JUNE 2014
at New Haven Free Public Library

Matica Arts
at Ives Main Library Saturday, June 21!


2 pm: Free Performance

Heidi and Joel of Matica Arts delight audiences of all ages with acts of daring and skill. Extreme unicycling, club juggling, Chinese yo-yo, devil stick, and an awesome balance on a really big rolling globe. Audience participation a must!


3-4 pm: Ticketed juggling workshop

Adults and children ages 12+ are invited to enjoy a juggling intensive! Work on ball juggling basics and move on to clubs and passing patterns if you dare!


Tickets $15 advance (click here to order) or $20 at door (if space is available).  Space is limited so sign up NOW!
A NHFPL Foundation special event. Click here for details or call 



NHFPL Summer Reading Club 2014 for kids of all ages launches Saturday, June 7 at Ives Main!

Activities will abound in all branches and include book giveaways and raffles, science demonstrations, creative activities, science packs and loads of fun. Visit our website or get complete details at any branch!

Teen summer reading kickoff

Saturday, June 14, 2-4 pm
at Ives Main Library 
Prepare to be AMAZED by mind-reader and hypnotist Keith Zalinger, author of "Palmistry, Love and You," "Learn the Tarot (in Three Simple Steps)" and "Practical Astrology."

Get a free book and backpack when you sign up for our summer reading challenge; free snacks. 

Ages 13-17 only.  
more for teens at Stetson Branch Library


Mondays, 2-5 pm   

Skateboarding Summer Club    Free,  all levels

Please bring a parent to sign a permission form the first time you come!


Saturday, June 28, 2-4 pm  

Blackout Book Page Poetry   Create poetry art from old books.


Hear the prompt, feel the spark, let your stories out!

Creative Writing Workshop
with Sandi Kahn Shelton
(aka Maddie Dawson)
Tuesday, June 10, 6-7:30 pm 
At Ives Main Library
Author and writing consultant Sandi Kahn Shelton returns for another creative writing class! $10 at door, win a copy of her newest book,
The Opposite of Maybe
(2014, Broadway Books).   

Baseball fans ALERT!

Saturday, June 14, 3-4 pm 
At Ives Main Library 

Meet Eric Kabakoff, author of
Kabakoff's book is the culmination of his determination to visit all thirty major league teams to experience the home field up close.

a Kirkus "Best Indie Book of 2013" 


Celebrating Indian Cinema  
MADE IN INDIA: a film about surrogacy



Saturday, June 14, at 2 pm
At Ives Main Library

Directed by Rebecca Haimowitz and Vaishali Sinha, this award-winning documentary is about real people involved in international surrogacy. (2010, in Hindi with English subtitles. 97 mins.)

Selected and introduced by NHFPL librarian Soma Mitra.


Monday, June 16, 6-8 pm
At Ives Main Library

Living Is No Laughing Matter

Nazim Hikmet 
(1902-63) was one of the leading international poets of the 20th century and possibly Turkey's most gifted writer. Yet the Turkish government for decades refused to recognize him, and only recently has promised to allow his poetry in school textbooks. That is because he was also one of the first prisoners of conscience in Turkey...

Filmmaker Stephanie Capparell will be on hand to discuss the film.

Presented in collaboration with New Haven Dept. of Arts, Culture & Tourism; City of New Haven Peace Commission; Greater New Haven Peace Council; Promoting Enduring Peace; Turkish Society of Yale Graduate Students and Scholars; Yale Council on Middle East Studies at MacMillan Center

Ready to learn?

Thursday, June 19, 10 am-4 pm
at Ives Main Library

An all-day review of what you need to know to interact successfully with foundation and corporate funders.

Instructor is Judith Margolin, author of many nonprofit handbooks and former VP for Planning and Evaluation at the Foundation Center in NYC.

$60 fee is payable by June 12 and includes coffee and lunch. Certificates of attendance will be provided; CEUs are available. Presented in collaboration with the Connecticut Association of Nonprofits, with funding from Frederick A. DeLuca Foundation and Subway Restaurants.

Register online here or call Seth Godfrey, 203-946-8130 x 211.


Abigail's Revenge:
How the Women's Movement
Shook Up America

a two-part seminar with Rhea Hirshman

Mondays, June 23 & 30, 6-8 pm
at Ives Main Library

Back in 1776, Abigail Adams lobbied her husband, the future U.S. president, for more equal rights for women--but to no avail. Of course history has proved Abigail right, as writer, editor, and adjunct professor Rhea Hirshman outlines in this seminar, starting with the women's suffrage movement and exploring feminist activism from the 1960s to today. Read more...

$10 series fee, payable at first class. Register at 203-946-8835

Work en plein air in Mitchell's garden
Mondays, June 2, 16 & 30, 6-8 pm 
at Mitchell Branch  
$20 series. BYO supplies; be inspired by nature. 
A budgeting idea swap 
Saturday, June 14, 2-4 pm
at Mitchell Branch
Share DIY ideas, vendor referrals, used decor, and more with other budget-conscious brides-to-be.
Exchange supplies and ideas
Saturday, June 28, 2-4 pm
at Mitchell Branch 
Swap craft supplies--get motivated!

Kid Crafters ages 6+:
Summer Craft & Create Club
Tuesdays at 4 pm starting June 3  
at Wilson Branch Library 
Make and take home fun summer creations!

The Way of the Skinny Woman

Thursday, June 19, 6-7:30 pm
at Ives Main Library 
Engaging fitness expert and 
Library Yoga instructor Ellen Barrett explores
"The Way of the Skinny Woman
" in three parts: 
Umbrella attributes, Food, and Lifestyle. Prepare to have fun!

$5 ticket; win one of Ellen's DVDs!  Read more about Ellen.


Saturday Tai Chi on the Terrace 

at Ives Main Library
Kathleen Brenner leads classes every Saturday,  
11:30-12:30. $8 (cash) per class. In case of rain, class meets inside.



Library Yoga
Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays in June, 1-2 pm

at Ives Main Library


Instructors include Alison Beale, Ellen Barrett, Alan Bitker and Debbie Kahan. 
$5 (cash) per class, bring your own mat.   


Saturday Yoga

June 7, 21, 28, 10:15-11:45 am

at Mitchell Branch Library


Christine Ucich instructs. Drop-ins are welcome to join the class for
$5 (cash) at the door. 
Bring your own mat.
New Haven's Shambhala Meditation Center offers free meditation classes every first Tuesday of the month at Ives Main Library. RSVP 203-946-8130 x200. 


 "Topographical-Map"   acrylic on canvas 26x22
Art exhibit at Ives Main Library
art works by Maxwell Clark
On view 
June 10 through July 23, 2014
Artist reception 
Saturday, June 28, 2-4 pm
Johnes Ruta, curator
203-387-4933 | azothgallery.com

The WAVE is on view in the lobby of Ives Main Library through July.  Read about this public art installation here.

Our Ives Main Library and Mitchell Branch Library will be hosting some exciting FREE art instructional programs for adults aged 50+, starting in Spring 2015, thanks to a grant from Lifetime Arts, Inc. 
We need your help in planning for this exciting project! Please take a moment to fill out a survey to indicate your preferences? For more information please contact Kate at 203-946-7001 or 

And stay tuned as this program rolls out!    

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