Hamden Celebrates Donald Hall Photos by David K. Leff

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Enjoy Mr. Hall's Latest New Yorker Essay


The New Yorker online presents Donald Hall's latest essay, "Three Beards" , a look back at how the state of his facial hair has been affected by the people and events in his life.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Tuesday, June 19, 2012


See and hear Mr. Hall in person at this year's Sunken Garden Poetry Festival on the grounds of the Hill-Stead Museum in Farmington, Wednesday, July 25 at 7:30 p.m. Other events of interest precede the reading. For more information including directions to the museum go to Hill-Stead's website or call 860.677.4787. To learn more about the poetry events at the museum visit the Sunken Garden website .

Saturday, May 26, 2012



Plaque mounted at Miller Memorial Library

When Mr. Hall visited Hamden in September the walkway and seating area outside Miller Library was named in his honor by the Town. This month a plaque was erected officially designating the area the Donald Hall Terrace. 

New. Coming in November, 2012. Christmas at Eagle Pond by Donald Hall.


From Amazon.com: Donald Hall, drawing on his own childhood memories to create an instant-classic Christmas story, gives himself the thing he most wanted but didn’t get as a boy: a Christmas at Eagle Pond. It’s the Christmas season of 1940 and twelve-year-old Donnie takes the train to visit his grandparents. Once there, he quickly settles into the farm’s routines. In the barn, Gramp milks the cows and entertains his grandson by  speaking rhymed pieces, while his grandson’s eyes are drawn to an empty stall that houses a graceful, cobwebby sleigh. Now, Model-As speed over the wintry roads, which must be ploughed, and the beautiful sleigh has become obsolete. When the church pageant is over, the gifts are exchanged, and the remains of the Christmas feast put away, the air becomes heavy with fine snowflakes—the kind that fall at the start of a big storm—and everyone wonders, how will Donnie get back to his parents on time?

Read the library's new ebook, Hamden's Poet, written for children about Donald Hall's Hamden origins and how he came to write the Caldecott Medal Award winning picture book, The Ox Cart Man. 

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

New Donald Hall DVD Available


Mr. Hall has graciously donated a new DVD to our collection. The DVD was recorded on May 8, 2011 ath the First Congregational Church of Wilmot. Mr Hall reads from his poems and reminisces about life on his family's farm, Eagle Pond. The DVD was produced by the Wilmot New Hampshire Historical Society. It joins Citizen's TV's Hamden Celebrates Donald Hall and PBS's Donald Hall and Jane Kenyon: A Life Together in the non-fiction (800's) section of our DVD collection in the media room. Thank you, Mr. Hall.