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Black and white photographs of Fyodor Dostoevsky, Boris Pasternak, Anna Akhmatova, Alexander Solzhentisyten, Nadezhda and Osip Mandelstam, Maxim Gorky, and Mikhail Bulgakov

Lessons on Social Commentary and Censorship From Russian Literary Classics

Written by Julia Chamberlain In March of 2022, the University of Milano-Bicocca canceled a planned course in Russian literature as an act of protest against the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Although the university quickly reversed its decision, the debate alone points to a disquieting comfort with censorship. No one can doubt the sincerity of the … Continued

What is fanfiction and is it worth reading?

By Rose Simpson, Community Technology Librarian Maybe you’ve been in a situation like this before: you just finished a popular young adult novel and you want to read more books like it, but you’ve already read all the similar books the librarians recommend. Or perhaps your favorite series just finished and you’re so excited about … Continued

photo of travel destinations hang on a wire above a beach scene with umbrellas on the sand - text says Armchair travel with your library card!

Armchair Travel is Easy with Your Library Card

by Tristan Evarts, Librarian at the Mitchell Branch “To travel is to set the soul free” While travel is still off the table for many, there’s an easy way to see the world from the comfort of a cozy armchair. While the art of armchair travel may not fully replace the wonder of strolling down … Continued

A selection of banned books

Staff Share Their Favorite Banned Books

It is one of our favorite times of year in libraryland – Banned Books Week (September 26 – October 2)! This upcoming week we celebrate the right to read and talk about the importance of taking a stand against censorship. To kick off the week, we are sharing some reviews from NHFPL staff members on … Continued

Covers of selected books chosen by our friends at the New Haven PRIDE Center

New Haven PRIDE Celebrates Reading with New Haven Free Public Library!

Looking for a great read? Our amazing partners at the New Haven Pride Center have shared their top book recommendations! Check out this great list below and don’t forget that you can access these titles and place holds for convenient pickup at any of our locations through your account. And don’t forget to mark your … Continued

NHFPL Launches Book Club Kits!

Part of a book club or looking to start one? NHFPL now offers Book Club Kits at the Ives Main Library. Kits contain everything you need to host a great book discussion – 8-10 copies of a title, author bio, reader’s guide, tips for hosting and discussion questions! Borrow one today and keep it for … Continued