Thank you for celebrating Mardi Gras with the New Haven Free Public Library!

Together, we raised over $50,000 to support the collections, programs, and services of the New Haven Free Public Library year-round.

Download the Mardi Gras program book to learn more!


Celebrating Black Poetry

We were 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: