Thursday, December 30, 2010

Get the most out of technology

Interested in technology? Check out our new computer books and magazines.

In today's New York Times, Sam Grobart has written an interesting article: "Ten Ways to Get the Most Out of Technology."

Check out David Pogue's Best Tech Ideas of the Year, published in the New York Times.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Cut the clutter

Looking for ways to become more organized? Better Homes and Gardens magazine did a survey. 74.1% of their readers say cutting clutter at home would help make 2011 their best year. Come to the library for some ideas:

Live a better life with less (books on clutter control)
Built-Ins and Shelves/Cabinets
One year to an organized financial life

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

New York Times - Ten Best Books of 2010

On Sunday, December 12, 2010, the New York Times published their top ten book list for 2010.


Freedom / by Jonathan Franzen. Farrar, Straus & Giroux.
unabridged sound recording on CDs
large print edition

The New Yorker Stories. By Ann Beattie. Scribner.

Room. By Emma Donoghue. Little, Brown & Company.
unabridged sound recording on CDs

Selected Stories. By William Trevor. Viking.

A Visit from the Goon Squad. By Jennifer Egan. Alfred A. Knopf.


Apollo's Angels: A History of Ballet
. By Jennifer Homans. Random House.

Cleopatra: a life. By Stacy Schiff. Little, Brown & Company.
unabridged sound recording on CDs

The Emperor of all Maladies: a Biography of Cancer. By Siddhartha Mukherjee. Sribner.

Finishing the Hat: Collected Lyrics (1954-1981). With Attendant Comments, Principles, Heresies, and Anecdotes
. By Stephan Sondheim. Alfred A. Knopf.

The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration. By Isabel Wilkerson. Random House.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

New and Improved Language Program!

Our online language instruction program, Mango, has just added 7 new languages to their service: Croatian, Czech, Dutch, Indonesian, Slovak, Tamil, and Ukranian. That brings the total to 29 Foreign languages, and English courses in 15 languages.
Foreign languages include: Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), Croatian, Czech, Dari, Dutch, Farsi, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Indonesian, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Pashto, Portuguese (Brazilian), Russian, Slovak, Spanish, Tagalog, Tamil, Thai, Turkish, Ukranian, Urdu, and Vietnamese.
You can also find English-as-a-second-language (ESL) instruction from 15 languages: Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese), French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese (Brazilian), Russian, Spanish, Turkish and Vietnamese.
All languages include a basic and complete course. The basic level is perfect for a foreign language beginner, Mango Basic teaches everyday greetings, gratitudes, goodbyes and helpful phrases in a short period of time. If you're looking for something more advanced, Mango Complete offers a 100-lesson course that digs much deeper and is designed to provide a more complete understanding of the entire language and culture.

All you need is a Hamden Library card. Visit Mango and get started today!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Elizabeth Edwards 1949-2010

Elizabeth Edwards was born July 3, 1949 and died December 7, 2010 of cancer at the age of 61. She was an attorney and best-selling author.

Upon the death of her 16 year old son in a traffic accident, she retired from legal practice. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004. Her cancer returned in 2007.

In January 2010 she legally separated from her husband, John Edwards, the former US-Senator from North Carolina who was the 2004 United States Democratic vice-presidential nominee. She actively took part in John Edwards' 2008 presidential bid. Elizabeth Edwards is survived by her three other children: Catharine, Emma Claire and Jack.

Books by Elizabeth Edwards in our library

Obituary by Robert D. McFadden, published in the New York Times, Dec. 7, 2010

Monday, December 6, 2010

Spread Some Holiday Cheer to Those in Need

During the holiday season all three Hamden libraries are accepting donations of coats, gloves, and mittens for adults and children, as well as toys for children of all ages, which will be distributed through the Keefe Center and the Quinnipiac Bank & Trust Company’s Coat Drive. You can also donate non-perishable food for the Hamden Food Bank. All items can be dropped off at Miller Memorial Library, 2901 Dixwell Avenue where the annual “Mitten Tree” has become a tradition for library users. Also participating in this town-wide effort are Brundage Community Branch at 91 Circular Avenue and Whitneyville Branch at 125 Carleton Street. For further information contact the Miller Library Info Desk at 287-2680.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Thornton Wilder Writing Competition

It's time once again for the annual Thornton Wilder Writing Competition. Students from all Connecticut public, private, and parochial high schools students are invited to submit their one-act plays, short stories, essays, poetry, or selections from longer works for the chance to win a cash prize.

Learn more about the Competition>

Download Application

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Mark Twain - bestselling author

Mark Twain's Autobiography is the surprise best-seller of the season. It has gone back to press seven times. More than 350,000 copies of the four pound heavy book have been printed so far. Yet bookstores across the country are running out of copies and are having a hard time keeping up with demand.

Publisher's Weekly, December 6, 2010 reports that the printer of the book, Thomson-Shore located in Dexter, MI rehired employees they laid off in 2009 to fill all three printing shifts. Mark Twain's book is creating jobs!

It has reached the No. 5 spot on the New York Times hardcover nonfiction best-seller list.

Mark Twain's Autobiography Flying Off the Shelves article by Julie Bosman, published in the New York Times Nov. 19, 2010

The University of California Press has published a website for the book with audio, pictures and a timeline of Twain's life.

Visit the Mark Twain House and Museum in Hartford with our museum pass.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Monday, November 8, 2010

Hamden Library Logo Contest

The Hamden Public Library is seeking a new logo design to represent the Library on print materials (fliers, newsletter, library cards, etc.) and on the Library’s website. The designer of the winning entry will receive a $200 honorarium. Deadline for submission is January 29, 2011. Click the links below to download contest rules and entry form.

Contest Rules
Entry Form

Top Ten Books of 2010

Publisher's Weekly has compiled a listing of Top Ten Books of 2010. This list was published on November 8, 2010.

A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan published by Knopf
Freedom by Jonathan Franzen (published by Farrar, Straus, and Giroux)
Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand (published by Random)
The Surrendered by Chang-rae Lee (published by Riverhead)
The Big Short by Michael Lewis (published by Norton)
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot (published by Crown)
Just Kids by Patti Smith (published by Ecco)
Man in the Woods by Scott Spencer (published by Harper)
The Lonely Polygamist by Brady Udall (published by Norton)
The Warmth of other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson (published by Random)

Monday, November 1, 2010

Ted Sorensen dies at 82

Ted Sorensen, political adviser, speechwriter and White House counsel died October 31, 2010 in New York City, following a stroke. He was 82 years old. He served in the White House from January 20, 1961 until February 29, 1964 under President John F. Kennedy and President Lyndon B. Johnson.

New York Times Obituary by Tim Weiner

Books by Ted Sorensen in our library

See also the book White House ghosts: Presidents and their speechwriters. By Robert Schlesinger.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Top Ten Business Books

Booklist published recently a listing of Top Ten Business Books.

The AARP Retirement Survival Guide: How to make smart financial decisions in good times and bad. By Julie Jason, published by Sterling.

Broker, Trader, Lawyer, Spy: The Secret World of Corporate Espionage. By Eamon Javers, published by Harper.

The Design of Business: Why Design Thinking is the Next Competitive Advantage. By Roger Martin, published by Harvard Business.

Economics for the Rest of Us: Debunking the Science That Makes Life Dismal. By Moshe Adler, published by New Press.

The End of Wall Street. By Roger Lowenstein, published by Penguin.

Pull: The Power of the Semantic Web to Transform your Business. By David Siegel, published by Portfolio.

The Relentless Revolution: A History of Capitalism. By Jocye Appleby, published by Norton.

Total Engagement: Using Games and Virtual Worlds to Change the Way People Work and Businesses Compete. By Byron Reeves and J. Leighton Read, published by Harvard Business.

War at the Wall Street Journal: Inside the Struggle to Control an American Business Empire. By Sarah Ellison, published by Houghton.

Women Lead the Way: Your Guide to Stepping Up to Leadership and Changing the World. By Linda Tarr-Whelan, published by Berrett-Koehler.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Nominees for National Book Awards announced

Thirteen female authors are included in the twenty finalists for the 2010 National Book Awards - the largest number ever.

Finalists for Fiction

Peter Carey, Parrot and Olivier in America (Alfred A. Knopf)

Jaimy Gordon, Lord of Misrule (McPherson & Co.)

Nicole Krauss, Great House (W.W. Norton & Co.)

Lionel Shriver, So Much for That
(Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers)

Karen Tei Yamashita, I Hotel (Coffee House Press)

Finalists for Nonfiction

Barbara Demick, Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea
(Spiegel & Grau, an imprint of The Random House Publishing Group)

John W. Dower, Cultures of War: Pearl Harbor, Hiroshima, 9-11, Iraq
(W.W. Norton & Co/The New Press )

Patti Smith, Just Kids (Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers)

Justin Spring, Secret Historian: The Life and Times of Samuel Steward
(Farrar, Straus & Giroux)

Megan K. Stack, Every Man in This Village Is a Liar: An Education in War

Finalists for Poetry

Kathleen Graber, The Eternal City (Princeton University Press)

Terrance Hayes, Lighthead (Viking Penguin)

James Richardson, By the Numbers (Copper Canyon Press)

C.D. Wright, One with Others (Copper Canyon Press)

Monica Youn, Ignatz (Four Way Books)

Finalists for Young People's Literature

Paolo Bacigalupi, Ship Breaker (Little, Brown & Co.)

Kathryn Erskine, Mockingbird
(Philomel Books, a division of Penguin Young Readers Group)

Laura McNeal, Dark Water (Alfred A. Knopf)

Walter Dean Myers, Lockdown
(Amistad, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers)

Rita Williams-Garcia, One Crazy Summer
(Amistad, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers)

The winners in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and young adult literature will be announced on
Nov. 17.

Howard Jacobson wins Man Booker Prize

The Man Book Prize 2010
was awarded to Howard Jacobson, 68, for his comic novel "The Finkler Question".

Britain's most prestigious literary award is given each year to a novel by an author in Britain, Ireland or one of the Commonwealth nations. It comes with a check for about $80,000 and a big increase in book sales and publicity.

Howard Jacobson on taking comic novels seriously
(article in THE GUARDIAN, Saturday, Oct. 9, 2010)

Synopsis of THE FINKLER QUESTION and brief author bio

Previous Booker Prize Winners

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

American Moderns On Paper

"American Moderns on Paper" is the title of an exhibition at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford, CT. It will run from Oct. 2, 2010 to Jan. 17, 2011. It presents a "selection of approximately 100 of the finest watercolors, pastels, and drawings by leading American modernists from the Wadsworth Atheneum's renowned collection of American art."

If you are a Hamden resident with a valid Hamden Library card, you can check out our free museum pass to the Wadsworth Atheneum.

Exhibition Catalog
Exhibition Website

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

October is Vegetarian Awareness Month

Come in and check out some of our vegetarian cookbooks and try out some new recipes. Get inspired!
Subscribe via e-mail to our LIFESTYLES bookletter for information on new cookbooks.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Eat, Drink, Art, Design

Eat, Drink, Art, Design is the title of an exhibition at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York, which runs from Sept. 21, 2010 to March 27, 2011. It features 60 objects for eating and drinking designed by artists like Roy Lichtenstein, Cindy Sherman, and Dale Chihuly.
"The show reveals the ways in which the table can be a domestic setting for families and feasts, as well as an intellectual space for ideas and history."

Exhibit website with pictures of some of the objects

Interactive Spode Website

Some of our newer books on dishes, table settings and the art
of dining (click on the covers for catalog links):

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

P.L.A.C.E. Multicultural Festival - Oct. 2

P.L.A.C.E. Children's Museum and Creative Arts Center will be holding its 4th Annual Multicultural Festival at Hamden Town Center park on Saturday, Oct. 2, from 10-4. Activities will include multicultural performances, art projects, a moonbounce, costume characters, food and more. Music, dance, art, play and fun for all ages. Admission is free. Rain location is Hamden Middle School.
And don't forgot, the Miller Library will be open 10-5:30 on Saturday, so don't forget to stop by after you've visted the festival!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

All Things Victorian

The Victorian Lady, Kandie Carle, will visit on Monday, September 27, 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm in the Senior Center Social Hall. In honor of her visit, we have put together a display of books on Victorian topics.