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November is National Novel Writing Month


November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)! Come to the library and check out our display ofbooks about topics like writing fiction, "novel living", what not to do when writing a novel, etc.

You can also explore items on these subjects via our online library catalog and reserve them online.

Everybody is invited to check out their imagination and write a 50,000-word novel in November. Last year,
325,142 writers participated, including 80,000 students and educators via NaNoWriMo's Young Writers Program.

Of those participants, 58,917 writers hit their goals, completing a 50,000-word draft of a novel. Find out how

to participate here.

The only thing left to do is to start writing!


Banned Books Week

Check out our display during

BANNED BOOKS WEEK Sept. 27 - Oct. 3, 2015

 "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 ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF SOLITUDE by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, on Wednesday, September 30, 2015,  from 7 to 8 pm in the Friends Room, Miller Memorial Library, 2901 Dixwell Avenue in Hamden, CT. Admission is free. All are welcome. No registration necessary. 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.

New York Public Library - Banned Books Quiz

Top Ten Most Frequently Challenged Books of 2014

Virtual Read-Out

Timeline: 30 Years of Liberating Literature







New Museum Pass added

We added a new pass to our collection of now 26 museum passes - just in time for the beautiful fall season. This new pass offers free admission for 2 adults and 2 children to the: 

White Memorial Conservation Center and Nature Museum  
80 White Hall Rd (off of Route 202), 
Litchfield, CT. 
Tel. 860-567-0857. 
open Mon.-Sat. 9-5, Sun. 12-5. 
FREE admission for 2 adults and 2 children. Closed major holidays. 
Pass status 

This is a state-of-the-art nature museum with hand-painted and photographic murals, dioramas, live animals, a working honeybee hive, unique exhibits, such as "The Art of Taxidermy". See a life-sized beaver lodge, learn about alternative energy, touch real animal fur, test your bird identification skills, visit the fluorescent rock cave, view nature through a digital macro-scope, or explore the children's corner. 

Then go outdoors and explore "Connecticut's Largest Nature Sanctuary" comprised of 4,000 acres and 35 miles of trails (grounds and trails are open year-round, 24 hours per day). 

Museum Passes are available for Hamden residents through the generosity of the Friends of the Hamden Library. Hamden residents only. One pass per family. Passes cannot be reserved. Museum passes are due before closing on the day after they are checked out. Please be courteous and return your pass at the Info Desk on time. 

See the complete list of our museum passes here


hooplaUse your library card to access thousands of movies, videos, music and audiobooks directly from your browser, tablet, or smartphone using Hoopla! Hoopla gives users access to thousands of titles through an Internet connection anywhere and anytime. There are no hold lists, so you can start enjoying your title right away.

Hoopla can be accessed on Apple or Android devices -just download the hoopladigital app from your app store then sign in with your Hamden library card number and you're ready for hours of free streaming entertainment. You can also watch, read or listen on your home computer via the four major web browsers, with no extra software to install.

Our staff all have their own favorite Hoopla films. Check out our Staff Picks for viewing suggestions, or find something on your own among Hoopla's hundreds of movie and TV titles.


New Museum Passes

July is National Park and Recreation Month! Check out our new museum passes which are listed below. All of our new passes offer free admission. 

Museum Passes are available for Hamden residents with valid Hamden library cards through the generosity of the Friends of the Hamden Library. One pass per family can be checked out. First come, first serve. Passes can be checked out at the info desk, Miller Memorial Library, 2901 Dixwell Ave. in Hamden.  

Complete list of all of our museum passes (click on pass status for information on availability)

American Clock & Watch Museum100 Maple St., Bristol, CT. Tel. 860-583-6070. Open 10-5 daily, March 28th to Nov. 29th, except Easter & Thanksgiving. Weekends only in December. Winter hours by appointment.  Free admission for 2 adults and 3 children.  CT was once the clock capital of the U.S. See the museum's current special exhibition: Once Upon a Time: Clocks & Watches in Popular Literature. "The American Clock & Watch Museum's 2015 exhibition links great clocks and great writing. The exhibition highlights writings as diverse as F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, Edgar Allen Poe's "The Pit and the Pendulum," and the J. K. Rowling Harry Potter series. A section of the exhibit focuses particularly on the use of clocks and time in children’s books. Next to each displayed book is a clock from the museum’s renowned collection, carefully chosen for its relevance to the tale being told. “Once Upon a Time” is on display during regular museum hours through December 27, 2015." 

Lyman  Allyn Art Museum625 Williams St., New London, CT. Tel. 860-443-2545. The museum houses one of the most significant art collections in Southeastern Connecticut, including European and non-Western art as well as American fine and decorative art. Pass provides free admission for 2 adults and 2 children. Children under 12 are always free. Tuesday through Saturday: 10 am — 5 pm, Sunday: 1 pm — 5 pm, Closed Monday and major holidays. There is also a special doll house

Stamford Museum & Nature Center39 Scofieldtown Rd, Stamford, CT 06903. Tel. 203.322.1646. The pass offers free admission for 2 adults of the same household, and their children under age 18, plus free parking. Free Admission includes the Bendel Mansion & Galleries, Heckscher Farm, Nature's Playground, and access to Animal Embassy's live exotic animal exhibit, as well as, free admission to the Observatory and Astronomy Nights programs(50% Discount on Admission to all Family Festival Weekends)







What's new with audiobooks

In June we celebrate Audiobook Month

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. We have various services from which you can obtain downloadable audiobooks
Audiobook Award Winners (Audies) 2015
The Award for "Audiobook of the Year"
Mandela: An Audio Historywent to Mandela: An Audio History. HighBridge Audio, 2014. 1 CD. 1 hour 15 min.
Trending on Audio. Article by Jocye Saricks. Booklist, June 1, 2014, p. 120. This article sums up major trends in audiobook publishing. You an access this magazine article and other magazine articles full-text via our database Masterfile Premier. Access our databases here. You need a valid Hamden library card number to access from home.

Mental Health Resources

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

Connecticut's Network of Care ("makes available a vast array of services and information about community-based social services for people with mental illness and their families and service providers")

Regional Mental Health Boards in CT 

National Institute of Mental Health

Explore materials dealing with mental health in our online catalog.

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.

Books on African-American History in our collection

Statistical data for Black History Month

Resource links from (provided by Connecticut State Library)

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

New - Long Wharf Theatre Pass!

The Friends of the Hamden Library provided the funding for the Long Wharf Theatre pass. Thank you, Friends! 

Hamden residents with valid Hamden Library cards can check out a pass/voucher to the Long Wharf Theatre at the info desk, Miller Library, 2901 Dixwell Ave. in Hamden. Each voucher is valid for a two day period and is good for 2 free adult tickets. Patrons have to phone the box office to reserve the tickets and present the voucher. They will give best available seats pending availability for a given performance. We can hand out one voucher per day. First come, first serve. Our Town.jpg

 The first show of the new theatre season is OUR  TOWN

 by Thornton Wilder. It will run from Oct. 8  to Nov. 2, 2014. 

 Review of OUR TOWN in the Hartford Courant

 Review of OUR TOWN in the New Haven Register 

 Review of OUR TOWN in the New York Times

 Books and DVDs in our library collection

 OUR TOWN by Thornton Wilder - Wikipedia article



Long Wharf Theatre, 222 Sargent Dr,  New  Haven,  CT  

Box Office: (203) 787-4282, or toll  free (800) 782-8497


 Monday: 10 am - 5 pm
 Tuesday - Friday: 10 am - one hour before curtain
 Saturday & Sunday: noon - one hour before curtainDirections: Long Wharf Theatre is located directly off Exit 46 of I-95, near the junction of I-95, I-91 and Route 34. Parking is free in a lighted, secure lot.

Hamden Library Museum Passes

A printed brochure is available at the info desk, Miller Library. For questions, call the information desk, 203-287-2680, or check information online.