April 2014
at New Haven Free Public Library

Make a Wave

On Saturday, April 26, you are invited to participate in a national interactive art and community-building project celebrating WATER with artists Susan Hoffman Fishman and Elena Kalman. Join the fun anytime between 1-3 pm at Ives Main Library.  Learn more here. 

New Haven Free Public Library
is participating in

2014 World Book Night  April 23

Our librarians will be sharing their love of reading with those who might not have discovered it yet! They will be offering free copies of good reads at all library locations, while supplies last, to encourage the reluctant reader to become ENTHUSIASTIC about books! 

Film and book giveaway 
Wednesday, April 23, 5-8 pm  
Copies of Sunrise Over Fallujah by Walter Dean Myers will be given away (while supplies last) at Stetson Branch, and a screening of Turtles Can Fly (2005) will precede a conversation with community veterans who deployed in the Middle East. Read more...
Librarians share the love of reading!

Week of the Young Child 
At each of the following sessions, a  rep from the Early Childhood Council of New Haven will provide information about  resources for young children.
Monday, April 7, 4:30-5:30 pm
Storyteller Mae Gibson Brown is featured. Participants receive a free copy of Strega Nona by Tomie DePaola.  At Stetson Branch.

Wednesday, April 9, 6-8 pm
Storyteller Zelphia Hunter is featured. Everyone gets a free copy of Mice Squeak, We Speak by Tomie dePaola.  At Wilson Branch.

Thursday, April 10, 10:15-11:15 am
Storyteller Zelphia Hunter is featured. Everyone  gets a free copy of The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush by Tomie dePaola.  At Mitchell Branch.

Friday, April 11, 11-noon

Storyteller Mae Gibson Brown is featured. Everyone attending gets a free copy of My Mother is so Smart by Tomie DePaola. At Ives Main Library.

Ready to launch?

Spring Entrepreneur Series starts April 2
at Ives Main Library

Attend this series of FREE workshops each Wednesday in April, 5:30-7:30 pm, for a great overview of starting a small business!

Apr. 2, Business Planning
with Dennis Brown
Apr. 9, Purple Marketing with Art Mollengarden
Apr. 16, Online Marketing and Tech Solutions with Vishu Rao
Apr. 23, Money and Finance with Tom Mazzaferro

Workshops are offered in collaboration with SBA and SCORE. Register online here or call Seth Godfrey, 203-946-8130 x 211.

Free screening of AMREEKA 
April 8,  5:30 pm

at Ives Main Library

A proud Palestinian Christian immigrant single mother and her teenage son struggle to adapt to life in small town Indiana.

Chris George, executive director of IRIS in New Haven, facilitates a discussion following the film about the (legal) U.S. immigrant experience. Everyone is invited!  


This event developed from New Haven Free Public Library's partnership with literacy organizations in New Haven, including IRIS, Adult Education, the Literacy Coalition and Literacy Volunteers. The Library also provides weekly ESL and Citizenship classes. For information about these services please call Bill Armstrong at 203-946-8130 x 200.



photography by Victoria Navin

on view through April 24

at Ives Main Library

Artist reception
Wednesday, April 9, 5-7 pm

Nature Revealed

Art by faculty of

Connecticut Natural Science Illustrators,
a Yale Peabody Museum project

on view April 3-May 30, 2014
at Mitchell Branch Library

Reception Saturday, April 5, 3-5 pm

Learn to play the GUITAR

Mitchell Branch Library is hosting lessons for beginner and intermediate players ages 10+ on all four Thursdays in April, starting at 4:30 pm. Instructor is Don Wunderlee, who has studied many styles of guitar playing with many teachers. $20 for the series; BYO instrument. Please reserve your place by calling 203-946-8117.

Screening of Athol Fugard's Master Harold ... and the Boys

at Mitchell Branch
Saturday, April 12 at 2 pm
Long Wharf Theater staff will facilitate a discussion following this screening of a 1985 film adaptation of Fugard's play. The playwright is currently appearing in his play, The Shadow of the Hummingbird, at Long Wharf through April 27.
College Planning workshop for parents
Saturday, April 5, 10:30-11:30 am
at Ives Main Library

Nervous about the costs of higher education?  Explore smart strategies for financing college costs with Jon Dibble, Financial Advisor at Morgan Stanley Wealth Management (absolutely no sales pitch!). An activity will be provided for children.  Details here.

Passover explained
Thursday, April 10, 4-5 pm
JCC of Greater New Haven presents information about the exodus of the Jews through an interactive storytime, songs and activities. All ages welcome, at Mitchell Branch.

Easter Egg Hunt in Ives Main Library Children's Room
Saturday April 12, 2-3 pm
Easter books, make an Easter basket, hunt for eggs!!
Limit to 25 children, so sign up NOW by calling 203-946-8129


Film: Frozen
Thursday, April 17, 3:30-4:30
at Fair Haven Branch

Earth Day Activities    Monday, April 14, 3-5 pm 
in Ives Main Library Children's Room

Book: Gabby & Grandma GO GREEN 
Plant seeds for your garden
Hooray for Earth Day! Details here.   RSVP: 203-946-8129


World Tai Chi & Qi Gong Day 

Saturday, April 26

Mitchell Branch Library will host an outdoor class of SunDo qi gong, yoga and meditation from 10-11 am with instructor Christine Ucich. Details here. 



Tai Chi classes with instructor Kathleen Brenner are offered at Ives Main Library every Saturday morning, 10:30-11:30. $8 class, drop-ins welcome. Details here.



Library Yoga every Wednesday, 1-2 pm at Ives Main Library


Instructors in April include Alison Beale  
and John Pavel.  All levels are welcome.  
$5, bring your own mat.


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Save the date!
Saturday, May 3
Gargoyles of Yale University Talk and Tour
with Mathew Duman.
Details here.

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unleashing potential

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