A collection of community programs and resources at NHFPL and beyond.
NHFPL Updates
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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!
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Your electronic library card is your key to a world of online learning and entertainment for free! 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 June 30, 2020 have been renewed.
  • All library materials currently checked out will be automatically renewed through June 30. If necessary, we will extend this date.
  • No holds are being fulfilled at this time.
  • We encourage you to keep all library materials you may have until the library reopens.
  • No meeting room reservations are being accepted at this time.
Together We Raised $33,000 for NHFPL!

Thanks to your enthusiasm, the New Haven Free Public Library raised $17,846 from over 250 community members during The Great Give. Combined with the NewAlliance Foundation's Literacy Match and a $15,000 matching challenge, that's nearly $33,000 to strengthen the Library's role as an essential source of information and connection in New Haven. Thank you!
NHFPL Adult Programs & Resources
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.
The Story of You: A Virtual Memoir Writing Workshop
Wednesdays, May 13 - July 1, 2 - 4 pm

You are invited to join this free 8-week-long adventure & commitment for ages 50+. Participants will explore their histories, the process of writing, remembering, reading, editing, and much more. Led by Bettina Drew, a biographical author and essay writer, who has taught creative writing for many years, and whose essays have appeared in publications including The Missouri Review, The Yale Review, and The Chicago Tribune.

Participation is limited and registration required . Register
Yale Science in the News: Life is Strange
Monday, May 18, 6 pm

In nature as in life, heroes exist in unexpected places. In this talk, we describe three strange but wonderful little heroes that exist all around us. As we’ll see, within each of your cells and under leaves in the park, tiny dump trucks are keeping us alive, crafty bacteria are generating electricity when they breathe, and peculiar little animals are battling the elements by playing dead. Join us to learn how these odd survivor stories can teach us about human health and industry.

Where the Crawdads Sing Virtual Book Chat
Tuesday, May 20, 6:30-7:30 pm

Join NHFPL and Prospect Public Library to discuss this bestseller and other pieces of suspense and mystery. Join via Zoom

Ives Genre Book Club
Wednesday, May 20, 6-7:30 pm

Join us (virtually) for the one year anniversary of our monthly book club! This month's theme is "that book you've always wanted to read but never have". It promises to be an interesting discussion! Register
Animation Celebration!

This Magnificent Cake!
Wednesday May 27, 7 pm

Millennium Actress
Wednesday June 10, 7 pm

Join us for a film discussion club focusing on foreign and independent animated movies for adults. Watch the film for free with your library card on Kanopy, and then bring your thoughts and opinions to our virtual meeting! Led by Haley, Library Technical Assistant at NHFPL and long-time animation nerd.
We’ve Got the Beat! A Virtual Music Discussion
Friday, May 29, 2 pm

May is International Drum Month and the NHFPL has free digital music films with great drummers in our Kanopy collection. You’re invited to join a virtual discussion and share your love for music and drummers!

Music films from Kanopy, that we'll be talking about include:
Cream: Farewell Concert Watch it!
Ain't In It For My Health: A Film About Levon Helm  Watch it!
Discovering Queen Watch it!
Woodstock: 3 Days That Changed Everything Watch it!

Ives Monthly Wellness Book Club
Saturday, May 30, 12 pm

We will meet to discuss Welcoming the Unwelcome by Pema Chödrön. Her book includes teachings on recognizing the basic goodness in ourselves and the people we share our lives with, transforming adversity into opportunities for growth, and freeing ourselves from the empty and illusory labels that separate us. Pema also provides step-by-step guides to a basic sitting meditation and a compassion meditation that anyone can use. Join via Zoom

Join the Inklings All-Ages Writers Group Online

Tuesday, June 2, 6 pm

Missing the monthly  Inklings All-Ages Writers Group  at the Wilson Branch? Our monthly writing program in partnership with the  Arts Council  and  Long Wharf Theatre  has gone digital! Register in advance and attend via Zoom is May and June.
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 Remotely
EIR Office Hours – Virtual Meetings
Tuesdays, 2-4 pm​
Thursdays, 4-6 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 .

VIRTUAL: Market Research & Analysis for Entrepreneur Success
Tuesday, May 12, 10 am-12 pm

Marketing Research and Analysis: clearly define your goals to determine the course of action when placing a product or service in the market. The information acquired can be leveraged to connect with your ideal client and target audience. You’ll learn how to be an intelligent consumer of information to become a more effective decision maker. You will explore the purpose, goals, and objectives of doing research and how the analysis can change how you do business in the marketplace. Register

VIRTUAL: Ransomware Q&A with Scott Gombar of Nwaj Tech
Friday, May 22, 1-3 pm

Do you know how ransomware attacks start? What is exactly is phishing? Attend this extremely informative session to learn how to spot ransomware attacks, how to mitigate your risk, and gain a better understanding of the risks involved if mitigation is not taken and what the risks are if prevention is not taken. Register

VIRTUAL: Finding Opportunity in the New Normal 2.0
Tuesday, May 26, 11 am-12:30 pm

This presentation will include a review of what precipitated this New Normal and how business was conducted before the COVID-19 lockdown. We will also review how businesses had to change post-lockdown and the opportunities we can find in these changes. We will also examine how to develop new thought processes to serve us better as we identify the nuggets of Surviving in the New Normal. Register
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 .
Access Foundation Directory Online (FDO)

FDO is now available to access online! FDO is Foundation Center's research tool to help nonprofits find the grantmakers most likely to fund their projects. It provides information and funding history for 140,000+ foundations, corporations, and federal agencies.
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!

Create Projects from Experts on Creativebug

You can access over a thousand award-winning craft video classes taught by recognized design experts and artists. From drawing and illustration to jewelry making, knitting to home décor (and everything in between), patrons of all ages and skill levels will find inspiration. Log in with your library card
Young Minds & Teen Programs & Resources
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 !
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.

Story Time Video Premiers
When Aidan Became a Brother by Kyle Lukoff
Wednesday, May 20
A celebration of trans identity, and self and familial love. Find it!

What Would You Wear?
Monday, May 25
Watch this story time based on Julian is a Mermaid , written and illustrated by Jessica Love. Find it!

Spanish Translation of Julian is a Mermaid
Monday, May 25
Watch translation of Julian is a Mermaid by author and illustrator Jessica Love. Find it!

What Makes a Family
Thursday, May 28
Watch this story time based on Eustace and Clyde , written and illustrated by Marina Aizen. Find it!

Jacob's New Dress by Sarah and Ian Hoffman
Thursday, June 4
A heart warming story speaks to the unique challenges faced by boys who do not identify with traditional gender roles. Find it!

Virtual Craft Project
Make it Rainbow! 
Monday, June 1
Celebrate this year's Big Read book and get ready for Pride month by making rainbow garlands, sun catchers, and streamers to brighten up your home. Find it!

Book Club for Young Adult Book Lovers
YA Book Bash! featuring LGBTQ+ Books
Tuesday, June 23, 4-5 pm
A monthly book club for Teens & Adults interested in sharing YA's hottest reads! Check out the NEA Big Read selection Advice from the Lights by Stephanie Burt in our Overdrive collection. This book of poetry is a memoir of the author's experience with (mis)identity and longing to live her life as a woman. This book club meeting will include discussion questions based on reading ANY LGBTQ+ book and issues of identity and acceptance.  Register
Get out your chalk to help us celebrate the NEA Big Read!

Explore poetry and identity in Stephanie Burt’s latest collection,  Advice from the Lights . Send us a picture of your sidewalk art and when you post your creation tag us! @nhfpl 

Help us create a concrete gallery of poetry! Pick a line from your favorite poem (or write your own).  
Chalk it, decorate it and leave it for the world to see. 
It can be a poem to celebrate, 
A poem to remember, 
A poem to communicate 
Or a poem to bring us together.
Miss Kendra is Helping Children Process COVID-19 Stress

In 2018 The Legend of Miss Kendra was written to help kids to deal with their traumatic and stressful experiences. The Miss Kendra program was designed around the book to help children address their worries and fears by writing to Miss Kendra, knowing that Miss Kendra will always write back. In this unprecedented time they are adapting the program for the new stresses associated with COVID-19. Learn more about the program.
Watch Our Young Adult Book Reviews!

Visit the NHFPL website or the library's new YouTube page to find book reviews from our Teen Librarian. Look for the videos titled with Teen Book Talk.
RB Digital
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda By Becky Albertalli Watch it!
Saints and Misfits by S.K. Ali  Watch it!
Freading
Girl Mans Up by M-E Girard  Watch it!
Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo  Watch it!
Collection Connection and Staff Picks
For Young Minds and Family Learning!
An online collection of ebooks, enhanced novels, graphic novels, videos and audio books, which offers students and adults of all reading levels access to an amazing range of content. Content for Grades 7-12.
The Odyssey: A Graphic Novel by Gareth Hinds

Based on Homer's epic poem. Travel through time and myth to discover a magical sea adventure! It follows one man's disastrous journey to the point of hopelessness as he makes his way across the sea to return to his family, who are desperately waiting his return. He meets gods and goddesses along the way and is forced to battle incredible monsters in a beautifully drawn graphic adaptation.


Reviewed by Meghan Currey
Choose from our ever-growing collection of downloadable audiobooks and ebooks with Overdrive! Borrow them anytime, anywhere and enjoy them across all your mobile devices.
The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt

When Duncan opens his box of crayons, they have all quit! Blue is sick of coloring all that water, Orange and Yellow won’t speak to each other, and pink just wants to be used! This story is hilarious! This book is recommended for ages 3 and up.


Reviewed by Lucy Cochran
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

Raised in South Carolina and New York, Jacqueline Woodson never felt completely at home in either place. In these poems, she talks about growing up in the 1960s and 1970s. This book is recommended for ages 8 and up.


Reviewed by Lucy Cochran
For Adults!
A unique digital entertainment / media service which allows you to borrow movies, videos, music and audiobooks straight from your browser, tablet, or smartphone! 
Good Woman: Poems and a Memoir by Lucille Clifton

Finalist for the 1988 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, this book is also the NHFPL pick of the month for our Urban Life Experience book discussion group. Hear a review and excerpt from NHFPL’s own Marian Huggins by clicking here.


Reviewed by William Armstrong
Cold Pastoral by Rebecca Dunham

In addition to being poetry month, April is also synonymous with spring and the residence of Earth Day. In this series of poems centered around the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster, Rebecca Dunham “unfailingly captures and confronts our current ecological crisis. Her method is at once investigative, documentary, elegiac, and lyric. With passion and brilliance, she creates a rich and devastating poetry that does not resist confrontation, does not apologize for its anger, its intelligence, its prophecy, or its lamentation.” - Eric Pankey.


Reviewed by William Armstrong
I Must Be Living Twice by Eileen Myles

There’s not much more to say than Eileen Myles is it. Rough and tumble, beautiful, frank, transcendent. I Must Be Living Twice brings together selections from the poet's previous work with a set of bold new poems that reflect her sardonic, unapologetic, and fiercely intellectual literary voice. Steeped in the culture of New York City, Myles' milieu, I Must Be Living Twice is a prism refracting a radical world and a compelling life.”


Reviewed by William Armstrong
Celebrate Garden for Wildlife Month with NHFPL!
Garden for Wildlife Month is sponsored by the National Wildlife Federation.

Available on Freading
The Naturescaping Workbook by Beth O’Donnell Young Find it!
The Living Landscape by Rick Darke and Douglas W. Tallamy Find it!
Your Wildlife Garden by Jackie Bennett Find it!

Available on Hoopla
Pollinator Friendly Gardening by Rhonda Fleming Hayes Find it!
The Humane Gardener by Nancy Lawson Find it!
Wildlife in Your Garden by Karen Lanier Find it!
The Wildlife-Friendly Vegetable Gardener by Tammi Hartung Find it!
Butterfly Gardening with Native Plants by Christopher Kline Find it!
Find Edgar Allen Poe Award Winning Mysteries Online!
Each spring, Mystery Writers of America present the Edgar Awards. The awards honor the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction, television, film, and theater published or produced in the previous year. Below is a selection from the full list of previous Edgar winners available in our electronic resources. Check it out here.

Films Available on Kanopy
Purple Noon (1962) Find it!
Charade (1964) Find it!
The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1967) Find it!

eBooks Available on Hoopla
The Truth About Belle Guinness by Lillian De La Torre Find it!
Friday The Rabbi Slept Late by Harry Keleman Find it!

Audiobooks and Radio Dramas Available on Hoopla
The Light of Day by Eric Ambler Find it!
The Adventures of Sam Spade by Jason James Find it!
Inner Sanctum Mysteries by John Robert Find it!
May is Mental Health Month

Available on Hoopla
The Relaxation And Stress Reduction Workbook by Martha Davis, Elizabeth Robbins Eshelman, and Matthew McKay Find it!
A.M./P.M. Tai Chi For Beginners by David-Dorian Ross Find it!
This Fragile Life: a Mother’s Story of a Bipolar Son by Charlotte Pierce-Baker Find it!

Available on Overdrive
Real Happiness, The Power of Meditation: A 28-Day Program by Sharon Salzberg Find it!
How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence by Michael Pollan Find it!

Available on Kanopy
Going Sane: the State of Mental Health Care in America by Joshua Sabey Find it!
Crazywise: Rethinking Madness: Psychosis and Spiritual Awakening by Kevin Tomlinson and Phil Borges Find it!

Available on Freading
If You're Freaking Out, Read This by Simone DeAngelis Find it!
Good Dog: Celebrating the Dogs Who Change, and Sometimes even save, our Lives by Kate Leaver Find it!
Choose from our ever-growing collection of downloadable audiobooks and ebooks with Overdrive! Borrow them anytime, anywhere and enjoy them across all your mobile devices.
Check Out One of Our New eBooks 

Art of Showing Up by Rachel Wilkerson
Don't Burn this Book by Dave Burn
Advice from the Lights by Steph Burt
Stray: An Approximate Memoir by Stephanie Danier
Paladin by David Ignatius
Jane Austen Society by Natalie Jenner
Lincoln Conspiracy by Brad Meltzer
All Adults Here by Emma Straub
Last Trial by Turow
Big Summer by Jennifer Weiner
End of October by Lawrence Wright
Community Programs & Resources
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

This week the governor 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 .
Drive up, Fill up and Go! Food Give-a-Way

Either drive or walk up to food pick up locations to receive free groceries for your family. Pick up locations include First Cavalry Baptist Church 609, Believe In Me, New Haven Church of Christ, Mount Hope Temple, and Breakthrough Church. Click here for more information, pick up dates and addresses.
Yale Public Humanities Launches "The History of Right Now" Podcast

The podcast will be a series of interviews inspired by the popular undergraduate lecture course at Yale taught by Matt Jacobson. In this first conversation, Matt Jacobson interviews cultural anthropologist Douglas Rogers about his research on the anthropology of capitalism and corporations and what his work and teaching are helping him to understand about this moment in history.

Ask a Yale Environmental Expert

Forests & Biodiversity with Dr. Sergio Estrada Villegas
Thursday, May 21, 10 am

Trees Ecosystem Services in Cities with Schuyler Borden
Thursday, May 28, 10 am

Weekly Zoom calls designed to engage local high school students and New Haven residents in environmental topics covered by Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies experts. The format begins with a 15-minute presentation followed by discussion and Q&A where the Yale expert will respond to questions asked by Zoom attendees.
Virtual Festival 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 Tour:
New Haven's African American, Indigenous, and Latin History

This tour through the history of the dynamic Dixwell neighborhood was developed by the African American and Latinx history class from Metropolitan High School. Learn about notable resident John C. Daniels, New Haven's first black mayor and visit sites crucial to the founding of CT Students for a Dream and the history of our city's activism. Learn more  here .
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 .
The City of New Haven Has Five Testing Sites for COVID-19

This week, Mayor Justin Elicker visited the CVS Health rapid result drive-thru testing site on Sargent Drive to get tested for COVID-19. The Mayor stated, “I encourage New Haven residents to get tested at one of the five testing sites within the city. Currently, only some of the testing sites are taking symptomatic people; however, we will be increasing access to testing to asymptomatic people in the very near future.” 

Mayor Elicker announced the opening of three new COVID testing sites. Fair Haven Community Health Care, Cornell Scott Hill Health Center and a private medical group are all opening their doors in the Newhallville/Dixwell, Dwight, and Fair Haven neighborhoods to offer testing to New Haven residents free of charge. These three locations are in addition to the two already in operation in the Hill Neighborhood - Yale-New Haven Hospital and the CVS rapid testing site, both located on Sargent Drive.

If you would like to sign up to get tested at any of the available facilities, please find information on the  City of New Haven’s website  or call the New Haven Health Department Emergency Line at (203) 946-4949.
El alcalde Elicker anunció la apertura de tres nuevos diecinueve sitios de prueba de coronavirus COVID. Fair Haven Community Health Care, Cornell Scott Hill Health Center y un grupo médico privado están abriendo sus puertas en los vecindarios de Newhallville/Dixwell, Dwight y Fair Haven para ofrecer pruebas a los residentes de New Haven de forma gratuita. Estas tres ubicaciones son además de las dos ya en funcionamiento en el Hill Neighborhood - Yale-New Haven Hospital y el sitio de pruebas rápidas CVS, ambos ubicados en Sargent Drive. 

Si desea inscribirse para hacerse la prueba en cualquiera de las instalaciones disponibles, por favor encuentre información en el sitio web de la ciudad de New Haven o llame a la línea de emergencia del Departamento de Salud de New Haven al (203) 946-4949.
COVID-19 FAQ Website from Senator Chris Murphy

Senator Murphy provides answers on his website to frequently asked questions on a wide range of topics for individuals, families, and businesses. Find information on topics such as housing and food assistance, small business relief, veteran support services and much more! Visit the website.
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 !