Ex Libris

Once upon a time a books were cherished, kept forever and day, and catalogued at home with beautiful printed bookplates (or ex libris) printed with the owner’s name and a fanciful image of some sort which were pasted to the […]

Poetry Out Loud!

The National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation have partnered with the Connecticut Office of the Arts to support 2018 Poetry Out Loud, a free high school program which encourages the nation’s youth to learn about great poetry […]

Connecticut Authors Trail

The Connecticut Authors Trail is back! Twenty-five libraries will host twenty-five authors starting July 6 in Franklin and will wrap up September 14 at Mohegan Sun. Passports are available free at participating libraries throughout the summer as a guide to the […]

Helen Sheehan Book Prize

Elephant Rock Books is accepting manuscripts for full-length YA novels for its Helen Sheehan Book Prize. The deadline is June 30, 2017, so if you have something suitable, now is the time! The 2018 Sheehan YA Book Prize is a […]

Summer Reading 2017

Reading well takes practice, practice, practice — especially for children! Summer is when reading loss often occurs. Other things are going on – sleep away summer camp, vacation with family or friends, cook outs, day camps for swim, soccer, computer, […]

Route 1 Reads

About Route One Reads Connecting the 2,369 miles of U.S. Route 1 from Ft. Kent, Maine, to Key West, Florida, the Route One Reads initiative is a partnership between 16 affiliate Centers for the Book to promote books that illuminate […]

We’re Moving!

In just a few more days we’ll be in our new headquarters off of Main Street in Middletown. We are sad to leave our old location, but excited to be closer to the restaurant scene downtown! (We’re all a bit […]

Book Voyagers

Every parent wants to see their child succeed and reading together at home is an important place to start. Book Voyagers programs are designed to promote the joy of reading and encourage families to create literature rich home environments. Our […]

National Library Week!

Did you know? April 9-15 is National Library Week! How cool is that? Do you remember your first library card? Your first hardcover book that you proudly checked out on your own? How about the first video cassette, audiobook, video […]

Studio 170

This is soooo cool. Danbury Public Library has developed a brand-new recording studio called Studio 170 with the support of the Friends of the Danbury Library. What could you do with it? Record your own podcast Record a music or […]

Connecticut Book Awards

The Connecticut Center for the Book at Connecticut Humanities is very proud and excited to announce the return of the Connecticut Book Awards! These awards recognize the best titles of 2016 written by authors who reside in Connecticut. Book award […]

The Winners Are In! 2016 National Book Awards

Fiction Colson Whitehead The Underground Railroad Non-Fiction Ibram X. Kendi Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in Amerca Poetry Daniel Borzutzky The Performance of Becoming Human Young People’s Literature John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell March: […]

Storybook Trail in East Lyme

What a cool idea! East Lyme’s new Storybook Trail combines reading with physical fitness. Launched in September, the trail is a walking path around the perimeter of Samuel M. Peretz Park in Bridebrook with pages from a picture book laminated […]

Little Free Library

You may be wondering: What’s a Little Free Library? Very simply, it is what it says on the box: A tiny free neighborhood library. These libraries are colorful, and usually imaginative, little structures, set up on a pole in a […]

Finale at Mohegan Sun with Kristan Higgins

Kristan Higgins is the New York Times, Publishers Weekly, USA TODAY and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of more than a dozen novels and a two-time winner of the Romance Writers of America RITA Award. Her books have been translated into more than twenty languages and received […]

Finale at Mohegan Sun with Kristan Higgins

Kristan Higgins is the New York Times, Publishers Weekly, USA TODAY and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of more than a dozen novels and a two-time winner of the Romance Writers of America RITA Award. Her books have been translated into more than twenty languages and received […]

Far Country with Timothy Kenny

Timothy Kenny is a former USA Today foreign editor, non-­‐profit foundation executive, Fulbright scholar and associate professor of journalism at the University of Connecticut. In 2002-­‐03 Kenny lived for a year in Kosovo, working as a senior media advisor and […]

Eat Well to Live Well with Becky Brown

Rebecca Brown is a Culinary Instructor, Certified Integrative Health Coach, chef, and author. After earning her culinary degree she worked at The Zeppelin Ristorante in Orvieto, Italy, as well as Burton’s Grill and Six Main Restaurant in Connecticut, all of […]

Brass Valley with Emery Roth II

Emery Roth II has been shooting photographs since childhood. He studied both design and language arts at Carnegie-Mellon University, simultaneously earning degrees in architecture and literature. His photographic passions lead him to careful compositions under natural light only, but no […]

Becoming Josephine with Heather Webb

As a former military brat and traveling addict, it was tricky choosing a landing pad. At last, Heather Webb settled in a rural town in New England. For a decade she put her degrees in French and Cultural Geography to good use […]

Tough Love with John-Manuel Andriote

John-Manuel Andriote is the author of Victory Deferred: How AIDS Changed Gay Life in America (University of Chicago Press); Hot Stuff: A Brief History of Disco (HarperEntertainment); and Wilhelmina Goes Wandering, a 2014 indie-published children’s book based on the true […]

Tough Love with John-Manuel Andriote

John-Manuel Andriote is the author of Victory Deferred: How AIDS Changed Gay Life in America (University of Chicago Press); Hot Stuff: A Brief History of Disco (HarperEntertainment); and Wilhelmina Goes Wandering, a 2014 indie-published children’s book based on the true […]

At The Garden’s Gate with Judith Dreyer

Judith Dreyer, MS, BSN, is a Master Gardener and teacher with over 20 years’ experience developing workshops and classes, speaking and writing about holistic health, edible and medicinal plants, dreams and more. She has degrees in Nursing and Nutrition Science […]

We Had A Ball with Nancy Hoehl Shapiro

Nancy Hoehl Shapiro is currently a university adjunct professor developing and facilitating self -awareness courses for first year students. She earned her Masters Degree in Counseling from the University of Rochester, where she researched the impact of youth sports on […]

City on Fire with Cassandra Giovanni

Cassandra Giovanna doesn’t remember a time when she wasn’t writing. In fact, the first time she was published was when she was seven years old and won a contest to be published in an American Girl Doll novel. Since then […]

It Runs in the Family with Frida Berrigan

Friday Berrigan serves on the board of The War Resisters League, a 90-year-old pacifist organization, and helped to found Witness Against Torture, a nonviolent direct action group focused on shutting down Guantánamo and ending torture. She long served as a […]

It Runs in the Family with Frida Berrigan

Friday Berrigan serves on the board of The War Resisters League, a 90-year-old pacifist organization, and helped to found Witness Against Torture, a nonviolent direct action group focused on shutting down Guantánamo and ending torture. She long served as a […]

His Father Still with Tim Hollister

On December 2, 2006, Timothy Hollister‘s seventeen-year-old son, Reid, the driver, died in a one-car accident. On a three-lane Interstate highway that he probably never had driven before, on a dark night just after rain had stopped, and apparently traveling above […]

Mysteries on Main Book Discussion

Join the discussion of Emma Healey’s novel “Elizabeth Is Missing.” Though suffering from dementia and unsure who she can trust, Maud will stop at nothing to find her best friend who seems to have gone missing.   Curated from Mysteries […]

Mysteries on Main Book Discussion

Join the discussion of Emma Healey’s novel “Elizabeth Is Missing.” Though suffering from dementia and unsure who she can trust, Maud will stop at nothing to find her best friend who seems to have gone missing.   Curated from Mysteries […]

I Almost Forgot About You

In I Almost Forgot About You, Dr. Georgia Young’s wonderful life—great friends, family, and a successful career—aren’t enough to keep her from feeling stuck and restless. When she decides to make some major changes in her life, she finds herself […]

Poetry Out Loud

Poetry Out Loud is a nationwide contest that encourages high school students to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation. Students who participate in Poetry Out Loud practice public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about their literary heritage. […]

Robert Tougias

Robert Tougias is an established nature writer and author. Tougias contributes nature articles to newspapers throughout New England and writes several outdoor columns for newspapers in #Connecticut. His articles on cougars have appeared in many magazines, including Appalachian Trailways and […]