Winter 2016-2017 Events!


The Winter 2016-2017 edition of Hagaman Happenings is here! Click here to download, view or print, or pick one up at the library. Events for adults and children are also listed in the calendar below, and on our Facebook  page. If you would like to be reminded of upcoming programs, please sign up for our email list using the link on the left-hand sidebar. 

 The Merck Manuals, consumer and professional versions, have been added to the Library’s website under “Online Resources” on the left sidebar of the library’s homepage. The Merck Manuals are among the world’s most trusted medical references for doctors and consumers seeking medical information.
SMART Recovery Program
Every Friday Afternoon From 1:00 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.
Smart recovery teaches how to enhance and maintain motivation to abstain, cope with urges, manage thoughts feelings and behaviors and balance momentary and enduring satisfactions. For more information click here. To find out about meetings in other parts of Connecticut click here
Click here to register for the January 20 New Haven Job Corps information session.
Click here to register for the February 1 New Haven Jobs Corp information session.
Winter Solstice
Art Works by
Connie Brown, Rosemary Cotnoir, Suzan Scott
Opening Dec. 1st
Artists’ Reception: Saturday, December
17th, 2:30 to 4:30 PM
Curated by: Johnes Ruta
Hagaman Memorial East Haven Library
227 Main Street, East Haven, CT 06512
 Top Left: Connie Brown “Ebb” acrylic on linen 30″ x 30″
Right: Rosemary Cotnoir “Tree with Lichen” oil on linen 20″ x 16″
Bottom: Suzan Scott “Atmosphere (sunrise no.1) acrylics on canvas 24″ x 18”
Two Pics
Picture Two


FireEdge Artisans are just starting out in their business. This is their first public display and they are offering handcrafted objects for thirty dollars and under. Purchase handcrafted jewelry and paperweights for yourself or as a gift. Visit the upstairs display case of the library to view these beautiful selections, some of which can be seen below.


  Call for artists with brush
Interested in exhibiting your art at the library? To download the artist’s application, click on the link below:





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The East Haven Public School District has announced its policy for determining eligibility of children who may receive free or reduced-price meals served under the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs or free milk served under the Special Milk Program. The press release is available to download and print by clicking here.



Join Hagaman Library’s Job Search Support Group!

Thursdays: December 1 & 15, and January 5 & 19, 2017

Job Search

Job Seekers! The library’s Job Search Support Group meets the first and third Thursdays of each month at 3:00 p.m. in the Media Room of the library. This group is facilitated by Liz, a retired bank manager who has experience in both critiquing resumes and in interviewing and hiring. If you are looking for help landing a job, this is the group for you!


Casual and Fun Yoga at the Library:


Thursday Evenings: 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. throughout the fall and winter, 2016-2017! Saturday yoga classes run weekly on Saturday mornings from 11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

During the holiday season, Yoga classes will not meet on the following dates: Saturday, December 24, Thursday, December 29 and Saturday, December 31. Yoga classes will resume for the Winter 2017 season on Thursday, January 5 and Saturday, January 7, 2017. 

  Learn a number of basic yoga postures and positions.

These free classes, taught by a certified yoga instructor, are for everyone, and no prior knowledge of Yoga is necessary. Please bring a Yoga mat or exercise mat with you. Please consider giving a $5.00 donation at our Saturday yoga classes in order to keep the classes going. Donations are graciously accepted. Yoga class donations are split between the yoga instructor and the library. The library uses these donations for programming throughout the year.

No Registration required. Just stop in! Thank-you and enjoy!!


Do you buy from Amazon?

Our library earns a 6% commission on everything you purchase when you follow this link to the site. Books movies, electronics, gifts, and everything else qualifies. This is an easy, cost-free way to help the library. Every bit helps! WOWbrary’s weekly e-mail alerts that describe our newest items with links to our online catalog. Other great sites to try for reading suggestions include goodreads, The New York Times book review pages, Publisher’s Weekly award news.   


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If you are a Veteran, or have a disability, or if you are a senior (age 60 and over), you may qualify for financial benefits. Half hour appointments with an RSVP Program Specialist are available at the library on the first Tuesday of every month between 10:15 a.m. and 11:45 a.m.

The next date with available appointments is Tuesday, January 3, 2017.

RSVP (The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program) of South Central CT can help you find programs to pay for groceries and other expenses. You must call the library at 203.468.3890 to schedule your half hour appointment.


For questions, please contact Cherie Strucaly, RSVP Program Manager at the Agency on Aging at 203.752.3059. If you prefer to go online on your own to see what state and federal programs you may qualify for, click here to go to the AARP Benefits QuickLINK website and click on the “Go” button under the heading “Looking for help? Start here!”




Turn every day into an adventure…take Creative Writing Classes at Hagaman Library this fall!

Wednesday evenings from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. We welcome new members! 

The last class for the Fall season will be Wednesday, December 14, 2016. Creative writing classes will resume in the new year on Wednesday, January 4, 2017. 

Creative Writing

These classes give writers an opportunity to hone their craft alongside their peers. Students are given in-class writing exercises to fine tune specific skills as well as take-home assignments to further explore their writing styles and interests.

Mini-lessons from the instructor review some of the fundamental principles of successful creative writing. Each writer also receives feedback on their work from both the instructor and the other students. Your instructor is creative writing teacher Sarah Bradley.
These creative writing classes are open to everyone. Please consider giving a $10 monthly donation to keep the library’s creative writing classes going. Donations are graciously accepted, Thank-you! To sign up for the class, please call Cynthia at 203-468-3891.


Free American Citizenship Class: Prepare for the American Citizenship Interview 

Tuesday evenings from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. 

Learn about the rights and responsibilities of U.S. Citizenship. U.S. citizenship provides many rights, but also involves many responsibilities. Thus, the decision to become a U.S. citizen through naturalization is important. In most cases, a person who wants to naturalize must first be a permanent resident. To be eligible for naturalization, you must first meet certain requirements set by U.S. law.
During your naturalization interview, a USCIS Officer will ask you questions about your application and background. You will also take an English and civics test unless you qualify for an exemption or waiver. The English test has three components: reading, writing, and speaking. The civics test covers important U.S. history and government topics. There are 100 civics questions on the naturalization test. During your naturalization interview, you will be asked up to 10 questions from the list of 100 questions. You must answer correctly at least six (6) of the 10 questions to pass the civics test. Practice studying for the naturalization test in your native language! Simply go to the Citizenship Resource Center Homepage and click on “Other Languages” at the top right hand side of the page, then choose your native language! The citizenship classes will run weekly on Wednesdays from September 10 through June 3.

Meet Laura DePonte, ESL Civics and History Instructor from East Haven Adult Learning Center who will help you become a U.S. citizen. Sponsored by the East Haven Adult Learning Center.

To register for the class, please contact Laura DePonte at 203.468.3795. 
 Genealogy Roadblocks Blank Family Tree

Genealogy Club: Meets on the second Wednesday of every month at 6:30 p.m.

The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, December 14 at 6:30 p.m.

Join us at our December meeting for a special holiday party! Bring your favorite recipe to share. Bring a favorite family heirloom or photograph! Get inspired for the season!

This group is free and open to anyone interested in researching their family history. Some of the meetings feature workshops or guest lectures on topics related to Genealogy. These workshops are announced in the library’s monthly online newsletter. Sign up for the library’s online newsletters by typing your email address in the box to the left under the heading “Subscribe to our Mailing list.” You will get an email asking you to confirm that you want to receive our online mailings. Simply click on the link to confirm. 



Ask a Lawyer Free Consultation Service Wednesdays: December 21, 2016, January 18 & February 15, 2017

 New Haven County Bar Association

 Get a free consultation with an attorney from the New Haven County Bar Association at the Hagaman Memorial Library on the third Wednesday of each month from 5:30 7:30 p.m. No need to pre-register.  The New Haven County Bar Association’s ASK A LAWYER program is designed to provide members of the community with general legal information; an attorney meets with the participant and provides a free 10-15 minute consultation. If the individual requires additional assistance, they are referred to our Lawyer Referral Service or a social service agency. No appointment is necessary, consultations are given on a first-come, first-served basis.



The library is asking the help of the public to supply missing issues of the Advertiser and Courier
The library is missing the following issues:
Advertiser Jan. 21st, Jan. 28th 2004
Advertiser Feb. 25th, 2006
Advertiser Aug. 11th, 2007
Advertiser Dec. 27th, 2008
Courier Oct. 26th, Nov. 30th, 2006
Courier  Mar 29th, Aug 9, 2007
Courier  May 8th, June 26th, July 17th, Oct 3rd 2008
Courier  Aug 27, 2009
If anyone has copies of these issues, the library will gladly photocopy them and return them to the lender.

Getting ready to take the test to get your driver’s permit? If so, prepare by taking a practice test! The Hagaman Library now has a partnership with, a site that provides DMV permit practice tests! Click here to study for the test!



“CLASSICS! The Classics Group meets the last Monday of every other month.  





Homebound Service

Are you an East Haven resident and unable to visit the library due to a temporary or permanent mobility or vision impairment? If so, please click here to find out about the library’s weekly Homebound Delivery Service.


A Notary Public Is Now Available by Appointment at the library!

A Notary Public will be available at the Hagaman Memorial Library by appointment on the following days and times:

Tuesdays: 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Wednesdays: 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Thursdays: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

There is a charge of $3.00 per document.

**Living Wills, Regular Wills, Mortgages and Power of Attorney CANNOT be notarized at the library**

Please call the library ahead at 203.468.3890 to schedule your 15 minute appointment, Thank-you.



The Hagaman Memorial Library WWII Veterans Discussion Group began in September 2006 through the enthusiasm of veterans, veterans’ spouses and the library.  Each month there has been a program in which the speaker did not charge, or was paid through donations made to the group in memory of veterans who had passed away.  Newsletters describing programs can be seen on our website by scrolling down to the bottom of this page:

The Library is now asking for further donations. Donations may be sent to the library: Hagaman Memorial Library/227 Main Street/ East Haven, CT  06512/ATTN: Fawn Gillespie.

You may also call 203-468-3890 and ask for Fawn Gillespie or e-mail Fawn: Please note- items may have library markings.


Download Hagaman’s New Technology Newsletter!

This will be a quarterly newsletter that contains information about the library’s free online research databases!


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Evergreen and “My Account”  

To check your account, you will need to log in with your library barcode number and a password. Your default password is the last four digits of your phone number. Please give us a call if you experience problems, and we can reset your password. E-mail notices are available. If you would like to receive e-mail noties for holds and overdues, please let us know on your next visit.