A monthly selection of upcoming events, classes and community collaborations at NHFPL and beyond.
News from NHFPL
Mark your calendar for Mardi Gras 2019!

Tuesday, March 5 at Mitchell Library!
Our annual Mardi Gras celebration returns to Mitchell Library for a second year. Join us for an evening full of delicious food and drink, live music and entertainment, and a Mardi Gras parade – all to support your public library. Buy tickets today!
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.
There are many worthwhile causes to support this time of year, but few local organizations reach as many New Haven residents or offer the breadth of programs, services and resources as the New Haven Free Public Library. With over 850,000 in-person and online visits last year, the library is one of the most – if not the most – active cultural institutions in the City. Your gift to the New Haven Free Public Library makes a difference!
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 at all locations for Presidents’ Day Weekend on Saturday, February 16 and Monday, February 18

For all our 2019 holiday hours, please refer to Holiday Closings.
Featured January & February Events
Connecticut Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) @ NHFPL
Beginning Monday, January 28
 
Ives Main Library
Mondays-Thursdays: 4-7:30 pm*
Fridays, 11 am-4:30 pm*
Saturdays, 10:30 am-2:30 pm*
 
Wilson Library
Tuesdays, 5-7:30 pm*
Saturdays, 1-4 pm*
You can have your taxes prepared for FREE at an IRS-certified Connecticut Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) site. VITA is the safe, simple way to file your taxes. Learn more.
 
*Please note the last appointment is taken 45 minutes before the session ends.
Democracy in Crisis: Conversations with New Haven Scholars

Join us for this year-long series in partnership with Yale University’s Public Humanities department.
The Presidency and the News Media:
New Challenges to Institutions and Legitimacy
Tuesday, January 29, 6 pm | Ives
Jennifer Hopper, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Southern Connecticut State University

America’s Peculiar Mix of Populism and Plutocracy —
and Why It’s Perilous
Tuesday, February 12, 6 pm | Ives
Jacob Hacker, Professor of Political Science, Yale University
Miller Mississippi & Rasheeda Speaking
A Conversation Led by New Haven’s IfeMichelle Gardin
Thursday, January 31, 4:30 pm | Wilson 
Join us to dive deeper in conversation about two shows running on stage in New Haven. Long Wharf Theatre's MILLER MISSISSIPPI by Boo Killebrew and Collective Consciousness Theatre's RASHEEDA SPEAKING by Joel Drake Johnson tackle race, class, and culture in the workplace--from domestic labor in Mississippi in the 1960s to office work in present day Chicago. The conversation will be moderated by New Haven's IfeMichelle Gardin who will be joined by Actresses Benja Thomas and Gracy Brown as well as staff from both productions. All are welcome. Join the Facebook Event!
 
MILLER MISSISSIPPI is presented with collaborating sponsor Yale New Haven Health
RASHEEDA SPEAKING is presented with support from United Illuminating's Light Up the Arts and the William Casper Graustein Memorial Fund. 
Show Me How: Learn about the New Haven Scholarship Fund
Saturday, February 2, 10:30 am | Mitchell 
For college bound high school students and parents. New Haven Scholarship Fund has awarded over $8.5 million in scholarships to more than 8,500 New Haven Public High School graduates with the academic potential and financial need to enroll in college. Register at (203) 946-8117.
U.S Census Job Fairs:
Now Hiring in New Haven County!
 
Fair Haven Library
Thursday, February 7 & 14, 2-4 pm
 
Ives Main Library
Monday, February 11 & 25, 10 am-12 pm
 
Mitchell Library
Monday, February 4 & 11, 2-4 pm
 
Stetson Library
Tuesday, February 5 & 26, 10 am-12 pm
 
Wilson Library
Wednesday, February 6 & 13, 10 am-12 pm

Learn about job openings with the U.S. Census Bureau. Register for an information session at any library branch. Flexible hours, office jobs or work from home, earn $17-23 per hour. Experience with technology, computers, smartphones needed. Bi-lingual candidates in all languages needed. Paid training, no previous experience required. 
Grow with Google at the New Haven Free Public Library
Wednesday, February 13, 9 am-4:30 pm | Ives
Whether you’re a business owner, looking for your next job, or just want to learn a new skill, you’re invited to join us for free workshops and coaching. Workshops include: Digital Skills for Your Community; Get Found on Google Search and Maps; Reach Customers Online with Google; Get Started with Email, Spreadsheets and Presentations and 1:1 Coaching with a Googler throughout the day! 

Urban Life Experience Book Discussion Series

Black History Month Book Discussion
Saturday, February 23, 12 pm | Wilson

Join the discussion of this selection with Wilson Branch Library’s book club led by Librarian Marian Huggins. For the February book discussion, the focus will be on Ida B. Wells-Barnett, biographies and her own writing.  
Yale Science in the News @ NHFPL!

The Complexities of Cancer: Utilizing Our Differences to Personalize Treatment
Monday, February 25, 6:30 pm | Mitchell
Speakers include Anjali Ramaswamy, Molly Bucklin, and Tormod Rogne.
Fair Haven Book Club

American Wolf: A True Story of Survival and Obsession in the West by Nate Blakeslee
Monday, February 11, 2 pm | Fair Haven

Join the Book Club for an informal discussion of Lisa Wingate’s best-selling historical novel Before We Were Yours . The story, based on the real-life scandal of Georgia Tann, director of a Memphis-based adoption organization, kidnapped and sold poor children to wealthy families all over the country. Copies available to borrow!
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 on business, civic and community issues.
Business Credit and Literacy Initiative (BCLI)  
Friday, February 15, 10 am-3:30 pm

Join the Greater New Haven Business and Professional Association Inc. for a one-day workshop on a new SBA funding program to help small businesses. This program will provide information on how to become business credit worthy. The Business Credit Literacy Initiative (BCLI) is a non-profit organization dedicated to assisting minority-women, and veteran-owned businesses qualify for and access business credit and SBA loans. The BCLI will assist small businesses in meeting the underwriting criteria. Register at (203) 562-2193 or info.gnhbpa@gmail.com .
Celebrate National Entrepreneurship Week, February 17-23
Join us in celebrating National Entrepreneurship Week with a webinar viewing session and follow-up discussion in the Exchange each day:
 
Libraries & Incubators
Tuesday, February 19, 2-3:30 pm

Entrepreneurship for Everyone
Wednesday, February 20, 2-3:30 pm
Rural Towns and Urban Cities
Thursday, February 21, 2-3:30 pm

Federal Support for Entrepreneurship
Friday, February 2 2, 2-3:30 pm
 
National Entrepreneurship Week is a congressionally-chartered initiative founded in 2006. For more information about its formation and partnerships, go to https://www.natleshipweek.org/ .
Collab at NHFPL!

Level Up!
February 21, 6-7:30 pm | Ives

Working on an idea for a business or organization and ready to take it to the next level? Curious about fundraising and how to make progress as a new venture? Hear from 3 ventures who have been where you are — very recently. Learn from ventures only a few steps ahead of you about: getting funding, building a venture while working, how to make the most progress towards your goals and creating a compelling theory of change. Entrepreneur panel includes: Keerome Paulie Lawrence, Founder of Extra Yard; Hojung Kim, Co-Founder and CEO of Homecooked; and Lori Martin, Founder of Haven's Harvest. Register
Collab Spring Cohort Info Session
Wednesday, February 27, 6-8 pm

The Collab Accelerator is a 10-week program for entrepreneurs and leaders who want to create positive change in their communities by building unique organizations and businesses. Register .
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. Register for an appointment.
Elmseed Office Hours
Saturdays, 10 am-12 pm

Address your business questions and concerns with dedicated Yale student volunteers. Learn more.
Entrepreneur-in-Residence: Rick Callahan
 
Office Hours
Tuesdays, 12-2 pm
Wednesdays, 6-8 pm
 
Pitch Your Biz!
Friday, February 1, 12:30-1:30 pm
Thursday, February 14, 6-7:30 pm
Have a new business or idea that you want to get insightful feedback on? Come join our Entrepreneur in Residence, pitch your biz, and meet other entrepreneurs and business owners. Register at http://nhfpl.org/ives-squared/
 
Business Networking @ Ives Squared
Friday, February 8, 12:30-1:30 pm
 
Lunch and Learn Workshop - What is Branding?
Friday, February 22, 12:30-1:30 pm
Come learn the difference between traditional and brand marketing from the CEO & founder of Krative, Rick Callahan – NHFPL Entrepreneur-in-Residence. Register at http://nhfpl.org/ives-squared/
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, 2:30-7:30 pm
Thursday, 2:30-5:30 pm
Saturday, 10 am-4:30 pm
 
Equipment Certification

Vinyl Cutter
Wednesday, February 6, 3-4:30 pm

3D Printer
Thursday, February 7, 16, 6-7:30 pm

Laser Cutter
Wednesday, February 20, 3-5 pm
 
3D Carving Machine
Thursday, February 21, 6-7:30 pm

Certificaciones en Español
Solo por cita.

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

Introduction to Adobe Photoshop  
Monday, February 11, 6-7 pm

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

Tote bags with Vinyl Cutter and Cricut
Wednesday, February 23, 6-7:30 pm

Register online at nhfpl.org/ives-squared.

Sewing Club
Last Thursday of the month, February 28, 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!
Creatives-in-Residence: Jacquelyn Gleisner and Ryan Paxton
 
Office Hours
Mondays, 6-8 pm
Saturdays, 12-2 pm
 
Women and Non-Binary Night
Wednesday, February 6, 6-7:30 pm   
This program is open to all women and non-binary people to become acquainted with the range of machines inside Ives Squared. CIRs Ryan and Jackie will show participants the basic instructions for the machines in the library and offer examples for how these tools can be used.
 
Bespoke Valentines
Wednesday, February 13, 6-7:30 pm
Participants will use the laser cutter to create their own valentines working with a collection of historical examples such as doilies. This program is designed to be hands-on and participants should come with a willingness to create.
 
Around the House
Wednesday, February 20, 6-7:30 pm
How can the tools at Ives Squared be used to help homeowners tackle their projects? In this ongoing series, CIRs Ryan and Jackie show how to create handmade stencils for innovative wall decorations.
 
Idea, Prototype, Production
Wednesday, February 27, 6-7:30 pm
CIRs Ryan and Jackie walk through the process of turning an idea into a realized product by using and refining design prototypes. This program will provide an in-depth view into how this process was used with the goal of encouraging participants to follow up with the CIRs about their own inquiries. 
Teen Tinker Lab Programming

Virtual Reality
Tuesday, February 19, 3:30-5 pm 

Virtual Reality and "Breaker Space"
Tuesday, February 26, 3:30-5 pm 
Film Screenings & Discussions
Friday Movie Matinees:
In Honor of Black History Month!
Fridays in February, 2-4 pm | Ives

I Am Bolt
February 1

Queen of Katwe
February 8

Southside with You 
February 15

Daughter of the Dust
February 22
Black History Month Films

More Than A Month
Saturday, February 2, 2 pm | Wilson
The film features a young African American man traveling across the country advocating the end of Black History Month because Black History should be integrated into American History.


Black American Experice
Ida B. Wells: Crusader for Human Rights
Saturday, February 23, 2 pm | Wilson
A community organizer and grass roots leader who was a precursor of the modern Civil Rights movement.
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 February! 
Visit our catalog and add one of these to your reading list!

The Only Woman in the Room by Marie Benedict
Weight of a Piano by Chris Cander
The Last Romantics: A Novel by Tara Conklin
The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls by Anissa Gray
Lost Man by Jane Harper
Black Leopard Red Wolf by Marlon James
Lost Girls of Paris by Pam Jenoff
Lost Children's Archive by Valeria Luiselli
Bowlaway by Elizabeth McCracken
Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
The Huntress by Kate Quinn
More than Words by Jill Santopolo
Don't want to Brave the Cold and Snow?
So Many Ways to Enjoy NHFPL with Access from Anywhere!
No matter what you're in the mood for, we offer  digital content  that will brighten your holidays. Read books and magazines, listen to music, or watch TV and movies. All just a download away. 
 
Reliable, Up-to-Date Health Information
Whether you are just beginning to research a condition or wellness topic, need access to professional journal articles, or need to find help for your specific issue in New Haven, you're covered by these sites:
 
  • MedlinePlus: information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues in language you can understand
  • PubMed: over 29 million citations for biomedical literature from Medline, life science journals, and online books
  • Info211: your one-stop connection to the local services you need
NHFPL Galleries
Art from Code
Works by Dan Gries

January 19 – March 15, 2019 | Ives

Opening Reception: Wednesday, January 30, 5:30-7 pm
The images in Art from Code are archival inkjet prints of digital images created from computer code (known as “generative art”) written by Dan Gries. The pieces selected show a range from his portfolio, and are   connected by the common theme of aesthetic imperfection and irregularity.
Marcella Staudenmaier:
Cut Paper Collages

February 3 – April 13 | Mitchell

Opening Reception:
Monday, February 11, 6 pm
Award-winning New Haven visual artist Marcela Staudenmaier works in a variety of media. Her create cut paper collages, on view at Mitchell, allow her to combine her architectural background and illustrator skills in a single medium, evoking a sense of wonder and playfulness in their imagery. She earned her Diploma in Architecture from the National University of Tucuman, Argentina, and her Certificate in Children’s Book Illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design CE. Learn more about Marcela Staudenmaier .
NHFPL Staff Spotlight
Meet NHFPL Staff Member: David Simon

David Simon earned a BA in Economics with a minor in Theatre at SUNY Albany. His first career was as an urban planner. Then, he decided to change careers. He received his MLS at SUNY Buffalo and joined the Technical Services Department of New Haven Free Public Library in 1991.  
 
What is your role at the New Haven Free Public Library?
In Technical Services, I catalog all manner of print, visual, audio and digital resources. As the lead for the Periodicals Committee, I participate in selecting magazines, newspapers and journals for this collection. When I am working on the Information Desk, I am able to converse with and help our users in English, Spanish and French!
 
What do you enjoy most about working at NHFPL?
I enjoy bringing order out of chaos.
 
What book are you currently reading or is on your nightstand waiting to be explored?
I’ve heard that The Fifth Risk: Undoing Democracy ( Find it! ) by Michael Lewis has some astounding revelations. I can’t wait to read it.
Community Events
Census 2020 | Community Planning Meeting for a Complete Count
Tuesday, January 29, 4-7 pm | 200 Orange Street, Room G-2

Join the Community Planning Meeting to learn about the 2020 Census and local census job opportunities; participate in a facilitated workshop to generate ideas about how to reach hard-to-count groups in census outreach; and sign up to participate in the Complete Count Committee and subcommittees. RSVP
Mayor Toni Harp | State of the City 2019
Monday, February 4, 7 pm
Board of Alders Chamber, 165 Church Street, 2 nd floor

Join Mayor Toni Harp for the annual State of the City address.
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, February 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.
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, 3 pm | Mitchell (Starting February 11)
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!
Technology
Weekly Computer Classes
Schedule:
Mondays, 5-6:30 pm | Ives
Tuesdays, 5-6 pm | Wilson (Classes in Spanish!)
Wednesdays, 10:30 am-12 pm | Ives
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. 

NHFPL has partnered with Comcast to promote digital learning and affordable internet access. Find NHFPL’s computer classes listed on Internet Essentials website along with information about internet basics, internet safety, affordable internet access and resources to help build skills and provide a foundation for use of the internet to meet the needs of daily life. Attend a class at NHFPL to learn more! 
 
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 @ NHFPL
Ives Main Library:
  • 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*

Wilson Library
  • Tuesdays, 5-7 pm*
  • Saturday, February 2, 10 am-1 pm*


Fair Haven Library
  • Thursdays, 5-7 pm*
  • Saturday, February 2, 10 am-1 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 has assisted more than 300 individuals annually from Ives Main Library.  
 
*Please note the last appointment is taken 30 minutes before the session ends.
Meditation
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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