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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.
 

 

Intro to Google Apps - free workshop

Mike McCabe and Joe LaMacchia, members of the Foote School Technology team, will lead a free, two-part workshop entitled “Intro to Google Apps for Small Business, Clubs and Organizations” in the Friends’ Room at Miller Memorial Central Library, 2901 Dixwell Avenue in Hamden, on Tuesday, February 25 and Tuesday, March 4 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Google Apps provides tools that allow you to communicate and work together on documents, spreadsheets and presentations anytime or anywhere. Many businesses and organizations have already taken advantage of tools in the cloud.  If you are curious or have already decided to take advantage of Google Apps, these workshops are for you.   

The first session will help you understand the benefits of Google Apps and the advantages of paid vs. free versions. For those who bring an iPad or laptop, a hands-on workshop will allow you to experience these tools first-hand. The second workshop will review some of the topics covered in the first session, and then go into depth on some of the tools. It will allow everyone an opportunity to share questions and work out solutions.

Topics include:  What is the cloud?  What is Google Apps?  Gmail, Calendar, Docs, Sheets, Slides, Hangouts, Drive, how to set up a free test account, how to share documents, costs, etc.

Because space is limited, registration is required.  You can stop by the library or call the information desk at (203) 287-2680. Feel free to email Mike McCabe (mmccabe@footeschool.org) with any questions.

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.

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