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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

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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

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.


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.

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

October 24 is Food Day

 Family CookbookDinner: A Love Story: It All Begins at the Family TableFeel Good Food: Wholefood Recipes for Happy, Healthy Living

Celebrate Food Day on October 24, 2013! "Food Day is a nationwide celebration
and a movement for healthy, affordable, and sustainable food." Come and see our book display this month. Find more reading suggestions here.

October is also Vegetarian Awareness Month.

Check out some of our vegetarian cookbooks and try out some new recipes. Get inspired!
Subscribe via e-mail to our LIFESTYLES bookletter for information on new cookbooks.

October is Eat Better; Eat Together month. The following books will give you tips, ideas, and recipes. Why not try out a new recipe or explore foods from different countries?

 Starting this month, try to eat better, but also eat together, and enjoy mealtime family conversations



October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Come to the library this month and check out our display of books about

breast cancer. You can also browse materials in our collection here.

Check out our internet links on health topics. To find recent articles on

breast cancer, check out the database Masterfile Premier which you can

find under Research/Databases on our homepage. The databases are listed in

A-Z order on the left. From home you have to enter your Hamden Library Card Number for access

to this database.

Summer Concert Series

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When you come to the library this month, check out our display with books and CDs related to the Summer Concert Series in Hamden. The concerts take place at Town Center Park at Meadowbrook, 2761 Dixwell Ave., Hamden. Food available on site. Ample free parking. 

This Friday, July 26, 2013 there will be a concert with Eddie Money. The library has a CD available for checkout featuring Eddie Money

Opening act: The Joey Sexton Band. 

The opening acts begin at 7:30 pm, Headliners at 8:15 pm.

For more information, contact the Arts Commission, Tel. 203/287-2546. 


Louis Comfort Tiffany Exhibit in New Britain

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.