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 in front of the main staircase.
Come to Miller Memorial Library during January 2014 to see a beautiful display with replicas of historic buildings in Hamden. These replicas were completed in clay by a range of students at Hamden Collaborative Learning Center (HCLC). HCLC is Hamden's alternate secondary school and is now located at 306 Circular Ave. It is under the direction of Jon Pearce, Coordinator of Alternative Education. It services students grades 7 through 12.The Hamden slab city project was designed to align with the district's initiative to improve student's writing. In Hamden Public Schools nonfiction writing is now required in every subject.The cross curriculum project was designed to build knowledge through content rich nonfiction and informational text. Students researched a historical town building of their choice, then analyzed and wrote a summary of its history. They identified architectural details with periods of history. Students then constructed a replica of the face of their buildings. The results created scaled graphite elevations with drafting teacher Bernie St. George and a "Slab City" of Hamden's Historical Buildings with art teacher Cathy Teulings.
Here is a selection of intriguing books about winter and snow.
Wintersweet: Seasonal desserts to warm the home. By Tammy Donroe Inman.
Winter Cocktails: mulled ciders, hot toddies, punches, pitchers, and cocktail party snacks. By Maria del Mar Sacasa.
Impressionists in Winter: Effets de Neige. By Charles S. Moffett...
George Henry Durrie was an American painter who was born in Hartford, but then lived in New Haven. He was known as the "snowman" because he enjoyed painting winter and snow scenes.
Jane Austen was born 238 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.
Follow our pinterest board ALL THINGS JANE AUSTEN
Newer book acquisitions of interest to fans of Jane Austen (click on cover for online catalog link)
The winners of the 2013 National Book Award are:
James McBride: The Good Lord Bird
George Packer: The Unwinding: an inner history of the new America
Mary Szybist: Incarnadine
YOUNG PEOPLE'S LITERATURE
Cynthia Kadohata: The Thing about Luck