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Publisher's Weekly recently revealed the Top Ten Bestselling Cookbooks of 2012. You can find them all in our library collection!

1. Barefoot Contessa Foolproof. By Ina Garten.

2. The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Food from my Frontier. By Ree Drummond.

3. In the Kitchen with David. By David Venable.

4. Eat More of What you Love. By Marlene Koch.

5. Great Food Fast. By Bob Warden.

6. The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook. By Deb Perelman.

7. The Chew: Food. Life. Fun. By Peter Kaminsky.

8. The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Recipes from an Accidental Country Girl. By Ree Drummond.

9. Weeknights with Giada. By Giada de Laurentiis.

10. Hungry Girl to the Max. By Lisa Lillien.

Which cookbooks do some of our best known cookbook authors favor?

Mollie Katzen's favorite cookbooks are:

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1. Honey from a Weed, Fasting and Feasting in Tuscany, Catalonia, the Cyclades and Apulia.  By Patience Gray.

2. The Vegetarian Epicure. By Anna Thomas.

3. Mediterranean Grains and Greens. By Paula Wolfert.

Ina Garten's favorite cookbooks are:

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1. Summer on a Plate. By Anna Pump.

2. Nantucket Open House Cookbook. By Sarah Leah Chase.

3. Cold Weather Cooking. By Sarah Leah Chase.

4. Tate's Bake Shop Cookbook. By Kathleen King.

5. Baking for Friends. By Kathleen King.

6. Plenty. By Yotam Ottolenghi.

7. Jerusalem. By Yotam Ottolenghi.

Find out about new cookbooks in our collection via our LIFESTYLES bookletter. You can subscribe via e-mail here.

To locate books outside of our collection, go to the statewide catalog. You can request books via interlibrary loan

and the statewide catalog (iconn.org), if you are a Hamden resident.

 

 

March is Women's History Month

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.
When you come visit the library this month, make sure to check out our display with books on Women's History in front of the main staircase. 

 

VITA Tax Assistance

VITA Volunteers from Quinnipiac University Law School will offer free tax preparation assistance to low and middle income Hamden residents at the Miller Memorial Library on Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. on the following dates:

2/16, 2/23, 3/2, 3/9, 3/23, 3/30, 4/6, and 4/13. No service will be available on 3/16 due to spring break vacation.

 Appointments are not necessary. People will be helped on a first come, first served basis. In order for the volunteers to assist you, you must bring with you the following items: 

  • Social Security cards for you, dependents and/or spouse
  • Photo identification for yourself and your spouse
  • All forms, W-2’s, and 1099’s
  • Information for other income
  • Information for all deductions/credits
  • A copy of last year’s tax return (if you have it)
  • Proof of account for direct deposit of refund (if you want it)

Volunteers will complete only simple 1040’s and will NOT be able to help those with investment incomes, military income or foreign incomes. Please bring all supporting documentation, otherwise the volunteers will not be able to assist you.

 

Saturday Hours Coming to the Branches

Branch Saturday Hours

Based on the success of the 2011-12 pilot project, Hamden Branch libraries will once again offer services on Saturdays beginning March 16.  Whitneyville Branch at125 Carleton Streetwill be open from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays through June 22 while Brundage-Community Branch at91 Circular Avenuewill open from 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. In addition to regular library services, Hamden’s Partnership for Young Children plans to once again offer its popular Saturday Cereal Club sessions for preschoolers and their parents at the Whitneyville Branch and Literacy Volunteers of Greater New Haven will provide tutoring for English language learners at Brundage Community Branch. Please watch for further announcements detailing start dates and times for these programs.

For further information about branch hours, please call Whitneyville Branch at 203-287-2677, Brundage Community Branch at 203-287-2675 or Miller Central Library Information Desk at 203-287-2680.

 

Abraham Lincoln's Birthday February 12

 Abraham Lincoln was the 16th President of the United States from March 4, 1861 to April 15, 1865. He was born on February 12, 1809 in Hardin County, Kentucky. He died, only 56 years old, on April 15, 1865 in Washington, D.C.

Click here for books and other materials on Abraham Lincoln in our library collection divided by subject headings. Explore an online daily account of Abraham Lincoln's life. Other interesting websites on Abraham Lincoln can be found here. Check out our display with books about Abraham Lincoln when you visit the library this week.

New York Times Topics - Abraham Lincoln

Lincoln's house in Springfield, Illinois, in Winter

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