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.
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)
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.
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.
Helping your children manage distress in the aftermath of a shooting
From the American Psychological Association
Helping Children and Adolescents Cope with Violence and Disasters: What Parents Can Do/How Parents Can Help
From the National Institute of Mental Health
Age-Related Reactions to a Traumatic Event
From the National Child Traumatic Stress Network
Children and the News
From American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Tips for Talking to Children about the Aurora Shooting
From American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Coping With Unexpected Events: Depression and Trauma
SEE SECTION: Helping and Talking with Children
From the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA)
In second position is "Seward: Lincoln's Indispensable Man" by Walter Stahr.
In third position is "Sick from Freedom: African-American Illness and Suffering During the Civil War and Reconstruction" by Jim Downs.
In fourth position is "Nature Next Door: Cities and Trees in the American Northeast" by Ellen Stroud. In fifth position "The Patriarch: the remarkable life and turbulent times of Joseph P. Kennedy" by David Nasaw.
On November 14, 1851 (161 years ago) Herman Melville's masterwork MOBY DICK was first published in the United States.
Beginning this Friday evening, more than 160 New Yorkers will be participating in a marathon style reading
of MOBY DICK. This event (New York City's first) will take place over three days and at three independent bookstores.
Each participant has been assigned a 10-minute time slot. For more information, read the article by Amanda Petrusich
See what our library has to offer about MOBY DICK by clicking here.
See what is new in the 600's! We just updated our Lifestyles bookletter. This bookletter lists our brand new books in health, medicine, cooking, baking, etc. Click on the link to the online catalog for each title and you can place a hold, if a book is on order, in processing, or checked out. If the book happens to be checked in, you can call us at the info desk (203-287-2680) and we will put it aside for you. If you would like to receive this bookletter or others in your email every month, click on this link to subscribe.
Governor Dannel P. Malloy and Connecticut Insurance Department Commissioner Thomas B. Leonardi today announced that Connecticut homeowners will not face higher-cost hurricane deductibles resulting from the impact of this week’s damaging storm.
"The state moved very swiftly to alert the industry that this storm – although devastating to so many – did not meet the criteria for a hurricane deductible under state law. Homeowners will not have to pay high-cost hurricane deductibles for damage resulting from this storm,” Governor Malloy said. “Based on the lessons learned from Tropical Storm Irene, we have built stronger consumer protections into our insurance laws. The Insurance Department will be working with the industry to monitor these claims."
In the wake of Tropical Storm Irene, Governor Malloy signed into law new criteria for insurers in order to impose the higher hurricane deductible. The law requires that a hurricane warning be issued for Connecticut and that the National Weather Service record sustained hurricane force winds of at least 74 miles per hour.
Commissioner Leonardi notified the industry on Tuesday that based on data from the National Weather Service, Storm Sandy did not meet the statutory criteria and therefore "companies may not impose a hurricane deductible on Connecticut claims."
"Our consumers and the industry deserve and received clarity from this state as soon as possible,” Commissioner Leonardi explained. “The Insurance Department is monitoring the industry closely to ensure that carriers fully comply with all state insurance laws. Our priority is protecting Connecticut policyholders and we stand ready – as we have for every disaster – to assist policyholders with questions and complaints."
The Insurance Department has set up a special Storm Sandy webpage that offers a number of important resources including, toll-free claims numbers to companies, locations of mobile claims vans, flood insurance claims filing information, and more. Consumers with additional questions can contact the Insurance Department by phone at 1-800-203-3447 or 860-297-3900, or by utilizing the online contact options.
Governor Dannel P. Malloy has announced that residents in those counties (including New Haven county) who suffered damage as a result of Hurricane Sandy must register with FEMA by phone or online to access that aid.
“This declaration will bring much-needed financial assistance to residents who were impacted by Hurricane Sandy,” said Governor Malloy. “But it is critical to note that you must register with FEMA to begin the process of accessing possible federal assistance. We will continue to work to get the rest of the counties in the state declared.”
To register by phone, residents can call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). The TTY line for people with speech or hearing disabilities is 1-800-462-7585. The line is open from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., seven days per week.
To register online, applications may be completed at www.disasterassistance.gov.
If you have disaster assistance questions, you may call the FEMA Helpline at 1-800-621-3362.
In the coming days, state officials and FEMA will be conducting damage assessments to determine if additional counties may be eligible for assistance. Residents and businesses in the non-declared counties (Litchfield, Hartford, Tolland and Windham) should dial 2-1-1 or go online at www.211ct.org to report their damage.
Wear your costume! Make a treat bag or a ghostly chain in the children's area. Then stop by our service desks for treats and prizes.
No registration required.