North Haven Memorial Library

Library Events

Join us for upcoming events, classes and programs at North Haven Memorial Library! All events are free and open to the public, however some classes require a materials or activity fee. Registration required where noted, but preregistration does not guarantee seating. The Library reserves the right to deny attendance to programs with specific age restrictions or those who become disruptive to an audience. **Disclaimer: The North Haven Memorial Library reserves the right to photograph/record and publish individuals and groups attending library services and programs on social media internet sites, the Library’s website, and newspapers. Participants may request from a staff member that their image, or that of their child, not be used by the Library for these purposes.**
 Limit by audience:
Zoom Toddler Time
Zoom Program
Monday, Mar. 1, 10:30am
Ages 2-3yrs
Come learn and have fun! Parent/Caregivers and toddlers interact with books, learn fingerplays, and sing. We will be using shakers during this program. Please bring something that you can shake. A box of dried pasta, a plastic container with a little dried rice or beans, left over easter eggs with some beads in them. Anything that makes some noise and is safe for your little one to shake will work! Registration is required. A unique zoom program link will be sent to you via confirmation email prior to the program.

*In order to fully participate in this program, you will need to pick up a Craft Pack at the library prior to the program. These Craft Packs will be available for pick up during the library’s open hours starting on Wednesday, February 24 through Friday, February 26th.
German Conversation
Zoom Program
Tuesday, Mar. 2, 2:30 PM
Join our monthly German Conversation group on Zoom! 
Registration is required. A valid email address is require during registration. You will receive an email from the library with a link to join the meeting prior to the program.
An Evening of Song
Zoom Program
Wednesday, Mar. 3, 5:30 p.m.

Join Art in a virtual piano concert with the music from the Great American songbook and familiar Broadway tunes. He has been a guest pianist for both Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim, performed internationally in Austria, Hungary and in China and composed a musical entitled: ALL THAT MATTERS which enjoyed a successful off Broadway run in 1996. There will be a Question and Answer segment after the concert.

Art taught music in the West Haven Public Schools for 35 years and was choir director at Notre Dame High School in West Haven for 28 years and has recently retired as the choir director at Albertus Magnus College.

 He was awarded the title of “Educator of the Year” twice. While at Notre Dame, his choirs received numerous performance awards of excellence leading to their performing at such venues as Carnegie Hall, and Avery Fisher Hall. In 2007 they were invited to sing for Pope Benedict as part of their concert tour of Italy.

 In recent years, he and vocalist, Teddey Brown, have been performing their cabaret act to sold out houses.


Registration is required. A valid email address is required during registration. You will receive an email from the library with a link to join the meeting prior to the program.
Breathe. Move. Conne
Zoom Program
Friday, Mar. 5, 10:30 AM
Returning to zoom, Meghan Carter will present a new mindfulness program! During this workshop participants will learn the benefits of connecting with themselves and others.  Participants will engage in a social connection activity followed by a gentle movement and breathing practice. 

Meghan Carter is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who bases her practice in positive psychology.  She loves helping people explore ways they can heal through connection, movement and breathing.  

Registration is required. A valid email address is required during registration. You will receive an email from the library with a link to join the meeting prior to the program. 
Zoom Reading Rocks!
Zoom Program
Friday, Mar. 5, 10:30 am
Ages 6mos-5yrs
Let’s read some books and rock to some music! Join Mr. Joe for a playful mini session of stories, music, movement, and songs.
Registration is required. A unique zoom program link will be sent to you via confirmation email prior to the program.
 
Birding 101
Zoom Program
Monday, Mar. 8, 3:00 pm
Join us on Zoom for an introduction to Birding and Bird watching with Beverly Propen. Beverly will instruct you on how to identify bird markings, color, size and habitat as well as what birds are commonly found in Connecticut.

Beverly Propen has a Master Wildlife Conservation License from the D.E.P and has volunteered for the Connecticut Audubon Society for over 15 years. 

Registration is required. A valid email address is required during registration. You will receive an email from the library with a link to join the meeting prior to the program.
New Haven Pizza Hist
Zoom Program
Wednesday, Mar. 10, 5:30 PM
Learn about New Haven's storied pizzerias, pizza families and the amazing food that has helped put this city on the map as one of the country's destinations for pizza, now dubbed the Pizza Capital of the United States by some. The presentation is full of images and detailed info that will take you back in time and get your stomach ready for more!

Colin M. Caplan runs Taste of New Haven food tours, events & classes, is an architect, historian, author of Pizza in New Haven, professor of history at Wesleyan University & tour operator in three states.

Registration is required. A valid email address is require during registration. You will receive an email from the library with a link to join the meeting prior to the program.
Thursday Morning Boo
Zoom Program
Thursday, Mar. 11, 10:30 AM
Join us on Zoom to discuss this month's book, The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead. 

When Elwood Curtis, a black boy growing up in 1960s Tallahassee, is unfairly sentenced to a juvenile reformatory called the Nickel Academy, he finds himself trapped in a grotesque chamber of horrors. Elwood’s only salvation is his friendship with fellow “delinquent” Turner, which deepens despite Turner’s conviction that Elwood is hopelessly naive, that the world is crooked, and that the only way to survive is to scheme and avoid trouble. As life at the Academy becomes ever more perilous, the tension between Elwood’s ideals and Turner’s skepticism leads to a decision whose repercussions will echo down the decades.

Registration is required. A valid email address is required during registration. You will receive an email from the library with a link to join the meeting prior to the program.
Mindfulness and Medi
Zoom Program
Thursday, Mar. 11, 2:00 PM
One hour meditation and mindfulness program. Johanne will teach and lead meditation and mindfulness to participants.
Johanne Vannelli is the owner of Peaceful Mind, LLC since 2015. She is a certified mindfulness and meditation instructor. She received her certification in November 2014 from the McLean Meditation Institute in Sedona Arizona.
Key Timing: Preparin
Zoom Program
Tuesday, Mar. 16, 2:00 PM
You've discovered another dent on your father’s car; your mother received a second citation for driving through a stop sign she claims she didn’t see; your grandparent backed into a fence – again – while pulling out of the garage. Fender benders, crashes, even deteriorating health are red flags that older adult drivers are becoming significant driving risks and perhaps it’s time to prepare for ‘driving retirement.’ Aimed at adult children or caregivers – or even older adults themselves – this presentation will guide folks as to how to have that challenging, but important driver safety discussion with older drivers in their families.

Presented by Fran Mayko. Fran, who has been with AAA for 18 years, is the club's media spokeswoman in AAA's territory of New Haven, Litchfield & Fairfield Counties. She also manages the club's driver improvement classes in CT.

Registration is required. A valid email address is required during registration. You will receive an email from the library with a link to join the meeting prior to the program. 
Mystery Book Club
Zoom Program
Wednesday, Mar. 17, 11:00 AM
Join us on Zoom to discuss this month's book, Down the River unto the Sea by Walter Mosley!

Joe King Oliver was one of the NYPD's finest investigators, until, dispatched to arrest a well-heeled car thief, he is framed for assault by his enemies within the NYPD, a charge which lands him in solitary at Rikers Island.
A decade later, King is a private detective, running his agency with the help of his teenage daughter, Aja-Denise. Broken by the brutality he suffered and committed in equal measure while behind bars, his work and his daughter are the only light in his solitary life. When he receives a card in the mail from the woman who admits she was paid to frame him those years ago, King realizes that he has no choice but to take his own case: figuring out who on the force wanted him disposed of -- and why.
Running in parallel with King's own quest for justice is the case of a Black radical journalist accused of killing two on-duty police officers who had been abusing their badges to traffic in drugs and women within the city's poorest neighborhoods.
Joined by Melquarth Frost, a brilliant sociopath, our hero must beat dirty cops and dirtier bankers, craven lawyers, and above all keep his daughter far from the underworld in which he works. All the while, two lives hang in the balance: King's client's, and King's own.

Registration is required. A valid email address is required during registration. You will receive an email from the library with a link to join the meeting prior to the program.
Zoom Program
Wednesday, Mar. 17, 2:30 pm
Join us on Zoom to share what you are currently reading in a fun and informal group!

Registration is required. A valid email address is required upon registration. You will receive an email from the library with a link to join the meeting prior to the program. 
Mindfulness and Medi
Zoom Program
Thursday, Mar. 18, 2:00 PM
One hour meditation and mindfulness program. Johanne will teach and lead meditation and mindfulness to participants.
Johanne Vannelli is the owner of Peaceful Mind, LLC since 2015. She is a certified mindfulness and meditation instructor. She received her certification in November 2014 from the McLean Meditation Institute in Sedona Arizona.
A Celebration of Wom
Zoom Program
Wednesday, Mar. 24, 5:30 PM
Finally Breaking Through the Male-Dominated World of Classical Music
There have always been women composers. As far back as the seventh century BC, Sappho, the Greek lyric poetess, played her own accompaniments on the barbiton and the pektis. Throughout the twelfth century there were female troubadours and during the sixteenth, madrigal composers. Francesca Caccini 1587-1638) is thought to be the first woman to write an opera and Elisabeth-Claude Jacquet de la Guerre (1663-1729), the author of an early ballet. It is not until the end of the nineteenth century, however, that significantly more women begin to enjoy public performances of their music and become professional composers. Perhaps you’ve heard of Teresa Carreno, Sophie Menter and Clara Schumann?

Music historian, Jeffrey Engel, will highlight the lives and the music of several distinguished female composers/concert pianists who attained recognition and success during the nineteenth century. Engel will present each opera talk, offering historical context for the composer and the opera stories. A graduate of Ithaca College, a cellist and teacher, Mr. Engel brings a rich knowledge of music history to each lecture, with musical excerpts.

Registration is required. A valid email address is required during registration. You will receive an email from the library with a link to join the meeting prior to the program. 
A Brief History of T
Zoom Program
Tuesday, Mar. 30, 2:00 PM
Since the invention of the ‘horseless carriage’, some type of identifier has appeared on cars. And as unlikely as it may seem, car license plates have been influenced by technology, culture, and current events over the last 100 years, offering a glimpse into our country’s past. Here’s a very brief look at our license plate history, ending with a game to match the license plate with the respective state.

Presented by Fran Mayko. Fran, who has been with AAA for 18 years, is the club's media spokeswoman in AAA's territory of New Haven, Litchfield & Fairfield Counties. She also manages the club's driver improvement classes in CT.

Registration is required. A valid email address is required during registration. You will receive an email from the library with a link to join the meeting prior to the program. 
Breathe. Move. Conne
Zoom Program
Friday, Apr. 9, 10:30 AM
Returning to zoom, Meghan Carter will present a new mindfulness program! As a follow up to the first workshop, participants will engage in a social connection activity followed by a gentle movement and breathing practice.   

Meghan Carter is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who bases her practice in positive psychology.  She loves helping people explore ways they can heal through connection, movement and breathing.  

Registration is required. A valid email address is required during registration. You will receive an email from the library with a link to join the meeting prior to the program. 
The Older, Wiser Dri
Zoom Program
Monday, Apr. 12, 2:00 PM
Learn about safe driving strategies to compensate for vision, cognitive & physical changes that come with aging.

Presented by Fran Mayko. Fran, who has been with AAA for 18 years, is the club's media spokeswoman in AAA's territory of New Haven, Litchfield & Fairfield Counties. She also manages the club's driver improvement classes in CT.

Registration is required. A valid email address is required during registration. You will receive an email from the library with a link to join the meeting prior to the program. 
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