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July is National Grilling Month and National Ice Cream Month

Ice cream, taken by Flickr user LabyrinthX-2

 

If you saw Elisabeth's wonderful displays in June, you know that Hamden Public Library has lots of books about grilling, barbeque, and ice cream, but did you know that the month of July will be both National Grilling Month and National Ice Cream Month?

First proclaimed by President Ronald Regan in 1984, National Ice Cream Month (and the third Sunday of July, National Ice Cream Day) was proclaimed in order to recognize "ice cream as a fun and nutritious food that is enjoyed by a full 90 percent of the nation's population. In the proclamation, President Reagan called for all people of the United States to observe these events with 'appropriate ceremonies and activities'"(IDFA).  Check out our Pinterest to view some ice cream books in our collections, and some links to online resources for how to make ice cream at home!

Recommended link:

How to make ice cream without an ice cream machine, from Kitchn.  I haven't tried this myself, but as someone who doesn't have an ice cream maker, I'm tempted!  My fingers froze when I made Ziploc-bag ice cream in high school.

Our collection of ice cream books: a link to Hamden Public Library's catalog

Connecticut Historic Gardens Day

http://www.syndetics.com/index.aspx?type=xw12&isbn=158093241X/LC.GIF&client=hamdp&upc=&oclc= Connecticut Historic Gardens Day takes place on Sunday, June 23, 2013, from 12  to 4 pm. This event has taken place annually for the last ten years.

"Connecticut's  Historic Gardens was started in 2002 by a small group of historic sites with gardens that pooled resources to participate in the annual Connecticut Flower and Garden Show held in Hartford, Connecticut in February." There are fourteen members of Connecticut Historic Gardens.

Check out our book PRIVATE GARDENS OF CONNECTICUT.

Other books you might be interested in:

 

 

 The History of Gardens in Painting by Nils Büttner.
"The creation of gardens was among the first achievements of early civilizations, and garden design was already highly developed in antiquity. Pictures of gardens are a reflection of the social, historical, and aesthetic context in which gardens were conceived. The focus of this captivating book is not the gardens themselves or the different concepts of the garden, but rather the representation of gardens in paintings. The author examines why artists paint gardens by covering the varied and lively 2,000-year history of the garden picture using 180 masterpieces of gardens as examples. The text begins with a look at ancient Rome, when paintings of gardens, as found in villas in Pompeii, were already valued as works of art. The wide-ranging coverage also includes pictures of charming medieval gardens in books of hours; Botticelli's masterwork La Primavera, set in a grove of orange trees; views of well-known historic gardens, such as those at Versailles; painter's gardens, as for example, Monet's Giverny; and modern gardens depicted by Frida Kahlo, Andy Warhol, and David Hockney, among others. For collectors of art history books and garden books, this lovely volume should appeal to a broad audience."

Secrets of Monet's Garden: bringing the beauty of Monet's style to your own garden by Derek Fell

"Derek Fell examines Monet's planting philosophies, shedding light on his use of color, sense of structure, extravagant combinations of form and texture, and favorite flowers.



 

 Vincent's Garden: paintings and drawings by Van Gogh by Ralph Skea.

A book for gardeners and art lovers everywhere: a selection of Vincent van Gogh's garden and flower paintings and drawings. Presents Van Goghs lifelong love affair with the garden. This title illustrates a range of works, from iconic oils such as Irises to exquisite etchings and intimate sketches."

New Books in the 600s

Plum: Gratifying Vegan Dishes from Seattle's Plum BistroGulp: Adventures on the Alimentary CanalThe Longevity Kitchen: Satisfying, Big-Flavor Recipes Featuring the Top 16 Age-Busting Power Foods [120 Recipes for Vitality and Optimal HealZumba: Ditch the Workout, Join the Party! the Zumba Weight Loss Program [With DVD]

We have updated our LIFESTYLES bookletter which lists our new book acquisitions in

the 600s: Cooking, Health, Technology, Parenting, etc. For each book entry, there is a link to our

online catalog which allows you to reserve a title and put it on hold. The LIFESTYLES bookletters

gets updated on the 7th of each month. You can subscribe via email here. You will find our 12 bookletters

under BOOKS & More on our homepage.

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.

Links and Resources for May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Come to the library this month and check out our display on "May is Mental Health Awareness Month", or explore these links:

United Way of Connecticut - Mental Health Care Links

National Institute of Mental Health

You can access our database, the HEALTH AND WELLNESS RESOURCE CENTER. From home, you need to enter your Hamden Library card number. This database offers full-text access to various reference resources, like the "The Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine", and "The Gale Encyclopedia of Mental Health" with online updates from 2012. You can also access full-text articles from medical journals, pamphlets, newspapers, and find information on various diseases and conditions.

 Explore materials dealing with mental health in our online catalog.

The Harriet Beecher Stowe Center in Hartford, CT will offer a discussion on "Mental Health: Stigmas, Stereotypes and Solutions", on Thursday, May 16, 2013 from 5 - 7 pm.


New Museum Passes

seaportzooPeabody

We just added several new museum passes to our collection, due to generous funding from the Friends of the Hamden Library. If you are a Hamden resident with a valid Hamden library card, you can now check out passes to Mystic Seaport in Mystic, CT and the Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence, Rhode Island. We also added a third pass to the Peabody Museum in New Haven, and two additional Connecticut State Parks passes. For more information: 

Hamden Library Museum Pass List and Circulation Policy

Friends of the Hamden Library

Please note: as of March 2014, we no longer have the Roger Williams Park Zoo Pass. It was not popular enough to renew it. 

Hamden History Display

(image from Hamden Historical Society)

Come to Miller Library during April and check out our large glass display case in front of the main staircase. Mr. Dave Johnson, lifelong Hamden resident and retired Hamden firefighter has put  together a display about the Web Shop, a large brick building constructed in 1876 which was razed in 1940 to make way for the Wilbur Cross Parkway. He used historic images from the Hamden Historical Society for his fascinating display.

Mr. Johnson will give a visual presentation titled "Hamden Firefighters: History, Evolution & Events", on Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 7 p.m. in the Senior Center Hall at the Miller Cultural Complex, 2901 Dixwell Ave. in Hamden, CT. Enter at the rear entrance. This lecture is sponsored by the Hamden Historical Society. It is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

 

 

Links and Resources for April is National Poetry Month

http://www.syndetics.com/index.aspx?type=xw12&isbn=023108028X/LC.GIF&client=hamdp&upc=&oclc=The Connecticut State Library and iCONN have put together a resource list with links for

National Poetry Month. This page includes free access to EBSCO's Poetry & Short Story Reference Center for the month of April 2013.

The page also includes a link to free resources from Gale related to National Poetry Month, and a link to iCONN's own "Other Useful Sites - Poetry" page.

Check out our poetry books display when you visit the library this month.

Winning Poems from New York Public Library's National Poetry Contest on Twitter

Visit our blog on renowned poet and Hamden native Donald Hall.

 

 

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