Events


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.

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!

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. Make a gift!

Thank you to our sponsors:

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