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State Park Fees Waived for July 26 and July 27

State Parks Centennial CelebrationConnecticut State Park Fees will be waived this Saturday, July 26, 2014 and this Sunday, July 27, 2014. Fees for campgrounds are excluded. There are 107 state parks in Connecticut.

For more information, check out the announcement by Governor Malloy.

Free State Parks Weekend July 26 and July 27, 2014

Top Ten Places to Go

You can check out the book

"A shared landscape: a guide and history of Connecticut's State Parks

& Forests" by Joseph Leary from our library or place a hold online.

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

June is Audiobook Month

In June we celebrate Audiobook Month. 25% of Americans have listened to an audiobook in the last year. More and more audiobooks are being published. 
 
You can borrow audiobooks on CD, as a playaway or as a digital download. Playaway "is the name of a solid-state prerecorded audio player introduced in 2005 by Findaway World, LLC, based in Solon, Ohio. About the size of a deck of playing cards and weighing 2 ounces, it can store up to 80 hours of audio. As of March 2010, the audiobooks are all produced in high definition audio".
 
New Audiobooks in the Library
 
Hamden Library playaway audiobook collection
Downloadable Audiobooks This service is called OneClick Digital and is offered to our patrons via the statewide catalog iconn.org. For more information about this service, go to the OneClick Digital help page.
 
Audiobook Award Winners
 
Winners of the 2014 Audie Awards were announced on May 29, 2014
by the Audio Publishers Association. The Award for "Audiobook of the Year"
went to Still Foolin' 'Em by Billy Crystal, published by Macmillan Audio.
 
Trending on Audio. Article by Jocye Saricks. Booklist, June 1, 2014, p. 120. This article sums up major trends in audiobook publishing.
 

British Library - Discovering Literature

The British Library recently launched a "Discovering Literature" website which covers the Romantic and Victorian periods. More than 1,200 treasures from the British Library collection were digitized.  The website also includes 150 articles from 60 leading scholars, 25 short documentary films, and 30 inspirational teachers’ notes and more.  "From Dickens’s urban underworlds and the polite society of Jane Austen to the radical politics of William Blake and the fantasy worlds of the Brontë sisters, explore 22 iconic authors from the Romantic and Victorian periods." There is a lot to discover. Fascinating!

Best Gardening Websites

The Elegant Garden: Architecture and Landscape of the World's Finest GardensPrivate Edens: Beautiful Country GardensA Garden of Marvels: How We Discovered That Flowers Have Sex, Leaves Eat Air, and Other Secrets of Plants

Below is a listing of "Best Gardening Websites", courtesy of The Huffington Post.

Thank you, Nancy for bringing these to my attention. And here is a link to

our new gardening books in our online catalog. You can request these titles online

by placing a hold. New gardening books are also published monthly in our Architecture, Decorating and

Garden Design Newsletter. You can subscribe via email here. The Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme, CT

will offer a GardenFest from May 30 to June 15, 2014. You can check out a pass to this museum at the info desk

at Miller Library in Hamden.  For a list of our museum passes click here.

Best Gardening Websites

My Folia

Garden Web: The Internet’s Community Garden

Dave’s Garden

Best Plants for Beginners

Online Garden Planner

Plants in Your State

Endangered Plants in Your State

Hardiness Zone Map

UCONN Extension Site

Garden Watchdog (YELP for Gardeners!)

Farmer’s Almanac Last Frost Dates

Farmer’s Almanac Planting Dates

Burpee’s Growing Calendar

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.





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

 

New Museum Pass

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If you are a Hamden resident with a vaild Hamden Library card, you can now check out a new pass to the Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme, CT. The pass admits 2 adults and 2 children under 12 for free.
The museum is open year round, Tuesday through Saturday 10-5, Sunday 1-5.

Passes can be checked out at the info desk, Miller Memorial Library in Hamden.

Information about the Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme, CT

Information about our museum passes

 

Top 20 Bestselling Cookbooks of 2013

Publisher's Weekly just revealed the "Top 20 Bestselling Cookbooks" of 2013. And you can check them all out from our library! Just click on the title and place your hold in our online catalog.

Rank 1: The Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year of Holidays. By Ree Drummond.

Rank 2: Miss Kay's Duck Commander Kitchen. By Kay Robertson.

Rank 3: The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Food from my Frontier. By Ree Drummond.

Rank 4: Barefoot Contessa Foolproof. By Ina Garten.

Rank 5: Wheat Belly Cookbook. By Willaim Davis.

Rank 6: The Pioneer Woman cooks: Recipes from an accidental country girl. By Ree Drummond.

Rank 7: Jerusalem. By Yotam Ottoglenghi.

Rank 8: Giada's Feel Good Food. By Giada De Laurentiis.

Rank 9: Forks Over Knives. By Del Sroufe.

Rank 10: Cooked. By Michael Pollan.

Rank 11: From Mama's Table to Mine. By Bobby Deen.

Rank 12: The Juicing Bible. By Pat Crocker.

Rank 13: The Healthy Green Drink Diet. By Jason Manheim.

Rank 14: The Chew. Edited by Peter Kaminsky and Ashley Archer.

Rank 15: Weight Watchers New Complete Cookbook. By Weight Watchers.

Rank 16: Against all Grain. By Danielle Walker.

Rank 17: The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook. By Deb Perelman.

Rank 18: Michael Symon's 5 in 5. By Michael Symon.

Rank 19: Plenty. By Yotam Ottolenghi.

Rank 20: The Science of Good Cooking. By America's Test Kitchen.

 

 

 

 

 

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.
 

 

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