A monthly selection of upcoming events, classes and community collaborations at NHFPL and beyond.
News from NHFPL
Library Closings
For the Memorial Day weekend, the New Haven Free Public Library will close:
  • Saturday, May 26 through Monday, May 28

For Independence Day, the New Haven Free Public Library will close:
  • Wednesday, July 4
For all our 2018 holiday hours, please refer to Holiday Closings.
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.
Ives Squared Will Open in mid-June!
Ives Squared 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. Follow us on Facebook , Twitter and Instagram for photos and updates!
Check out the café ...
and the new tile floors!
Thank you for your Support of The Great Give!
Thank you to everyone who supported NHFPL during The Great Give, helping us raise over $10,000 in 36 hours ! If you missed the chance to make a gift, it’s not too late: you can still donate online to support NHFPL ! Your donation enhances the city’s contribution to our operations by providing the books and materials, community programs and services, and resources for special projects and innovative ideas that make the library a vital and vibrant place.
Featured May & June Events
International Festival of Arts & Ideas Neighborhood Festivals!
Lively one-day neighborhood Festivals usher in the International Festival of Arts & Ideas in downtown New Haven. Community Steering Committees, local arts and business partners, and Festival staff and volunteers host local talent, family activities, and vendors in New Haven’s historic and culturally rich neighborhoods. Learn more, visit artidea.org/neighborhood.
Fair Haven Neighborhood Festival | Celebrating Family
Saturday, May 26, 12 pm
Criscuolo Park | Chapel and James Streets
Celebrate with us for the 6th year. This year we will celebrate family in all of its forms. Enjoy free food, local live music, bike activities, tours and more.

Dixwell Neighborhood Festival
NEW DATE! Saturday, June 9, 4 pm | New Haven Green
The International Festival of Arts & Ideas is collaborating with New Haven Bike Month, Cornell Scott Hill Health Center, and the New Haven Free Public Library to celebrate the rich culture and history of the Dixwell neighborhood. Featuring free hamburgers and hot dogs, a drill team exhibition, live local entertainment, activities for children and adults, bike activities and more!
NHDocs | The New Haven Documentary Film Festival
May 31-June 10, 2018

Whitney Humanities Center at Yale
New Haven Free Public Library Café Nine
Admission is free. Full schedule of captivating array of new films available at ww.NHdocs.com .
Ladybug Release Party
Monday, June 4, 6 pm | Mitchell
Join us for this unique and exciting family event as we celebrate summer and release live ladybugs into our garden. All ages are invited for a night of fun and learning! Hands-on experiments with Jane Copes from Science Outside the Box; learn about native New England butterflies and plants; and explore Maya’s Magic Garden art exhibit by John Kabala. Rain or shine!

Co-sponsored by Blockwatch 303, the ArtEcon Initiative, West Hills-Westville Management Team and the Westville Village Renaissance Alliance.
2018 Big Read New Haven
The New Haven Free Public Library is partnering with the International Festival of Arts & Ideas and others for the 2018 Big Read selection Claudia Rankine’s Citizen: An American Lyric, with related free events offered throughout Greater New Haven. Visit artidea.org/bigread for a full calendar of events.
Urban Life Experience Book Discussion Series
Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine and
Long Way Down by Jayson Reynold
Saturday, June 2, 12 pm | Wilson
Join the discussion of these two books of prose poetry with Wilson Branch Library’s book club led by Librarian Marian Huggins.
Film and Discussion: Whose Streets?
Monday, June 4, 5:30-8 pm | Ives
An account of the Ferguson uprising as told by the people who lived it. The filmmakers look at how the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown inspired a community to fight back and sparked a global movement. Discussion with Festival Fellows to follow.
Health Disparities & Race Panel Discussion
Wednesday, June 6th | 6-8 pm | Stetson
Professionals from New Haven’s health clinics and academia including Cornell Scott Health Center, Fair Haven Health Care, Southern Connecticut State University and Yale University will discuss the issues surrounding health equity based on inspiration from the book Citizen by Claudia Rankine.
Citywide Youth Coalition and International Festival of Arts & Ideas:
Exploring Citizenship - Arts as A Gate Opener: A Town Hall
Thursday, June 7, 5:30-7:30 pm | Ives
Last June, our Festival Fellows joined Citywide Youth Coalition to host a standing-room-only Town Hall meeting on gun violence. Join them this year as they explore the themes of Citizen , opening up a public discussion about the continuing epidemic of racial inequity in America.
Big Read Community Conversations with Youth About Race
Wednesday, June 13, 4-5 pm | Stetson
Join Mr. Phill and Gent Daniels from Our Community Counseling for a community conversation with youth about race. Recommended for teens ages 12+.
Citywide Youth Coalition Dinner & Dialogue Series
Healing from the Trauma of Racism
June 21, 5:30-7:30 pm | Ives
Learning and experiencing healing practices. 
Community Garden
Thursdays, June 7, 14, 21 & 28, 4 pm | Fair Haven
Come help us care for our community garden supported by the New Haven Land Trust! Whatever your age or ability we can use your help planting, watering, harvesting, and weeding. Thanks to you our garden will be even bigger this year—including fruit trees!
Author Talk & Book Discussion:
New Haven and Northampton Canal Greenway: Bike and Rail Trails Following the Historic Canal
By Robert Madison
Monday, June 11, 6-7 pm | Ives
Robert Madison will discuss his rails-to-tra ils book ( Find it! ) so o thers who enjoy the outdoors can learn a little about the old canal and its history. There will be books for sale and a book signing following the discussion. All funds from the book and donations go to the Southwick Historical Society, Inc. to purchase historic plaques to be placed along the path of the canal.
Viewing: 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia
June 14-July 15 | Fair Haven 
Fair Haven Library will air as many matches of the 21 st World Cup as the schedule allows. Light refreshments will be provided. Bring your friends and passion for the “Beautiful Game.” If your favorite team is playing, drop by or give us a call to check on our schedule at (203) 946 8115.
Vegan Cooking Workshop: What's On Your Plate?
From Good Dirt Comes Good Food
Saturday, June 16, 2 pm | Mitchell 
Vegan cooking workshop and discussion on plant based nutrition, reversing and preventing diseases. Presented by Westville resident, Clara Tolbert, who recently acquired certification on Whole Food Plant-Based Nutrition from the T Colin Campbell's Center for Nutrition Studies. To register, please call (203) 946-8117.
The Probate Court and You with Probate Court Judge Clifton Graves, Jr. 
Monday, June 18, 6 pm | Mitchell
Join Probate Court Judge Clifton Graves, Jr. to discuss the basic role and responsibilities of the Probate Court, as well as the court services and expectations.
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SCSU’s Buley Library Presents Makerspace @ Stetson!
Thursday, June 21, 4-5 pm | Stetson
Unleash your inner engineer as you create with Keva planks! Hosted by Lauren Johnson of SCSU’s Buley Library Makerspace. Families and children/teens of all ages welcome! Children under the age of 9 need adult supervision.
AARP Fraud Watch Network: The Con Artist Playbook
Monday, June 25, 1 pm | Mitchell 
Take a look at the psychology behind identity theft, fraud and scams. Through actual footage of scammers, insights and advice, you’ll walk away armed with the tools you need to keep yourself and your family safe. Free! Presented by AARP Connecticut. To register please call (203) 946-8117.
Disaster Preparedness: Are you ready? Don’t get caught unaware!
Saturday, June 30, 11 am and 3 pm | Mitchell
Fire, earthquake, hurricanes, flooding, winter storms, extreme cold, industrial accidents, they all may occur in your area. Learn the basics of how to prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters. Learn about emergency and survival kits. Learn about local emergency management programs, FEMA and American Red Cross guidelines. Presented by Martin Torresquinterro from the New Haven Department of Parks, Recreation and Trees.
Elmseed @ New Haven Free Public Library!
Open Office Hours | Ives
Expanded in June and July
Tuesdays and Fridays, To be announced 
Saturdays, 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. No appointment or advance registration is necessary. Learn more.
Film Screenings & Discussions
Friday Movie Matinees
Fridays in June, 2-4 pm | Ives
June 1 | The Da Vinci Code
June 8 | The Great Gatsby
June 15 | The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
June 22 | The Hunt for Red October
June 29 | To Kill A Mockingbird  
Film & Discussion with Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) New Haven
Anne Braden: Southern Patriot
Saturday, June 9, 2-5 pm | Mitchell
Anne Braden was a fiercely committed anti-racism activist who offers inspiration and guidance for folks who want to work actively for racial justice. Join us for this free screening and community conversation. 
Classic Film Screening
Casablanca (Rated PG)
Saturday, June 30, 1:30 pm | Fair Haven
In this classic film, Rick Blaine, who owns a nightclub in Casablanca, discovers his old flame Ilsa is in town with her husband, Victor Laszlo. Popcorn included!
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
The Most Popular Circulating Books this Month! 
What is your 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!
Casino Island by John Grisham
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance
Into the Beautiful North by Luis Alberto Urrea
Origin by Dan Brown
A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
The Late Show by Michael Connelly
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
Book News in your InBox!
Do you know what your librarians are reading and recommending? Do you want to see highlights of new books available at the library? Sign up for Book News in Your Inbox and select Staff Picks, New Arrivals, Downloadable Ebooks and Audiobooks and more! Subscribe to as many e-newsletters as you like and you will receive email newsletters with brief descriptions of each title as well as links to the library's catalog so you can easily reserve titles of interest.
NHFPL Galleries
Works by Liz Antle-O’Donnell
May 12 – July 6, 2018 | Ives Gallery
In 2011, roughly 6-9 million people in the U.S. were estimated to live in a gated community, with 1 in every 2 houses being built behind walls in California alone. Liz Antl-O’Donnell’s recent body of work focuses specifically on gated communities, drawing parallels between this rapidly expanding phenomenon and what is happening in our country today.
Maya’s Magic Garden:
Ladybug Art Exhibit
Work by John Kabala
June 4 – August 25, 2018 | Mitchell

Ladybug Release Party and Opening: Monday, June 4, 6 pm
A resident of Westville, John Kabala is a folk artist who uses color and abundance of vision in his paintings to create a unique style of art. Many of his pieces involve historical figures, past events, fantasy, childhood scenery and children’s fairy tales.
 NHFPL Staff Spotlight
Meet NHFPL Staff Member: John Jessen
John Jessen hails from a town that boasts the world’s largest strawberry: Strawberry Point, Iowa. He received his B.A. in Political Science at St. John’s University in Collegeville, MN and upon graduation moved to New York and worked for Grove Press and later Grove/Atlantic. In 2003, John moved to New Haven and co-founded Bookrounds, a hybrid online/in person book club that met in various restaurants and coffee shops throughout New Haven which, at its peak, boasted over 2,000 members. John has been with the New Haven Free Public Library in various positions since 2004. In 2008 he received his MLS from Southern CT State University. Before becoming the Deputy Director in September 2017, John was Branch Manager of the Wilson Library in the Hill Neighborhood.  
What is your role at the New Haven Free Public Library?
As the Deputy Director of the New Haven Free Public Library, I am involved in strategic initiatives, operational planning and special projects that impact all of the library locations.
What do you enjoy most about working at NHFPL?
I became a librarian after I had an ah-ha moment that I could be “selling” books for free! As I started working in the library, I loved working in a place where I could be of service to others and share both my love of reading and search for knowledge. I am honored to be part of a place with a staff often referred to as family. The traditional role of the librarian is changing and I am excited for this future.
What book are you currently reading or is on your nightstand waiting to be explored?
Currently, I am reading The Man Who Shot My Eye Out is Dead: Stories by Chanelle Benz ( Find it! ). Someone pegged it as a book where every short story seems to be the beginning of a novel and I think this writer is someone to watch. I also recently read The Business Model Navigator: 55 Models That Will Revolutionise Your Business by Oliver Gassmann, Karolin Frankenberger, and Michaela Csik ( Find it! )alongside The Librarian's Guide to Homelessness: An Empathy-Driven Approach to Solving Problems, Preventing Conflict, and Serving Everyone by Ryan J. Dowd ( Find it! ).
Literacy Volunteers of Greater New Haven’s Hear Our Voices 2018
Wednesday, June 20, 5:30-7 pm | Ives
Please join us to celebrate the success of Literacy Volunteers of Greater New Haven students and thank the tutors and donors who helped them succeed. Guest speakers and readers include students whose writing is published in the 2018 edition of Hear Our Voices . RSVP to MeghanFitzgibbons@lvagnh.org or (203) 776-5899. Learn more ay www.lvagnh.org .  
New Haven Financial Empowerment Center Free Workshops!
Workshop Schedule, 5:30 - 7:30 pm | 316 Dixwell Avenue, New Haven
June 21 | Invest In Yourself
July 19 | Home Ownership   
Pre-register by visiting our website at www.newhavenfinancialempowerment.com or contacting Alexa Campos at (203) 946-7803, acampos@newhavenct.gov, or NHOC@newhavenct.gov
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, June 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, 6 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
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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