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Don't forget! Join us for the 100th Anniversary of the 
Dixwell and Newhallville Neighborhood Library!

Saturday, July 29,  12:30-3:30 pm 
Stetson Library

Find out more: Bit.ly/STETSON100
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.  Join the Director's EXCITE the Future for NHFPL mailing list  to participate in community conversations and focus groups starting with the Stetson Library service district on August 30 and 31.  
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 .
Featured August Events Featured
A Book in Your Beach Bag 2017:
Summer Reading for Grown Ups!
July 1-August 19 | Wilson

Weekly Prizes! For adults 18 and over. Read or listen to a book between July 1 and August 19, 2017. Turn in the completed entry form at the Wilson Library. Each entry must include name and telephone number. Only one weekly prize to a person. Grand prizewinner will be announced August 28.
Summer Scrabble
Tuesdays, August 1, 8 & 15, 2 pm

Cool off at the library! Bring a friend, join us for a game of Scrabble and ice cold lemonade in our air-conditioned library! We have plenty of Scrabble sets and other word games to challenge you!
Four Week Family Cooking Class with CitySeed
Wednesdays, August 2, 9, 16 & 23, 6-8 pm 

Learn about healthy meal planning on budget while we prepare and eat easy and delicious dishes that your family will enjoy! All participants will get $10 for the CitySeed Farmers Market. For information and to register, call (203) 773-3736 or email [email protected] .
Community Garden 
@ Fair Haven Library
August 3, 10,  17 & 24
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!
Author Talk and Book Signing!
Moving Beyond Your Today and Stepping into Your Tomorrow by Sharon Webb Jackson
Saturday, August 5, 3 | Mitchell

Local author Sharon Webb Jackson will read from her new book, Moving Beyond Your Today and Stepping into Your Tomorrow .
U.S. Passport Registration
Saturdays, July 29 & August 19, 10 am-2 pm | Mitchell

NHFPL and the United States Postal ServiceĀ® have teamed-up to offer you a convenient and time-saving opportunity.

Beecher Park Summer Concert Series
Mondays, 6:30 pm | Beecher Park @ Mitchell

July 31 |  Stacy Phillips & His Bluegrass Characters

August 7 | Mike Gennarini

August 14 | Thabisa

August 21 |  Survivors Swingband

The Beecher Park Summer Concert Series is an annual, live music series showcasing talented local artists. Bring a blanket or lawn chair, enjoy the food trucks and picnic with the whole family! Co-sponsored by Westville Village Renaissance Alliance. Learn more at www.westvillect.org.
Afternoon Book Club
Tell the Wolves I'm Home  
By Carol Rifka Brunt
Monday, August 14, 1 pm | Mitchell

Join fellow readers for a discussion of the book, Tell the Wolves I'm Home by Carol Rifka Brunt. Afternoon Book Club meets monthly - join anytime!
Youth Mental Health First Aid 2-Day Course
August 18 & 25, 1-5 pm | Ives

Youth Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour certification course that introduces participants to the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents, builds an understanding of the importance of early intervention, and teaches participants how to help and adolescent in crisis, experiencing a crisis, or suffering from substance abuse challenges. Register for one 2-day course HERE.
Entrepreneur Series Summer 2017
Wednesdays,  August & September, 5:30-8 pm | Ives
Presented by SCORE New Haven

August 23 | Business Planning: Dennis Brown

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 call (203) 946-7431.
AIDS Information Table and Testing
Thursday, August 24, 12-3 pm | Mitchell

AIDS Project New Haven is the oldest AIDS service organization in the State of  Connecticut that provides education, non-judgmental, comprehensive, and holistic services to individuals infected and affected by HIV/AIDS.
Urban Life Experience Book Discussion Series
Writing My Wrongs: Life, Death, and Redemption in an American Prison
By Shaka Senghor
Saturday, August 26, 12 pm | Wilson

Join the Urban Life Experience Book Discussion Series at Wilson Library for their next read.

Film Screenings & DiscussionsFilm
Friday Movie Matinees
Fridays in August, 2-4 pm | Ives

August 4 | WALL-E
August 11 | Dave
August 18 | Ghostbusters 
August 25 | Holes

"Who ya gonna call?" August is Sigourney Weaver month at the NHFPL!
Back to School Films & Discussion
Schools Out: Lessons from a Forest Kindergarten
Race to Nowhere: The Dark Side of America's Achievement Culture
Saturday, August 12, 1 pm | Mitchell

For parents, grandparents, teachers, students, and educators. How can the upcoming school year be different for our children? Join us to watch, think and reflect on these two award winning documentary films from the library's collection: Schools Out: Lessons from a Forest Kindergarten (2013, 36 minutes) and Race to Nowhere: The Dark Side of America's Achievement Culture (2010, 86 minutes).
Thursday, August 17, 5:30 pm | Fair Haven

PG-13. A five-year-old boy becomes separated from his family in India. He finds an adoptive home with an Australian couple. Though he grows up happy with them, he still thinks of the parents that he left behind. As an adult, he decides to undertake an epic quest in order to find his birth family.

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 Connection Collection
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
New York City's Oldest Restaurants, Bars & Bakeries: A Book on Living History by Ronald Porcelli
The Fix by David Baldacci
Dangerous Minds by Janet Evanovich
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
Golden Prey by John Sandford
Into the Beautiful North by Luis Alberto Urrea
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
The Whistler by John Grisham
Sunshine Sisters by Jane Green

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 Galleries Galleries
Nightfall  by Laura Levine.
Nature Calls for CALM
June 26-August 12

An art exhibition of 4 local artists who painted together in college in the 1970s, went their own way, and now at 60, have been painting together again for the last 4 years. Clay Fried, Abbie Rabinowitz, Laura Levine, and Mark Patnode are CALM.
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.
Ongoing Classes Ongoing
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, August 2, 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)
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 [email protected] 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!
Mondays-Fridays, 12-5 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 [email protected] ; 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 Community Community
New Haven Free Friday Flicks
Fridays, June 2-August 18, 8:30 pm

12 Weeks of Movies in 12 New Haven Parks and Fields! Bring a picnic! Movies begin with sundown at 8:30 pm. See the full schedule HERE .
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 Attractions Coming
Historic Homes Rehabilitation 
Tax Credit Workshop
Saturday, September 9, 10:30-12:30 pm | Ives

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  [email protected] or (203) 562-5919.
Want more?  Check out our Calendar
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