A monthly selection of upcoming events, classes and community collaborations at NHFPL and beyond.
News from NHFPL
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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) of 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.
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.
Library Closings
The New Haven Free Public Library will close for Christmas on Saturday, December 22 and Tuesday, December 25, and for New Year’s on Saturday, December 29, 2018 and Tuesday, January 1, 2019 .  
For all our 2018 holiday hours, please refer to Holiday Closings.
Featured November & December Events
New Haven Holiday Tree Lighting
Thursday, November 29, 4-8 pm
New Haven Green
Join the City of New Haven as we celebrate the holidays with the lighting of our tree. Complete with rides, petting zoo, the NHFPL Readmobile, touch a truck, crafts and visits with Santa. Toys for Tots will be on hand to collect donations to make sure everyone has a terrific holiday season! Learn more.
Urban Life Experience Book Discussion Series
An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
Saturday, December 1, 12 pm | Wilson
Join the discussion of this selection with Wilson Branch Library’s book club led by Librarian Marian Huggins. The book’s main character, Celestial, is an artist on the cusp of critical and commercial success at the same time that her husband is wrongly convicted and sentenced to 12 years in the Louisiana State Penitentiary. 
Sickness, Health, and You with Professor Carolyn Roberts & Students
Tuesday, December 4, 6:30-7:30 pm | Wilson
Carolyn Roberts is a historian of medicine with a joint appointment in the departments of History/History of Science and Medicine and African American Studies at Yale University. This is the first of the upcoming Sickness, Health and You program series in 2019 where Professor Roberts and her students will share how history and health are interconnected.
Winter Tales and Holiday Crafts
Saturday, December 8, 2 pm | Mitchell 
Begin with Make a holiday craft to wear to the Westville Tree Lighting at 6 pm and stay for the 3 pm Storytelling for all ages! Nationally acclaimed storytellers Eshu and Mokoto celebrate diversity through world folktales, original narratives, and music, entertaining audiences of all ages. Sponsored by ArtEcon Initiative, the New Alliance Foundation, and the Westville Village Renaissance Alliance.  
Afternoon Book Club
Less by Andrew Sean Greer
Monday, December 10, 1 pm | Mitchell
Read and join us for a book discussion of Less by Andrew Sean Greer.
Fair Haven Book Club
Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan
Monday, December 10, 2 pm | Fair Haven  
Join the book club for an informal discussion of Manhattan Beach , Jennifer Egan’s best-selling novel about Anna Kerrigan trying to piece together the disappearance of her father and the mysterious man who may hold the key to discovery. Copies available to check out! 
Long Wharf Theatre Reading of August Wilson’s Radio Golf
Wednesday, December 19, 5-8 pm | Stetson  
Join us for a free reading of August Wilson’s Radio Golf , presented by Long Wharf Theatre. The tenth and final play in August Wilson’s American Century Cycle, Radio Golf follows a black man named Harmond Wilks on his quest to revive his childhood neighborhood and become the first black mayor of Pittsburgh.
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.

Elmseed Entrepreneurship Development Course
Saturday, December 1, 12-3pm Ives Main Library (Part 1)
Sunday, December 2, 12-3pm Tsai City Center (Part 2)
Apply to participate in Elmseed’s Entrepreneurship Development Course covering developing business pitches, market analysis, value proposition, framing your business ideas, product development and more. Applicants just need to have a business idea and commit to both sessions. Anyone is welcome! To apply, email vishal.patel@elmseed.org .
  Elmseed Office Hours | Ives
Saturday, December 1, 10 am-12 pm
( No office hours from December 7 through holidays)
Address your business questions and concerns with dedicated Yale student volunteers. Learn more.
Community Economic Development Fund

Small Business Financial Fundamentals
Monday, December 3, 5:30-7:30 pm (part 1)
Wednesday, December 5, 5:30-7:30 pm (part 2)
Join the Community Economic Development Fund (CEDF) for this two-part introduction to financial fundamentals and learn the groundwork for understanding business bookkeeping. Registration required
Your Best QuickBooks Bookkeeping Software Options
Thursday, December 6, 5:30-7:30 pm
Join Janice Barsalou from the Community Economic Development Fund (CEDF) for an overview of best practice bookkeeping approaches, the advantages of using software, and the QuickBooks options. Registration required
Women’s Business Development Council (WBDC) 

WBDC Business Counseling Day
Tuesday, December 4, 10am-3pm
Meet one-on-one with a Women’s Business Development Council counselor to determine which WBDC programs and services can help you achieve your business, personal finance, and professional development goals. Appointments are required. Once you register, Kenyetta Banks of the WBDC will contact you directly to arrange and appointment. Register
WBDC Business Strategy Workshop
Tuesday, December 11, 5-7:30pm
Meet three professionals on designing, running, and managing a business through strategy while being innovative! Join WBDC’s Carol Cheswick and Janet Siegenthaler and special guest instructor, Christina Lapierre, MBA Graduate Manager of the Barney School of Business from the University of Hartford. This panel will share strategies for a successful business model and understanding your customers. Register
PodExchange: Podcast and Networking Club
How I Built This Exploration
Wednesday, December 12, 6:30-7:30 pm
Love a good podcast about innovations and new ideas? Love networking? So do we! Join inaugural Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Will Geiger, and Manager of Ives Squared, Business Outreach, and Social Media, Gina Bingham, for a chat about the podcast of the month and share your favorites. Drop-ins welcome! For December, we’re looking at one of our favorites: NPR’s How I Built This with Guy Raz. Listen to your favorite episode and share your thoughts.  Listen to this month’s podcast
Introduction to Foundation Directory Online and
Foundation Center Resources
Friday, December 14, 1-2:30 pm
Learn how to use this powerful resource to find funders who are interested in supporting your organization's mission. Discover how to find out funder priorities, grant application tips, about previously awarded grants and more. Features of the updated GrantSpace.org, which provides self-service tools and resources to help nonprofits, will be included. Register
Community Conversation Jar
Saturday, December 15, 11 am-12 pm
Join us for a conversation on current civic and cultural topics in the Ives Squared Exchange. Drop-ins welcome!
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 certifications December 24-28)

Vinyl Cutter
Mondays, 3-4:30 pm
Laser Cutter
Tuesdays, 12-2 pm
3D Carving Machine
Wednesdays, 3-4:30 pm
3D Printer
Thursdays, 12-1:30 pm

Night Classes
3D Printer: Thursday, December 13, 6-7:30 pm
Vinyl Cutter: Thursday, December 20 6–7:30 pm

Certificaciones en Español
Solo por cita.

Register online at nhfpl.org/ives-squared .
Introduction to Apple Computers
Monday, December 10 from 5-6 pm

Register online at nhfpl.org/ives-squared.
Creative Programs

Holiday Gifts with the Carvey
Wednesday, December 12, 12-2 pm

Holiday Cards with Laser Cutter
Wednesday, December 19, 12-1:30 pm

Register online at nhfpl.org/ives-squared.
Graphic Design

Introduction to Adobe Illustrator 
Mondays , December 3, 10, & 17 , 12-1 pm

Introduction to Adobe Photoshop  
Monday, December 17, 6-7 pm

Register online at nhfpl.org/ives-squared.
Teen Tinker Lab Programming

Introduction to Adobe Illustrator
Thursday December 6, 6-7 pm

String Light Lamp Shades with 3D Pens
Tuesday, December 11, 5:30-7 pm

Holiday Gifts with the Carvey
Tuesday, December 18, 5:30-7 pm
Film Screenings & Discussions
Friday Mov ie Matinees:
Frankenstein’s 200th Anniversary & Holidays !
Fridays in December, 2-4 pm | Ives

December 7
The Nightmare Before Christmas
December 14
White Christmas
December 21
The Apartment
December 28
World Cinema Film Screening
Joyeux Noel (Rated PG-13)
Saturday, December 8, 1 pm | Fair Haven
During Christmas time in 1914, the warring parties of the western front in the First World War observed an unofficial truce. This 2005 fictionalized account of the truce seen through the eyes of French, German, and Scottish soldiers was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Free popcorn!
Glance at the World Through Film
Timbuktu (2014) Mali, West Africa
Saturday, December 15, 2 pm | Mitchell
Islamic militants occupy the ancient Malian city of Timbuktu, imposing a regime of terror. Not far from there, cattle herder Kidane lives peacefully in the dunes with his family. (In French & Arabic with English subtitles.)
Film Screenings with Stand Up for Racial Justice (SURJ)
Mountains That Take Wing-Angela Davis & Yuri Kochiyama: A Conversation on Life, Struggles & Liberation
Monday December 17, 5:30 pm | Mitchell
"Internationally renowned scholar, professor and writer Angela Davis, and 89-year-old grassroots organizer and Nobel Peace Prize nominee Yuri Kochiyama share intimate conversations about personal histories and influences that shaped them and their shared experiences in some of the most important social movements in 20th century United States."
-- Container.
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 for December! 
Visit our catalog and add one of these to your reading list!

Night of Miracles by Elizabeth Berg
My Sister the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite
A Well Behaved Woman by Therese Anne Fowler
The End of the End of the Earth by Jonathan Franzen
The Adults by Caroline Hulse
Robert P. Parker's Blood Feud by Mike Lupica
Hazards of Time Travel by Joyce Carol Oates
Kingdom of the Blind by Louise Penny
Museum of Modern Love by Heather Rose
Come with Me by Helen Schulman
Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield
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.
NHFPL Staff Spotlight
Meet NHFPL Staff Member: Dean Celotto
Originally from West Haven, Dean is now a proud resident of New Haven. Dean has had a passion for technology and the internet ever since he got his hands on a networked computer. He is also an avid hiker, enjoying the great outdoors. Dean makes a point to visit local and state parks whenever he travels. When not on the computer or outside, Dean plays guitar, makes music with close friends and studies music. Dean graduated from the University of New Haven with a BA in Liberal Studies and joined NHFPL in January 2018.
What is your role at the New Haven Free Public Library?
I am a Library Technical Assistant focusing on computers and technology across all NHFPL locations. A few times a week, you can also find me in Ives Squared assisting the public.
What do you enjoy most about working at NHFPL?
I enjoy updating, maintaining, and improving our libraries' technology resources to best meet the needs of our community.
What book are you currently reading or is on your nightstand waiting to be explored?
More than one! Right now it is Empires and Colonies in the Modern World: A Global Perspective by Heather Streets and Trevor R. Getz and the comic series Old Man Logan with multiple writers, vol. 1 by Mark Millar; vol. 2 by Brian Michael Bendis, and vol. 3 by Jeff Lemire ( Find it! ).
Coming Attractions
Author Talk & Book Signing
Connecticut Architecture: Stories of 100 Places
Thursday, January 17, 5:15 pm | Ives

Author Christopher Wigren will highlight some of the 100 Connecticut places featured in his book, Connecticut Architecture: Stories of 100 Places , and the people who built or inhabited them. Reception starts at 5:15 pm followed by talk and book signing at 6 pm.
Democracy in Crisis: Conversations with New Haven Scholars

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.
The Presidency and the News Media:
New Challenges to Institutions and Legitimacy
Jennifer Hopper, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Southern Connecticut State University
Tuesday, January 29, 6 pm | Ives
Tsai Center for Innovative Thinking at Yale (CITY):
Global Innovation Series

Learning from Innovative African Leaders
Tuesday, December 4, 5-6:30 pm | Afro-American Cultural Center (211 Park Street)     
in partnership with the Afro-American Cultural Center, Yale’s Maurice R. Greenberg World Fellows Program and Tsai CITY’s Knowledge Equity Initiative           
This panel celebrates courageous African leaders and innovators of today who are creating positive change in government, law, social justice, and creative activism. Join us for a panel with two Yale World Fellows—Fauziya Ali, founder and President of Women in International Security-Horn of Africa (WIIS-HoA); Ibou Niang, Head of the Open Society Initiative for West Africa Guinea office; and Michael Kalisa, lawyer, transitional justice expert and Legal Specialist with the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative in the Central African Republic. REGISTER
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.
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, December 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 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 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.

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