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Library Closings
All branches of the New Haven Free Public Library will close for Labor Day Weekend on:
Saturday, September 2
Monday, September 4

For all our 2017 holiday hours, please see our Holiday Closings.

Stetson Library is getting ready for our exciting next chapter: a new, state-of-the-art home in the reimagined and reopened Q House. Seedlings Foundation has extended a challenge to the New Haven community: if we can raise $250,000, each gift will be matched – dollar for dollar – to reach our overall $2 million fundraising goal. Donations of $50 to $10,000 are eligible for this match. Large or small, every gift makes a difference!
Visit  www.nextstetson.org to donate today.
September is…
Library Card Sign-up Month!
Looking for a way to transform your life? All you need is a library card. This September, the New Haven Free Public Library is joining with the American Library Association and libraries nationwide for Library Card Sign-up Month. Visit us online or at any of our locationsto get or renew your library card!
Banned Books Week Celebrates
Our Right to Read!
September 24-30, 2017
Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community – librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers – to highlight the value of free and open access to information.
Check out the American Library Association’s annual lists of the Top Ten Most Challenged Books.
EXCITE the Future for NHFPL
The New Haven Free Public Library is embarking on a new strategic framework to set the vision, goals and priorities for our library system. Stay tuned for opportunities to join community conversations at each of our locations to provide input and feedback about library services. Join the Director’s EXCITE the Future for NHFPL mailing list.
Featured September EventsFeatured
Application Open: September 1
Application Deadline: October 30
The New Haven Free Public Library invites artists, curators, nonprofit organizations and students to exhibit their (2D) work at the Ives Gallery. Display your art and help the Library celebrate our creative community! Visit the Ives Gallery page on September 1 for more information.
Entrepreneur Series Summer 2017
Wednesdays, August & September, 5:30-8 pm | Ives
Presented by SCORE New Haven
August 30 | Doing Business with the State &
Federal Government: Lisa Powell
September 6 | Purple Marketing: Art Mollengarden
September 13 | Online Marketing: Vishu Rao
September 20 | Money & Finance: Tom Mazzaferro
These FREE workshops support entrepreneurs who are currently in the planning stages or ready to launch! To register contact Seth Godfrey, New Haven Free Public Library at sgodfrey@nhfpl.orgor (203)946-7431.
Community Garden
@ Fair Haven Library
September 7, 14, 21, 28
4 pm | Fair Haven
Come help us care for our community garden! Watering, planting, building, and weeding. What you do depends on what the garden needs!

Meet the Authors of New Haven Noir!

Thursday, September 7, 6-7:30 pm | Ives
New Haven Noir editor Amy Bloom masterfully curates a star-studded cast of contributors to portray the city’s underbelly. Celebrate the launch with Amy Bloom and listen to readings from these local authors:
Alice Mattison
Jonathan Stone 
Lisa Gray
David Rich
Sarah Strong
Karen E. Olson 
Jessica Speart 
Hirsh Sawhney
Historic Homes Rehabilitation Tax Credit Workshop
Saturday, September 9, 10:30-12:30 pm | Ives
Present by the New Haven Preservation Trust
Learn the ins and outs of one of the nation’s most generous rehabilitation incentive programs for individual homeowners with Architectural Preservationist Alyssa Lozupone from the State Historic Preservation Office, Department of Economic and Community Development. Please register by Thursday, September 7 to info@nhpt.org or (203) 562-5919.
Meet an Elder Care & End-of-Life Doula
Wednesday, September 13, 6:30 pm | Ives
Attend this special event on the concept of holistic care for the elderly and their families. Meet Nathalie Bonafé, Ph.D., a Certified Care Consultant and Doula based in New Haven. Nathalie defines the role of a Doula and answers your questions. She is a former biomedical research scientist, specialized in cancer studies, and a direct-care hospice volunteer with Seasons’ Hospice and Palliative care.
Windham Campbell Literature Prizes 2017 Festival
We are once again proud to partner with the Windham Campbell Literary Festival at Yale University! Mark your calendars for the 2017 Festival from September 13-15.  Search our catalogunder “Windham-Campbell 2017” to find titles to borrow from this year’s authors. Join us for these two sessions at the Ives Main Library.
The Future of the Past: Myth-making in the Modern World
Thursday, September 14, 12 pm | Ives
Professor of Classics Emily Greenwood talks with André Alexis, Marina Carr, and Carolyn Forché about how they approach myth in their work. Learn more.
Ancestors: Where Do We Come From and Why Do We Care?
Friday, September 15, 12 pm | Ives
In conversation with novelist Min Jin Lee (YC ’90), Erna Brodber, Ali Cobby Eckermann, Maya Jasanoff, and Ashleigh Young explore the various ways that writers discover their ancestors and bring them to life in their writing. Learn more.

Author Book Signing and Release!

Hide and Seek: a Journey to Life by Sheree Baldwin-Mohammad
Saturday, September 16, 3-5 pm | Stetson
Join Sheree Baldwin-Mohammad for the release of her autobiography, Hide and Seek: a Journey to Life. The story tells of overcoming low self-esteem, rape, domestic violence, and suicidal thoughts. It is a combination of narrative prose and poetry written over the years. A signed copy of the book will be available for $15 and a portion of the proceeds will benefit local domestic violence shelters. Sheree’s art will also be on display.
Afternoon Book Club
Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant
By Anne Tyler
Monday, September 18, 1 pm | Mitchell
Join fellow readers for a discussion of the book, Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant by Anne Tyler. The Afternoon Book Club meets monthly – join anytime!
Community and Legal Interpreting Training
Monday, September 18, 4:30 pm | Mitchell
Presented by Language Link, Inc. 
Job opportunity! Expanding your bilingual skills, and help others! FREE comprehensive workshop to train as a paid community or legal interpreter in hospitals, medical facilities, and legal settings. Fluency in English and any other language is necessary. Space is limited. To register please call (203)946-8117.
Start, Manage, & Grow Your Business with ReferenceUSA
Tuesday, September 19, 12-1 pm | Ives
TJ Pridell of ReferenceUSA will host an interactive lead generation marketing seminar catering to the New Haven business community. To accommodate the needs of business owners, sales and marketing representatives and job seekers, New Haven Free Public Library offers ReferenceUSA, an online provider of business and consumer research. ReferenceUSA helps library users create effective marketing plans, conduct essential competitive analysis, raise funds and locate people in order to expand and grow their book of business.
Peace Tree Planting
Saturday, September 23, 1 pm | Fair Haven
Join us to commemorate the International Day of Peace with a beautiful unveiling at our library. The City of New Haven Peace Commission will have performances, refreshments, and information about efforts to build a culture of peace locally and around our world.
Author and Book Talk!
Within Walking Distance: Creating Livable Communities for All
With Local Author Philip Langdon
Thursday, September 28, 6-8 pm | Ives
What makes an area truly livable? In his new book, journalist and urban critic Philip Langdon shows how people are creating, improving, and caring for walkable communities such as New Haven’s East Rock neighborhood-places where residents can walk or bike in just a few minutes to cafes, grocery stores, laundries, schools, parks, and other useful destinations. Langdon, who has lived in New Haven for 34 years, spent time in six communities across the US that differ in size, history, wealth, diversity, and education, yet share these crucial traits: compactness; human scale; a mix of uses and activities; and people who devote energy to making their neighborhood better.
Film Screenings & DiscussionsFilm
Friday Movie Matinees
Fridays in September, 2-4 pm | Ives
September 1 | Steel Magnolias
September 8 | The Right Stuff (Starts at 1 pm; 3 hour film)
September 15 | Mud
September 22 | Midnight Special
September 29 | Fool for Love
In memory of a great actor and writer, September is Sam Shepard month at the NHFPL!
The Jewish Community Center of Greater New Haven Presents:
The Milky Way
Wednesday, September 6, 11 am | Mitchell
The Jewish Community Center of Greater New Haven in partnership with the Mithcell Branch of the New Haven Free Public Library and Breastfeeding USA as part of the Women Film Series presents The Milky Way. This groundbreaking documentary about breastfeeding will empower women to trust their bodies, their babies, and themselves as mothers. What Food Inc. did for the food industry, this film does for breastfeeding in America.
A Man Called Ove
Thursday, September 21, 5:30 pm | Fair Haven
PG-13. Based on Fredrik Backman’s bestselling novel, Ove is a grouchy Swedish widower mainly concerned with enforcing his block association’s rules until a boisterous new family moves in and changes his perceptions.
Can’t make it to one of our films?  You have options!
  • Hoopla is up and running with a huge collection of films, TV shows, educational videos, documentaries, music, audiobooks, e-books and comic books to enjoy straight from your browser, tablet, or smartphone!  Easy to use with your library card – and no waiting!
  • You can always browse and borrow from our audiovisual (AV) collection of DVDs and CDs!  Information about our AV collection is available via our online catalog.
Collection ConnectionCollection
Our Most Popular Books this Month
What is the New Haven community reading? Check out our list of the most popular books borrowed last month! Visit our catalog and add one of these to your reading list!
Camino Island by John Grisham
The Late Show by Michael Connelly
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J. D. Vance
Dangerous Minds by Janet Evanovich
Into the Beautiful North by Luis Alberto Urrea
Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson
Swing Time by Zadie Smith
The Whistler by John Grisham
Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth
I Can’t Make this Up: Life Lessons by Kevin Hart
Summer is a great time to fall in love with a new author, borrow books for your beach vacation or tackle a new skill or hobby!  Get ready for the  Windham Campbell Literary Festival (September 13-15) by reading the works of the 2017 authors. Search our catalog under “Windham-Campbell 2017” to find them.
NHFPL GalleriesGalleries
Maria Tupper
Reflections of Our Environment
July 10-September 30
Photography by artists Keith Richter and Maria Tupper.
Do Not Engage.
Only Connect.
Work by JoAnne Wilcox
August 29-October 7
Tuesday, September 26
6-7:30 pm
Do Not Engage. Only Connect. is a wandering journey through the artist’s attempts at understanding empathy and connection as her antidote for shame. A story of motherhood, reclaimed, no matter what.
NHFPL Staff SpotlightStaff
Meet NHFPL Staff Member: Phillip Modeen
Phillip Modeen, a Connecticut native, grew up in Waterbury and Wolcott. He holdsan associate degree in general studies and both bachelors and masters degrees in library and information science from Southern Connecticut State University. Prior to his work at NHFPL he volunteered his time with students at Naugatuck Valley Community College working on their campus newspaper. He also worked as a Teen Program volunteer for the Beardsley and Memorial Library in Winsted.
Phillip has a background in design, spanning from book covers to clothing! He designed the cover for the second edition of Triple Plays by William H Foster III published by McGraw Hill, and created the book design for Foster’s, Proud to be in the Service: An exhibit of black and white photographs featuring African Americans serving in the military during World War II. Phillip also created commissioned artwork for the art and clothing boutique, Brazen Betties.
What is your role at the New Haven Free Public Library?
I began working at the New Haven Free Public Library as a part-time Young Minds Librarian for the Stetson Branch in 2015. Last year, I became the full-time Young Minds & Family Learning Librarian for the Stetson Library.
What do you enjoy most about working at NHFPL?
The best part of my job is engaging with my kids, the community, and teachers in my district; and of course, being a part of the Stetson family!
What book are you currently reading or is on your nightstand waiting to be explored?
I have just finished P.S. Be Eleven by Rita Garcia-Williams, the second book of her terrific trilogy (and my book pick for September, be sure to look out for it on the Stetson shelves!). Currently, I am reading Jam on the Vine by LaShonda Katrice Barnett. I must also recommend picking up I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson; it’s a beautiful, beautiful book.
Ongoing ClassesOngoing
One-on-One Computer Help
Tuesdays, 4-5 pm & 5:10-6:10 pm | Ives
50+ years of age and just starting or have a computer dilemma?  Sign up for one-on-one free computer help at your own pace. To register call 203.946.7001.
Ask a Lawyer
Wednesday, September 6, 5:30-7 pm | Ives
Place article copy here. Be sure to make the articles short and concise as people tend not to read much more than a couple of paragraphs.
Adult Reading Classes | Stetson
To register and schedule call (203) 776-5899.
Literacy Volunteers of Greater New Haven presents free classes to help adults learn to read, write and understand more words in a small class setting.
ESOL Classes & Conversation
(English for Speakers of Other Languages)
Tuesdays, 6-8 pm | Ives
Thursdays, 6-8 pm | Ives
Please note Mitchell Library’s Monday evening sessions at 6 pm are on break until October.
Weekly conversational English Class for new Americans, co-sponsored by Literacy Volunteers of Greater New Haven. Learn to improve your pronunciation, listening and speaking skills in an informal English conversation group. Please call (203) 776-5899 or email MeghenFitzgibbons@lvagnh.org to register for classes.
Writers’ Group
Mondays, 5-6 pm | Wilson
Have you always wanted to write but felt like you didn’t know where to start? Is writing what you do best? Have a story you’ve been trying to finish but need a little moral support? Just need an idea to get started? Join us!
Knitting Club
Mondays, 6 pm | Mitchell
Come armed with your own needles and yarn – join anytime, newcomers and beginners welcome!
Immigrant Job Club
Thursdays, 4-5 pm | Ives
For those who are new to the United States and would like to learn to search for jobs, build a resume, prepare for a job interview and understand the workplace.
Weekly Computer Classes
Mondays, 5-6:30 pm | Ives
Tuesdays, 5-6 pm | Wilson (Classes in Spanish!)
Wednesdays, 10:30 am-12 pm | Ives
Wednesdays, 6:30-7:30 pm | Stetson
Thursdays, 10-11 am | Wilson
Fridays, 10:30 am-12 pm | Ives
Classes all require some familiarity with using a keyboard and mouse. Classes include different levels for Word, Excel, Internet Explorer, PowerPoint and Keyboard/Mouse/Email.  For detailed class schedule please see our calendar.
One-on-One Technology Assistance and Job Search Coaching On Demand!
Wednesdays, 12-4 pm | Ives
Stop by the lower level Information Desk for on demand one-on-one sessions on technology and employment assistance. Our knowledgeable staff is ready to help you find the answers to many of your questions!
One-on-One Computer Assistance
By Appointment | Fair Haven
Wednesdays by Appointment | Mitchell
Mondays and Tuesdays by Appointment | Stetson
By Appointment | Wilson
Meet one-on-one to discuss your individual technology needs. To schedule an appointment at Fair Haven call 203.946.8115; for Mitchell, call 203.946.8117; for Stetson contact Rory at 203.946.8119 or rmartorana@nhfpl.org; and at Wilson call 203.946.2228.
Build Your Creative and Technical Skills on Your Own Time with Lynda.com!
All level of training in software, creative and business skills are available through Lynda.com, free with your NHFPL library card. Learn software, creative techniques and business strategies for all levels with thousands of video tutorials. Go at your own pace, follow a curriculum and absorb new skills!
Tuesdays, 6-7 pm | Ives
Beginners and experienced practitioners are invited to join this guided mediation brought to you in cooperation with the New Haven Zen Center. Instruction for beginners at 5:45 pm.
Events from Our CommunityCommunity
Register to Vote!
Primary elections take place on September 12, 2017. Find out more on registration information.
Frederick Douglass 200th Birthday Celebration
Saturday, September 16, 10 am-12 pm
Criscuolo Park (Chapel and James Streets)
This event is presented by the Amistad Committee, Inc to celebrate 200 year birthday of Frederick Douglas.

Neighborhood Pitch Competition 2017

Downtown-Wooster Square Community Management Team
Application Deadline: October 1
For the past three years, the City of New Haven’s Livable City Initiative has devoted funding to each community management team through the Neighborhood Public Improvement Program. DWSCMT wants to hear your idea on how to use this funding to make the most impact in our community.  Learn more.
Collaboratory Citywide Meeting
Wednesday, October 4, 5:30 – 8 pm | Ives
Collaboratory started off as a community problem solving event series. And now, it is growing into a startup and small business incubator for New Haven. This program hopes to provide funding, mentorship, and other resources to address the barriers to growing a business in New Haven. Collaboratory must be tailored to the needs and perspectives of New Haven’s entrepreneurs, small business owners, activists, students, neighbors, and stakeholders. That’s why Collab is hosting a public event (using its original community problem solving model) to start a conversation to hear your perspectives, insights, dreams, and challenges. Come shape this program – make it yours and make it New Haven’s. Learn more.
Public Service Video Contest!
Submission Deadline: Tuesday, October 31, 5 pm
The Cable Television Advisory Council of Hamden, New Haven and West Haven (CTAC) has decided to sponsor a video production contest: The CTAC Contest for Excellence in Public Service Video Production. The contest is open to members ages 19 and younger from the three communities it serves to produce public service videos. Learn more at www.cableadvisory.org.
Coming AttractionsComing
Elmseed Enterprise Fund @ New Haven Free Public Library!
Open Office Hours
Beginning in October 2017
Mondays, 6:30-8 pm | Ives
Saturdays, 10 am-12 pm | Ives
The Entrepreneurship Development Course (EDC) program, anticipated in October 2017 at Ives Main Library, which has successfully graduated more than 20 New Haven Entrepreneurs in the past year, will cover topics such as value proposition, marketing and business financing. Learn more at www.elmseed.org. For questions, email info@elmseed.org or call (203) 903-1737.
Film Screening:
Ete und Ali Directed by Peter Kahane
Saturday, October 21, 2 pm | Ives
Set in provincial East Germany in the early 1980s, Ete and Ali, an incongruous and inseparable pair, are fresh out of the army. Presented with a seemingly wide-open future, the two decide to travel-but need to retrieve their passports first. Ete hesitates to go home and confront his estranged young wife-but Ali encourages him to win her back. Followed by discussion with Peter Kahane. Supported by the DEFA-Stiftung, DEFA Film Library at UMass Amherst, Frederick A. DeLuca Foundation and the International Association of New Haven.
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