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Banned Books Week Sept. 21 - 27, 2014

Check out our display during

 BANNED BOOKS WEEK Sept. 21 - Sep. 27, 2014

 "Banned Books Week was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. More than 11,300 books have been challenged since 1982."

In honor of National Banned Books Week, Yale Professor Mark J. Schenker discusses THE GRAPES OF WRATH by John Steinbeck on Monday, September 29, 2014, from 7 to 8 pm in the Friends Room, Miller Memorial Library, 2901 Dixwell Ave. in Hamden, CT. Admission is free. All are welcome. No registration necessary. "The Grapes of Wrath" which was originally published 75 years ago, is perennially on the list of classic books that are banned or challenged. Copies of the book are available in the library. Professor Mark J. Schenker has been with Yale College since 1990. He is currently Senior Associate Dean of the College and Dean of Academic Affairs. He received his Ph.D. in English Literature from Columbia University and has taught at Columbia, New York University, and Trinity College (Hartford). Professor Schenker was the recipient of the 2001 Wilbur Cross Award for Outstanding Humanities Scholar, presented by the Connecticut Humanities Council.

Books challenged, restricted, removed, or banned in 2013/2014

Virtual Read-Out

Timeline: 30 Years of Liberating Literature

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jane Austen died on 18 July, 1817

So Jane: Crafts and Recipes for an Austen-Inspired LifeJane Austen died on 18 July 1817 in Winchester, England. She was 41 years old. Jane Austen is considered to be one of England's greatest authors.

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.

Follow our pinterest board ALL THINGS JANE AUSTEN

- See more at: http://www.hamdenlibrary.org/node/505#sthash.NbOh1BXj.dpuf

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.

Follow our pinterest board ALL THINGS JANE AUSTEN

- See more at: http://www.hamdenlibrary.org/node/505#sthash.NbOh1BXj.dpuf

The British Library has put together a website with information on Jane Austen. This website includes links to digitized manuscripts, and pictures of objects once owned by Jane Austen.

You can also visit our pinterest board ALL THINGS JANE AUSTEN. New items are added frequently.

If you would like to put a hold on the book "So Jane: Crafts and Recipes for an Austen-Inspired Life", you can also click on the image of the bookcover.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction 2014

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Karen Joy Fowler won the 2014 Pen/Faulkner Award for Fiction for her novel We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves.

"The PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction is a national prize which honors the best published works of fiction by American citizens in a calendar year. Three writers are chosen annually by the directors of the PEN/Faulkner Foundation to serve as judges for the prize, and these judges are asked to select five books (from among the more than 350 works submitted each year) as finalists for the award, making this the largest peer-juried award in the country. Both the eventual winner of the award and all finalists are invited to Washington, D.C. for the PEN/Faulkner Award Ceremony and Dinner."

The 34th Annual PEN/Faulkner Award Ceremony will take place at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, May 10, 2014 at 7 pm.

Works by Karen Joy Fowler in our collection

Excerpt from We Are Completely Beside Ourselves

Information about the award winning novel from the Novelist Database

 

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.
 

 

February is Black History Month

Celebrating Black History began in 1926, when Dr. Carter G. Woodson, a Harvard Ph.D., initiated "Negro History Week." Dr. Woodson, a historian, chose the second week in February because it included the birthdays of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln. In 1976, the Bicentennial (200th birthday) of the United States of America, the week-long observance was extended to the entire month of February in order to have enough time for celebratory programs and activities. Please see our book display in honor of Black History Month in front of the main staircase.

 Statistical data for Black History Month

Resource links from iconn.org (provided by Connecticut State Library)



Historic Hamden Town Buildings Display

 

Come to Miller Memorial Library during January 2014 to see a beautiful display with replicas of historic buildings in Hamden. These replicas were completed in clay by a range of students at Hamden Collaborative Learning Center (HCLC). HCLC is Hamden's alternate secondary school and is now located at 306 Circular Ave. It is under the direction of Jon Pearce, Coordinator of Alternative Education. It services students grades 7 through 12.The Hamden slab city project was designed to align with the district's initiative to improve student's writing. In Hamden Public Schools nonfiction writing is now required in every subject.The cross curriculum project was designed to build knowledge through content rich nonfiction and informational text. Students researched a historical town building of their choice, then analyzed and wrote a summary of its history. They identified architectural details with periods of history. Students then constructed a replica of the face of their buildings.  The results created scaled graphite elevations with drafting teacher Bernie St. George and a "Slab City" of Hamden's Historical Buildings with art teacher Cathy Teulings.

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

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