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.
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)! 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!
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.
Check out our display during
Sept. 27 - Oct. 3, 2015
"Banned Books Week was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. More than 11,300 books have been challenged since 1982."
In honor of National Banned Books Week, Yale Professor Mark J. Schenker discusses ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF SOLITUDE by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, on Wednesday, September 30, 2015, from 7 to 8 pm in the Friends Room, Miller Memorial Library, 2901 Dixwell Avenue in Hamden, CT. Admission is free. All are welcome. No registration necessary. Copies of the book are available in the library. Professor Mark J. Schenker has been with Yale College since 1990. He is currently Senior Associate Dean of the College and Dean of Academic Affairs. He received his Ph.D. in English Literature from Columbia University and has taught at Columbia, New York University, and Trinity College (Hartford). Professor Schenker was the recipient of the 2001 Wilbur Cross Award for Outstanding Humanities Scholar, presented by the Connecticut Humanities Council.