Saturday, May 26, 2012

We received a new pass for the Shore Line Trolley Museum.
Our museum passes are funded by the Friends of the Hamden Library. The Shore Line Trolley Museum Pass offers a 50 percent discount for up to six people.
Regular rates apply for additional visitors. [Adults 10.00,
Seniors (62+) 8.00, Children (2-15) 6.00]
The Pass is valid on all scheduled public operation days (10:30am-4:30pm) and expanded special events programs during the 2012 season; except for October's Haunted Isle.

May ……………………………………. Saturdays and Sundays
Memorial Day to Labor Day ……. OPEN EVERY DAY
September…………………............ Saturday, Sundays and Labor Day
October……………………………….. Saturdays and Sundays
December…………………………….. First Four Weekends
Special Events: Easter, Mothers Day, Antique Car Show, Fire Apparatus Show, Art Show, Movie Weekend, Haunted Isle (pass is not valid for Haunted Isle), Pumpkin Patch, Star Gazing and Winter Wonderland

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau dies at 86

The German baritone Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau died on May 18, 2012. He was 86 years old. He was one of the most important and influential vocal artists of the 20th century.

Biography of Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau

Recordings by Mr. Fischer-Dieskau in the Hamden Public Library collection

New York Times Obituary

Monday, May 21, 2012

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Come to the library this month and check out our display on "May is Mental Health Awareness Month".

National Institute of Mental Health

Also check out our database, the HEALTH AND WELLNESS RESOURCE CENTER (top of page).
The database offers full-text access to the "The Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine". Ed. Laurie J. Fundukian. 4th ed. Detroit: Gale, 2011.
You can also access full-text articles from medical journals.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Two additional State Park passes available

We just added two more STATE PARK passes for circulation. Just in time for a beautiful weekend!

The passes can be checked out by Hamden residents with valid Hamden Public Library cards. One pass per family. The pass covers cost of parking, where there is a parking charge. Parking fees are charged at all four state park beaches on Long Island Sound as well as several inland parks. Also covers admission for two adults and four children at state historical sites and exhibit centers at Dinosaur, Fort Trumbull and Gillette Castle State Parks. Enjoy!

More info on State Parks in CT

Hamden Public Library Museum Pass List

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

CLA Special Achievement Award Winner!

Congratulations to Hamden Public Library's own Nancy  McNicol, winner of the 2012 Connecticut Library Association Special Achievement Award. Each year, CLA honors an individual who has implemented a significant project or initiated an innovative program which has had significant impact on the library, the community, or the library profession this year.

In the spring of 2011, Hamden Public Library’s Associate Director, Nancy McNicol initiated plans to celebrate the life and works of Hamden native, former U.S. Poet Laureate and 2011 recipient of the National Medal of Arts, Donald Hall. She partnered with various Hamden agencies, the Mayor’s Office, the Connecticut Poetry Society and a number of town residents to bring the plans to fruition. On the evening of September 16th, more than 300 friends and poetry lovers paid tribute to Mr. Hall. He rewarded his audience with reminiscences of growing up in Hamden and readings of his poems. We are all thankful for Nancy's tireless effort creating this remarkable event, and grateful to the Connectict Library Association for recognizing her outstanding acheivement!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Maurice Sendak, 1928-2012

Maurice Sendak, an award-winning author-illustrator best known for children's picture books, passed away Tuesday, May 8, 2012.  The cause was complications due to a stroke.  He was 83.

Born in Brooklyn, New York, on June 10, 1928, Sendak grew up sickly; his talent for drawing was developed in part because drawing helped him pass time while confined to his bed.  Before becoming an illustrator, Sendak was a window decorator for toy retailer F.A.O. Schwartz.  Through their children's book buyer, he was introduced to Ursula Nordstrom, the children's book editor at publisher Harper & Row.  That collaboration led Sendak to work as a commissioned illustrator and, later, an author of children's books himself.

Mr. Sendak's next work, "My Brother's Book", is scheduled to be published in February, 2013.

Our collection of works written or illustrated by Maurice Sendak

For more information, check out:
NY Times Obituary
"Maurice Sendak wanted children to grow up a bit" (NYT , 5/9/2012)
HarperCollins' Author Page for Sendak

Monday, May 7, 2012

Charles Higham dies at 81

Charles Higham, a  celebrity biographer, died on April 21 at his home in Los Angeles. He was 81. Mr. Higham wrote about two dozen biographies, on Katharine Hepburn, Marlene Dietrich, Bette Davis, Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy, Cary Grant, Orson Welles and others. Charles Higham was born in London on Feb. 18, 1931.

Mr. Higham's biographies in the Hamden Library Collection 

New York Times obituary by Margalit Fox, published May 3, 2012

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Privacy Week May 1-7, 2012

Choose Privacy Week  (May 1-7, 2012) "is a national public awareness campaign that aims to educate the public on how to protect their privacy and understand their rights. The American Library Association’s (ALA) Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) established Choose Privacy Week in 2010 to deepen public awareness about the serious issue of government surveillance, and offers individuals the resources to think critically and make more informed choices about their privacy." The theme for Choose Privacy Week 2012 is "Freedom from Surveillance." Check out our display in the library, or browse our holdings in our online catalog: 

Books on Privacy and Internet/Technology 

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

May is Gifts from the Garden Month

Come to the library this month and check out our multi-media display GIFTS FROM THE GARDEN MONTH.
I am especially intrigued by our beautiful books on the history of gardens in art and painting. Below are just a few.

You can check out a natural sound collection on CD
titled THE GARDEN or the DVD Gardens of the World with Audrey Hepburn. There are books on garden design, garden history, botanical drawing, edible landscaping, etc.

New York's Botanical Garden has a special exhibit devoted
to Monet's Garden until Oct. 21.(article in New York Times, published May 18, 2012) Last year, the Botanical Garden
featured Emily Dickinson's Garden.

The New York Botonical Garden (website)

   The History of Gardens in Painting by Nils B├╝ttner.
"The creation of gardens was among the first achievements of early civilizations, and garden design was already highly developed in antiquity. Pictures of gardens are a reflection of the social, historical, and aesthetic context in which gardens were conceived. The focus of this captivating book is not the gardens themselves or the different concepts of the garden, but rather the representation of gardens in paintings. The author examines why artists paint gardens by covering the varied and lively 2,000-year history of the garden picture using 180 masterpieces of gardens as examples. The text begins with a look at ancient Rome, when paintings of gardens, as found in villas in Pompeii, were already valued as works of art. The wide-ranging coverage also includes pictures of charming medieval gardens in books of hours; Botticelli's masterwork La Primavera, set in a grove of orange trees; views of well-known historic gardens, such as those at Versailles; painter's gardens, as for example, Monet's Giverny; and modern gardens depicted by Frida Kahlo, Andy Warhol, and David Hockney, among others. For collectors of art history books and garden books, this lovely volume should appeal to a broad audience."

Secrets of Monet's Garden: bringing the beauty of Monet's style to your own garden by Derek Fell

"Derek Fell examines Monet's planting philosophies, shedding light on his use of color, sense of structure, extravagant combinations of form and texture, and favorite flowers.

Vincent's Garden: paintings and drawings by Van Gogh by Ralph Skea.

"A book for gardeners and art lovers everywhere: a selection of Vincent van Gogh's garden and flower paintings and drawings. Presents Van Goghs lifelong love affair with the garden. This title illustrates a range of works, from iconic oils such as Irises to exquisite etchings and intimate sketches."

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Doris Betts dies at 79

Doris Betts, an award winning novelist and short-story writer died on April 21 at age 79 at her home in Pittsboro, N.C. The cause was lung cancer. New York Times obituary by Paul Vitello

Her novel "The Sharp Teeth of Love" (1997) is about "a young woman fleeing from her fiance, a runaway child in desperate trouble, a charming wanderer."

"Souls raised from the Dead" (1994) which won the Southern Book Award (also an American Library Association Notable Book), is a novel about a family and how they react to their daughter's kidney disease. Book Discussion Guide (via NoveList)

Ernest Callenbach dies at 83

Ernest Callenbach died April 16 in Berkeley, Calif., at age 83. He was the author of the novel “Ecotopia,” which was published in 1975 and foreshadowed the environmental movement.
In this book Ecology: a pocket guide, published by the University of California Press in 1998, Mr. Callenbach "provides a pocket-sized introduction to the wonderful complexity of life on Earth--and our part in it. In 60 information-packed entries, the author uses everyday, nontechnical language to explain basic ecological concepts".

New York Times obituary by Dennis Hevesi