Stories

For three weeks in March, we conducted an online survey, asking library patrons to tell us how the library has made a positive impact on their lives. 227 people told us what NHFPL means to them and we are so grateful for the 173 stories they shared with us.

We love hearing about all of the different ways people use their local library! From enjoying our collection, to attending programs and events, to learning and exploring together, the New Haven Free Public Library is a place where everyone is welcome.

Here’s just a few of the amazing stories we received and you can read more here.
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I borrow children’s books to read to my grandchildren. I participate in the Fair Haven Book Group. I lead an English conversation group for English learners. I attend mini-concerts at the Fair Haven branch. I have gotten the free pass to Long Wharf Theatre. I have recently discovered Hoopla and have borrowed audio books and movies.
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My boys look forward to the library activities. Their monthly calendar provides us with awesome opportunities to engage. My children meet friends at the Lego center and love to rent movies and books. The staff is great and very helpful. Thank you so much for allowing access for my kid’s knowledge.
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Our daughters (7 and 10 years old) really fall in love with reading! We take them to the library very often, they like to participate in children’s programs and always take a lot of books to read! My husband takes English twice a week! I can see how his English already improved! I am sure it will continue improving and will help him to find a better job in the future! Thanks for your service! Our family really appreciate what you do!
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The New Haven Free Public Library had made a huge impact in my life because I couldn’t afford to buy a laptop or computer in order for me to do my grad school course work. It has also made a huge impact in my life because this is where I produced a resume that has landed me the job of my dreams. I couldn’t have done this without the help of the New Haven Free Public Library! THANK YOU!!
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We moved to New Haven a year ago. We have used and enjoyed the offerings of the New Haven Public Library immensely. For starters, it helped us gain an immediate sense of community. My son took teen classes, and I took computer classes. In addition, I took SCORE classes that helped provide useful information for starting my business… A bonus perk of the library that has delighted us, is the museum and theatre pass program… Wow! Last, but not least, we make a weekly trip to one of the library branches for books and movies…
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Read more stories from the 2017 survey, here.

Read more stories from the 2016 survey, here.

Read stories from prior years, here.