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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.

National Book Award Winners

The winners of the 2013 National Book Award are:

FICTION:

James McBride: The Good Lord Bird

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The Good Lord Bird by James McBride

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NONFICTION:

George Packer: The Unwinding: an inner history of the new America

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Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin by George Packer









POETRY:

Mary Szybist: Incarnadine

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Incarnadine by Mary Szybist









YOUNG PEOPLE'S LITERATURE

Cynthia Kadohata: The Thing about Luck

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The Thing About Luck, Cynthia Kadohata

 

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

This Photography Book is a Bestseller!

Humans of New York

Brandon Stanton's "HUMANS OF NEW YORK" is that rare photography book that has stormed the bestseller lists! You can borrow it from our library.

The book, in its first week out,  has become the Number 2 bestselling nonfiction hardcover book according to an article in Publisher's Weekly from October 28, 2013.

The photographer and author Brandon Stanton, 29, moved from Chicago to New York. He used to be a bond trader. In New York he began photographing random people on the street and interviewed them. He then posted the images and interviews online. His blog has now a huge following.   Check out our other new photography and art books here. You can also subscribe to our various bookletters here.

 

 

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.

Artscapades

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.

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

October (Food) Chills

Hey, all.  Rebecca again!

Remember my post on National Ice Cream Month?  Well, one of the things I forgot is that not only do we have a pretty good collection of books on how to make ice cream here at Hamden Public Library, but one of the magazines we carry, Connecticut Magazine, puts out an annual list of the best places in the state to find ice cream.  If you're like me and ice cream is a year-round treat for you, now might be the time to check out the list and try a new ice cream based on seasonal flavors, like pumpkin spice!

Connecticut Magazine articles:

The Big Chill (June, 2012)

Summer Fun, Cool Treats (June, 2010)

Local favorite Ashley's made the 2012 list of 20, and I'm tempted to visit my statewide favorite, which also made the list.  Salem Valley closes for the winter after this Sunday.

What's your favorite ice cream stop in the state?  What's your favorite flavor?  Ice cream may not be part of eating better, together (October is "Eat Better Together" month, see Elisabeth's post for more details), but what's your family's favorite treat to share?

Thanks to Elisabeth for bringing these articles to my attention.

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

 

 

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