A collection of community programs and resources at NHFPL and beyond.
NHFPL Updates
NHFPL Curbside Pick-up Starts Monday, July 6!

  • Curbside pick-up will be available 10 am – 1 pm by appointment at all NHFPL locations. 
  • You can start to request items on Monday, July 6. 
  • Each patron can request up to 10 books and 5 DVDs at a time. 
  • Requests will be kept for one week if not picked up as scheduled. 
  • As a reminder, all library materials currently checked out will be automatically renewed through July 31. There will be no overdue fines. 
  • Staff will not handle book returns. Please use the library book drop to return your materials.  
  • No donations are being accepted at this time.  
  • Returned materials will be quarantined for 72 hours before being placed back in circulation and removed from your account.   

How to Request and Schedule Pick Up Library Materials 
You can place holds in the following ways: 
  • over the phone by calling your location:
  • by email at refdesk@nhfpl.org
  • through live chat at nhfpl.org
  • visit nhfpl.org, log into your account, and place holds on the items you want to request 
  • Library staff will call you once your holds are filled to schedule a pick-up time.  If you cannot be reached by phone, we will send you an email to contact us. 
  • Arrive at the library for your appointment, locate the curbside sign, and call the phone number on the sign to pick up your items. 

Guidelines for Picking Up Library Materials 
  • Face masks must be worn at all times when picking up library materials 
  • Maintain social distancing staying at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from other people. 
  • There will be no access to the inside of the building; restrooms are not available. 
Have a question for our library staff?

Use LiveChat on nhfpl.org Monday through Friday, 9 am-5 pm!

The New Haven Free Public Library is open online! Want to learn how to apply for an e-card? Do you have questions about how to use one of our databases? Need help checking out an audiobook or ebook? Talk with a staff member live with the new chat feature on our website!
Get Your e-Library Card Today!

Your electronic library card is your key to a world of free online learning and entertainment! Questions? Need an e-library card? Call us and leave a message at  (203) 946-8130, email refdesk@nhfpl.org or visit nhfpl.org to chat with us live Monday-Friday, 9 am - 5 pm. For Young Minds and Family Learning call (203) 946-8129 or email youngminds@nhfpl.org.
Check Outs, Returns and Meeting Rooms

  • All library cards set to expire from January 1, 2019 through July 31, 2020 have been renewed.
  • All library materials currently checked out will be automatically renewed through July 31. If necessary, we will extend this date. There will be no overdue fines. 
  • No holds are being fulfilled at this time.
  • You may return items to all book drops.
  • All programs and meeting room reservations are cancelled indefinitely.
Young Minds & Teen Programs & Resources
Summer Learning 2020!
June 13 - September 30

This summer the New Haven Free Library presents Imagine Your Story! This year, we’re offering our summer program virtually to encourage your reading and your learning, but most of all so we can have fun together! Visit the website to learn how to earn points to win fun prizes! Register

Looking in the Mirror with Ms. Mae
Friday, June 26, 3-4 pm

All of us have dreams and ambitions that we build on. Let’s look at the mirror of life and look at what we see right now. No registration is necessary.

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!
NEA Big Read
The Big Read is an annual initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. The NEA Big Read broadens our understanding of our world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book. This year the Big Read is going virtual! All of the programming will be online, centering around Stephanie Burt’s Advice from the Lights. Visit our NEA Big Read web page to stay up-to-date with all of our programming planned for this year.
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!
Find More on Our Calendar!

There is lots more happening with NHFPL for children, families and teens. Explore what's coming up on our calendar!
Adult Programs & Resources
We are highlighting more works by Black writers, artists, musicians, filmmakers, and more to help educate and heal us.
Books and Graphic Novels
Black Liberation by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor Find it!
Abolition Democracy by Angela Davis  Find it!
On the Come Up by Angie Thomas  Find it! American Street by Ibi Zoboi  Find it! Strange Fruit by Joel Christian Gill Find it!
All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely  Find it!
Of Mules and Men by Zora Neale Hurston  Find it!
One Last Word by Nikki Grimes  Find it!
Black Girl Magic by Various Authors  Find it!
Racism Without Racists by Eduardo Bonilla-Silva Find it!
Womanish by Kimberly McLarin Find it!
Mother to Son by Jasmine L. Holmes  Find it!
When They Call You A Terrorist by  Find it!
Policing Black Lives by Robyn Maynard  Find it!
What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Blacker by  Find it!
Black Life by Rinaldo Walcott and Idil Abdillahi  Find it!
The Condemnation of Blackness by Khalil Gibran Muhammad  Find it!
Octavia's Brood by Walidah Imarisha  Find it!
Hard Times Require Furious Dancing by Alice Walker  Find it!
Choke Hold by Paul Butler  Find it!
Tulsa's Historic Greenwood District by Hannibal B. Johnson  Find it!
The Farming of Bones by Edwidge Danticat  Find it!
The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta  Find it!
Calling My Name by Liara Tamani  Find it!
Let Me Hear A Rhyme by Tiffany D. Jackson  Find it!
Overground Railroad by Candacy Taylor  Find it!
This Will Be My Undoing by Morgan Jerkins  Find it!
Things That Make White People Uncomfortable by Michael Bennett and Dave Zirin Find it!
For Black Girls Like Me by Mariama J. Lockington  Find it!
Dear Haiti, Love Alaine by Maika Moulite and Maritza Moulite  Find it!
Black History In Its Own Words by Ronald Wimberly  Find it!
Genesis Begins Again by Alicia D. Williams  Find it!
Trombone Shorty by Troy Andrews Find it!
Films and Documentaries
Where is Hope/Art of Murder: Police Brutaliuty Against People with Disabilities Find it!
July '64 Find it!
Changes One by Charles Mingus Find it!
There Is No Other (With Francesco Turrisi) by Rhiannon Giddens Find it!
Black America Again by Common Find it!
NEA Big Read 2020

The Big Read is an annual initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. The NEA Big Read broadens our understanding of our world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book. This year the Big Read is going virtual! All of the programming will be online, centering around Stephanie Burt’s Advice from the Lights. Visit our NEA Big Read web page to stay up-to-date with all of our programming planned for this year.

Find Your Next Favorite on Our New NHFPL Reviews Page!

Listen to reviews from our library staff to help choose your next book, movie and more on our new NHFPL Reviews page! There are new selections added every week spanning multiple genres and ages. You are sure to find something for everyone.
Urban Life Experience Book Discussion Series
Saturday, June 27, 12 pm

Join the virtual book discussion of Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler via Zoom. You can find the book with your NHFPL library card on Hoopla.

Wellness Book Discussion Group
Saturday, July 11 & July 18, 12 pm

Mindful of Race by Ruth King is required reading for transforming racism in America today. Join our Wellness Book Discussion Group as we meet to discuss this “brilliant and unique addition to the struggle for racial justice” (Robin DiAngelo).

Find the book on Hoopla and Overdrive.
Microsoft Virtual Classes
Wednesdays, 12-1:30 pm

These are 90-minute classes in Microsoft Word and Excel. They are introductory sessions for getting you started with these key programs! Visit our calendar to sign up for a specific class date.
Online English Conversation Class
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6-7:30 pm

NHFPL, in cooperation with New Haven Adult Education and Literacy Volunteers of Greater New Haven is offering online English conversation instruction. Beginner to advanced - all are welcome. Visit our calendar to sign up for a specific class date.
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 sessions will include a brief talk on improving skills, and an open discussion.
Use this link to join at the time of the session.
Enjoy Ives Squared at Home!
EIR Office Hours – Virtual Meetings
Tuesdays, 2-4 pm​
Thursdays, 2-4 pm​ 

Looking to build or grow your business? Make an appointment with our Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Samantha Williams, for one-on-one advice. Make an appointment .

Small Business Financials
Friday, June 26, 2-3:30 pm

Entrepreneurs want to achieve financial success in business, but mastering this requires investing time to learn methods to maximize your financial portfolio. This webinar will provide strategies and habits that will put you on the road towards financial independence while managing your business.

Black Lives Matter: The History of the Movement
Tuesday, July 7, 12-1 pm

Randi McCray, Social Justice Advocate, Ally, Agitator and Equity Partner will provide a one-hour session covering the historical connection to today's BLM movement and the ways you can cultivate a culture of allyship within yourself and your organization.

Artrepreneur Series Goes Virtual!
Join us for a conversation with prominent New Haven artists as they discuss the opportunities and challenges unique to being an artist and an entrepreneur. This series is facilitated by local artist and entrepreneur, Eric Rey. Register to receive the Zoom link invitation one day prior to the event via email.

Kwadwo Adae
Wednesday, July 15, 2-3 pm
Kwadwo Adae is a local visual artist, muralist, and founder of the Adae Fine Art Academy.

Chad Browne-Springer
Friday, July 17, 1-2 pm
Chad Browne-Springer is the lead singer for Phat Astronaut.
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 .
Latest IRS Rulings and Tax Law Changes that Help Small Businesses
Tuesday, June 30, 1 pm
CIR Office Hours – Virtual Meetings
Tuesdays, 2-4 pm​
Thursdays, 2-4 pm​ 

Looking for advice on your artistic or innovative projects? Make an appointment with our Creative-in-Residence, Joel Callaway, for one-on-one advice. Make an appointment .

Computer Programming Office Hours – Virtual Meetings
Mondays, 6:30-8:30 pm

Meet with full-stack developer Page Swanson to consult on any questions you may have about computer programming. Make an appointment.

3D Modeling: Threaded Nuts and Bolts
Saturday, June 27, 12-1 pm

Join our former Creative-in-Residence, Ryan Paxton, and learn how to use the software program Fusion 360 to create a threaded nut and bolt; useful additions to many 3D printing projects. This tutorial is intended to help participants become familiar with the software program and skills needed to design for 3D printing. 

Learn to Code : Animated Life in the Browser
Every Other Tuesday, 6:30-7:30 pm
July 7 Register
July 21 Register
August 4 Register
August 18 Register

Learn to use web technologies to build simple models and animate them on your own web page. Join full-stack developer Page Swanson to learn the basics of computer programming. This program will be held virtually via Zoom.

Free or Low Cost Adobe Alternatives

With Ives Squared 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 Your Library Card!

All levels of training in software, creative and business skills are available through Lynda.com, free with your NHFPL library card. Go at your own pace, follow a curriculum and absorb new skills! Check out this curated list of maker courses put together by one of our Ives Squared librarians. It includes learning paths for topics like animation, audio and music production, digital design and more!
Celebrate National Candy Month with Creativebug

Get your sweet treat on in June - it's National Candy Month! Check out our Creativebug database to learn how you can make your own confections. Some classes to check out: Homemade Marshmallows, Hand-Rolled Truffles, Raspberry Chocolate Bars, and Candy Leis. Yum!

Creativebug allows you to over a thousand award-winning craft video classes taught by recognized design experts and artists. Log in with your library card
Find More on Our Calendar!

There is lots more happening with NHFPL for adults. Explore what's coming up on our calendar!
Collection Connection and Staff Picks
Enjoy these staff recommendations for books, films, and tv shows from our digital databases: Overdrive, Kanopy and Hoopla!
June is National Audiobook Month - check out digital audiobooks available through Overdrive and Hoopla!

Available on Overdrive
Alchemy of Us by Ainissa Ramirez Find it!
Big Summer by Jennifer Weiner Find it!
Delta V by Daniel Suarez Find it!
Friends and Strangers by J. Courtney Sullivan Find it!
A Woman of No Importance by Sonia Purnell Find it!

Available on Hoopla
American Gods by Neil Gaiman Find it!
Henna Artist by Alska Joshi Find it!
So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeomo Olumo Find it!
Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney Find it!
Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi Find it!
Barbecue and Grilling Reading List
If you’re lucky enough to get outside to cook, remember to check out databases for inspiration! We’ve got books and even popular cooking magazines filled with great grilling ideas.

Available on Hoopla
Weber's Smoke by Jamie Purviance Find it!
The Barbecue! Bible by Steven Raichlen Find it!
Burger Night by Weldon Owen Find it!
BBQ&A With Myron Mixon by Myron Mixon Find it!

Available on RB Digital
Food Network Magazine, June 01, 2020 Find it!

Available on Freading
Mediterranean Grilling, by Diane Kochilas Find it!
The Artisanal Kitchen: Barbecue Rules by Joe Carroll and Nick Fauchald Find it!
Community Programs & Resources
Apply to Join Collab's Growing Team!

Collab is currently hiring for two positions:
  • Venture ManagerFull-time: We’re seeking a dependable, culturally-responsive program manager with entrepreneurship experience to lead and coordinate Collab’s core programs that support a diverse, talented community of entrepreneurs. 
  • Community FellowsPart-time/Contract: We’re seeking highly motivated and independent Community Fellows with excellent interpersonal skills to conduct outreach efforts, including 1-on-1 coaching for entrepreneurs, to expand Collab’s service reach in the city and region.

Supporting Arts Grant Program - Accepting Applications
Application Deadline: Monday, June 29 at 11:59 pm
The Connecticut Office of the Arts Supporting Arts grant program provides unrestricted funding to help support Connecticut’s arts organizations and municipal arts departments as they pursue their missions.

This type of grant is flexible and gives the grantee the ability to use the funds where they are most needed. Grants range from $1,000 to $15,000 depending upon the size of the organization

More Information
Urban League of Southern Connecticut

Can We Talk About Race? Faith and Civil Rights
Thursday, June 25, 5:00-6:30 pm

The Civil Rights movement has historically been rooted in communities of faith, and powered by the motivation that all men are created equal. Join us to discuss the intersectionality of faith and civil rights in the era of the Black Lives Matters movement. Register

A Communities Response to Advocacy to Confront Racism
Thursday, July 2

Stay tuned on their website for more information and registration details.
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.
Free Online Job Training Program with SkillUp CT

Governor Lamont announced the expansion of  SkillUp CT  for any resident who is unemployed during the COVID-19 pandemic. This at-home learning program offers free online job training and access to 5,000 courses in information technology (IT), business analysis, customer service and project management, just to name a few. To find out more or enroll in the program click  here .
Comcast has Extended Their COVID-19 Response Policies

Through June 30, anyone trying to connect to the internet will have access to Xfinity wifi through their network of hotspots throughout New Haven. For a map of Xfinity WiFi hotspots, visit  www.xfinity.com/wifi .

Additionally, their offer of 60 days of complimentary Internet Essentials has also been extended through June 30 for new qualified low-income households. For more information, visit  www.internetessentials.com .
For more information and updates from Comcast related to Coronavirus, please visit:
Virtual Festival of Arts & Ideas!

Arts on Call

Gift someone you love with a—socially distanced—arts performance! Starting in just a few weeks, you'll have the chance to choose an artist from a roster to be posted below and select a time for that artist to perform at an outdoor location of your choice. Book a juggler to perform on your grandchildren's front lawn, send a guitar player to strum beneath your girlfriend's window—the possibilities are endless. All proceeds go straight to the participating New Haven Artists. Interested in being one of their artists? Learn more and apply   here .

Activist Songbook's first Virtual Choir

Activist Songbook Virtual Choirs, made up of musicians and non-musicians, record songs from the songbook repertoire and perform together from the safety of their own homes, led by Activist Songbook Chorus Director Stephanie Tubiolo (Associate Director of Choirs at Princeton University). Performers use guide tracks to record their parts separately, singing along and improvising. Want to get involved? Singers of every level are welcome. Learn more and see the video  here .

Self-Guided Walking Tours of New Haven

In this time of social isolation, it's more important than ever to get outside, breathe some fresh air, and feel the sun on your face. We're working with our community partners to bring you self-guided walking tours of New Haven's most beautiful and fascinating spots, bike tours that will take you down city streets and further afield to peaceful pastures, and virtual tours of your favorite museum spaces. More tours will be added throughout the spring and summer. Check their website for new adventures!
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 !