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Connecticut Science Center Coupons

We received coupons to the Connecticut Science Center in Hartford. Each coupon is good for 20% off general admission for up to four people. Coupons expire December 31, 2013. Request a coupon at the info desk with your Hamden library card. One coupon per family.

The Connecticut Science Center in Hartford opened in June 2009. It offers 150 interactive exhibits, 3D movies, live science, a gift shop, a cafe and more. Daily activities include Story Time and Talks and Tours. For more information on the Connecticut Science Center click here or call 860-724-3623.
For a listing of Hamden Library's new Science and Nature books click here.

 

200th Anniversary of "Pride and Prejudice"

This month marks the 200th anniversary of one of the most popular novels in English literature: "Pride and Prejudice" written by Jane Austen was published on January 28, 1813. Since then, it has sold more than 20 million copies worldwide. Below is the title page from the first edition of the first volume of "Pride and Prejudice". Here are a couple of interesting links:

http://www.prideandprejudice200.org.uk/

Jane Austen Society of North America Student Essay Contest

Pride and Prejudice: A Jane Austen interactive. Compiled by THE GUARDIAN. Leading writers give an alternative reading of its characters.

Goucher College Library Exhibition: Pride and Prejudice - a 200 year affair.

Free Library of Philadelphia: Day Long Celebration - January 28, 2013.

 

New 2013 State Park Pass has arrived

We just received a new 2013 STATE PARK pass for circulation. Discover the beauty and history of 139 state parks and forests and spend more time outdoors!

The pass can be checked out by Hamden residents with valid Hamden Public Library cards. One pass per family. The pass covers cost of parking, where there is an established parking charge. Parking fees are charged at all four state park beaches on Long Island Sound as well as several inland parks. The pass also covers admission for two adults and four children at state historical sites and exhibit centers at Dinosaur, Fort Trumbull and Gillette Castle State Parks.

Please note that starting Monday, February 25 the museum at Dinosaur State Park in Rocky Hill will be closed for construction. The tentative reopening date is April 4.

Come to the info desk at Miller Library, 2901 Dixwell Ave. to check out and return our museum passes.

List of Museum Passes

More info on State Parks in CT

Jane Austen's 237th Birthday - December 16, 2012

Jane Austen was born 237 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.

 
The Connecticut Chapter of the Jane Austen Society of North America has organized a JANE AUSTEN SUMMER CAMP which will take place from July 26-28, 2013 in Middletown, CT. For more information click here.

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

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

Best History Books of 2012

"The Passage of Power" by Robert Caro was chosen as the BEST HISTORY BOOK of 2012 by History News Network's online poll.

In second position is "Seward: Lincoln's Indispensable Man" by Walter Stahr.

In third position is "Sick from Freedom: African-American Illness and Suffering During the Civil War and Reconstruction" by Jim Downs.

In fourth position is "Nature Next Door: Cities and Trees in the American Northeast" by Ellen Stroud. In fifth position "The Patriarch: the remarkable life and turbulent times of Joseph P. Kennedy" by David Nasaw.

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