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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.

Books on African-American History in our collection

Statistical data for Black History Month

 

Thornton Wilder died 40 years ago

Thornton Wilder died 40 years ago. He died on December 7, 1975 in Hamden, CT. Thornton Niven Wilder was an American playwright and novelist. He won three Pulitzer Prizes—for the novel The Bridge of San Luis Rey and for the two plays Our Town and The Skin of Our Teeth. He was born on April 17, 1897 in Madison, Wisconsin. 

Education: Yale University, Oberlin College, Berkeley High School, Princeton University.

"We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures."

"There is a land of the living and a land of the dead and the bridge is love, the only survival, the only meaning."

"My advice to you is not to inquire why or whither, but just enjoy your ice cream while it's on your plate -- that's my philosophy." 

Books by Thornton Wilder in our collection

November is National Novel Writing Month

NaNoWriMo

November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)! Come to the library and check out our display ofbooks about topics like writing fiction, "novel living", what not to do when writing a novel, etc.

You can also explore items on these subjects via our online library catalog and reserve them online.

Everybody is invited to check out their imagination and write a 50,000-word novel in November. Last year,
325,142 writers participated, including 80,000 students and educators via NaNoWriMo's Young Writers Program.

Of those participants, 58,917 writers hit their goals, completing a 50,000-word draft of a novel. Find out how

to participate here.

The only thing left to do is to start writing!

 

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Browse new materials about breast cancer in our collection here.

Check out our internet links on health topics. You can also look up information

in our health databases (Folio Physician Directory, Medline Plus). To find recent, general articles on

breast cancer, check out the periodical article database Masterfile Premier which you can

find under Research/Databases on our homepage. The databases are listed in

A-Z order on the left. From home, you have to enter your Hamden Library Card Number for access

to this database.

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