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New Museum Pass added

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), 
Litchfield, CT. 
Tel. 860-567-0857. 
open Mon.-Sat. 9-5, Sun. 12-5. 
FREE admission for 2 adults and 2 children. Closed major holidays. 
Pass status 

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

Business & Career Programs

In conjunction with the opening of its new Business and Career Center, Miller Library will offer classes for people searching for a job, trying to start a new business or looking to update their computer skills.

Starting on October 2nd Duncan MacIntyre from Connecticut Works will be offering classes for people who are looking for employment. These classes will be on the first Friday of the month and will take place from 9:00am until 10:00am at the Miller Library. The first class will be a refresher class on computer skills including attachments and how to access learning tools. Then the classes will move on to Resume Basics on November 6th and Internet Job Search Techniques on December 4th.

Paul Berendsohn will offer “Computer Coaching” on Monday evenings from 6:00pm until 7:30pm beginning on October 19th and continuing on Mondays until November 9th. This is your opportunity to ask an expert questions you may have about how to establish an email account, how to use a resume template, or other questions that have been stumping you. Because the classes will be taking place in the computer lab at the Senior Center, registration will be required due to the very limited seating available. 

For people who run their own business or are thinking about opening their own business, the Business Assistance Center of Hamden and the library will present a free seminar series for business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs. The schedule’s dates and topics are:

Seminar One:   Wednesday 10/7/15 

·     Choosing your business structure

·     Identifying the right business opportunity for yourself 

Seminar Two: Wednesday 10/14/15

·     Managing your business

·     Financing your business

Seminar Three: Wednesday 10/21/15        

·     The Business Plan

·     The Personal Plan 

Seminar Four: Wednesday 10/28/15

·     Insuring your business

·     Marketing your business

Each session shall span two hours (6:00PM – 8:00PM). Attendees are encouraged to attend all sessions which shall be held in the Friends Room  at the Miller Library located at 2901 Dixwell Avenue Hamden CT 06518. 

For more information or to register for the “Computer Coaching” sessions, please call the information desk at Miller at 203-287-2680.

Hoopla

hooplaUse your library card to access thousands of movies, videos, music and audiobooks directly from your browser, tablet, or smartphone using Hoopla! Hoopla gives users access to thousands of titles through an Internet connection anywhere and anytime. There are no hold lists, so you can start enjoying your title right away.

Hoopla can be accessed on Apple or Android devices -just download the hoopladigital app from your app store then sign in with your Hamden library card number and you're ready for hours of free streaming entertainment. You can also watch, read or listen on your home computer via the four major web browsers, with no extra software to install.

Our staff all have their own favorite Hoopla films. Check out our Staff Picks for viewing suggestions, or find something on your own among Hoopla's hundreds of movie and TV titles.

 

New Museum Passes

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 Museum100 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 Museum625 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 Center39 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)

 

 

 



 

 

 

What's new with audiobooks

In June we celebrate Audiobook Month

You can borrow audiobooks on CD, as a playaway or as a digital download. Playaway "is the name of a solid-state prerecorded audio player introduced in 2005 by Findaway World, LLC, based in Solon, Ohio. About the size of a deck of playing cards and weighing 2 ounces, it can store up to 80 hours of audio. As of March 2010, the audiobooks are all produced in high definition audio".
 
New Audiobooks in the Library
 
Hamden Library playaway audiobook collection. We have various services from which you can obtain downloadable audiobooks
 
Audiobook Award Winners (Audies) 2015
 
The Award for "Audiobook of the Year"
Mandela: An Audio Historywent to Mandela: An Audio History. HighBridge Audio, 2014. 1 CD. 1 hour 15 min.
 
Trending on Audio. Article by Jocye Saricks. Booklist, June 1, 2014, p. 120. This article sums up major trends in audiobook publishing. You an access this magazine article and other magazine articles full-text via our database Masterfile Premier. Access our databases here. You need a valid Hamden library card number to access from home.

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