cream without an ice cream machine, from Kitchn. I haven't tried this myself, but as someone who doesn't have an ice cream maker, I'm tempted! My fingers froze when I made Ziploc-bag ice cream in high school.
Our collection of ice cream books: a link to Hamden Public Library's catalog
Connecticut Historic Gardens Day takes place on Sunday, June 23, 2013, from 12 to 4 pm. This event has taken place annually for the last ten years.
"Connecticut's Historic Gardens was started in 2002 by a small group of historic sites with gardens that pooled resources to participate in the annual Connecticut Flower and Garden Show held in Hartford, Connecticut in February." There are fourteen members of Connecticut Historic Gardens.
Check out our book PRIVATE GARDENS OF CONNECTICUT.
Other books you might be interested in:
The History of Gardens in Painting by Nils Büttner.
"The creation of gardens was among the first achievements of early civilizations, and garden design was already highly developed in antiquity. Pictures of gardens are a reflection of the social, historical, and aesthetic context in which gardens were conceived. The focus of this captivating book is not the gardens themselves or the different concepts of the garden, but rather the representation of gardens in paintings. The author examines why artists paint gardens by covering the varied and lively 2,000-year history of the garden picture using 180 masterpieces of gardens as examples. The text begins with a look at ancient Rome, when paintings of gardens, as found in villas in Pompeii, were already valued as works of art. The wide-ranging coverage also includes pictures of charming medieval gardens in books of hours; Botticelli's masterwork La Primavera, set in a grove of orange trees; views of well-known historic gardens, such as those at Versailles; painter's gardens, as for example, Monet's Giverny; and modern gardens depicted by Frida Kahlo, Andy Warhol, and David Hockney, among others. For collectors of art history books and garden books, this lovely volume should appeal to a broad audience."
"Derek Fell examines Monet's planting philosophies, shedding light on his use of color, sense of structure, extravagant combinations of form and texture, and favorite flowers.
Vincent's Garden: paintings and drawings by Van Gogh by Ralph Skea.
A book for gardeners and art lovers everywhere: a selection of Vincent van Gogh's garden and flower paintings and drawings. Presents Van Goghs lifelong love affair with the garden. This title illustrates a range of works, from iconic oils such as Irises to exquisite etchings and intimate sketches."
We have updated our LIFESTYLES bookletter which lists our new book acquisitions in
the 600s: Cooking, Health, Technology, Parenting, etc. For each book entry, there is a link to our
online catalog which allows you to reserve a title and put it on hold. The LIFESTYLES bookletters
gets updated on the 7th of each month. You can subscribe via email here. You will find our 12 bookletters
under BOOKS & More on our homepage.
Connecticut Open House Day takes place Saturday, June 8, 2013. Various museums and historic sites throughout Connecticut offer discounted or free admission, free gifts or special exhibits and activities.
For more information with a listing of events by location click here.
For a listing of our museum passes click here.
The New Britain Museum of American Art has a new exhibition on: "The Brilliance of Louis Comfort Tiffany: Painter and Craftsman", May 24–Sept. 29, 2013. If you are a Hamden resident with a valid Hamden Library card, you can check out a museum pass at the info desk at Miller Library which offers free admission for four. On display are 100 paintings by Louis Comfort Tiffany, large stained glass windows, metal and glass objects, furniture and other decorative objects. Check out our display of books about Louis Comfort Tiffany, Art Nouveau, and stained glass windows. For more information about museum passes click here.