A monthly selection of upcoming NHFPL events, classes and community collaborations at our five locations and beyond.
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Library Closings
All branches of the New Haven Free Public Library will abide by the holiday hours below:
For the Thanksgiving holiday, the Library will close:
Wednesday, November 22 at 5:30 pm
Thursday, November 23
For the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, the Library will close:
Saturday, December 23
Monday, December 25
Saturday, December 30
Monday, January 1, 2018

For all our 2017 and 2018 holiday hours, please refer to Holiday Closings.

Park for free after 5:30 pm adjacent to Ives Main Library
Yale’s Lot 51, located on Temple Street between Wall and Elm Streets, is available after 5:30 pm for the public, Monday through Friday and all day on Saturday. Yale’s Lot 51 has capacity for about 70 cars.
Elevator Repair
The Library’s Temple Street access elevator will be under repair and out of commission starting November 27 for about 4 weeks. Signage will direct library users to the entrance down the pedestrian ramp on Temple Street.
Renovation Updates for Ives Squared
Starting the week of December 4, the Library will begin transferring collections within the building to clear the way for the Ives Squared renovation beginning in January 2018. Signage will direct library users to the relocated collections.
Giving Tuesday is a national movement reminding us each to make an extra-special gift this holiday season: by giving back to our community. This Giving Tuesday, please support the New Haven Free Public Library so we can continue to offer the programs and services that enrich the lives of New Haveners. After all, a great city deserves a great library. Support yours this Giving Tuesday.
Save the Date – Spend Your
Fat Tuesday at the Library!

The NHFPL’s annual Mardi Gras fundraiser will be February 13, 2018! This celebrated event features local restaurants and bars, New Orleans-style music, and lots of fun and surprises.

Tickets and more information available soon!
New Haven Free Public Library
Annual Report 2016-2017
From exciting partnerships and programs to previews of upcoming library projects, the Annual Report features many of this past year’s highlights.
Read it all here: nhfpl.org/annual-reports.
Featured November & December EventsFeatured
Join playwright Nambi E. Kelley to talk about Native Son adapted from the novel by Richard Wright and on stage at Yale Rep from November 24 – December 16.
Presented by Stetson Book Club, Stetson Library and Yale Repertory Theatre.
Pitch & Solve Night | Addressing Connecticut’s Opioid Crisis
Wednesday, November 29, 5-7 pm | Ives
Clinicians, medical and public health professionals, and harm-reduction experts will discuss challenges currently faced due to the opioid epidemic in New Haven and greater Connecticut. Students and community members are invited to attend to listen and engage as we collectively generate innovative solutions that directly address these issues. The challenges the New Haven Syringe Service Program is currently experiencing served as the catalyst for this event. Register.

Presented by InnovateHealth Yale, Dwight Hall, and the New Haven Free Public Library.

Solarize New Haven Presentation
Saturday December 2, 10:30 am | Mitchell
Considering solar panels for your home? Learn about this money saving energy source.
Vegan Holiday Cooking Workshop
Saturday, December 2, 2 pm | Mitchell
Learn easy recipes to keep you and your guests healthy and feeling good through the holidays. Presented by Clara Tolbert: a retired caseworker from New York City who grew up on a small family owned dairy farm in Alabama. Now a New Haven resident, she spent 2 years with CitySeed teaching classes to seniors and families on how to shop and cook healthier on a budget. Clara continues to volunteer in gardens and parks around New Haven.
Community Conversations with
Senator Gary Winfield
Monday, December 4, 6-7:30 pm | Mitchell
Wednesday, December 6, 6-7:30 pm | Stetson
Do you have questions or concerns about education, neighborhood safety, community and law enforcement relations, healthcare, or more? Come join Senator Gary Winfield for a discussion of state issues that are important to you and your family.
Being a woman and being a mother present unique challenges and opportunities for entrepreneurship. Explore with a panel of New Haven entrepreneurs: Chardonee Wright, Owner of Woman, I Am Incorporated; Kia Levey, Owner of Launch LLC; Karen Lenahan, Owner of Small Kitchen, Big Taste; and Marannie Rawls, Owner of Elm City Coach. This event is part of series highlighting stories of New Haven entrepreneurs. Join the Facebook event!
In partnership with the Community Fund for Women & Girls, Tsai CITY, All Our Kin, New Haven Free Public Library, and Collab.
New Credit Rules:
A Presentation from Ms. Alpa Patel, Financial Specialist
Thursday, December 7, 4 pm | Wilson
Take Control of Your Financial Future! To register, call (203) 946-2228.
The Fair Haven Branch Library turns 100 years old!
Come join us for a fun, family-friendly event that celebrates the Fair Haven neighborhood and the library’s place within it! At noon Music Haven will offer a short performance and instrument petting zoo; New Haven Land Trust will have an interactive nature activity and Junta for Progressive Action will join the group. Short remarks at 1 pm with cake and family film to follow!
Afternoon Book Club
Open City   
By Teju Cole
Monday, December 11, 1 pm | Mitchell
Join fellow readers for a discussion of the book, Open City by Teju Cole. The Afternoon Book Club meets monthly – join anytime!
Westville Community Hanukkah Celebration and Author Visit
Tuesday, December 12, 4-6 pm | Mitchell & Westville
  • 4 pm: At Mitchell Library, children’s author Renee Londer will read from her new book, The Missing Letters A Dreidel Story, followed by games and arts & crafts. Books for sale by the author!
  • 5 pm: A Hanukkah Lights Parade will march from Mitchell Library to the Westville Community Menorah at Whalley Ave and Blake Street. Join us for a magical walk through Beecher Park, with glow sticks, and solar lights to guide us to the menorah!
  • 5:15 pm: Menorah Lighting, singing and refreshments!

Sponsored by WVRA, Mitchell Library, PJ Library and BEKI

Dominoes If You Dare!
Tuesday, December 12, 6-7 pm | Wilson
Are you a local domino legend respected and feared in your neighborhood? Has it been a long time since you played? Or do you have no idea how to play but want to learn? Come play with us at Wilson! All levels welcome! Ages 18 and over.
Stetson Book Club
Saturday, December 16, 10 am-12 pm | Stetson
Interested in joining? Call (203) 946-8119 or stop in for more information.
Innovations in Alternative Energy and Power Generation in Cuba
Saturday, December 16, 10:30-1 pm | Ives
Join us for this discussion with Luis Vasquez Seisdedos, a professor in the Department of Automatic Control, part of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering in the University of Oriente, Santiago de Cuba, Cuba.
The Equifax Breach & Identity Theft
Geoff Permison Branch Manager, Webster Bank
Monday, December 18, 2 pm | Mitchell
What happened? What are the risks? What can YOU do about it? Geoff Permison will discuss the breach, answer questions and provide handouts to aid individuals in taking steps on their own. The New Haven branch of Webster Bank has offered to be available for direct assistance by appointment. Please RSVP your attendance to HomeHaven at (203) 776-7378.
Presented by HomeHaven
Elmseed @ New Haven Free Public Library!
Open Office Hours
Saturdays, 10 am-12 pm | Ives
Understand business fundamentals, connect with mentors, and learn more at www.elmseed.org. For questions, email info@elmseed.org or call (203) 903-1737.
Film Screenings & DiscussionsFilm
Tsar to Lenin
Saturday November 25, 2 pm | Ives
Join us for this post-Thanksgiving Russian Revolution documentary film. Tsar to Lenin presents an extraordinary cinematic account of the Russian Revolution — from the mass uprising which overthrew the centuries-old Tsarist regime in February 1917, to the Bolshevik-led insurrection eight months later to Lenin. Discussion following screening led by Jacinto Lirola.
Friday Movie Matinees
Fridays in December, 2-4 pm | Ives
December 1 | Pieces of April
December 8 | The Nightmare Before Christmas
December 15 | The Best Man Holiday
December 22 | 8 Women
December 29 | Lovely, Still
December is holiday movie month at the Library!

The Princess Bride 

Thursday, December 7, 5:30 pm | Fair Haven
PG. A fairy tale adventure based on the William Goldman novel about a beautiful young woman and her one true love. He must find her after a long separation and save her. They must battle the evils of the mythical kingdom of Florin to be reunited with each other.
A Glance at the World through Film
Sweet Bean (2017) Japan
Saturday, December 9, 2 pm | Mitchell
A historical drama set during the Cultural Revolution. Prison detainee finally returns home to discover his wife no longer recognizes him.
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

New! Kanopy | On-Demand Video Streaming with Your Library Card!

NHFPL now offers Kanopy free to all library cardholders. Kanopy showcases more than 30,000 titles, including award-winning documentaries and acclaimed films, rare and hard-to-find titles, classic 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. Learn more!

New Language-Learning Database!
Introducing Pronunciator

Pronunciator currently provides instruction in 80 languages (and growing!), including ESL for 50 non-English languages. Find hundreds of live, teacher-led conversation groups, self-directed classes, a Pro Citizen course, movies, music and more!
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
Origin by Dan Brown
The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye by David Lagercrantz
The Cuban Affair by Nelson DeMille
A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
Don’t Let Go by Harlan Coben
Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance
Mrs. Fletcher by Tom Perrotta
The Late Show by Michael Connelly
Y is for Yesterday by Sue Grafton
NHFPL GalleriesGalleries

Hollow Earth: Stories
from the Underground

Works by John O’Donnell
December 9 – January 27, 2018
Opening & Book Launch: Wednesday, December 13
6-7:30 pm | Ives Gallery
Hollow Earth: Stories from the Underground is an exhibition of prints and drawings depicting invented realms underneath the earth’s surface and featured in the recently released independent publication Hollow Earth. The Hollow Earth hypothesis suggests that the planet earth contains large empty interiors and a variety of subterranean realms. Part of the inspiration for this series comes from a mysterious manuscript within the collection of the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Yale University. The Voynich Manuscript, a mysterious illustrated codex using an unknown writing system dating to the 15th or 16th century, inspires the aesthetic of the Hollow Earth Series. Displaying a scientific interpretation of an alternative world, the illustrations are curious images that depict what appear to be celestial bodies, biological phenomena, botany and other mysterious imagery.
Illustrations from
A Field Guide to 
Long Island Sound
Works by Patrick Lynch
October 14 – December 2, 2017
A Field Guide to Long Island Sound consists of recent artwork completed to illustrate Patrick Lynch’s book, A Field Guide to Long Island Sound, published by Yale University Press in March of 2017. A few illustrations are also from his forthcoming book, Cape Cod: A Field Guide to the Outer Lands of Cape Cod, Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard, Block Island, & Eastern Long Island, to be published by Yale University Press in 2018.
NHFPL Staff SpotlightStaff
Meet NHFPL Staff Member: Rhonda Taylor
Rhonda Taylor has worked for the New Haven Free Public Library for almost 20 years! As she shared, she has had the privilege of working at all of New Haven Free Public Library branches: Ives, Fair Haven, Mitchell, Wilson, and currently, Stetson Library.
Rhonda is a mother of two grown children and a grandmother of three, one granddaughter and two grandsons. She is also carrying on a family tradition of public library service! Rhonda is the daughter of former Library employee Darlene Taylor, who retired from the New Haven Free Public Library after more than 31 years. In her time, Darlene was active with the Local 884 Union as well as the New Haven community.
What is your role at the New Haven Free Public Library?
I am a Library Assistant based at the Stetson Library serving the Dixwell/Newhallville neighborhoods.
What do you enjoy most about working at NHFPL?
Two of the things I enjoy the most about working at the New Haven Free Public Library are my fellow staff members and the Stetson community. My co-workers at Stetson are more like family than just colleagues. I also enjoy reading and assisting with ordering some of our African American collections materials. That said I love the diversity I work with the most.
What book are you currently reading or is on your nightstand waiting to be explored?
I am currently reading an urban fiction book by Carl Weber, The Family Business 2, the second in a trilogy.
Events from Our CommunityCommunity
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. Join an information session and apply now.
New Haven Financial Empowerment Center Free Workshops
Workshop Schedule, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
316 Dixwell Avenue, New Haven
December 21 | ABC’s of Credit
January 18 | Budgeting
February 15 | Saving
March 15 | Financial Resiliency
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.
Calling Young Video Producers – Public Service Video Contest!
Application Deadline: December 31, 2017
Submission deadline: February 28, 2018
The Cable Television Advisory Council of Hamden, New Haven and West Haven (CTAC) is sponsoring a video production contest open to young residents, ages 19 and younger, from Hamden, New Haven, and West Haven. Win a $1,000 prizes for a 60-second public service or informational video. Learn more at www.cableadvisory.org.
Coming AttractionsComing
Save the dates! Long Wharf Theatre & NHFPL present!
Youth & Mental Health Panel
Tuesday, January 9, 6 pm | Wilson
With Yale Behavioral Health, Connecticut Mental Health Center and others.

Story Slam: On Being an Outsider

Monday, January 22, 6 pm  | Ives
Have you ever felt like an outsider? Come share your story. Stay tuned for sign-ups!
Both programs presented in conjunction with LWT’s upcoming play Office Hour. Where is the line between empathy and danger? The newest play from Obie Award-winning playwright Julia Cho is a thrilling ride through the psyches of two people learning to empathize with one another.
Want more?  Check out our Calendar!
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, December 6, 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
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!
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.
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