Covid-19

April 9, 2020

We Are Open Online!

The Library’s doors may be closed now, but librarians are working hard behind the scenes to make sure New Haveners have access to the information they need to stay safe, informed, and occupied — even from afar.

Top 10 Ways to Use NHFPL from Home

1) Social distancing? Your electronic library card is your key to a world of online learning and entertainment for free! Questions? Need an e-library card? Call us and leave a message at (203) 946-8130 or email refdesk@nhfpl.org. For Young Minds and Family Learning call (203) 946-8129 or email youngminds@nhfpl.org.

2) Get absorbed in a great story. We’re all in need of some escapist fiction these days! Ebooks, audio books, and graphic novels for adults, children and teens are all available on OverDrive, RBdigitalFreading, Hoopla, TumbleBooks, and TeenBookCloud.

3) Enjoy a family-friendly movie night. Tons of films are available for free download with your library card using Kanopy and Hoopla. All you need is the popcorn!

4) Start a daily art practice with Creativebug. Learn to sketch, draft a pattern for a new dress, embroider, knit, scrapbook, and so much more.

5) Seek help with job hunting. JobNow provides many valuable resources including job coaching, resume preparation and live interview practice.

6) New Haven time travel by perusing historic images of our city in the Local History digital collections.

7) Research an alternate career path or gain new skills. Take a free course on Lynda.com and learn to be an Excel expert, digital marketer, bookkeeper, graphic designer, screenwriter or comic illustrator. The offerings are endless!

8) Exercise! Hoopla contains workout videos, including yoga and aerobics, and dance lessons. Learn to fox trot, salsa or rumba!

9) Meet (virtually) with a local entrepreneur! Our Entrepreneur-in-Residence Sammi Williams and Collab partners are offering one-on-one virtual appointments to support your small business or non-profit start-up.

10) Need more family fun activities? Plenty of virtual engagement to explore with Young Minds and Family Learning! View Story Times with stories, songs and fingerplays, take a tour of the San Diego Zoo or Boston Children’s Museum, and get reading recommendations and homework help for all ages!

Check Outs and Returns

All library materials currently checked out will be automatically renewed through June 30. If necessary, we will extend this date.

No holds are being fulfilled at this time.

We encourage you to keep all library materials you may have until the library reopens.

Tentative Room Reservations Available

While NHFPL is still closed, and all large events are cancelled, we will begin to tentatively receive room reservations again starting after May 15. If you need to schedule a room please visit our online meeting room reservation page. Please note this is tentative reservation and it does not a guarantee we will be reopened by the time of your reservation. Visit our website for any updates on closures and changes to library service.


UPDATE from the City Librarian Regarding COVID-19
March 16, 2020

Dear Library Friends,

As promised, I am providing you the latest updates and changes from the New Haven Free Public Library.

As of Friday, March 13, 2020, the New Haven Free Public Library closed to the public indefinitely.  If you need library card assistance please call (203) 946-8130 x101 or email refdesk@nhfpl.org.

As reminders:

– All library materials currently checked out will be automatically renewed through Thursday, April 30. If necessary, we will extend this date.
– We encourage you to keep all library materials you may have until the library reopens.
– No holds are being fulfilled at this time.
– We are cancelling all programs and meeting room reservations indefinitely.
– Notices regarding NHFPL closings are posted on our physical doors, on our website and on our social media platforms.

For trusted sources on COVID-19, please see the following:
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Coronavirus Disease 2019
CT State Dept of Public Health Coronavirus 2019
City of New Haven
211 of Connecticut

If you still need help filing taxes, VITA is going virtual. For a free phone appointment, click here.

We continue to invite you to explore everything we have to offer on our website. Visit our Downloads and Electronic Resources pages for a full selection, and browse this list of highlights:

Overdrive – For audiobooks and ebooks.
Kanopy – For feature, documentary, and educational films.
Hoopla – For audiobooks, ebooks movies, videos, and TV shows.
RB Digital – For audiobooks and ebooks.
RBDigital Magazines – For digital magazines.
New York Times – For free access.

Thank you for your understanding as we join the effort to keep our community safe.  We will continue to update our plan and our communications as we have further information.

Please take care.

All best,

John Jessen
City Librarian and Director


 

ACTUALIZACION Carta del Bibliotecario de la Ciudad sobre COVID-19
Marzo 16, 2020

Queridos Amigos y Amigas de la Biblioteca,

Según lo prometido, les proporciono las últimas actualizaciones y cambios de la Biblioteca Pública Gratuita de New Haven.

A partir del viernes 13 de marzo de 2020, la Biblioteca Pública Gratuita de New Haven cerró al público indefinidamente. Si necesita asistencia con la tarjeta de la biblioteca, llame al (203) 946-8130 x 101 o envíe un correo electrónico a refdesk@nhfpl.org.

Como recordatorios:

– Todos los materiales de la biblioteca actualmente retirados se renovarán automáticamente hasta el jueves 30 de abril. Si es necesario, ampliaremos esta fecha.
– Le recomendamos que guarde todos los materiales de la biblioteca que pueda tener hasta que la biblioteca vuelva a abrir.
– No se podrán completar pedidos de materiales hasta el momento.
– Todos los programas y reservas de salas de reuniones quedan canceladas indefinidamente hasta el momento.

– Los avisos relacionados con los cierres de NHFPL se publicarán en nuestras puertas físicas, en nuestro sitio web y en nuestras plataformas de redes sociales.

Para fuentes confiables en COVID-19, consulte lo siguiente:
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Coronavirus Disease 2019
CT State Dept of Public Health Coronavirus 2019
City of New Haven
211 of Connecticut

Si aún necesita ayuda para presentar los impuestos, VITA se está volviendo virtual. Para una cita telefónica gratuita, haga clic aquí.

Continuamos invitándote a explorar todo lo que tenemos para ofrecer en nuestro sitio web. Visite nuestras páginas de Descargas y Recursos Electrónicos para obtener una selección completa, y explore esta lista de aspectos destacados:

Overdrive – Para audiolibros y ebooks.
Kanopy – Para largometrajes, documentales y películas educativas.
Hoopla – Para audiolibros, libros electrónicos, películas, videos y programas de televisión.
RB Digital – Para audiolibros y ebooks.
RBDigital Magazines – Para revistas digitales.
New York Times – Para el acceso libre.

Gracias por su comprensión mientras nos unimos al esfuerzo para mantener segura a nuestra comunidad. Continuaremos actualizando nuestro plan y nuestras comunicaciones a medida que tengamos más información.

Por favor cuídate.

Todo lo mejor,

John Jessen
Bibliotecario de la Ciudad y Director


Letter from the City Librarian Regarding COVID-19
March 13, 2020

Dear Library Friends, 

The first priority of the New Haven Free Public Library (NHFPL) is to protect the health, safety, and well-being of our staff, our library users, and our greater community.

As you may know by now, NHFPL is closed to the public indefinitely, as are New Haven Public Schools and the senior centers in our city.

As of today, our dedicated staff is continuing to report to work according to our normal open hours at each location through Saturday, March 21.  Staff will be answering phones at all service desks and serving the public virtually to the best of our ability.

In addition, we are taking the following actions to protect and serve our library users:

  • All library materials currently checked out will be automatically renewed through Thursday, April 30. If necessary, we will extend this date.
  • Please feel free to keep materials during this time. If you have materials you would like to return, please use our book drops at any location 24/7. We will be checking these periodically.
  • No holds are being fulfilled at this time.
  • We are canceling all programs and meeting room reservations indefinitely.
  • Notices regarding NHFPL closings are posted on our physical doors, on our website, and on our social media platforms.

During this time when we are all practicing social distancing, we invite you to explore everything we have to offer on our website. Visit our Downloads and Electronic Resources pages for a full selection, and browse this list of highlights:

Overdrive – For audiobooks and ebooks.
Kanopy – For feature, documentary, and educational films.
Hoopla – For audiobooks, ebooks movies, videos, and TV shows.
RB Digital – For audiobooks and ebooks.
RBDigital Magazines – For digital magazines.
New York Times – For free access.

For trusted sources on COVID-19, please see the following:
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Coronavirus Disease 2019
CT State Dept of Public Health Coronavirus 2019
City of New Haven

With the rapidly changing circumstances of COVID-19, NHFPL is closely monitoring the official recommendations from city, state and federal agencies.  We will continue to update our plan and our communications as we have further information.  Visit our website for up-to-date information.

Thank you for your understanding and please take care.

All best,

John Jessen
City Librarian and Director


Carta del Bibliotecario de la Ciudad sobre COVID-19

Queridos Amigos y Amigas de la Biblioteca,  

La primera prioridad de la Biblioteca Pública Gratuita de New Haven (NHFPL) es proteger la salud, la seguridad y el bienestar de nuestro personal, los usuarios de nuestra biblioteca y nuestra comunidad en general.

Como ya sabrán, NHFPL está cerrada al público indefinidamente, al igual que las Escuelas Públicas de New Haven y los centros para personas mayores en nuestra ciudad.

A partir de hoy, nuestro personal dedicado continúa reportándose a trabajar de acuerdo con nuestro horario de atención habitual en cada ubicación hasta el sábado 21 de marzo. El personal contestará los teléfonos en todos los mostradores de servicio y atenderá al público prácticamente de la mejor manera posible.

Además, estamos tomando las siguientes acciones para proteger y servir a los usuarios de nuestra biblioteca:

  • Todos los materiales de la biblioteca actualmente retirados se renovarán automáticamente hasta el jueves 30 de abril. Si es necesario, ampliaremos esta fecha.
  • No dude en guardar los materiales durante este tiempo. Si tiene materiales que le gustaría devolver, utilice nuestros buzones en cualquier lugar 24/7. Los revisaremos periódicamente.
  • No se podrán completar pedidos de libros/audio/video hasta el momento.
  • Estamos cancelando todos los programas y reservas de salas de reuniones indefinidamente.
  • Los avisos relacionados con los cierres de NHFPL se publicarán en nuestras puertas físicas, en nuestro sitio web y en nuestras plataformas de redes sociales.

Durante este tiempo, cuando todos practicamos el distanciamiento social, lo invitamos a explorar todo lo que tenemos para ofrecer en nuestro sitio web. Visite nuestras páginas de Descargas y Recursos Electrónicos para obtener una selección completa. Explore esta lista destacada:

Overdrive – Para audiolibros y ebooks.
Kanopy – Para largometrajes, documentales y películas educativas.
Hoopla – Para audiolibros, libros electrónicos, películas, videos y programas de televisión.
RB Digital – Para audiolibros y ebooks.
RBDigital Magazines – Para revistas digitales.
New York Times – Para acceso libre.

Para fuentes confiables en COVID-19, consulte lo siguiente por favor:
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Coronavirus Disease 2019
CT State Dept of Public Health Coronavirus 2019
City of New Haven

Con las circunstancias rápidamente cambiantes de COVID-19, NHFPL está monitoreando de cerca las recomendaciones oficiales de agencias municipales, estatales y federales. Continuaremos actualizando nuestro plan y nuestras comunicaciones a medida que tengamos más información.  Visite nuestro sitio web para obtener información actualizada.

Gracias por su comprensión y por favor tenga cuidado.

Todo lo mejor,

John Jessen
City Librarian and Director