A monthly selection of upcoming events, classes and community collaborations at NHFPL and beyond.
News from NHFPL
Save the Date!
Mardi Gras is Tuesday, March 5th
at Mitchell Library!
Visit G Café Bakery in Ives Squared!
Enjoy a 5% discount with your NHFPL library card when you visit the Ives Squared location (133 Elm Street) for G Café Bakery. Open during library hours, stop in before or after our programs with family, friends and colleagues. Or drop by for coffee to network with entrepreneurs and creatives in Ives Squared, where we promote and celebrate the innovative culture of New Haven. Ives Squared includes a makerspace and a collaborative working space designed for active learning, teamwork, and creative exploration. Learn more and register for workshops! Follow us on Twitter , Instagram , and Facebook and share #IvesSquared!
Parking for Democracy!
Park for Free After 4:30 pm Adjacent to Ives
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.
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 for more information.
Library Closings
The New Haven Free Public Library will close for Veterans Day (observed) on Monday, November 12 and for Thanksgiving Day on Thursday, November 22.
For all our 2018 holiday hours, please refer to Holiday Closings.
Get Out to Vote!
Election Day, Tuesday, November 6
Did you know that two of the New Haven Free Public Library locations serve as polling places? Both Ives Main Library and Mitchell Library are polling locations.
Find your polling place. Democracy starts with your vote!
Featured October Events
Motivational Talk and Reading
by CW Johnson
Saturday, October 27
11 am | Wilson
Join us as we hear from poet CW Johnson as she read and discusses selections from her book, Splintered .
Show Me How: Control Your Digital Footprint
Saturday, October 27, 3 pm | Mitchell
Learn and practice techniques to control the exposure of your personal data. If possible bring your smartphone, tablet, or laptop!
Tips & Tools for the 50+ Job Seeker
Monday October 29, 1 pm | Mitchell
Essentials for the 50+ job seeker including digital and social media platforms, personal branding, networking and age-proofing your resume. Sponsored by AARP.
CT Partnership for Long-Term Care
Tuesday, October 30 6 pm | Ives
Aldo Pantano from the CT Partnership for Long-Term Care with the State Office of Policy and Management, will present a free informational seminar on how to protect your assets/life savings if you should need long-term care. Long-term care insurance approved by the State’s Connecticut Partnership for Long-Term Care could be part of your retirement plan, as these policies assure you of the highest quality standards.
Democracy in Crisis: Conversations with New Haven Scholars
Tuesdays, 6 pm | Ives
How Fascism Works
Jason Stanley, Professor of Philosophy, Yale University
October 30
Corporations and Democracies
Doug Rogers, Professor of Anthropology, Yale University
November 27
Join us for this year-long series in partnership with Yale University’s Public Humanities department. Stop by G Café before it starts for a quick bite, then enjoy a treat at the event provided by our sponsors.
Talk with the Docs:
The Power of a Good Night’s Sleep
Thursday, November 1, 6 pm | Fair Haven
What have you always wanted to know about getting good sleep? How does sleep affect our health? What’s the best way to prepare for sleep? Bring your questions! Join us for the latest program in a series of bilingual health talks with our partners from Fair Haven Community Health Care and Junta for Progressive Action. Activities for kids will take place during the session.
New! Vegetarian Cookbook Club
Saturday, November 3, 3 pm | Mitchell
Looking for new vegetarian or vegan recipes? Share ideas with others.
Medicare Part D Annual Open Enrollment: Information Session
Monday, November 5, 1 pm | Mitchell
Leslie Pruitt, Aging and Disability Resource Center Coordinator, Agency on Aging of South Central Connecticut (AOASCC), and Shelly Lerner, CHOICES Team Member, will be here to discuss the Medicare D (Prescription Drug) 2019 Annual Open Enrollment.
Show Me How:
Learn about New Haven Promise: FREE money for college tuition!
Monday, November 5, 6:30 pm | Mitchell
Saturday, November 17, 10:30 am | Mitchell
If you are a New Haven Public School student, you can receive free college tuition! Learn about the requirements for the New Haven Promise Scholarship and hear from staff, recipients and very happy parents! Parents are highly encouraged to attend with their students.
Junta for Progressive Action’s “Know Your Rights” / “Conozca sus Derechos” Workshop
Thursday, November 8, 5:30 pm | Fair Haven
No matter your immigration status – you have rights. This workshop will provide general information that may protect you and your family. All are welcome for this bilingual presentation.
Fall Open House at Wilson Library!
Tuesday, November 20, 3:30-5 pm | Wilson
Join City Librarian Martha Brogan as we welcome Luis Chavez-Brummell, the new Wilson Branch Manager! Come by to learn about our new Strategic Framework 2018-2023: Growing Together. One City. One Future. and share your ideas for the neighborhood library!
Ives Squared
Ives Squared (133 Elm Street) is a new space to inspire and contribute to the vibrant civic and innovative culture of the New Haven community. Ives Squared includes a maker space, a collaborative working space, and a café all designed for active learning, networking, and creative exploration. Learn more and register for workshops!
The Exchange offers an entrepreneurial and social space for collaboration and co-working around business, civic and community issues.
Women’s Business Development Council (WBDC)
DNA of an Entrepreneur
Monday, November 5, 6-8 pm
There are nearly 10 million women-owned businesses in the United States – a number that is only expected to continue to increase as more and more women respond to the call to run their own firms. Join the WBDC business start-up expert, Kenyetta Banks, as we take an interactive look into the DNA of an entrepreneur and the traits necessary to be successful running your own business. Register at: nhfpl.org/ives-squared .
Finances: Personal and Business Q&A
Wednesday, November 7, 12-3 pm
Depending on your position in life, saving for a home or starting a business, you probably had questions on how you can achieve these financial goals. Come and discover new ways of developing a personal and/or business budget. Meet with expert WBDC counselors Samantha Cross and Colleen Roney regarding your personal and/or business financial needs. Register at: nhfpl.org/ives-squared .
Instagram for Your Small Business
Tuesday, November 27 5:30-7:30 pm
Join an Instagram expert Linda Kavanagh of the WBDC to learn how to build your brand, perfect your message and generate referrals through Instagram. Topics will include tips and tricks for gaining followers, perfecting brand messaging, ideas for using pictures and video, and tips to utilizing the right hashtags. Register at: nhfpl.org/ives-squared .
Holberton School Information Session
Thursday, November 8, 6:30 pm
This information session is open to prospective students, parents, and anyone in the community who would like to learn more about the innovative Software Engineering program at Holberton School, launching at District (430 James Street) in January 2019! Come join us at NHFPL in the Exchange – the newly designed entrepreneurial and social space for collaboration and co-working in Ives Squared. The evening will include: information about the two-year Software Engineering program; Q&A with the Director of the New Haven campus; and the opportunity to start your application right on site. (Bring your laptop or borrow a PC at the library!). The application is free, and no prior experience is required to apply! Register
Entrepreneur-in-Residence: Will Geiger
PodExchange: Podcast and Networking Club
Love a good podcast about innovations and new ideas? Love networking? So do we! Join Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Will Geiger, and Business Outreach Librarian, Gina Bingham, for a chat about the podcast of the month and share your favorites. Drop-ins welcome!
PodExchange Bi-Partisan Political Podcast Challenge!
Thursday, November 1, 7 pm
How to participate? Listen to a podcast that views politics from a different perspective and discuss! Here is a short list of podcasts from individuals with viewpoints across the political spectrum and feel free to bring your own examples: NPR Politics Podcast, NPR 1A, WSJ Potomac Watch, Pod Save America, FiveThirtyEight Politics Podcast, The Ben Shapiro Show, NYT: The Daily, and Politico’s Nerdcast.
The Most Valuable Exercise I Do Every Month by Tim Ferriss
Wednesday, November 7, 6:30-7:30 pm
Tim Ferriss is an entrepreneur, public speaker and author of best-selling titles such as The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich ( Find it! ) and Tribe of Mentors: Short Life Advice from the Best in the World ( Find it! )
Build A Website for Your Business or Nonprofit
Wednesday, November 14, 6-7:30 pm
Need a website to help market your venture? Join Entrepreneur in Residence Will Geiger for a hands-on session getting started. No programming experience necessary. Basic email and computer skills are needed. Register at: nhfpl.org/ives-squared
Office Hours with Will Geiger
Tuesdays, 5-7 pm
Elmseed Office Hours | Ives
Saturdays, October 27, November 3 & 10, December 1
10 am-12 pm
In partnership with the New Haven Free Public Library, Elmseed offers regular weekly drop-in hours to address your business questions and concerns. Learn more.
Collab @ Ives Squared
Collab Courses
Thursday, November 8, 6-7:30 pm
What can every early-stage entrepreneur do with limited resources? Understand their customer or audience. This session will be about one of the greatest assets an early-stage entrepreneur can have: insight into the experiences of your customers or constituents. Come learn about customer discovery, a tool you can use to take action on your venture with limited money and time. Register by October 29 at: nhfpl.org/ives-squared .
Collab Office Hours | Ives
Thursdays, 3-5 pm
Fridays, 1:30-3:30 pm
Collab is a small business, nonprofit, and for-profit support program committed to serving Connecticut entrepreneurs. Get one-on-one advice about obtaining capital, mentorship, and other resources for entrepreneurs based in Connecticut. For more information about Collab, visit collabnewhaven.org .
The Tinker Lab provides the training and tools for experimentation and an introduction to the world of creating and making, an essential element of the 21st century learner.
The Tinker Lab is for customers 18 years or older; customers ages 13 -17 may only use the machines if supervised by a Tinker Lab trained adult caregiver.
Tinker Lab Open Hours
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 10 am-3 pm
Tuesday & Thursday, 2:30-7:30 pm
Saturday, 10 am-4:30 pm
Equipment Certification
(No classes November 19-23)
Vinyl Cutter
Mondays, 3-4:30 pm
Laser Cutter
Tuesdays, 12-2 pm
Thursday, November 29, 6-7:45 pm
3D Carving
Wednesdays, 3-4:30 pm
Thursday, November 8, 6-7:30 pm
3D Printer
Thursdays, 12-1:30 pm
Certificaciones en Español
Solo por cita.
Register online at nhfpl.org/ives-squared .
Creative Programs
Halloween VR
Wednesday, October 31, ALL DAY!
Drop-ins welcome! No registration required. Come to the library to experience the horror genre like never before with virtual reality. See if you are brave enough to keep the headset on the entire time through some truly terrifying experiences!
3D Printer Jewelry Making in 2-parts
Wednesday, November 7, 4-5:30 pm
Wednesday, November 14, 4-5:30 pm
The first week, use the 3D printer to design your jewelry element. Return the following week, to complete your final pieces! Register online at nhfpl.org/ives-squared
Introduction to Adobe Illustrator
Saturday, November 10, 2-3 pm
Register online at nhfpl.org/ives-squared
Introduction to Adobe Photoshop
Monday, November 19, 6-7 pm
Register online at nhfpl.org/ives-squared
Sewing Club
Last Tuesday of the Month, October 30, 6-7:30 pm
Drop-ins welcome! No registration required. Come join quilters and people who enjoy sewing at the Tinker Lab. Bring your unfinished projects, either machine or hand sewing to work on or just stop by to get ideas for you next project. There are 3 portable sewing machines (or bring your own) and there are also lots of tools to share including rotary blades, cutting mats, scissors, rulers, and more! Enjoy a fun evening of sharing and learning!
Film Screenings & Discussions
Film Screenings with Stand Up for Racial Justice (SURJ)
Monday October 29, 5:30 pm | Mitchell
Filmmaker Ava DuVernay explores the history of racial inequality in the United States, focusing on the fact that the nation’s prisons are disproportionately filled with African-Americans.
Friday Movie Matinees: Alfred Hitchcock!
Fridays in November, 2-4 pm | Ives
November 2
To Catch a Thief
November 9
November 16
The Birds
November 23
November 30
Glance at the World Through Film
Grisgris (Chad, France, 2013)
Saturday, November 17, 2 pm | Mitchell
Despite a paralyzed leg, Grigris, a young man dreams of being a dancer. But his dreams are shattered when his stepfather falls critically ill, and Grigris resolves to work for petrol traffickers in order to support his family. (In French and Arabic with English subtitles.) Join us for this film screening and discussion led by Debby Evans.
World Cinema Film Screening
Waltz with Bashir (Rated R)
Saturday, November 24, 1 pm | Fair Haven
Israeli filmmaker Ari Folman wrote, directed and stars in this autobiographical animated movie that was nominated for the 2008 Academy Award for Best Foreign Film. It depicts Folman in search of his lost memories of his experience as a soldier in the 1982 Lebanon War.
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 Connection
New Books!
Visit our catalog and add one of these to your reading list!
Transcription by Kate Atkinson
Hippie by Paulo Coelho
Red War by Vince Flynn
Clockmaker’s Daughter by Kate Morton
Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver
These Truths by Jill Lepore
The Library Book by Susan Orlean
Shell Game by Sara Paretsky
Melmoth by Sarah Perry
A Spark of Light by Jodi Picoult
NHFPL Galleries
Raptors & Rehabilitation:
Where Birds Meet People
November 17, 2018-January 11, 2019 | Ives
Opening Reception: Wednesday, November 28, 5:30-7 pm
Birds are hiding in plain sight in the cities, suburbs, and the natural places our paths take us. The photographs in this exhibit are of educational birds from A Place Called Hope (APCH), a non-profit raptor rehabilitation center in Killingworth, Connecticut.
Adae Fine Art Academy
Student Exhibition 2018
September 15-November 9, 2018
This exhibition showcases the artwork executed by Adae Fine Art Academy’s artists in the past year. Adae Fine Art Academy is a drawing and painting institution located in the historic Ninth Square district of downtown New Haven. They have been providing individualized instruction to the Greater New Haven area for the past 13 years. Learn more about Adae Fine Art Academy.
Spot Light
Works by Current Students at
The University of New Haven and
The Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts
Co-Curated by: Jacquelyn Gleisner & Melanie Carr
November | Mitchell
As part of City Wide Open Studios, Westville Weekend join us to celebrate the opening reception of the exhibition.
NHFPL Staff Spotlight
Meet NHFPL Staff Member: Bill Armstrong
Bill joined the New Haven Free Public Library in April 1997, and as a one who values reading, he is grateful to work at an institution with a mission of helping the community and making its diverse collections accessible. Bill previously worked for ten years at Inland Book Company, a book distributor based in East Haven known for distributing independent and university press publications. An enthusiastic traveler, Bill has seen a lot of the US over the years. He earned a BA in English with minor in creative writing and an MLS from Southern Connecticut State University.
What is your role at the New Haven Free Public Library?
As a Reference Librarian, I coordinate literacy services for adults, including English for speakers of other languages and the improvement of basic literacy skills. You will also frequently find me at the information desk helping library users. I oversee the nonfiction humanities books for NHFPL including subjects such as arts, literature, religion, and philosophy.
What do you enjoy most about working at NHFPL?
 I love helping New Haveners! We connect all library users to the resources they are looking for, and everyone is welcome.
What book are you currently reading or is on your nightstand waiting to be explored?
I’m reading Leo Tolstoy’s last long novel, Resurrection , a story set against a backdrop of Russian society at the end of the nineteenth century ( Find it! ). Otherwise, I become interested in specific topics and read all I can about them, whether it is essays, poetry, encyclopedias, or anything else – there’s always a big stack of books on my bedside table!
Citizenship Exam Prep Session
Saturdays, October 13 – December 15, 9:30-11 am
Gateway Community College | 20 Church St. Room N019
Led by Literacy Volunteers for Greater New Haven, the group will discuss United States history, geography, and government, then= practice for the U. S. Naturalization Interview. For more information and to register, e-mail KMcKenna@lvagnh.org or phone (203) 285-2621.
Tsai Center for Innovative Thinking at Yale (CITY):
Global Innovation Series
Women’s Rights in India
Tuesday, October 30, 11:45-12:45 pm
Yale School of Management, Beinecke Room (map)
As part of the Global Innovation Series, come to this panel event with Yale World Fellow ElsaMarie D’Silva, alongside Tanya Sharma and Shruthi Basavaraj, on how they’ve developed innovative ways to advance women’s rights and gender equality in India.
Innovations in Technology and Visualization for Human Rights
Wednesday, October 31, 5-7 pm
Yale Center for Collaborative Arts and Media, Leeds Studio (map)
As part of the Global Innovation Series, come to a panel with World Fellows Ralph François and ElsaMarie D’Silva as they discuss how they’ve used technology to advance climate justice, community economic development, and human rights; how they utilize visualization in creating equitable social change; and their perspectives on the future of innovation around the globe.
Orientation Session for the 2019 Neighborhood Leadership Program
Wednesday, November 7, 5:30-7 pm | Stetson
Monday, November 26, 5:30-7 pm | Mitchell
Sponsored by the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven
The Neighborhood Leadership Program is an eight month training and grant program that supports community leaders in imagining, developing, testing and realizing projects which build community and provide positive outcomes in New Haven, East Haven, West Haven and Hamden. REGISTER
Ongoing Classes
50+ and Seniors
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, November 7, 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.
Lifelong Learning
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, 6-8 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 orrmartorana@nhfpl.org; and at Wilson call 203.946.2228.
Build Your Creative and Technical Skills on Your Own Time with Lynda.com!
All levels 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!
Health and Wellness
Liberty Community Services @ Ives
Mondays, 11 am-2 pm*
Tuesdays, 12-4 pm*
Wednesdays, 11:30 am-2:30 pm*
Thursdays, 1-4 pm*
Fridays, 11:30 am-2:30 pm*
Saturdays, 11 am-2 pm*
Liberty Community Services ‘ mission is to end homelessness in Greater New Haven. Liberty provides social service office hours six days per week at the Ives Main Library. Liberty staff meet with those seeking information on housing, re-entry services, employment, benefits, accessing medical or mental health care or any other issue the patron may have. Now entering its 5 th year of partnership with NHFPL, Liberty assists more than 300 individuals annually from the library location.
*Please note the last appointment is taken 30 minutes before the session ends.
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.
Want more? Check out our Calendar !  Sign up for emails  here !

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