Thursday, April 29, 2010
This British award honors each year a novel written by a woman in English. The winner will be announced on June 9, 2010 in London.
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Edward P. Jones and Nam Le have won the 2010 PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Story. Edward P. Jones won the Pulitzer Prize in 2004 for his novel "The Known World". He was cited for his short story collections "Lost in the City" (1992) and "All Aunt Hagar's Children" (2007). Mr. Le was honored for his debut collection "The Boat" (2008).
The goals of National Pet Week are to promote responsible pet ownership, celebrate the human-animal bond, and promote public awareness of veterinary medicine."
Check out our display of new pet books, pick up a free bookmark, and a free brochure "101 Things You Didn't Know Could Harm Your Pet".
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Obituary by William Grimes published in the New York Times, April 27, 2010
Books by Alice Miller in the Hamden Public Library
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Biography: The First Tycoon: the epic life of Cornelius Vanderbilt by T.J. Stiles. Check out present and past award winners in Fiction, Nonfiction, Biography, History, Poetry.
Friday, April 16, 2010
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Mankiller was the first woman elected to serve as principal chief of the Cherokee. She served ten years, between 1985 and 1995. Prior to that, she was deputy chief under Ross Swimmer. She served the remaining years of his 1983-1987 term after he resigned to take a Bureau of Indian Affairs position in Washington, DC. She was elected to the position of principal chief in 1987 and 1991.
Wilma Mankiller is survived by her husband, Charlie Soap, and her daughters, Felicia and Gina.
New York Times obituary
Cherokee Phoenix obituary
Read books by and about Wilma Mankiller
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Fortunately for those people-- and for the rest of us-- the TED website has launched a service called TEDTalks. Instead of hiding videorecordings of previous conferences away in a dusty vault somewhere, eighteen-minute talks from previous conferences are offered On-Demand and free of charge on the TED website. The talks are Creative Commons copyright, so it's not only free to watch them, but to spread and embed them; you can even take them with you on some personal media players*.
So far, my favorite talks are by Temple Grandin, Eve Ensler, and Jamie Oliver. What are yours?
*I have an iPod, and was able to download the talks through the podcasts service of ITunes. A search of the Zune homepage revealed they also have TEDTalks available for download.
The spring Listen Here series will take place on Tuesday evenings, from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m., with reading occurring on a rotating basis at Willoughby’s Coffee & Tea (194 York Street), Lulu: A European Coffee House (49 Cottage Street), Bru Cafe (141 Orange Street), and Manjares Fine Pastries (838 Whalley Avenue, on the corner of West Rock Avenue).
View the 2010 Spring Series Schedule>
Monday, April 5, 2010
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Thursday, April 1, 2010
Support the fight against heart disease by participating in National Start! Walking Day
on Wednesday, April 7. Take just 10 minutes three times a day to walk and it will help you live longer.
Check out our display of walking and hiking books for Hamden and Connecticut.
Rebecca Solnit in her book Wanderlust argues that creativity has been linked to walking and explores many literary references as well.
There are many ways you can participate in National Poetry Month, including:
* Receive a Poem a Day in your inbox. Beginning April 1, Poets.org emails a new poem to your inbox each day to celebrate National Poetry Month. The poems have been selected from new books published in the spring. Sign up>
* April 29th is Poem in Your Pocket Day. Simply select a poem you love during National Poetry Month, then carry it with you to share with co-workers, family, and friends.
* Take part in one of the many Poetry Month events happening in Connecticut! View Calendar>
You can visit Poets.org for more information and ideas about National Poetry Month, or go to the Sleeping Giant Poets Guild web site for information on the poetry scene in Hamden. And don't forget to stop by the library and check out one of our many poetry books!
April 1 - Edmond Rostand (1868 - 1918)
April 1 - Anne McCaffrey (1926 - )
April 1 - Milan Kundera (1929 - )
April 2 - Hans Christian Andersen (1805 - 1875)
April 2 - Emile Zola (1840 - 1902)
April 4 - Maya Angelou (1928)
April 3 - Washington Irving (1783 - 1859)
April 5 - Booker T. Washington (1856 - 1915)
April 7 - William Wordsworth (1770 - 1850)
April 9 - Charles-Pierre Baudelaire (1821 - 1867)
April 10 - David Halberstam (1934 - 2007)
April 12 - Beverly Cleary (1916 - )
April 12 - Tom Clancy (1947 - )
April 12 - Scott Turow (1949 - )
April 13 - Samuel Beckett (1906 - 1989)
April 13 - Eudora Welty (1909 - 2001)
April 13 - Seamus Heaney (1939 - )
April 15 - Henry James (1843 - 1916)
April 16 - Kingsley Amis (1922 - 1995)
April 17 - Thornton Wilder (1897 - 1975)
April 17 - Isak Dinesen (1885 - 1962)
April 21 - Charlotte Brontë (1816 - 1855)
April 22 - Henry Fielding (1707 - 1754)
April 23 - William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616)
April 23 - Vladimir Nabokov (1899 - 1977)
April 24 - Anthony Trollope (1815 - 1882)
April 24 - Robert Penn Warren (1905 - 1989)
April 24 - Sue Grafton (1940)
April 26 - Bernard Malamud (1914 - 1986)
April 27 - August Wilson (1945 - 2005)
April 28 - Harper Lee (1926 - )
April 30 - Annie Dillard (1945 - )
Over a dozen FREE ACTIVITIES will be offered including face painting, a scavenger hunt, wood making projects, decoupage water bottle vases, bookmarks and books for children, a coloring contest, energy footprint project, recycling games and more!
Entertainment will be provided by Dr. Mel Goldstein from WTNH Channel 8 Weather, “Clink the Clown”, T-Bone's Recycling Assembly Show, and Wind over Wings (including a Golden Eagle), C.J. May's Magic Show and the Hamden High School Reptile Show.
Come to Hamden’s Earth Day Event to learn how our individual efforts can really have an impact on global warming, find out simple things you can do personally to help solve the climate crisis and learn how our choices impact the global environment. We can each make a difference by educating ourselves on what we can do to minimize our waste and resources.