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Intro to Google Apps - free workshop

Mike McCabe and Joe LaMacchia, members of the Foote School Technology team, will lead a free, two-part workshop entitled “Intro to Google Apps for Small Business, Clubs and Organizations” in the Friends’ Room at Miller Memorial Central Library, 2901 Dixwell Avenue in Hamden, on Tuesday, February 25 and Tuesday, March 4 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Google Apps provides tools that allow you to communicate and work together on documents, spreadsheets and presentations anytime or anywhere. Many businesses and organizations have already taken advantage of tools in the cloud.  If you are curious or have already decided to take advantage of Google Apps, these workshops are for you.   

The first session will help you understand the benefits of Google Apps and the advantages of paid vs. free versions. For those who bring an iPad or laptop, a hands-on workshop will allow you to experience these tools first-hand. The second workshop will review some of the topics covered in the first session, and then go into depth on some of the tools. It will allow everyone an opportunity to share questions and work out solutions.

Topics include:  What is the cloud?  What is Google Apps?  Gmail, Calendar, Docs, Sheets, Slides, Hangouts, Drive, how to set up a free test account, how to share documents, costs, etc.

Because space is limited, registration is required.  You can stop by the library or call the information desk at (203) 287-2680. Feel free to email Mike McCabe (mmccabe@footeschool.org) with any questions.

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)



Historic Hamden Town Buildings Display

 

Come to Miller Memorial Library during January 2014 to see a beautiful display with replicas of historic buildings in Hamden. These replicas were completed in clay by a range of students at Hamden Collaborative Learning Center (HCLC). HCLC is Hamden's alternate secondary school and is now located at 306 Circular Ave. It is under the direction of Jon Pearce, Coordinator of Alternative Education. It services students grades 7 through 12.The Hamden slab city project was designed to align with the district's initiative to improve student's writing. In Hamden Public Schools nonfiction writing is now required in every subject.The cross curriculum project was designed to build knowledge through content rich nonfiction and informational text. Students researched a historical town building of their choice, then analyzed and wrote a summary of its history. They identified architectural details with periods of history. Students then constructed a replica of the face of their buildings.  The results created scaled graphite elevations with drafting teacher Bernie St. George and a "Slab City" of Hamden's Historical Buildings with art teacher Cathy Teulings.

Winter

 Here is a selection of intriguing books about winter and snow.

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Wintersweet: Seasonal desserts to warm the home. By Tammy Donroe Inman.

Home made  Winter. By Yvette van Boven.

Winter Cocktails: mulled ciders, hot toddies, punches, pitchers, and cocktail party snacks. By Maria del Mar Sacasa.

Winter. With Essays by Donald Hall and Clifton C. Olds. Published on the occasion of the exhibition Winter, Feb. 1 through March 16, 1986, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College.
Winter in the Alps: food by the fireside. By Manuela Darling-Gansser. This beautiful book can be requested via interlibrary loan. It is unfortunately no longer in our collection.
Impressionists in Winter: Effets de Neige. By Charles S. Moffett...

 
 
 








Winter House. By Charlotte Moss. The author, an interior designer, explains how to transform any home into a beautiful, comfortable winter space.
George Henry Durrie (1820-1963): American Winter Landscapist.
George Henry Durrie was an American painter who was born in Hartford, but then lived in New Haven. He was known as the "snowman" because he enjoyed painting winter and snow scenes.
 
The Snow Tourist: a search for the world's purest, deepest snowfall. By Charlie English.




Jane Austen was born December 16, 1775

Jane Austen was born 238 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.

Follow our pinterest board ALL THINGS JANE AUSTEN

 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

Newer book acquisitions of interest to fans of Jane Austen (click on cover for online catalog link)

Dinner with Mr. Darcy: Recipes Inspired by the Novels of Jane AustinThe Real Jane Austen: A Life in Small ThingsJane Austen Quilts Inspired by Her Novels   
16158557What Matters in Jane Austen?: Twenty Crucial Puzzles Solved
 
Connecticut Chapter of the Jane Austen Society of North America
 
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
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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