Arts and Ideas Festival begins, with events including the Big Read--supported by the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. The 2017 Big Read centers on Luis Alberto Urrea's book "Into the Beautiful North," with related free events offered throughout Greater New Haven--from book club discussions, panel discussions, lectures, and exhibitions to readings directly related to or inspired by the central book. Collaborators so far include New Haven Free Public Library, New Haven Story Project, Citywide Youth Coalition, Junta, Youth Media and more. Contact: Sarah Sherban at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Literacy Forum on Philanthropy, Literacy, and Youth Development, at William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund, 2319 Whitney Ave # 2B, Hamden, CT. Speakers: Carlton Highsmith of ConnCAT and CFGNH boards, Laura McCargar of Perrin Family Foundation, Jessica Sager of All Our Kin, and moderator Lee Cruz of CFGNH. Register: email@example.com
Preschool Story Times are every Monday and Tuesday from 10:30-11:30 at the New Haven Public Library's Stetson branch. Enjoy stories, songs, and fun for preschool ages; call ahead to reserve a spot: Diane Brown at (203) 946-6786.
THE WORD--5th Annual Citywide Youth Poetry Jams--April 28 (middle school) and April 29 (high school) at the Neighborhood Music School; doors open at 5:30. Hosted by Aaron Jafferis and Hanifa Washington, in partnership with the Institute Library and New Haven Public Schools.
Free ESL classes at the main branch of the New Haven Public Library, in partnership with Literacy Volunteers--improve pronunciation, listening and speaking skills in English conversation groups. Classes meet downstairs every Tuesday and Thursday, 6-8 p.m., and in the Mitchell Branch Mondays 6:30-8 p.m. and Fair Haven Tuesdays 10:30-11:30 a.m. No sign-up is required; call 946-8130 ext 200 for information.
In cooperation with Literacy Volunteers, the New Haven Public Library is offering adults math tutoring for the GED, or for parents wishing to help their kids with math, Wednesdays, 5:30-7pm and Thursdays, 2:30-4 pm in the lower level of the main branch, 133 Elm Street.
CT Data Collaborative is offering a FREE Data Basics Course for nonprofits as part of the CTData Academy. Participants come away with a greater understanding of data collection and analysis and a more critical eye towards data encountered in everyday life, at Wells Fargo Community Room, United Way of Greater New Haven. Questions: Rachel Leventhal-Weiner at firstname.lastname@example.org.