Friday, April 27, 2012

Renoir Night at the Frick Collection April 27, 2012

Catalog Link "Genius of Renoir"
There will be a Renoir Night at the Frick Collection in Manhattan today, Friday, April 27, 2012 from 6 to 9 pm. You can view the special exhibition RENOIR, IMPRESSIONISM, AND FULL-LENGTH PAINTING in the East Gallery (on display through May 13) or attend lectures and live music performances (songs by Chausson, Debussy, and Fauré).

You can make your own Renoir Night at home. Check out our beautiful books on Renoir, a Renoir DVD, or Music CDs.
Renoir DVD

Monday, April 23, 2012

Pulitzer Prizes

The Pulitzer Prize Winners 2012 have been announced. Pulitzer Prizes will be awarded at a luncheon ceremony at Columbia University in May.  

Background Info on the award process

Biography of Joseph Pulitzer (1847-1911)


George F. Kennan: An American Life by John Lewis Gaddis (The Penguin Press) 
"An engaging portrait of a globetrotting diplomat whose complicated life was interwoven with the Cold War and America’s emergence as the world’s dominant power."
previous Biography/Autobiography winners

General Nonfiction
The Swerve: How the World Became Modern by Stephen Greenblatt (W.W. Norton & Company)
"A provocative book arguing that an obscure work of philosophy, discovered nearly 600 years ago, changed the course of history by anticipating the science and sensibilities of today."

"An exploration of the legendary life and provocative views of one of the most significant African-Americans in U.S. history, a work that separates fact from fiction and blends the heroic and tragic.
 previous History winners

Life on Mars by Tracy K. Smith (Graywolf Press)
"A collection of bold, skillful poems, taking readers into the universe and moving them to an authentic mix of joy and pain."
previous Poetry winners

No prize for Fiction was awarded this year. For a list of previous winners with links to our online catalog click here.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Earth Day April 22

Hamden's Earth Day celebration will take place on Saturday, April 21, 2012 from 10 to 3 in the Hamden Middle School, 2623 Dixwell Ave. in Hamden.
More information on this event can be found here.
We also put together some of our newer books on environmental topics next to the Rotunda computers in Miller Library's lobby area.
Check out these links:

Silent Spring - 5Oth anniversary

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50 years ago, on April 13, 1962 "Silent Spring" by Rachel Carson was published. "Rachel Carson's SILENT SPRING warned humankind that for the first time in history every person is subjected to contact with dangerous chemicals from conception until death. Carson painted a vivid picture of how chemicals - used in many ways put particularly in pesticides - have upset the balance of nature, undermining the survival of countless species. This enormously popular and influential book was a soft-spoken battle cry to protect our natural surroundings. Its publication signaled the beginning of the environmental movement" (source: Chase's Calendar of Events, 2012).
 Come to the library this month and check out our display or see our holdings on Rachel Carson here.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Titanic - April 15, 1912

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The Titanic sank on April 15, 1912 - 100 years ago. Come to the library this month and check out our display of Titanic books and videos.Check our online catalog for holdings on

Titanic - books for young adults

You can also locate articles from this time period in our historical newspaper databases for the Hartford Courant and the New York Times. Hartford Courant Historical : This archive includes over 280,000 pages of text from 1764 through 1922.
New York Times Historical: The full text of the New York Times from 1851-2005.Another link to explore: Times Topics - Titanic.

New Pass to the Hill-Stead Museum

We received two new passes to the Hill-Stead Museum in Farmington, CT. Our museum passes are funded by the Friends of the Hamden Library. The pass offers free admission for 1 adult and two children (under 18). The pass is not valid for special programs and events. The Museum is open Tuesdays to Sundays from 10 am to 4 pm. 
Check availability of pass here

Hill-Stead (a National Historic Landmark) is a Colonial Revival-style house, set on 152 hilltop acres. It was designed by Theodate Pope Riddle (1867-1946), who was one of the first American women architects. She was a graduate of Miss Porter's School in Farmington, CT. Hill-Stead showcases Impressionist masterpieces, as well as numerous works on paper and Japanese woodblock prints, all displayed among original furnishings in an intimate family setting.The sunken garden was designed by Beatrix Farrand.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Connecticut author in the news

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Charlotte Rogan is a newly published author who lives in Westport, CT. This week, the New York Times featured an article about her and her debut novel THE LIFEBOAT. The article was written by Julie Bosman.
To place a hold on this book, click here or on catalog link below

New York Times Book Review by Sarah Towers, published May 4, 2012

For more information on this book, reader's reviews, or similiar books on similiar topics use this direct link to the NoveList Plus database.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Margaret Mitchell and Harper Lee on PBS April 2, 2012

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Harper Lee and Margaret Mitchell are being featured in two documentaries on PBS this evening, Monday, April 2, 2012. Margaret Mitchell: American Rebel premieres at 9 pm, followed by Harper Lee: Hey, Boo at 10 pm.

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