2014 will be a great year at the library! Visit here to find out about exciting new events, special programs and workshops!
The talented musician Roger Tincknell will perform at the library on Saturday, March 15 at 2:00 p.m. You will be entertained with lively interactive music for Saint Patrick's Day! Great for the entire family! Refreshments will be served.
Books and Bakes!
Saturday, March 15 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Enjoy a good book, coffee and homemade baked goods at the Friends of the Library's Book and Bake Sale on Saturday, March 15 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. There will also be a gift basket raffle!
Mr. Hagaman's Coin Treasures- Never Before Seen By The Public! (And A free Coin Raffle!)
Be sure to sign up now for this limited seating program in which the library reveals coin treasures never before seen by the public! See ancient Greek coins, early American coins, European coins and hear about their background and history with coin experts, Nathan Miller and Dan Hemperly! Don't miss your opportunity to win one of the lovely East Haven tercenternery coins pictured below on the right.
Mr. Isaac Hagaman, the Library's benefactor was, with his brothers, Henry and Theodore, a business partner leasing the New York City Albemarle Hotel for ten years during the late 1800s.The brothers made it into one of the most successful hotels in New York City. "It's reputation was country wide and it was the gathering place of statesmen, public leaders, financiers and capitalists..." according to American Biography vol. 7. It is highly likely that Mr. Hagaman obtained the coins of his collection from the business interchange of those staying at the Hotel.
This month on Wednesday March 26th at 2 p.m. for the WWII Veterans Discussion Group, we will have a very rich and interesting talk by Nina Garrett, born to Dutch parents who emigrated from Holland in the late 1930s, while the rest of the family remained to suffer the Nazi occupation. After the Germans occupied Holland no communication was possible for more than five years except for one or two letters that made it through thanks to the Red Cross. In September 1944, her grandfather in Amsterdam began a letter to her father (then living in Bristol, CT) with the assumption that the Allies were about to take the Rhine bridge at Arnhem and proceed to liberate Holland, but that didn't happen, as told in the book and movie A Bridge Too Far. Her grandfather kept writing once or twice a week until May 1945, when the Canadians finally got to Amsterdam and he could entrust the letter -- by then close to 23,000 words -- to a soldier to post. Nina will talk about and read excerpts from this war journal of the Hunger Winter.
Nina will also talk briefly about her yearlong stay in post-WWII Vienna, Austria (1960-61), and the experience of learning about the country’s occupation by the four Allied powers, where Austria was divided up exactly as was Germany. Vienna, like Berlin, was in the Russian sector, and both the
country and the city were occupied until 1955, just five years before she was there.
Finally, Nina will talk briefly about her uncle, who was a Dutch railroad administrator in Indonesia during WWII. He and his family were taken prisoner by the Japanese, and he was sent to the infamous concentration camp in Kanchanaburi, Thailand, on the River Kwai, to work on the railroad line that the Japanese needed built between Bangkok and Rangoon. (This was the camp made infamous by the almost completely fictional film Bridge on the River Kwai.) Her uncle survived, although his wife did not, and his efforts in the camp earned him considerable fame. Nina will clarify actual history from the Hollywood depiction of the camp
Income Tax Season is Upon Us!
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A Notary Public Is Now Available by Appointment at the library!
A Notary Public will be available at the Hagaman Memorial Library by appointment on the following days and times:
Tuesdays: 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Wednesdays: 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Thursdays: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Appointments are available on these Saturdays only from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.: March 29, April 26, May 24 and June 21
There is a charge of $3.00 per document.
**Living Wills, Regular Wills and Mortgages CANNOT be notarized at the library**
Please call the library ahead at 203.468.3890 to schedule your 15 minute appointment, Thank-you.
Winter Programs 2013/2014
The Winter 2013/2014 edition of Hagaman Happenings is here! Click here to download, view or print, or pick one up at the library. Events for adults and children are also listed in the calendar below, and on our Facebook page. If you would like to be reminded of upcoming programs, please sign up for our email list using the link on the left-hand sidebar.
Get The Library’s New Mobile App On All Your Mobile Devices! Click on the Picture Above to Download the App!
Can I use the Library from my smart phone or other Web-enabled mobile device?
Yes. Hagaman has a FREE mobile application (app). Access you Library account, search the catalog and browse for books, CDs and DVDs while on the go! Get your mobile device and click here to download Hagaman’s Boopsie library app!
What does it do?
- Download and read FREE eBooks on your phone or tablet!
- Download and listen to FREE AudioBooks!
- Access Hagaman’s services 24/7 from your phone or tablet!
- Search Hagaman’s library catalog quickly!
- Check Your Account – Reserve and renew books, CDs and DVDs
- Search our Google Event Calendar
- Ask a Librarian for Help!
What Do You Think?
What do you like about this App? What do you dislike? We would love your feedback! Please email any comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Need help paying grocery and other bills? Are you 60 plus, a war Veteran or Disabled? Free Benefits QuickLINK screening appointments are available at the Library on the first Tuesday of every month between 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. The next date for screenings is Tuesday, April 1.
RSVP of South Central CT can help you find programs to pay for groceries and other expenses. You may call the Library at 203.468.3890 to schedule your half hour screening appointment, or click here to schedule your appointment online. For questions, please contact Cherie Larson, RSVP Program Manager at the Agency on Aging at 203.752.3059. If you prefer to go online on your own to see what state and federal programs you may qualify for, click here to go to the AARP Benefits QuickLINK website and click on the "Go" button under the heading "Looking for help? Start here!"
CT AT WORK: A CT Humanities Initiative Presents a Scholar Led Book Discussion of Cannery Row by John Steinbeck
Saturday, March 8 at 2:00 p.m.
This scholar led book discussion of Cannery Row by John Steinbeck is sponsored by Connecticut Humanities CT AT WORK Initiative.
Unburdened by the material necessities of the more fortunate, the denizens of Cannery Row discover rewards unknown in more traditional society. Henry the painter sorts through junk lots for pieces of wood to incorporate into the boat he is building, while the girls from Dora Flood’s bordello venture out now and then to enjoy a bit of sunshine. Lee Chong stocks his grocery with almost anything a man could want, and Doc, a young marine biologist who ministers to sick puppies and unhappy souls, unexpectedly finds true love. Cannery Row is just a few blocks long, but the story it harbors is suffused with warmth, understanding, and a great fund of human values.
First published in 1945, Cannery Row focuses on the acceptance of life as it is—both the exuberance of community and the loneliness of the individual. John Steinbeck draws on his memories of the real inhabitants of Monterey, California, and interweaves their stories in this world where only the fittest survive—creating what is at once one of his most humorous and poignant works. In Cannery Row, John Steinbeck returns to the setting of Tortilla Flat to create another evocative portrait of life as it is lived by those who unabashedly put the highest value on the intangibles—human warmth, camaraderie, and love.
The book discussion will be facilitated by lecturer and author David Garnes. David Garnes, writer, lecturer, and former teacher, served as head of acquisitions and reference librarian at the University of Connecticut Libraries at Storrs for 20 years. David is the author of the recently published novel, Waitin’ For The Train To Come In, a novel with a World War II setting; a book of essays, From My Life: Travels And Adventures; and After the War Was Over: Poems of an American Childhood. A house manager/tour guide at the Emily Dickinson Museum in Amherst, MA, David lectures frequently on literature and writing and also volunteers at a number of local arts venues.
This book discussion is second in a two part series of discussions sponsored by Connecticut Humanities CT AT WORK Initiative. For more information on Connecticut Humanities visit www.cthumanities.org. This discussion is free and open to everyone. Books are available to borrow from the Library. Registration is required. Please register by visiting the Library, call us at 203.468.3890 or email Cynthia at email@example.com.
Ask a Lawyer Free Consulation Service
Wednesday, March 19 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Get a free consultation with an attorney from the New Haven County Bar Association at the Hagaman Memorial Library on the third Wednesday of each month from 5:30 p.m.to 7:30 p.m. No need to pre-register. The New Haven County Bar Association’s ASK A LAWYER program is designed to provide members of the community with general legal information; an attorney meets with the participant and provides a free 10-15 minute consultation. If the individual requires additional assistance, they are referred to our Lawyer Referral Service or a social service agency. No appointment is necessary, consultations are given on a first-come, first-served basis.
Prepare for the American Citizenship Interview:
Wednesday evenings: January 15 - June 3, 2014 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Learn about the rights and responsibilities of U.S. Citizenship. U.S. citizenship provides many rights, but also involves many responsibilities. Thus, the decision to become a U.S. citizen through naturalization is important. In most cases, a person who wants to naturalize must first be a permanent resident. To be eligible for naturalization, you must first meet certain requirements set by U.S. law.
During your naturalization interview, a USCIS Officer will ask you questions about your application and background. You will also take an English and civics test unless you qualify for an exemption or waiver. The English test has three components: reading, writing, and speaking. The civics test covers important U.S. history and government topics. There are 100 civics questions on the naturalization test. During your naturalization interview, you will be asked up to 10 questions from the list of 100 questions. You must answer correctly at least six (6) of the 10 questions to pass the civics test. Practice studying for the naturalization test in your native language! Simply go to the Citizenship Resource Center Homepage and click on "Other Languages" at the top right hand side of the page, then choose your native language!
Meet Laura DePonte, EL Civics and History Instructor from the East Haven Adult Learning Center, who will help you become a U.S. citizen. To register for the citizenship class please contact Laura DePonte at 203.468.3795.
Information on the Affordable Care Act: What You Need To Know
If you are uninsured or paying too much for coverage, you may be eligible for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act. People can sign up during the open enrollment period between October 1, 2013 and March 31, 2014. Coverage begins on January 1, 2014.
If you are a Connecticut resident and you don't currently have health insurance or you have inadequate coverage, you may choose between insurance providers and plans offered by health exchanges which are comprised of private insurance companies. Some of the companies included are Anthem Blue Cross, Healthy CT, and Connecticare. Government subsidies are available for a wide range of incomes. To find out what kind of government subsidy you may qualify for, go to www.accesshealthct.com and click on the savings calculator. You will need to type in your name as it appears on your Social Security Card, the number of people in your household, as well as your Adjusted Gross Income from your 2012 federal income tax return.
You can purchase an insurance plan through the Access Health CT Health Insurance Marketplace by going to the website www.accesshealthct.com or call 1-855-805-4325. When purchasing your health plan through Access Health CT's website, you will need to set up an account with a username and password. To do this, go to the website and click on the option at the top of the page that says "Create Account."
Just the Facts! The Affordable Care Act, CT's new insurance marketplace, and what it all means to you and our state: A free workshop presented by David Desiderato of the Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut
Thursday, March 13 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Connecticut residents are already seeing the benefits of the Affordable Care Act: insurance is fairer, more people have health coverage, and tools to improve health quality and control costs are becoming available. On October 1 our new health insurance marketplace, Access Health CT, opened for business, with coverage starting in January -- over 62,000 residents signed up by late December. Through the ACA, the number of CT residents with health coverage is expected to increase by over 100,000, through:
- Subsidies to help families and individuals afford insurance – up to $94,000 in income for a family of 4
- Expanded Medicaid coverage for childless adults
- New insurance options and tax credits to help small employers cover their employees
- New protections against insurance discrimination such as age and preexisting conditions
Join us for an interactive workshop to learn what these changes mean for you, your family, your organization, and the people of Connecticut. The session is user-friendly and engaging. In addition to learning the basics about the law, you’ll walk away with good resources for future use and a clear view of what’s ahead.
This free workshop was developed by Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut, an independent, nonprofit, statewide philanthropy based in Meriden. The Foundation supports research-based policy, advocacy and public education that advance the achievement of quality, affordable health care for everyone in the state.
This workshop is free and open to everyone. If you are interested in attending, please call the library at 203.468.3890 to register or email Cynthia at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Book For Your Nook: Learn How to Download Library Ebooks to Your Ereader
Tuesday, March 18 at 2:00 p.m.
During this free workshop, you will learn how to download library ebooks and audiobooks to your ereader (Nook, Kindle, iphone, etc). It's easy, and once you learn, you can access library books 24/7 from the comfort of home!
Registration for this workshop is required. Please call the library at 203-468-3890 or email Cynthia at email@example.com. When you call, please let us know what type of ereader you have (Kindle, Nook, iphone etc.)
Free Special Needs Planning Workshop
Saturday, April 5 at 2:00 p.m.
When it comes to planning for one’s future, some people require more help than others. Helping a loved one with special needs requires research, guidance, time and energy. It can be one of the most sensitive and challenging experiences a person will face in their life. Yet, it is also one of the most important and, when done properly, rewarding. Indeed, there may be no better feeling than knowing a person you care about is properly cared for.
Come sit in on Saturday, April 5 for a discussion on long-term planning for your child, grandchild, spouse, or other individual with special needs. We discuss who you will need to assist you in the process and how to choose these people; the different approaches to set up a plan-such as trusts and insurance-and how to choose an approach; and how to facilitate the process each step of the way.
Bring your family, friends, and all others who are interested. All are welcome, and refreshments will be provided.
Hosted By: Brenner LeCompte & Jon Dibble, Morgan Stanley
Please register ahead for this workshop by visiting the library. You may also register by phone at 203.468.3890 or email Cynthia at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Author Event and Seminar: Adventures in Autism by Peter A. Laporta
Thursday, April 10 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
The Library presents Best Selling Author and world renowned speaker, Peter A. LaPorta, in an inspiring seminar, "Adventures in Autism”. Based on his heart-warming book, Peter will fascinate the audience as he introduces many incredible individuals that have adjusted their sails and live healthy and productive lives with Autism. Families from around the globe, including his own, share their stories of living with Autism while surfing, playing music, Horse back riding, competing in sports, and so much more. Their magic and wonder will be amaze you. Join us for this complimentary and informative seminar. Copies of Adventures in Autism will be available for sale and signing following the presentation.
Peter A. LaPorta splits his time between Connecticut and Florida with his wife and 4 children. A former leader of Walt Disney World and Universal Studios, Peter travels the globe motivating and consulting businesses, organizations, and employees. His first book, "Ignite the Passion" was named by Amazon.com to be one of the top 20 motivational leadership books in print. He currently has four book titles in print and has motivated thousands around the globe through his literary work, his insightful seminars, and his weekly radio broadcasts. His fifth book, “Adventures in Leadership” will be released in Spring, 2014. For more information on Peter or to book a speaking event, please click here.
This program is free and open to everyone. Please call the Library at 203.468.3890 to register. You may also register by email to Cynthia at email@example.com.
Evergreen and "My Account"
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