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.
We added a new pass to our collection of now 26 museum passes - just in time for the beautiful fall season. This new pass offers free admission for 2 adults and 2 children to the:
White Memorial Conservation Center and Nature Museum
80 White Hall Rd (off of Route 202),
open Mon.-Sat. 9-5, Sun. 12-5.
FREE admission for 2 adults and 2 children. Closed major holidays.
This is a state-of-the-art nature museum with hand-painted and photographic murals, dioramas, live animals, a working honeybee hive, unique exhibits, such as "The Art of Taxidermy". See a life-sized beaver lodge, learn about alternative energy, touch real animal fur, test your bird identification skills, visit the fluorescent rock cave, view nature through a digital macro-scope, or explore the children's corner.
Then go outdoors and explore "Connecticut's Largest Nature Sanctuary" comprised of 4,000 acres and 35 miles of trails (grounds and trails are open year-round, 24 hours per day).
Museum Passes are available for Hamden residents through the generosity of the Friends of the Hamden Library. Hamden residents only. One pass per family. Passes cannot be reserved. Museum passes are due before closing on the day after they are checked out. Please be courteous and return your pass at the Info Desk on time.
See the complete list of our museum passes here.
July is National Park and Recreation Month! Check out our new museum passes which are listed below. All of our new passes offer free admission.
Museum Passes are available for Hamden residents with valid Hamden library cards through the generosity of the Friends of the Hamden Library. One pass per family can be checked out. First come, first serve. Passes can be checked out at the info desk, Miller Memorial Library, 2901 Dixwell Ave. in Hamden.
Complete list of all of our museum passes (click on pass status for information on availability)
American Clock & Watch Museum, 100 Maple St., Bristol, CT. Tel. 860-583-6070. Open 10-5 daily, March 28th to Nov. 29th, except Easter & Thanksgiving. Weekends only in December. Winter hours by appointment. Free admission for 2 adults and 3 children. CT was once the clock capital of the U.S. See the museum's current special exhibition: Once Upon a Time: Clocks & Watches in Popular Literature. "The American Clock & Watch Museum's 2015 exhibition links great clocks and great writing. The exhibition highlights writings as diverse as F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, Edgar Allen Poe's "The Pit and the Pendulum," and the J. K. Rowling Harry Potter series. A section of the exhibit focuses particularly on the use of clocks and time in children’s books. Next to each displayed book is a clock from the museum’s renowned collection, carefully chosen for its relevance to the tale being told. “Once Upon a Time” is on display during regular museum hours through December 27, 2015."
Lyman Allyn Art Museum, 625 Williams St., New London, CT. Tel. 860-443-2545. The museum houses one of the most significant art collections in Southeastern Connecticut, including European and non-Western art as well as American fine and decorative art. Pass provides free admission for 2 adults and 2 children. Children under 12 are always free. Tuesday through Saturday: 10 am — 5 pm, Sunday: 1 pm — 5 pm, Closed Monday and major holidays. There is also a special doll house.
Stamford Museum & Nature Center, 39 Scofieldtown Rd, Stamford, CT 06903. Tel. 203.322.1646. The pass offers free admission for 2 adults of the same household, and their children under age 18, plus free parking. Free Admission includes the Bendel Mansion & Galleries, Heckscher Farm, Nature's Playground, and access to Animal Embassy's live exotic animal exhibit, as well as, free admission to the Observatory and Astronomy Nights programs. (50% Discount on Admission to all Family Festival Weekends)
In June we celebrate .
Come to the library this month and check out our display with books on "May is Mental Health Awareness Month", or explore these links:
Mental Health Resources: a guide for patients and families. Compiled by Lyman Maynard Stowe Library, University of Connecticut Health Center (diagnosing mental illness, therapy guidelines, positive child rearing, finding a therapist, medications, legal resources, organizations and agencies...)
Connecticut's Network of Care ("makes available a vast array of services and information about community-based social services for people with mental illness and their families and service providers")
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April is National Poetry Month. Looking for poetry?
Come see our display and discover some of our best new poetry books.
The Connecticut State Library has put together links to online databases and
Here is a link to our poetry books in our online catalog, sorted by publication
"To celebrate National Poetry Month, the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs (@NYCulture) is hosting the sixth annual #PoetweetNYC Twitter poetry contest from April 6 to April 13, 2015". 140-character poets submit your 140-character poems!
Found poems are “poems that are composed from words and phrases found in another text. A New York Times found poem, then, uses words and phrases taken from one or more Times articles, past or present — and since the paper has been publishing since 1851, choosing which Times article(s) to use is often the hardest part".