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VITA Tax Assistance

VITA Volunteers from Quinnipiac University Law School will offer free tax preparation assistance to low and middle income Hamden residents at the Miller Memorial Library on Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. on the following dates:

2/16, 2/23, 3/2, 3/9, 3/23, 3/30, 4/6, and 4/13. No service will be available on 3/16 due to spring break vacation.

 Appointments are not necessary. People will be helped on a first come, first served basis. In order for the volunteers to assist you, you must bring with you the following items: 

  • Social Security cards for you, dependents and/or spouse
  • Photo identification for yourself and your spouse
  • All forms, W-2’s, and 1099’s
  • Information for other income
  • Information for all deductions/credits
  • A copy of last year’s tax return (if you have it)
  • Proof of account for direct deposit of refund (if you want it)

Volunteers will complete only simple 1040’s and will NOT be able to help those with investment incomes, military income or foreign incomes. Please bring all supporting documentation, otherwise the volunteers will not be able to assist you.

 

Saturday Hours Coming to the Branches

Branch Saturday Hours

Based on the success of the 2011-12 pilot project, Hamden Branch libraries will once again offer services on Saturdays beginning March 16.  Whitneyville Branch at125 Carleton Streetwill be open from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays through June 22 while Brundage-Community Branch at91 Circular Avenuewill open from 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. In addition to regular library services, Hamden’s Partnership for Young Children plans to once again offer its popular Saturday Cereal Club sessions for preschoolers and their parents at the Whitneyville Branch and Literacy Volunteers of Greater New Haven will provide tutoring for English language learners at Brundage Community Branch. Please watch for further announcements detailing start dates and times for these programs.

For further information about branch hours, please call Whitneyville Branch at 203-287-2677, Brundage Community Branch at 203-287-2675 or Miller Central Library Information Desk at 203-287-2680.

 

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)

200th Anniversary of "Pride and Prejudice"

This month marks the 200th anniversary of one of the most popular novels in English literature: "Pride and Prejudice" written by Jane Austen was published on January 28, 1813. Since then, it has sold more than 20 million copies worldwide. Below is the title page from the first edition of the first volume of "Pride and Prejudice". Here are a couple of interesting links:

http://www.prideandprejudice200.org.uk/

Jane Austen Society of North America Student Essay Contest

Pride and Prejudice: A Jane Austen interactive. Compiled by THE GUARDIAN. Leading writers give an alternative reading of its characters.

Goucher College Library Exhibition: Pride and Prejudice - a 200 year affair.

Free Library of Philadelphia: Day Long Celebration - January 28, 2013.

 

New 2013 State Park Pass has arrived

We just received a new 2013 STATE PARK pass for circulation. Discover the beauty and history of 139 state parks and forests and spend more time outdoors!

The pass can be checked out by Hamden residents with valid Hamden Public Library cards. One pass per family. The pass covers cost of parking, where there is an established parking charge. Parking fees are charged at all four state park beaches on Long Island Sound as well as several inland parks. The pass also covers admission for two adults and four children at state historical sites and exhibit centers at Dinosaur, Fort Trumbull and Gillette Castle State Parks.

Please note that starting Monday, February 25 the museum at Dinosaur State Park in Rocky Hill will be closed for construction. The tentative reopening date is April 4.

Come to the info desk at Miller Library, 2901 Dixwell Ave. to check out and return our museum passes.

List of Museum Passes

More info on State Parks in CT

Tax Forms Delayed

The production of some 2012 major tax products, including the Form 1040 and the Instructions for Form 1040, is impacted by the recent passage of the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012.  At this time, respresentative from  the Internal Revenue Service do not have an estimate as to when products will become available on www.irs.gov or in print.

The IRS is currently reviewing the details of recent tax legislation and assessing what impact it will have on this year's filing season. The IRS will soon make available additional information on when taxpayers can start filing 2012 tax returns.

 

January Literary Birthdays

January's literary birthdays include Virginia Woolf, Ernest J. Gaines, Anton Chekhov, Patricia Highsmith, Zora Neale Hurston, and Edgar Allan Poe.

 

Jan. 1 - J.D. Salinger (1919 - 2010 )

Jan. 2 - Isaac Asimov (1920 - 1992)

Jan. 3 - J. R. R. Tolkien (1892 - 1973)

Jan. 5 - Umberto Eco (1932 - )

Jan. 6 - Khalil Gibran (1883 -1931)

Jan. 6 - E.L. Doctorow (1931 - )

Jan. 6 - Carl Sandburg (1878 - 1967)

Jan. 7 - Zora Neale Hurston (1903 - 1960)

Jan. 8 - Wilkie Collins (1824 -1889)

Jan. 9 - Simone de Beauvoir (1908 - 1986)

Jan. 12 - Jack London (1876 - 1916)

Jan. 12 - Charles Perrault (1628 - 1703)

Jan. 12 - Haruki Murakami (1949 - )

Jan. 15 - Ernest J. Gaines (1933 - )

Jan. 15 - Frank Conroy (1936 - 2005)

Jan. 16 - William Kennedy (1928 - )

Jan. 17 - Benjamin Franklin (1706 - 1790)

Jan. 17 - Nevil Shute (1899 - 1960)

Jan. 18 - A. A. Milne (1882 - 1956)

Jan. 19 - Edgar Allan Poe (1809 - 1849)

Jan. 19 - Patricia Highsmith (1921 - 1995)

Jan. 22 - Lord Byron (1788 - 1824)

Jan. 22 - August Strindberg (1849 - 1912)

Jan. 22 - Joseph Wambaugh (1937 -)

Jan. 24 - Edith Wharton (1862 - 1937)

Jan. 25 - Virginia Woolf (1882 - 1941)

Jan. 25 - Gloria Naylor (1950 - )

Jan. 27 - Lewis Carroll (1832 - 1898)

Jan. 28 - Susan Sontag (1933 - 2004)

Jan. 29 - Anton Chekhov (1860 - 1904)

Jan. 31 - John O'Hara (1905 - 1970)

Jan. 31 - Norman Mailer (1923 - 2007)

Jan. 31 - Zane Grey (1872 - 1939)

Jan. 31 -Thomas Merton (1915 - 1968)

 

New Year's Resolutions (and how the Library can help you keep them)

Resolutions

You make your list of resolutions every January, and by the middle of February, you've reverted to all your old habits. This year, stop by the library when you feel your resolve begin to weaken. We have wide variety of resources and tools that can help motivate you and get you back on track.

 

Lose Weight/Get in Shape - We have a wide selection of health and fitness books and magazines that can help you plan your strategy for losing weight in a sensible way. Our healthy eating cookbooks provide recipes that taste delicious, and are good for you. And don't forget to checkout a few of our exercise videos and DVDs to get yourself up and moving!

Manage Debt/Save Money - You'll find plenty of practical, easy-to-understand guides to managing your personal finances at the library. Our books cover a wide range topics, including basic information on credit cards, banks, investing, insurance, buying a car or home, taxes, financing college educations, retirement planning, estate planning, and more.

Get a [Better] Job - Whether you are trying to find what career path is right for you, or attempting to polish up your resume, you will be able to find plenty of material to get you started in your job search. We also have online career resources that you can access from home 24 hours a day, including, Job Now, Job Search & Workplace Skills Learning Center, and Learn A Test, which offers practice tests for academic, civil service and vocational exams.
 

Learn Something New - The library is a great place to start when you are looking to pick up a new skill or hobby. We have illustrated guides for countless numbers of crafts, and detailed instruction books for enhancing your computer skills. You can learn a new language using our cassettes or CDs, or even using Mango, our online language program. There's so much to choose from - stop in and find what's best for you.
 

Reduce Stress - We have numerous resources that will help teach you techniques to help you unwind. Browse through out CD collection in our newly renovated media room to find some relaxing music to play to ease your tension. And if all else fails, what can be more relaxing than curling up with a good book!
 

Coping with Tragedy

In the wake of the terrible tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the librarians at Healthnet, the Connecticut Consumer Health Information Network, offer the following online resources to help you and your children talk about violence. These links are provided for informational purposes only and should not be construed as medical advice or opinion. This information is the result of an extensive search of online resources and represents what has judged to be appropriate information. Please be aware that medical experts may disagree on the various aspects of situations such as this one.

http://www.apa.org/helpcenter/aftermath.aspx
Helping your children manage distress in the aftermath of a shooting
From the American Psychological Association

http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/helping-children-and-adolescents-cope-with-violence-and-disasters-parents/how-parents-can-help.shtml
Helping Children and Adolescents Cope with Violence and Disasters: What Parents Can Do/How Parents Can Help
From the National Institute of Mental Health

http://www.nctsn.org/nctsn_assets/pdfs/age_related_reactions.pdf
Age-Related Reactions to a Traumatic Event
From the National Child Traumatic Stress Network

http://www.aacap.org/cs/root/facts_for_families/children_and_the_news
Children and the News
From American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

http://www.aacap.org/galleries/default-file/Talking_to_kids_aurora_shooting.pdf
Tips for Talking to Children about the Aurora Shooting
From American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

http://www.dbsalliance.org/site/PageServer?pagename=education_brochures_coping_unexpected_events
Coping With Unexpected Events: Depression and Trauma
SEE SECTION:  Helping and Talking with Children
From the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA)

Jane Austen's 237th Birthday - December 16, 2012

Jane Austen was born 237 years ago on December 16, 1775 in Steventon, England. She died on July 18, 1817 at age 41 in Winchester, England. She is one of the most widely read writers in English literature.

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.

 
The Connecticut Chapter of the Jane Austen Society of North America has organized a JANE AUSTEN SUMMER CAMP which will take place from July 26-28, 2013 in Middletown, CT. For more information click here.

Jane Austen's works in our library collection

Audio Recordings of her books on CD and tape

Movie Adaptations of her books on DVD

Books and films about Jane Austen and her works

Jane Austen Read-alikes

 
Online exhibition on Jane Austen compiled by the Morgan
Library in New York
 
Turquoise Jane Austen ring sells at auction
 
Jane Austen's House Museum in Chawton, England
Newer book acquisitions of interest to fans of Jane Austen (click on the cover for link to the online catalog)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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