A monthly selection of upcoming NHFPL events, classes and community collaborations at our five locations and beyond.
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This month in Happenings…
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Library Closings
For the Good Friday and Easter weekend, the New Haven Free Public Library will close:
Friday, March 30
Saturday, March 31
For all our 2018 holiday hours, please refer to Holiday Closings.
Park for free after 4:30 pm adjacent to Ives Main Library
Yale’s Lot 51, located on Temple Street between Wall and Elm Streets, is available after 4:30 pm for the public, Monday through Friday and all day on Saturday. Yale’s Lot 51 has capacity for about 70 cars.

Mark Your Calendar for The Great Give!

May 1-2, 2018
Support Stetson Library: The Next Chapter with a donation during The Great Give. All gifts of $50 – $10,000 will be matched dollar for dollar thanks to a generous Community Challenge grant from Seedlings Foundation!

Ives Squared Construction Underway

Construction for Ives Squared, the Library’s place for entrepreneurship and innovation, is now underway with an opening in June. In preparation, the Library moved collections to new locations within the building. Signage posted at Ives Main Library shows the new locations for all collections. Follow us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram for photos and updates!
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)
at New Haven Free Public Library
January 29- April 17
Ives Main Library (133 Elm Street)
Mondays-Thursdays, 4-7:30 pm
Fridays, 11 am-4:30 pm
Saturdays, 10:30 am-2:30 pm
Wilson Library (303 Washington Avenue)
Tuesdays, 5-7:30 pm
Saturdays, 1-4 pm
Again in 2018, the New Haven Free Public Library is serving as an IRS-certified Connecticut Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) site where you can have your taxes prepared for free. VITA is the safe, simple way to file your taxes. Download the brochure with includes a list of documents to bring with you. Learn more about VITA and see all 2018 Free Tax Prep Sites.
Introducing Tinker Light!
April 2 – May 12, 2018 | Ives
Before the opening of Ives Squared, Tinker Light offers an opportunity to see demonstration of the new Tinker Lab equipment during open hours in the Think Tank on the Lower Lever and practice using them yourself during programs with NHFPL staff. See the full schedule!
Spring 2018 Entrepreneur Series
Wednesdays, April & May 5:30-8 pm
Presented by SCORE New Haven
Business Planning with Dennis Brown
April 4
Branding: How to Build a Competitive Advantage with Art Mollengarten
April 11
Doing Business with the State and the Federal Government with Lisa Powell
April 18
Money and Finance with Tom Mazzaferro
April 25
Online Marketing with Vishu Rao
May 2
Legal Issues with Marcia P. Blake
May 9
These FREE workshops support entrepreneurs who are currently in the planning stages or ready to launch! To register visit  spring2018entrepreneurseries.eventbrite.com.
Long Wharf Theatre & NHFPL present Community Conversations in conjunction with Crowns: A Musical Celebration Written & Directed by Regina Taylor!
How Music Builds Community with Music Haven
Thursday, April 5, 5:30 pm | Fair Haven
Join us with Music Haven and food from Fair Haven’s Salsa for music, refreshments, and good conversation!
How Mentorship Sustains Community in Our Neighborhoods
Wednesday, April 11, 5:30 pm | Stetson
Join Diane Brown, Ife Michelle, Shirley Ellis West, and Miriam Sheffield to talk about mentorship, women of color, and building strength with our young people.
Urban Life Experience Book Discussion Series:
Crowns: Portraits of Black Women in Church Hats By Michael Cunningham & Craig Marberry
Saturday, April 14, 12 pm | Wilson
Get to know the book Crowns with Wilson Branch Library’s book club led by Librarian Marian Huggins.
Tell Your Story: Finding Belonging
Monday, April 16, 5:30 pm | Mitchell
Share YOUR story at our next story slam. Where have you found belonging or when have you needed it? Through family, community, yourself? Sign up!
History Slam!
Thursday, April 26, 5:30 pm | Ives
Read history out loud! We’ll have performers reading history about New Haven, gospel, the African American diaspora, and more. Or bring a piece of history you want to share! Join us in partnership with Yale Public Humanities and the Yale Center for the Study of Race, Indigeneity, and Transnational Migration.
All programs presented in conjunction with LWT’s upcoming play CrownsCrowns weaves together compelling stories and glorious gospel music to create a tapestry of voices that transcend time and place. Learn more about Crowns and check out the book! Theatre passes are available for checkout with your New Haven Free Public Library card from all 5 locations – learn more.

Pysanky Workshop

Saturday, April 7, 1-4 pm | Mitchell
Discover the art of making Pysanky-intricately decorated Ukrainian Easter eggs. These colorful ornaments are created using empty eggshells with a stylus, beeswax, and dye. Learn a few of the traditional symbols and patterns, and experiment with some of your own! Children 7 and up are welcome, but must be accompanied by an adult.
Author Talk & Book Discussion:
The Sunken Gold: A Story of World War I Espionage and the Greatest Treasure Salvage in History | By Joseph A. Williams
Saturday, April 7, 2-3 pm | Ives
Join author, historian, and librarian Joseph A. Williams as he presents the true story of HMS Laurentic, sunk by German mines off the coast of Ireland during World War I. Williams brings this exciting, true tale of undersea diving and naval operations to life, exemplifying human persistence, bravery and patriotism as Royal Navy divers struggled to recover 44 tons of gold bullion for the war effort. Check out the book!
Afternoon Book Club
The Dark Flood Rises by Margaret Drabble
Monday, April 9, 1 pm | Mitchell
One of the Washington Post’s 50 Notable Works of Fiction in 2017 and a New York Times Notable Book of 2017. From the great British novelist Dame Margaret Drabble comes a vital and audacious tale about the many ways in which we confront aging and living in a time of geopolitical rupture. Check out the audiobook on Hoopla!

Construction Pipeline Information Session

with New Haven Works
Thursday, April 12, 6 pm | Fair Haven
Do you have experience working construction? Come learn about opportunities for city residents to find upcoming jobs in the trade and training opportunities from our friends at New Haven Works. To register call (203) 946-8115.
Meet State Representative Juan Candelaria
Saturday, April 14, 10 am | Fair Haven
Representative Juan Candelaria (District 95) will meet with constituents, answer questions, and discuss current issues.
The Probate Court and You with Probate Court Judge Clifton Graves, Jr.
Tuesday, April 17, 6 pm | Wilson
Thursday, May 10, 6 pm | Fair Haven
Monday, June 18, 6 pm | Mitchell
Join Probate Court Judge Clifton Graves, Jr. at each library in the coming months to discuss the basic role and responsibilities of the Probate Court, as well as the court services and expectations.
Yale Science Diplomats present
Science in the News at NHFPL
The Detector Detectives: Looking at Light through Cosmos, Cameras, and Cones
Tuesday, April 17, 6:30 pm | Ives
Presented by Alexander Bruch, Elise Bullock, and Kimmy Cushman.
SCSU’s Buley Library Presents Makerspace @ Stetson!
Thursday, April 19, 4-5 pm | Stetson
Unleash your inner engineer as you create with Keva planks! Hosted by Lauren Johnson of SCSU’s Buley Library Makerspace. Families and children/teens of all ages welcome! Children under the age of 9 need adult supervision.
What’s On Your Plate?
Saturdays, April 21, May 19 & June 16
2 pm | Mitchell
Vegan Cooking workshop and discussion on plant based nutrition, reversing and preventing diseases. Presented by Clara Tolbert. To register please call (203) 946-8117.

New! Men’s Non-Fiction Book Club

Pyongyang: A Journey in North Korea
By Guy Delisle
Monday, April 23, 6pm | Mitchell
As one of the few Westerners who is able to visit the country, Guy Delisle is able to gain personal insight into one of the most secretive nations on the planet. He wants to learn about North Korean culture, but his omnipresent guides restrict him at every turn. Delisle tries to answer the never ending question: do the people support their government or are they too scared to revolt? Check out the book! To register please call (203) 946-8117.
Elmseed @ New Haven Free Public Library!
Open Office Hours
Saturdays, 10 am-12 pm | Ives
In partnership with the New Haven Free Public Library, Elmseed offers regular weekly drop-in hours to address your business questions and concerns. Understand business fundamentals and connect with mentors. No appointment or advance registration is necessary. Learn more at www.elmseed.org. For questions, email info@elmseed.orgor call (203) 903-1737.
Film Screenings & DiscussionsFilm
Friday Movie Matinees
Fridays in April, 2-4 pm | Ives
April 6 | The Theory of Everything
April 13 | Darkest Hour
April 20 | Training Day
April 27 | As Good As It Gets
It’s Oscar Award Winning Actor month at the NHFPL!
3rd Saturday Cinema
Saturdays, 2 pm | Ives
April 21 | All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)
May 19 | La Grande Illusion (1937)
Film and discussion series to mark 100 years since the end of World War I. Post screening discussion will be led by New Haven resident and European art, history and politics connoisseur Jacinto Lirola.
Race: The Power of an Illusion Part 3: The House We Live In
Saturday April 21, 2 pm | Wilson
Presented by Stand Up For Racial Justice (SURJ)
The final episode in the 3-part series is the first film about race to focus not on individual attitudes and behavior but on the ways our institutions and policies advantage some groups at the expense of others.
Classic Film Screening
Rear Window (Rated PG)
Saturday, April 28, 1 pm | Fair Haven
A newspaper photographer with a broken leg passes time recuperating by observing his neighbors through his window. He sees what he believes to be a murder, and decides to solve the crime himself. Popcorn included!
Can’t make it to one of our films?  You have options!
  • Kanopy showcases more than 30,000 titles, including award-winning documentaries; acclaimed, rare and hard-to-find titles; classics films; and world cinema with collections from The Great Courses, Kino Lorber, and PBS among many others. Users are able to access Kanopy through a variety of devices and platforms, including Roku, Apple TV, iOS and Android.
  • Hoopla offers 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
Yale Repertory Theatre Partners with NHFPL
to offer FREE Theatre Passes!
2017-2018 Season
Yale Repertory Theatre is working with the New Haven Public Library to offer library cardholders the opportunity to attend Yale Repertory Theatre performances for free! Each library pass is good for two adult tickets to each scheduled performance of the Yale Repertory Theatre season (some date restrictions may apply). To lean more, contact (203) 946-8129.
Book News in your InBox!
Do you know what your librarians are reading and recommending? Do you want to see highlights of new books available at the library? Sign up for Book News in Your Inbox  and select Staff Picks, New Arrivals, Downloadable Ebooks and Audiobooks and more! Subscribe to as many e-newsletters as you like and you will receive email newsletters with brief descriptions of each title as well as links to the library’s catalog so you can easily reserve titles of interest.
NHFPL GalleriesGalleries
Creative Minds: The Work of New Haven Youth
Works by New Haven
Public School Students
April 4 – May 6, 2018
Ives Gallery
Opening: Wednesday, April 4
5:30-7 pm
Creative Minds: The Work of New Haven Youth displays current work of high school students from across the New Haven Public School District. The selections featured in this exhibit are just a snapshot of the fantastic artwork being created in the Visual Arts programs throughout the New Haven Public Schools. New Haven Public Schools proudly offer a cohesive, comprehensive, sequential Visual Arts curriculum developed and taught by over 70 art teachers. From their studies and guided by teachers, students think critically, learn the language of the visual arts and create artwork which reflects personal experience and imagination.
Artwork by Emily Wilson, Sophia Capolla, Meralis Sequi, and Ayao Tossah.
NHFPL Staff SpotlightSpotlight
Meet NHFPL Staff Member: Haley Grunloh
Haley Grunloh grew up in Hamden, Connecticut. Following her school age yeas, Haley attended Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York where she studied digital arts and animation. When not working at the New Haven Free Public Library, she enjoys reading books about natural history, hiking in East Rock Park, painting, drawing cartoons, and making crafts – for which she has a website!
What is your role at the New Haven Free Public Library?
I am a Library Technical Assistant who works at the Mitchell Branch Library in Westville. I do things like process incoming books, tutor patrons in computer literacy as well as plan and market programs.
What do you enjoy most about working at NHFPL?
One of my favorite creative tasks is coming up with fun crafts and other activities for children’s programs that tie together my art background with books and stories.
What book are you currently reading or is on your nightstand waiting to be explored?
I have two books going at once – In the Shadow of Man by Jane Goodall and The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage by Sydney Padua.
Events from Our CommunityCommunity
Apply for the Collab Spring Incubator 2018
Applications Due: April 2, 2018, at 11:59 pm
Want to start something that impacts your community? The Collab Incubator seeks to support outstanding early-stage entrepreneurs – for-profit or nonprofit and anything in between – in order to boost their work and inspire community-centered entrepreneurship in New Haven. Learn more.
Public Hearings on the City of New Haven City Budget
Wednesday, April 4, 6 pm
Augusta Lewis Troup School Auditorium, 259 Edgewood Avenue
Wednesday, May 9, 6 pm
Aldermanic Chamber, 165 Church Street 2nd floor
All New Haven residents are welcome to attend and participate in these Public Hearings to have their voice heard. Let the Alders know what city services make a difference in your life and the well-being of our city.
New Haven Financial Empowerment Center Free Workshops
Workshop Schedule, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
316 Dixwell Avenue, New Haven
April 19 | Managing Your Credit
May 17 | Protect Yourself
June 21 | Invest In Yourself
July 19 | Home Ownership
Pre-register by visiting our website at www.newhavenfinancialempowerment.com or contacting Alexa Campos at (203) 946-7803, acampos@newhavenct.gov, or NHOC@newhavenct.gov.
Wake the Green!
Saturday, April 21, 12 -4 pm | New Haven Green
Join the New Haven Free Public Library and partners on the Green for a New Haven Earth Day celebration! NHFPL will have preschool story times at 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 pm along with a crafts table full of spring and Earth Day inspiration!
45th Annual Cherry Blossom Festival
Sunday, April 22, 12-4:30 pm | Wooster Square
This celebration of spring commemorates the planting of 72 Yoshino Japanese Cherry Blossom trees in 1973 by the New Haven Historic Commission in collaboration with the New Haven Parks Department and residents of the neighborhood. Find the NHFPL ReadMobile to sign up for a library cards, check out books and learn about all the goes on at our libraries! Learn more.
New Haven (Fair Haven) – Clean and Safe
Wednesday, April 25, 3-6 pm
Join us at Fair Haven for demos and exhibits about city services in support of a clean and safe neighborhood! There will be New Haven Free Public Library card sign ups alongside friends from Parks, Recreation & Trees; the Fire Department; Livable City Initiative; Department of Public Works with recycling information; Building Inspection, Community Services Administration, and others. Nonprofit partners like JUNTA for Progressive Action and the New Haven Humane Commission will be there too!
Coming AttractionsComing
The JCC of Greater New Haven presents the
3rd Annual Beckerman Jewish Film Series
April 5 – May 9, 2018
Rabbi Wolff: A Gentleman Before God
Wednesday, May 2, 6:30 pm | Ives
William Wolff is nearly 90 and perhaps the most unconventional rabbi in the world. As the State Rabbi of North-East Germany but still living in England, he commutes from Heathrow to Germany each week. A Holocaust survivor, former London-based politician, and respected rabbi, Wolff is a fascinating character blessed with a tremendous “joie de vivre”, who defies all conventions. Learn more about the Beckerman Jewish Film Series.
Jazz for Stetson!
Sunday, May 6, 5 pm
Knickerbocker Golf Club
715 Sherman Parkway
Join us at the Knickerbocker Golf Club (715 Sherman Pkwy, New Haven) for an evening of Latin Jazz and Swing featuring Jesse “Cheese” Hameen II with Ed Fast and “Congabop” to raise money for the new Stetson Library at the Q House! For more information, check out nextstetson.org.
Want more?  Check out our Calendar!
Ongoing ClassesOngoing
One-on-One Computer Help
Tuesdays, 4-5 pm & 5:10-6:10 pm | Ives (Begins again January 9)
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, April 4, 5:30-7 pm | Ives
A monthly opportunity to receive general legal information during a free 15-minute consultation. Sign-ups start at 5:10 pm.
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)
Mondays, 6 pm | Mitchell
Tuesdays, 6-8 pm | Ives
Wednesdays, 4 pm | Fair Haven
Thursdays, 6-8 pm | Ives
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.
Knitting Club
Mondays, 6 pm | Mitchell
Come armed with your own needles and yarn – join anytime, newcomers and beginners welcome!
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.
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