Library News and Notes Update: February 16, 2021
Black History Month
Black History Month Virtual Festival 1-3 pm, Saturday, February 20. Click here for more information.

Click here to browse the new additions to our African American fiction and non- fiction collections.

Click here for titles by African
American Cookbook Authors and Chefs.
"Street Shadows",
Jacob Lawrence, 1959
Library Resources:
  • Contactless Pick-up is available at all 3 library locations, please click here for more information.
  • Need a Library card? Just click here to learn how.
  • Check our catalog for available materials here.
  • Click here to use our Digital Library.
  • Digital magazines now available on Overdrive. Read more here.
  • Click here for up-to-date COVID-19 resources.
  • Plus! Live Chat with a librarian on our Website.
Children's Corner
Reading Suggestions for Children:
February Scavenger Hunt
Click here to find out how
you can participate!
Preschool Storytime
Grab N Go Craft
10 am - 6 pm,
Tuesday, February 16
Click here to register.
Grab N Go Craft
10 am - 6 pm
Monday, February 22
Click here to register.
In the Kitchen with Miss Paula
6:30 - 7:30 pm, Thursday, February 18
Click here to register.
Just for Teens:

Open to all New Haven County high school students.

Deadline for submission: Friday, March 5.

Click here for details and application form.
Winter Warmers Wanted
The library is now accepting hats, gloves, mittens, scarves for Hamden residents of all ages. Please bring donations to our Contactless Pickup stations. We are also collecting non-perishable food items. Thank you for your continued generosity.
For Adults:
12 - 1:30 pm, Tuesday, February 16
Click here to register.
6:30 - 8:45, Thursday, February 18.
Click here for more information.
Book Discussion Group
via Zoom
Truman Capote's In Cold Blood

6:30 - 7:30 pm, Monday, February 22
Click here to register.

Click here for a list of upcoming titles.
*Learn how intimacy translates to stage and screen.

11 a.m, Saturday, March 6
Click here to register.

*For mature audiences.
Business & Entrepreneurship Programs
From the CT Economic Development Fund:
Small Business Relief Legislation 2021 (Replay)
Replay the Webinar (recorded January 8, 2021)

Using Video to Sell in Your Small Business
11:00 am – 12:00 pm, Wednesday, February 24. Register for webinar

From SCORE of Greater New Haven:
Mastering Finances for Black-Owned Businesses
1 pm, Tuesday, February 16. Register here

Choose the Right E-Commerce Technology to Grow Your Small Business
1 pm, Thursday, February 18. Register here

Shoestring Solutions to Common Startup Issues
1 pm, Tuesday, February 23. Register here

Expand to New Markets with Small Business International Shipping
1 pm, Thursday, February 25. Register here
More Library Resources:
Looking for Your Next Great Read?
Use these helpful online resources to find your next great read:
User created lists and reviews of fiction and nonfiction titles--everything from classics to current bestsellers.
Ten new titles are recommended monthly by the nation's librarians.
Grab a print copy with your contactless pick up materials, or visit BookPage online for reviews, author profiles and informative articles.
Click here to reserve it through our online catalog or call (203)287-2680 to have a librarian reserve it for you.
Need help with
  • Computer skills?
  • Digital media?
  • Online databases?
Click here to try Niche Academy
Community Services
COVID Vaccinations
Click here for vaccination information from the Quinnipiak Valley Health District

Free, Walk-in COVID Testing
  • offered by Hamden Public Schools in collaboration with the Cornell Scott Hill Health Center and the Quinnipiack Valley Health District.
  • 8:30 am - 4:30 pm every Tuesday & Thursday at theHamden Board of Education, 60 Putnam Avenue

Overnight Warming Center
7 pm - 7 am, 7 nights a week, Breakthrough Church, 481 Shelton Avenue

Community Soup Kitchen
12 noon - 1 pm Wed-Fri, Breakthrough Church, 481 Shelton Avenue

Community Food Pantry
12 noon - 2 pm, every 2nd and 3rd Saturday, Breakthrough Church,
481 Shelton Avenue

Click here for an up-to-date listing of food banks and pantries, soup kitchens and other nutritional assistance available to Hamden area residents

Hamden High School VITA Online sponsored by United Way of Greater New Haven. VITA is preparing taxes virtually through a secure, encrypted, IRS-approved website: At this website, you will:
  • Answer a short set of questions
  • Take pictures of your tax documents Upload them onto the secure website
  • The same volunteer team you have used in the past will prepare your taxes and be back in touch for your approval.
Questions? Contact