Category Archives: Miscellaneous

The Librarian’s Parade

A black-and-white film from 1930 showing librarians moving the 1742 Collection of books from the Old Library (now Dwight Chapel) to the newly-completed Sterling Memorial Library.


New @ Arts Library Special Collections, Scrapbooks: An American History


For at least 100 years, Americans have glued, taped, pasted and sewn many of those clues into scrapbooks. What they reveal — and conceal — about their owners is a story Falls Village designer Jessica Helfand tells in ” Scrapbooks: An American History” (Yale University Press, $45).

“Throughout this book, it’s people grabbing what is there on their kitchen table and making sense of it,” Helfand, who is a partner at Winterhouse design firm, and a senior critic at Yale University School of Art. “They grabbed gum wrappers and wrote about what was going on in their lives.”

The Great American ScrapbookTracy O’Shaughnessy Republican-American 11/9/08

Read another review from the Boston Globe here.

Call Number: TR465 H445 2008 (LC) Oversize

Italian Wine Dinner In Chester Will Pay Tribute To Sol LeWitt And His Legacy


On Nov. 16, the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art in North Adams, Mass., will open an exhibition of Sol LeWitt wall drawings covering nearly a mile of walls in a 27,000-square-foot building.

Some of the large-scale pieces of modern art are studies in black and white, others in brilliant colors. In collaboration with Yale University Art Gallery and Williams College Museum of Art, MASS MoCA will present one of the last projects that LeWitt designed before he died in 2007.

In Chester, Conn., where the artist lived, River Tavern owner Jonathan Rapp and LeWitt’s wife, Carol, will celebrate the exhibition opening 10 days early with a special Italian wine dinner Nov. 6 at the restaurant.

Feastin’ On The River Linda Giuca Hartford Courant 10/30/08

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Controversy over sidewalk biking in New Haven

Via Bike New Haven: There’s been a huge controversy swirling around the New Haven cycling community lately. It has to do with Lt. Ray Hassett’s personal campaign to ticket cyclists who violate traffic laws, particularly the ban on sidewalk riding. The municipal code can be found here (Article I. Sec. 29-10). The issue has been at the top of the discussion list on the Elm City Cycling listserv for several months.

Lt. Hassett boasts that in just a few weeks his campaign has led to almost 300 tickets being issued, most for sidewalk riding, which carries with it a $75 fine. Wouldn’t an educational campaign have been more effective?

The City Plan Department admits New Haven’s streets aren’t always favorable for cyclists. Luckily, more trails and paths are being developed. But unless conditions improve, riding on the sidewalk will continue.

From the city’s Comprehensive Plan: In spite of the city’s highways, commuter rail and public bus systems, there is a sense of congestion, lack of connectivity and incomplete bicycle and pedestrian access. This belies the proximity between residential areas and destinations.

Trail development alone will not satisfy the demand for bicycle access and safety. As part of ongoing street improvements, the Commission encourages the appropriate placement of bicycle facilities, including  edicated bike racks, bike lanes and signage. Supporting educational programs are likewise encouraged.

More resources (including a bike map) from the City Plan Department here.

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Woman cuffed, booked for not paying library fines

A Wisconsin woman has been arrested and booked for failing to pay her library fines. Twenty-year-old Heidi Dalibor told the News Graphic in Cedarburg that she ignored the library’s calls and letters as well as a notice to appear in court. The incident cost Dalibor about $30 for the two overdue paperbacks. It cost her mother $172 to free her.

Woman cuffed, booked for not paying library fines Associated Press 8/21/08

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Using art to make better doctors

Monet? Gauguin? Using art to make better doctors: new courses improve powers of observation Liz Kowalczyk Boston Globe 7/20/08

Katz’s class is one of a growing number of art courses offered to medical students nationwide and aimed at improving their observation and diagnostic skills at a time when doctors are increasingly relying on CT scans, Maris, biopsies, and other technology to do their work, even though it is far more expensive – and sometimes unnecessary to pinpoint illnesses.

Educators at other medical schools that offer art classes have similar goals. Weill Medical College of Cornell University has offered a noncredit art course in collaboration with the Frick Collection in New York City for eight years, while Yale Medical School runs an art observation course for medical students that is now a required class.

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New Haven Mayor’s Community Arts Grant

The Mayor’s Community Arts Grants Program has been designed to support the community by providing financial, marketing and technical assistance for arts and cultural related programs, projects and events which occur in New Haven neighborhoods.

Individuals who are presenting, teaching or practicing artists and non-profit arts organizations working with neighborhood-based community and/or youth or senior groups in the City of New Haven. Eligible activities include: festivals, parades, exhibitions, murals/public art, children’s activities, inter-generational programs, arts education, film, public performances, neighborhood collaborations and apprenticeships.

The application deadline is June 4, 2008. A total of $25,000 will be awarded through grants up to $2,000. The grant application package is available for download on the City’s website, visit this website. For more information about the program, please contact Kim Futrell at (203) 946-7172 or

Press release here.