A collection of community programs and resources at NHFPL and beyond.
NHFPL Updates
We Are Open Online!

The Library's doors may be closed now, but librarians are working hard behind the scenes to make sure New Haveners have access to the information they need to stay safe, informed, and occupied -- even from afar.
Top 10 Ways to Use NHFPL from Home

  • Social distancing? Your electronic library card is your key to a world of online learning and entertainment for free! Questions? Need an e-library card? Call us and leave a message at (203) 946-8130 or email refdesk@nhfpl.org. For Young Minds and Family Learning call (203) 946-8129 or email youngminds@nhfpl.org.

  • Enjoy a family-friendly movie night. Tons of films are available for free download with your library card using Kanopy and Hoopla. All you need is the popcorn!

  • Start a daily art practice with Creativebug. Learn to sketch, draft a pattern for a new dress, embroider, knit, scrapbook, and so much more.

  • Seek help with job hunting. JobNow provides many valuable resources including job coaching, resume preparation and live interview practice.

  • Research an alternate career path or gain new skills. Take a free course on Lynda.com and learn to be an Excel expert, digital marketer, bookkeeper, graphic designer, screenwriter or comic illustrator. The offerings are endless!

  • Exercise! Hoopla contains workout videos, including yoga and aerobics, and dance lessons. Learn to fox trot, salsa or rumba!

Check Outs and Returns

  • All library materials currently checked out will be automatically renewed through June 30. If necessary, we will extend this date.
  • No holds are being fulfilled at this time.
  • We encourage you to keep all library materials you may have until the library reopens.
Tentative Room Reservations Available

While NHFPL is still closed, and all large events are cancelled, we will begin to tentatively receive room reservations again starting after May 15. If you need to schedule a room please visit our online meeting room reservation page. Please note this is tentative reservation and it does not a guarantee we will be reopened by the time of your reservation. Visit our website for any updates on closures and changes to library service.
The Great Give is May 5-6

The Great Give returns May 5-6, and you can schedule your gift online now. Plus, The NewAlliance Foundation has generously sponsored a $10,000 matching fund to support literacy organizations like the New Haven Free Public Library!

With your help, the New Haven Free Public Library will strengthen its role as an essential source of information and connection in our community at a time when we need it most.
NHFPL Adult Programs & Resources
Additional Borrows Available from Hoopla for a Limited Time!

The  Hoopla Bonus Borrows Collection  has more than 1,100 top titles and hoopla favorites for FREE. Each week, they will include different promotional assets from the more than 30 curated collections. Find new audio books, comics, e-books, movies, music, and TV to enjoy!
Borrow Books from the National Emergency Library!

The Internet Archive has created a National Emergency Library to serve individuals like you to continue to read and thrive during this time of crisis! It will run through June 30, 2020, or the end of the US national emergency, whichever is later. Borrow books from the National Emergency Library without joining a wait list.
Virtual Meditation
In Partnership with Elm Community Insight

Monday through Friday, 7:30-8:30 am
This time will include space allowed for discussion of meditation practice. Use this link to join at the time of the session.

Saturdays, 10:30 am-12 pm
These session will include a brief talk on improving skills, and an open discussion.
Use this link to join at the time of the session.
Join the Inklings All-Ages Writers Group Online
Tuesday, May 5, 6 pm
Tuesday, June 2, 6 pm

Missing the monthly  Inklings All-Ages Writers Group  at the Wilson Branch? Our monthly writing program featuring the  Arts Council  and  Long Wharf Theatre  has gone digital! Register in advance and attend via Zoom is May and June.
Enjoy Ives Squared Remotely
EIR Office Hours – Virtual Meetings
Tuesdays, 2-4 pm​
Thursdays, 4-6 pm​ 

Looking to build or grow your business? Make and appointment with our Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Samantha Williams, for one-on-one advice. Make an appointment .
Collab Virtual Office Hours – Virtual Meetings

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 .
UPDATE! Access Foundation Directory Online (FDO)

FDO is now available to access online! FDO is Foundation Center's research tool to help nonprofits find the grantmakers most likely to fund their projects. It provides information and funding history for 140,000+ foundations, corporations, and federal agencies.

Participate in Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce Webinars!

The Chamber is commerce is providing webinars on a wide range of topics relating to COVID-19 providing information related to resources and government support for your business or nonprofit. Check out the webinars page provided by  Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce  for recordings.
Free or Low Cost Adobe Alternatives

With Ives Squared being closed it means we can't offer access to much of our creative software, but never fear we came up with this helpful list of free or low cost alternatives you can use at home! Check them out

Build Your Creative and Technical Skills from Home with Lynda.com.
Now Available With Only Your Library Card!

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!

Create Projects from Experts on Creativebug

You can access over a thousand award-winning craft video classes taught by recognized design experts and artists. From drawing and illustration to jewelry making, knitting to home décor (and everything in between), patrons of all ages and skill levels will find inspiration. Log in with your library card
Young Minds & Teen Programs & Resources
Support Your Student's Distance Learning

Access free home learning resources such as homework help, classes and lessons, and much more on our website. Resources available for students K-12  here!
Watch Story Times from NHFPL Staff

Visit the NHFPL website where you can now find digital story times with new books being posted daily. All of the story times are done by our Young Minds staff from the comfort of their homes. Stay tuned to see what else they read!
Find a Good Book in Our Digital Collections

Visit the "Good Book" page on our website for a collection of digital databases that are specifically for children and teens! Find anything from picture books to young adult novels, animated children's books, and graphic novels.
Girls Who Code Now is Available from Home!

The   Girls Who Code   curriculum is now available online !
They are posting a range of educational activities with differing difficulties for anyone to access, and can be download free of charge . Every Monday, download a new Code From Home activity, hop on Zoom, and do it together.
Explore Children's Literature with KidLit TV

KidLit TV is a wonderful collection of children's authors and illustrators reading out loud, sharing book ideas and more! So much to explore and enjoy - features video story times, crafts, book trailers, educational resources for parents, and more. Let's go on an adventure (or two, or three)!
Staff Picks
Enjoy these staff recommendations for books, films, and tv shows from our digital databases: Overdrive, Kanopy, and Hoopla!
Choose from our ever-growing collection of downloadable audiobooks and ebooks with Overdrive! B orrow them anytime, anywhere and enjoy them across all your mobile devices.
Rachael's Recent Reads

The Holdout by Graham Moore ( Find it! )
When We Were Vikings by Andrew David MacDonald ( Find it! )
A Good Neighborhood by Therese Anne Fowler ( Find it! )
Oona Out of Order by Margarita Montimore ( Find it! )

Recommended by Rachael Sherwood
Stream a variety of feature films, documentaries and educational videos from Criterion Collection, First Run Features, PBS, Great Courses and more!
Hunt For the Wilderpeople

Before Jo Jo Rabbit, there was this underappreciated gem from versatile New Zealand director Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok, What We Do in the Shadows). No spoilers here, but expect the unexpected in this funny, heartwarming and unconventional tale of love and family. Great for tweens and up!

Reviewed by Samuel Register

Warren Beatty’s 1981 3+ hour epic mixes drama and interviews with social radicals of the period. REDS  tells the real-life story of the love affair between activists John Reed (Beatty) and Louise Bryant (Diane Keaton), set against the backdrop of the early labor movement, WWI and the Russian Revolution. Watch for the (sometimes overly) ambitious sprawl of it all Keaton's uncompromising early feminist fire, and Jack Nicholson’s shouldering turn as playwright Eugene O’Neill. How did this lose Best Picture to Chariots of Fire ?

Reviewed by Samuel Register
The Doors

Oliver Stone’s stunning 1991 profile of one of the most electrifying and original rock bands of the 60’s. Watch it for the fascinating evolution of a rag-tag assortment of young California hippies into a musical phenomenon; Val Kilmer’s out of nowhere, Oscar-winning, embodiment of the mysterious Jim Morrison- from introverted poet to the pinnacle of rock and sex-symbol superstardom; and Stone’s unflinching vision of 1960’s America. Turn it up LOUD!

Reviewed by Samuel Register
A unique digital entertainment / media service which allows you to borrow movies, videos, music and audiobooks straight from your browser, tablet, or smartphone! 
Doc Martin (seasons 1-9)

A blood-phobic, big city surgeon relocates to a small coastal town as their town doctor. This British comedy with memorable characters and beautiful scenery is the perfect antidote to quarantine.

Reviewed by Allison Botelho
Train to Busan

It may hit a little close to home during the current crisis, but if you’re up for some it-could-be-worse zombie horror, this is a great choice. A train’s passengers attempt to survive long enough to reach a safe zone in Busan. A good story, characters, and special effects, with endless action.

Reviewed by Allison Botelho
Community Programs & Resources
Virtual Author Talk on The Alchemy of Us  with Ainissa Ramirez
April 14, 12.30 pm

This title tells the tale of little-known inventors and how their inventions shaped the human experience. For instance, it shows how seemingly innocuous inventions (such as the telegraph, the light bulb, and the computer) changed language, our sleeping patterns, and even how we think. Register on Facebook or Eventbrite to attend.
Don't Let Them Count You Out!
Complete the 2020 Census Today

The 2020 Census is now available to fill out online  or by phone: 844-330-2020. En español o por teléfono: 844-468-2020.

Participation in the 2020 Census remains critically important for access to health care and other resources in New Haven. The U.S. Census counts the country’s population and households. It determines voting districts and the number of congressional seats, and guides the distribution of more than $675 billion in federal funding every year. New Haven receives around $3,000 per person counted to support vital civic and community programs!

Be heard and spread the word.
Workforce Alliance and American Job Center Employment Assistance

Workforce Alliance and American Job Center offices in New Haven, Meriden and Middletown are available virtually. Staff are responding to emails and voicemails and continues to serve job seekers and employers in South Central CT.

Check their online job offering events here . Their Business Services team is working with essential employers in South Central CT to help fill openings. See application and hiring information .

If you become unemployed due to the Coronavirus/COVID-19, file for Unemployment Benefits here.
New Haven Creative Sector Relief Fund

The Department of Cultural Affairs (formerly Arts, Culture & Tourism) in partnership with the Arts Council of Greater New Haven is pleased to announce the New Haven Creative Sector Emergency Relief Fund to support our business community with technical assistance, program grants.

The New Haven Creative Sector Relief Fund will distribute immediate financial assistance to individual creatives and arts institutions most impacted by the Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19). If you are interesting in applying or donating to the fund please click on the link below.

Creative Arts Workshop Moves Online

Follow the Creative Arts Workshop on Facebook to learn about their upcoming virtual studio classes and tours? They are offering some really wonderful sessions with local artists!
Fun for the Whole Family with the Shubert at Home

Looking for fun activities to engage the whole family? Kelly Wuzzardo and the  Shubert Theater  bring their Shubert Camp to you with online stories, backstage tours, and activities you can do at home. Listen for the NHFPL shout out during Pinkalicious Story Time!   Check out Shubert at Home !
Volunteer Through Help With COVID

Looking for ways to help and have special skills? Need a volunteer to help you during this time? Check out this new aggregate site for volunteer projects and requests for help around the city.
Extra SNAP Benefits in April

Authorized by the federal  Families First Coronavirus Response Act of 2020 , the extra food benefits will go to approximately 97,000 households not currently receiving the maximum benefits allowed for their household size. This means that all households enrolled in SNAP will receive the  maximum food benefit  allowable for their household size, even if they aren’t usually eligible for the maximum benefit.

For more information please visit their website .
COVID-19 Resources
Please visit these trusted sources for current information and updates.
City of New Haven COVID-19 Hub

Visit the City of New Haven COVID-19 website for the latest developments from City Hall, reliable local and global statistics, and guidance documents for community agencies on operations during this time .

On the website you will also find the New Haven School Meals Distribution Sites. Use their interactive map to see all meal distribution sites nearest to you and their open hours. Find locations near you here .
Yale New Haven Health Hotline

Yale New Haven Health has opened a call center for individuals
with questions about COVID-19. The number is 833-275-9644.
For more information, click here .
Sign up for State Alerts from the Governor

Governor Ned Lamont is calling for all Connecticut residents to sign up and get up-to-the-minute news on Coronavirus COVID-19 and other vital news for the state via your cell phone. Visit ctalert.gov .

Want more? Check out our Calendar Sign up for emails  here !