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P.L.A.C.E. Multicultural Children's Festival

P.L.A.C.E. Multicultural Children's Festival

Come to the P.L.A.C.E. 6th Annual Multicultural Children's Festival on Saturday, October 6, 2012 from 10am-4pm at Town Center Park, 2761 Dixwell Avenue, Hamden, CT.

This year's festival will feature --

Art Activities for All Ages
Multicultural Kids Fashion Show
Local Crafts, Vendors & Artists
Moon Bounces & Slide
Face Painting
The Fryborg Food Truck
Cupcakes from Around the World
Raffles from Caseus, Elm City Market, Ritzy Rings & More
Free Books from New Haven Reads
The Hamden Fire Truck

...and performances include

Yale Jashan Bhangra
Yale Konjo! African Dance Troupe
Lady Dragon Steppers
Ken Coulson Funk Ukele
Sirius Coyote, Magical Sounds & Music of the Americas
Bhoga Yoga featuring Music by Piyush
UC ThundeRaas, Traditional Dance from Gujarat, India
Cheezi Tang Soo Do, Korean Martial Arts Demonstration

 
P.L.A.C.E.  is a non-profit organization that provides multicultural after-school and Saturday art programs, vocational services for persons with disability, film and media workshops for middle school aged kids, media internship programs and free community programs.
 

Autumn

 

Autumn officially starts September 22. In celebration of the fall season, we have put together a display of beautiful books and seasonal poetry!
 
The following books feature beautiful fall imagery: Autumn in Piemonte: food and travels in Italy's Northwest by Manuela Darling-Gansser,  New England Icons and Inspirations by Tommy Hilfiger, Fallingwater, a Frank Lloyd Wright Country House by Edgar Kaufmann, Jr., Irish Country by Nicholas Mosse, The Private World of Tasha Tudor with photography by Richard Brown, Flavor of New England with food photography by Neil Sutherland and Peter Barry, A Passion for Flowers by Carolyne Roehm, Living with the Seasons by Bonnie Trust Dahan, The Sense of Wonder by Rachel Carson, At Home with Carolyne Roehm, and America Wide panographs by Ken Duncan.
 
William Cullen Bryant (1794-1878) has called autumn the "year's last loveliest smile." The lithograph on the left titled "Autumn" is by Currier & Ives from 1871.

Cool Libraries

Check out images of cool libraries which we brought together on our pinterest board COOL LIBRARIES.

One of the libraries featured on our pinterest board is the new Stuttgart Public Library in Southern Germany.

How does this innovative city (known as the "cradle of the automobile") envision a public library in the 21st century? Korean architect Eun Young Yi was chosen to deliver a stunning, yet refreshingly simple design! No doubt, Steve Jobs would have approved of it! Books and people are the focus throughout, delivering a multitude of colors in a mostly white interior, similiar to the design of the new central Amsterdam Public Library which is the largest public library in Europe. In the Stuttgart Public Library there is a Café with a very appealing and smartly chosen name. It is called Café LesBar which means Reading Bar, but "lesbar" in German means also readable! Coincidentally, we recently added the book "Brilliant: White in Design" by Linda O'Keeffe to our collection.

You might also be interested in my blog entry DESIGN WITH BOOKS, or our pinterest board Living with Books, or Jessica's pinterest board BOOK ART.

 

 

Go Direct - Electronic Federal Benefit Payments

Are you getting Social Security, VA or other federal benefits by paper check? You are required by the U.S. Department of the Treasury to switch to electronic payments by March 1, 2013. You can choose to get your payments by direct deposit to a bank or credit union account or to a Direct Express® Debit MasterCard® card account.

If you do not choose an electronic payment option by March 1, 2013, you will receive your payments via the Direct Express® card so you will not experience any interruption in payment.

It’s fast, easy and free to make the switch online at www.GoDirect.org or by calling the U.S. Treasury Electronic Solution Center at (800) 333-1795. For direct deposit, you can also sign up at their bank or credit union. 

 

Design with Books

Hello Booklovers: We have added a new title BOOKSHELF to our collection of design books. Here are some of our newer titles on living with books:

 

Books as design objects are in demand by interior designers, high-end builders, hotel developers and architects. Multimillion dollar homes have to come with libraries: spaces with built-in shelves and lots of books. And there are people who specialize in furnishing these libraries with books: 2,000 books wrapped in white or in cream colored leather? 4,000 books wrapped in black? No problem! Will they be read? That is another question!

 
Of related interest are these newspaper articles from the New York Times:
 
Selling a book by its cover - an article by Penelope Green, New York Times, Jan. 6, 2011.
Books as a way to grace a room (slideshow)
Should I Store My Messy Collection of Books? - article by Tim McKeough, New York Times, November 30, 2011.
Selling Books By Their Guilded Covers - article by Julie Bosman, New York Times, Dec. 3, 2011
 
 

CLA Award

Congratulations to Hamden Public Library's own Nancy  McNicol, winner of the 2012 Connecticut Library Association Special Achievement Award. Each year, CLA honors an individual who has implemented a significant project or initiated an innovative program which has had significant impact on the library, the community, or the library profession this year. 

In the spring of 2011, Hamden Public Library’s Associate Director, Nancy McNicol initiated plans to celebrate the life and works of Hamden native, former U.S. Poet Laureate and 2011 recipient of the National Medal of Arts, Donald Hall. She partnered with various Hamden agencies, the Mayor’s Office, the Connecticut Poetry Society and a number of town residents to bring the plans to fruition. On the evening of September 16th, more than 300 friends and poetry lovers paid tribute to Mr. Hall. He rewarded his audience with reminiscences of growing up in Hamden and readings of his poems. We are all thankful for Nancy's tireless effort creating this remarkable event, and grateful to the Connectict Library Association for recognizing her outstanding acheivement!

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