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Good Friday Closing Thursday, March 25, 2010

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All State Library Facilities will be closed April 2nd and Saturday April 3rd for the Good Friday Holiday. Regular hours will resume on Tuesday, April 6th.


Who Do You Think You Are? at the Connecticut State Library Wednesday, March 24, 2010

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On Friday, March 26, 2010 at 8:00 pm EST be sure to watch the NBC program Who Do You Think You Are? The featured guest this week is Matthew Broderick!  Tune in to see our own History & Genealogy Librarian Mel Smith, and retired History & Genealogy Unit Head Dick Roberts as they help Matthew Broderick in his search to find out if he has any ancestors from Connecticut.  In the meantime check out this preview featuring Mel Smith, Matthew Broderick and one of our reading rooms!

A Child of the Amistad: The Sarah Margru Kinson Story Monday, March 22, 2010

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On Thursday,  April 15, 2010 from 12:00-12:45, pm in the Museum of Connecticut History at the  State Library, 231 Capitol Avenue, Hartford, CT, Tammy Denease Richardson,  accomplished Living Historian/Storyteller, will present A Child of the Amistad: The Sarah Margru Kinson Story in the State Library’s continuing Brown Bag Lunch Program.  Bring your lunch and learn about Sara Margru Kinson, one of four children held captive on the schooner Amistad would,  after gaining freedom through a victory within the United States legal system, go on to become the first African to attend college in America.  Share with Ms. Richardson this poignant voyage from childhood denial to childhood denial to adult autonomy.

Born in Columbus, Mississippi, our Storyteller spent countless hours with her great-grandmother and grandmother. Ms. Richardson’s great-grandmother was a former enslaved person and lived to be 125 and her grandmother lived to be a 100. Both were known storytellers, and passed this gift along to their granddaughter.  As a result, Ms. Richardson loves history and being able to tell others about the past. In her position of Museum Educator, she instructs children through stories of Colonial History, Slavery, and Native American History. In addition, she is a historical tour guide for local Colonial-American homes.

An accomplished Living Historian/Storyteller, Ms. Richardson specializes in bringing to life the lives of very important, yet “obscured” women in history. Among her favorites are Bessie Coleman (first internationally licensed pilot in the world) and Elizabeth Keckly (former enslaved woman who worked at Lincoln’s White House), Margru (Amistad captive). She speaks in several different forums including inter-district school assemblies.

Ms. Richardson currently resides in Connecticut. 

Getting Your New Puerto Rican Birth Certficate Monday, March 22, 2010

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The government of Puerto Rico has enacted a new law (Law 191 of 2009) aimed at strengthening the issuance and usage of birth certificates to combat fraud and protect the identity and credit of all people born in Puerto Rico.

Under the new law, all Puerto Rico birth certificates issued before July 1, 2010, will be invalidated so that new, more secure certificates can be issued.

A fact  sheet can be obtained from Connecticut’s Latino and Puerto Rican Affairs Commission on their web site.  Applications can be obtained from the Departamento de Salud

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Census and St. Patrick’s Day Wednesday, March 17, 2010

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Facts and figures on the Irish in the United States


Digital Talking Books Are Here Thursday, March 11, 2010

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The Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped wants you to know that the new digital talking books and players have arrived. If you already receive materials from the library, just give them a call to request this exciting new technology.  The library has plenty of digital players and digital book cartridges on hand so call them today and enjoy your next book on a new, easy-to-use player.  But please do not return your cassette player —– it will be a while before all of the most popular books and magazines are available on the new digital cartridges so you’ll want to keep your current cassette player until the transition is complete.

For more information on the new digital player technology or for information on how to register for the library’s services, call the state’s Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped at 1-800-842-4516 or (860) 721-2021. You can also visit their website at http://www.cslib.org/lbph.htm.

Digital Talking Book Player and Cartridge

March 13th Closing Wednesday, March 3, 2010

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All State Library facilities will be closed on Saturday, March 13th due to the St. Patrick’s Day parade.

State Agencies’ Records Retention Schedules Monday, March 1, 2010

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The Office of the Public Records Administrator has issued revised records retention schedules for state agencies in the Executive branch of Connecticut state government.  These schedules list records series and indicate the length of time public records are required to be maintained, as well as the ultimate disposition of public records.

S1: Administrative Records (01/2010)

S2: Personnel Records (01/2010)

S3: Fiscal Records (01/2010)

S4: Health Records (01/2010)

S5: Higher Education Records (01/2010)

These schedules are available at: http://www.cslib.org/publicrecords/retstate.htm.