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Don’t Miss the First Connecticut Book Festival! Monday, March 21, 2011

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Novelist Alice Mattison, gardening expert Tovah Martin, and science fiction writer Ronald L. Mallett are among more than 30 Connecticut authors scheduled to join Honorary Chair Wally Lamb at the first-ever Connecticut Book Festival on May 21 and 22, 2011, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., on the University of Connecticut Greater Hartford campus.

The free, family-friendly Festival is open to the public, to promote and celebrate books, reading, and our state’s bountiful and diverse literary community. Authors of fiction and nonfiction for adults and teens will offer presentations, panel discussions, readings, and book signings.

There will be performances by the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, the dance troupe dancEnlight, and State Troubadour Chuck E. Costa, as well as roving characters from the Mystic Paper Beasts Theatre Company. The Children’s Activities Tent, sponsored by Connecticut Humanities Council and the Northeast Children’s Literature Collection, will offer a chalk drawing competition—led by Hartford Art School Professor Bill Thomson, author of Chalk—among its attractions.

For more information visit the Connecticut Book Festival online or find us on Facebook!


St. Patrick’s Day Traffic Advisory Thursday, March 10, 2011

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The Library will be open on Sat. March 12 from 9-2. 

Hartford’s 40th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade  will also be held on that day beginning at  11:00 a.m., rain or shine. Parade assembly will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Capitol Avenue between Washington and Broad Streets.

The I-84 Eastbound Capitol Avenue Exit Ramp will be closed from 9:00 a.m. through 3:00 p.m. 

The following streets will be closed to vehicular traffic beginning at 10:30 a.m.:

  • Capitol Avenue between Main Street and Broad Street
  • Main Street between Capitol Avenue and Church Street
  • Asylum Street between Main Street and Spruce Street
  • Ford Street to Trinity Street
  • Trinity Street between Ford Street and Capitol Avenue
  • Conlin Whitehead Highway at Columbus Boulevard Exit (Columbus Exit will be open)

Streets will begin to reopen at approximately 3:00 p.m. 

 Saint Patrick’s Day Parade Route Map 

The Horrors of Civil War Battlefield Medicine – Discussed at Museum of Connecticut History Presentation Monday, March 7, 2011

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The Museum of Connecticut History hosts Civil War Medicine: Myth, Maggots, Minie Balls, Gangrene, and Glory on Thursday, March 17th from Noon to 1:00 p.m.  Educator Carolyn Ivanoff tells tales of heroes and life-saving medical practices under the horrific conditions of war, and dispels myths that Civil War surgeons were butchers. In fact, battlefield amputations saved most lives and were done with anesthesia rather than a bullet to bite! Ms. Ivanoff will present in period dress and show actual medical objects used on the battlefield.

The practice of battlefield medicine during the Civil War was arduous. Medical knowledge was limited and a new bullet introduced during the war increased shooting range, accuracy, and speed. While fighting, soldiers were likely to sustain terrible wounds and shatter bones, and while in camp, the lack of sanitation resulted in rampant disease. Despite these terrible conditions, both Federal and Confederate governments did their best to provide adequate medical care.  Join us and learn from Ms. Ivanoff about the practice of battlefield medicine in the 1860s – practices that save lives and discoveries that are still influencing modern medicine today.

About the Speaker:  Carolyn Ivanoff is an assistance principal at Shelton Intermediate School.  She is a versatile, proficient educator with twenty years of experience in a variety of settings. In 2003, Ms. Ivanoff was  named Civil War Preservation Trust’s Civil War Preservation Teacher of the Year. She develops and  presents a variety of historical programs beyond the classroom and into the community.

Thursday, March 17, 2011
Noon – 1:00
Connecticut State Library ~ Memorial Hall
231 Capitol Avenue
Hartford, Connecticut