Mardi Gras goes virtual on
Tuesday, February 16 at 7PM!

Join us for a FREE celebration of the New Haven Free Public Library’s role as a vital source of connection in our community. Watch live on Facebook or YouTube!

The event will feature:

  • Appearances from local literati
  • A conversation with extraordinary poets Toi Derricotte, Cornelius Eady, and Reginald Dwayne Betts
  • A presentation of the Library’s Noah Webster Award to Elsie B. Chapman
  • And surprise guests and announcements! 

Download the Mardi Gras program book to learn more!


Celebrating Black Poetry

We are honored to welcome Cave Canem co-founders Toi Derricotte and Cornelius Eady for a keynote conversation with New Haven’s Reginald Dwayne Betts.

Cave Canem is the nation’s home for Black poetry, founded in 1996 by Derricotte and Eady, beloved, award-winning, nationally distinguished poets. It supports emerging African American poets through a summer retreat, regional workshops, a first-book prize, annual anthologies, and events and readings across the country. Betts is a Cave Canem fellow.


Donations to the New Haven Free Public Library during Mardi Gras provide the digital tools, e-resources, virtual programs, and online learning materials our community relies on, ensuring all New Haven residents have access to the information they need to stay safe, informed, and engaged. 

Thank you to our sponsors:

For information on sponsorship opportunities or program book ads, please contact Lauren Bisio, Director of Advancement, at lbisio@nhfpl.org or (203) 946-7454.