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Delayed opening/early release notifications for CT State Offices Thursday, January 27, 2011

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Can be viewed at the Department of Emergency Services and Homeland Security’s website.

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Parking Ban Wednesday, January 26, 2011

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A parking ban has been declared for the city of Hartford starting Wed. Jan. 26 at 8pm and ending Thurs. Jan. 27 at 8pm. All parking on city streets will be banned. Per City of Hartford, Dept. of Public Works.

Job Opening at the CT State Library Friday, January 21, 2011

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The Connecticut State Library is recruiting for a full time Public Services Librarian 1. 
We will be accepting applications through Friday, February 4, 2011.
Please see the website at http://www.cslib.org/jobs.htm for more details.

December CONNector Issue is available Friday, January 14, 2011

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The December 2010 issue of the CONNector is now available online at: http://www.cslib.org/connector/10connector10.pdf
This latest issue of the Connecticut State Library’s newsletter includes the following topics:
–    Welcoming Remarks at 100th Commemoration of State Library and Supreme Court Building by State Librarian Ken Wiggin

–    Photograph Exhibit in CSL Staff Lounge

–    Hartford Courant Articles from the 1900s     

–    The Connecticut State Library Catalog in 1910     
–    Frances Davenport, 1907-1998

–    If Disaster Strikes: COSTEP-CT

–    State Library Partners with Ancestry.com on Military Census

–    State Library Receives Approval for NHPRC Grant

The State Library will be Closed for the Martin Luther King Holiday Saturday, January 8, 2011

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The Connecticut State Library and all outlying facilities will be closed on Saturday, January 15, 2011 and Monday, January 17, 2011 for the Martin Luther King Holiday.

Catalog Unavailable Friday, January 7 Thursday, January 6, 2011

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The online library catalog at the Connecticut State Library, and those at Central, Eastern, Southern, and Western Connecticut State University (CONSULS), will not be available Friday, January 7, all day, to allow for an equipment upgrade. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Records of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Commission among State Archives accessions for second quarter of FY2011 Wednesday, January 5, 2011

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The State Archives took in 59 accessions during the period covering October 1 – December 31, 2010.

Two accessions to highlight are the records of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Commission, 1972-2000, bulk 1988-1994, that includes meeting material, correspondence, reports, press releases, posters and brochures, and news clippings; and the Ruth Baker Stephan Collection, circa 1942-1970, consisting primarily of correspondence Stephan received from military service members from greater Hartford during World War II. The collection also contains newsletters, postcards, clippings, and photographs of military service members.

The State Archives continues to acquire records of the probate courts and accessioned a total of 674 record books and 491 cubic feet of files from 28 probate courts:  Bethany, Bozrah, Bridgeport, Bristol, Canaan, Clinton, Cornwall, Enfield, Granby, Groton, Killingworth, Ledyard, Lyme, Madison, New London, Norfolk, North Stonington, Norwich, Old Saybrook, Ridgefield, Roxbury, Salisbury, Sharon, Stonington, Torrington, Voluntown, Washington, Windsor.

For the complete list of accessions, see http://www.cslib.org/archives/acc2011Q2.htm

Inauguration day (Wed, 1/5/11) Parking & Traffic Notifications Tuesday, January 4, 2011

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The inauguration of incoming Governor Dan Malloy will take place on Wednesday, January 5th. As a result of the Governor’s inaugural parade, swearing-in ceremony and other events, visitors to the library and museum should anticipate some inconveniences such as road closures, detours, and limited parking.

The armory will be opened to inaugural quests and the general public at 12:00pm. Street closures: Trinity Street and Capitol Avenue between Trinity and Broad Street will be closed at approximately 12:45pm for the Inaugural parade. The swearing in ceremony will be held within the armory at 2:00pm and it is expected that the entire event would wrap up at approximately 3:00pm.

More information on the inauguration can be viewed here:

See also: information on the gubernatorial transition

State Historian is January’s Third Thursday BrownBag Lunch Speaker Tuesday, January 4, 2011

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Walter Woodward, Connecticut State Historian, will present “How Alchemy Helped John Winthrop Obtain Connecticut’s Royal Charter of 1662”, Thursday, January 20, 2011 from Noon to 12:45 at the Connecticut State Library, 231 Capitol Avenue, Hartford.

Dr. Woodward’s presentation is based on his recently published book, Prospero’s America: John Winthrop, Jr., Alchemy, and the Creation of New England Culture, 1606-1676. Prospero’s America reconceptualizes the significance of early modern science in shaping New England hand in hand with Puritanism and politics. Winthrop’s occult knowledge provided him great authority in witchcraft cases, which as governor he used to permanently put an end to Connecticut witchcraft executions. In England, alchemical networks linked Winthrop to court patronage, which helped him obtain–and later defend–Connecticut’s remarkable royal charter.

Dr. Woodard’s talk is part of the State Library’s Third Thursday BrownBag Lunchtime speaker series which features a variety of speakers on various
aspects of Connecticut history. All programs are free and open to the public.

New Legislation Effective January 1st Tuesday, January 4, 2011

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The Connecticut General Assembly’s website provides a list of the  new acts that are effective on January 1, 2011. The State Library’s Bill Room maintains a list of links to prior “legislation effective” lists… Legislation is usually made effective January 1st, July 1st, and October 1st.