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NHFPL Updates

Library Updates:


The New Haven Free Public Library has expanded open hours with additional night and weekend times at all our locations. Additionally, appointments are no longer needed before you visit. You are welcome to come by any time we are open!  Visit our website to find open hours for your local library location.


As the state’s guidelines change we will still be requiring masks and social distancing in all our buildings. The safety of all our visitors continues to be our top priority. Please review our safety guidelines before your visit.


**Please note that our Stetson Branch remains closed to the public until further notice due to building repairs, however curbside service is still available.

Featured Adult Events

“Olympic Flix” – Celebrate with new perspectives on the Olympics

Celebrate the 2021 Olympics with a free docuseries program at Ives Main Library! All showings will happen in person at the library.



Monday, August 2, 2-4 pm | Ives

The compelling and inspiring story of the journeys of tennis champion Martina Navratilova, golf great Jack Nicklaus, Olympic gymnast Nadia Comaneci, track and field star Edwin Moses, and Dutch Paralympian Esther Vergeer

Rising from Ashes

Wednesday, August 4,  2-4 pm | Ives

Competing in a white man’s sport, reserved for the privileged, a rag tag group of Rwandan cyclists coached by the first American to ride in the Tour de France, are transformed into a powerful symbol of hope for a country recovering from one of the world’s most devastating genocides.

Last Woman Standing

Friday, August 6, 2-4 pm | Ives

Last Woman Standing is a feature documentary film that follows world champion boxers and former friends, Ariane Fortin and Mary Spencer, as they fight for an Olympic dream that can only belong to one.

Summer Concert Series and Hi-Fi Pie Fest 

Mondays, August 2 and August 9, 6:30 pm | Mitchell

Join us for a weekly concert series in Beecher Park paired with a pie baking contest! Listen to music by Carlos Y Su Momento Musical on August 2 and Rocky Lawrence on August 9. Visit for more information. Co-sponsored by NHFPL and the Westville Village Renaissance Alliance.

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Civic Space Session

Tuesday, August 3, 6-8 pm | Wilson

The Civic Space is a public forum for residents to share ideas about building resiliency and imagining recovery and reconciliation for the City of New Haven through the American Rescue Plan Dollars. The Civic Space platform provides an opportunity for input to help decide how to invest American Rescue Plan funds in our community. Visit the Civic Space website for more information.

Ives In Motion Exercise Series

Looking for ways to be more active? Join us for free fitness classes here at the library!

“Fresh Air Flow” with Yoga In Our City!

Wednesdays, 6:30 pm | Ives

Relax and unwind with an hour of yoga every Wednesday on our scenic patio, brought to you by Yoga In Our City! YIOC is building stronger, more compassionate communities with a deep understanding of the natural connections between yoga philosophy and social justice. Registration required. Space is limited.

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Sweat It Out Saturdays

Saturdays, 11 am | Mitchell

Get your sweat on at fitness classes every Saturday, with group fitness instructor Joy Elise Hutson! Registration and waiver (provided at sign in) required. Space is limited.

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Books Sandwiched In Series

Join us on Thursdays for fascinating virtual book talks you can digest over lunch!

Michael Brenes – For Might or Right: Cold War Defense Spending and the Remaking of American Democracy

Thursday, August 5, 12 pm

How did the global Cold War influence American politics at home? For Might and Right traces the story of how Cold War defense spending remade participatory politics, producing a powerful and dynamic political coalition that reached across party lines. Michael Brenes is the Associate Director of the Brady-Johnson Program in Grand Strategy and Lecturer in History at Yale University.

Co-sponsored by the New Haven Peace Commission.

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Prof. Lewis Gordon – Freedom, Justice, and Decolonization

Thursday, August 19, 12 pm

The eminent scholar Lewis R. Gordon offers a probing meditation on Freedom, Justice, and Decolonization. What is there to be understood and done when it is evident that the search for justice is an insufficient approach for the achievements of dignity, freedom, liberation, and revolution? Co-sponsored by New Haven Peoples Center.

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Urban Life Experience Book Discussion

Saturday, August 7, 12-1:30 pm | Wilson

Our first book discussion in person in more than a year! Join us for a discussion of Everybody’s Son by Thrity Umrigar. A supposedly abandoned Black boy is adopted by a rich and powerful white family.

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Wilson Tuesday Night Movies

Join patrons of the Wilson Branch and Hill community for a new, bi-monthly film series. Screenings will take place in the lower-level atrium. Social distancing and masks are required.  Space is limited.

Love Beats Rhymes

Tuesday, August 10, 6-7:45 pm | Wilson

Join patrons of the Wilson Branch and Hill community for a new bi-monthly film series to watch Love Beats Rhymes.  Coco dreams of being a rapper, but is told by a professor that she needs to hone her craft in order to find success. Soon, Coco seeks inspiration for her art at poetry slams and rap battles in this electrifying musical drama.  The screening will take place in the lower-level atrium, social distancing and masks will be required.  Space will be limited.

Unsung Heroes: The Music of Jazz in New Haven
Tuesday, August 24, 6-7:30 pm | Wilson
Unsung heroes : The Music of Jazz in New Haven is a 2001 CPTV Documentary which chronicles the rich Jazz history of New Haven across the twentieth century. Local history with a focus on the history of music and jazz in the elm city is explored.  There will be a small discussion of the documentary after the screening. Space is limited and seating will be socially distanced.

New Haven Docs

August 11-14 | Ives

NHFPL will host the 8th Annual New Haven Documentary Film Festival for four days of award-winning documentary films from August 11-14, 2021. These four days and evenings will include live film screenings, filmmaker question and answer sessions, and world premieres.

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For more information and the coming schedule of film screenings, visit:

Beginner Ukulele Class

Tuesday, August 17, 4-5:30 pm | Wilson

Join us at the Wilson Branch for beginner ukulele classes! No experience or instrument needed. Instruments limited to max of 4 participants per 30 min session. 3 sessions: 4-4:30, 4:30-5, 5-5:30. First come, first serve. No registration required. Instruments donated by Hungry for Music.

Common Ground Mobile Market

Wednesday, August 18, 3-5 pm | Fair Haven

Thursday, August 19, 6:30-7:30 pm | Wilson

Student volunteers from Common Ground School will sell food harvested from their urban farm set-up at Washington Ave and Daggett St. Pay with SNAP, farmers market checks, cash, or credit.

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City Drumming

Thursdays, August 19 and 26, 6:30-7:30 pm | Ives

Thursdays this August, Mark Zarrillo, local percussionist, will be here at the library to foster a drumming experience for everyone. You do not have to be a musician or have specific drumming technique. All you need is yourself. 

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Dinosaurs at the Peabody

Wednesday, August 25, 12:30 pm

Join Working Women’s NetworkThe Peabody, and NHFPL for a behind-the-scenes tour to see where fossilized bones from

well-known dinosaurs like Brontosaurus, Apatosaurus, Camarasaurus and Stegosaurs are stored. Your guide will be Armand Morgan who will share specimens from recent field collecting expeditions to Arizona, the largest dinosaur bones in the collection, and some extremely rare Connecticut dinosaur fossils.

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Platform to Employment Information session

Thursday, August 26, 6:30 pm | Fair Haven

Not all job seekers have the same needs or face the same barriers. Platform to Employment (P2E) is a nationally recognized solution, helping the long-term unemployed get back to work. Join Ben Bissell of P2E to learn more about their program.

“Make to Sell” Cohort

Applications Due August 31

“Make to Sell” is a new endeavor created to help individuals who have an idea for an online business turn that idea into reality. Members of this cohort will use our onsite makerspace to design merchandise, make prototypes, and create marketing materials, then build their businesses by taking coursework, participating in mentoring office hours, and accessing the free digital resources available at the library.

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Updated Vaccination Clinic Hours


Mondays, 8:30 am-4:30 pm | Wilson

Wednesdays, 8:30 am-4:30 pm | Wilson

Fridays, 8:30 am-6 pm | Wilson

Cornell Scott Hill Health Center is currently offering COVID-19 vaccines by appointment or walk-in. To schedule your COVID-19 vaccination call 203-503-3000 or schedule your appointment HERE.

133 Elm Street, New Haven, CT 06511

Want more? Check out our calendar!


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