at New Haven Free Public Library
December 2013

Smithsonian Exhibit at New Haven Free Public Library Dec. 7, 2013-Jan. 14, 2014 


New Haven Free Public Library will debut the Connecticut tour of the Smithsonian Institutions's The Way We Worked traveling photographic exhibit at the Ives Main Library, 133 Elm St., beginning Saturday, December 7.  The exhibit's 86 photographs span the years 1857-1987 to document American workplaces, work clothing, working conditions and workplace conflicts.  For more information please call Patrick McGowan at 203-946-7450. 


Everyone is invited to an opening reception on Thursday, Dec. 12, 5-7 pm. Browse the exhibit, enjoy refreshments and attend a discussion at 6:30 pm with local author Colin Caplan, who will explore some work-related themes drawn from his most current book, Legendary Locals of New Haven.
About the exhibit:

     Created by the Smithsonian Institution and drawing from the National Archives' rich collections, The Way We Worked explores how work became such a central element in American culture by tracing the many changes that affected the workforce and work environments over the past 130 years.   

     The Way We Worked has been made possible in Connecticut by Connecticut Humanities in partnership with Historic New England and is part of  Connecticut at Work, an initiative of Connecticut Humanities.The exhibit was created by the National Archives and is part of Museum on Main Street, a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and State Humanities Councils nationwide. Support for Museum on Main Street has been provided by the United States Congress.For a calendar of events and more information, visit cthumanities.org/ctatwork.

Other Exhibit-Related Events

Saturday, Dec. 7, 2 pm.  Written Work: The Real Pepsi Challenge: The Inspirational Story of Breaking the Color Barrier in American Business. Author Stephanie Capparell discusses her book with Maurice Cox, former Head of Diversity for PepsiCo. 
At Ives Main Library.

Monday, Dec. 9, 6:30 pm.  Written Work: Empire Falls. CT Humanities facilitator Christopher Brown leads a discussion of Richard Russo's novel about life at the Empire Grill in rural Maine.
At Mitchell Branch Library.

Thursday, Dec. 19, 6 pm.   Written Work: The Mind at Work. Mike Rose's book explores the intellectual repertory of everyday workers and the terrible social cost of undervaluing the work they do. Facilitator Christopher Brown leads the discussion.
At Ives Main Library.

Friday, Dec 27, 2 pm. All-ages are invited to learn about Whales, Whaling and the Lives of Whalers in a special presentation by staff of MYSTIC SEAPORT.  Register at 203-946-8129. At Ives Main Library, Children's Room


library yoga


at Ives Main Library
Wednesdays, Dec. 4, 11, 18,  1-2 pm.  LIBRARY YOGA with Ellen Barrett. $5, bring your own mat. 
Wednesdays through Dec. 18, 6-7 pm.  MEDITATION with Christine Vidich. No charge.
Saturdays through Dec. 28, 11:30-12:30.  SATURDAY TAI CHI with Kathleen Brenner, $8 class

at Wilson Branch Library 203-946-2228

Exercise to Health, one-hour active sessions provided by Hill Health Center, Tuesdays at 5:15 and Wednesdays at 4:30.  No charge.

December 23 is the deadline for signing up for health insurance with Access Health CT, for a January 1 start date. Need help navigating our state's health exchange?  We can help! Contact our Assister, Deborah Elkin, at 203-946-8698 or assister@nhfpl.org. 

Books and Film  
at Ives Main Library

Thursday, Dec. 12, 6 pm
All Aboard the Polar Express! 
Join us on a storytime journey to the North Pole! Come in your pajamas, get your ticket punched and enjoy some hot cocoa. All ages, in the Children's Room.
Saturday, Dec. 14, 1 pm 

Celebrate 100 years of Indian Cinema
with our concluding film in this series,  HUM AAPKE HAIN KOUN (1994), dir. by Sooraj Barjatiya. Introduced by NHFPL librarian Soma Mitra.   In Hindi with English subtitles.

Tuesday, Dec. 17, 6 pm

Book talk with author, humorist, VT Public Radio commentator REBECCA COFFEY.  
A riff on Nietzsche, Hemingway, Dorothy Parker, Margaret Mead, many more!

Foodie humor for anyone with a good liberal arts education...no matter how vaguely you remember it.

Thursday, Dec. 19, 6-7 pm

Dramatic reading of A CHILD'S CHRISTMAS IN WALES, with actor Colin Lane and musician Becca Zaretzky.
Hosted by the NHFPL Foundation to support library services, this all-ages program is a reprise of last-year's standing-room-only event. Tickets at 203-946-7454: $15 individual/$25 family.
Refreshments! Fun!

at our branch libraries

Mitchell Branch

Thursdays at 4:30-6 pm

beginner-intermediate for ages 10+

Free! BYO guitar and be sure to register at 203-946-8117.

Wednesday, Dec. 4. CHANUKAH storytime, ages 2-3 at 10 am | ages 5-9 at 4 pm. Games, snacks, stories, music. Presented by Ezra Academy.

Wednesday, Dec. 18, 4 pm. Vintage Christmas for all ages, with tales and a vintage craft.

Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2 pm.
Movie and a healthy snack. All ages.

Fair Haven Branch

Monday, Dec. 9, 3:30-4:30 pm. Cra-Z-Loom Rubber Band Bracelet Making Program, for ages 6+

Tuesday, Dec. 10, 4 pm. Ranger Joe Milone talks birds.
Learn about migrations, and make a feeder for the cold winter days.

Free computer instruction
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