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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.

"Mobymarathon" in New York City

On November 14, 1851 (161 years ago) Herman Melville's masterwork MOBY DICK was first published in the United States.

Beginning this Friday evening, more than 160 New Yorkers will be participating in a marathon style reading

of MOBY DICK. This event (New York City's first) will take place over three days and at three independent bookstores.

Each participant has been assigned a 10-minute time slot. For more information, read the article by Amanda Petrusich

which was published in the New York Times today, November 15, 2012.

See what our library has to offer about MOBY DICK by clicking here.

Books by Herman Melville in the Hamden Library Collection

 

 

 

New Books in the 600s

Home Made Winter

See what is new in the 600's! We just updated our Lifestyles bookletter.  This bookletter lists our brand new books in health, medicine, cooking, baking, etc. Click on the link to the online catalog for each title and you can place a hold, if a book is on order, in processing, or checked out. If the book happens to be checked in, you can call us at the info desk (203-287-2680) and we will put it aside for you. If you would like to receive this bookletter or others in your email every month, click on this link to subscribe.

 

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