Featuring Christopher Nogy
Hosted by Joshua Foer

For the last 20 years, Christopher Nogy has been recreating thousand-year-old musical instruments in his home shop in Northwest Arkansas. Join us for a discussion (and performance) of these nearly lost musical wonders.

Tuesday, February 24, 2014, 7:00 p.m.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Library Members $10 Admission,
Non-Members $15

Tickets available online at

Christopher Nogy at the Institute Library

Collectible limited editions of posters signed by Christopher Nogy, Joshua Foer, and Jack Hitt will be available for sale following the event, or in advance via Eventbrite.

Amateur Hour, the Institute Library's monthly series curated by Joshua Foer and Jack Hitt, explores the passions and pursuits of America's most inspiring fanatics, obsessives, tinkerers, and collectors.

Amateur Hour is made possible through the generous support of CT Humanities, Faxon Law Group, and Virginia Quarterly Review (VQR). VQR is now publishing a section on selected Amateur Hour installments in every issue: pick up a copy or read one online at www.vqronline.org!

A Reading for Al-Mutanabbi Street

Thursday, March 5, 2015 at 7:00 p.m
Donations accepted

On the anniversary of the 2007 bombing of the booksellers’ market in Baghdad, in defiance of the ongoing attacks throughout the world against reading and readers.

Excerpts from the anthology Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here will be read by

Daisy Abreu
Allan Appel
Carlos Hortas
Marissa Hutton
Fethi Meghelli
Paula Panzarella

Introduction by Stephen Vincent Kobasa

Al-Mutannabbi at the Institute Library

IMAGE: Grendl Löfkvist and Dave Stevenson, "Bloodstained Pages"

Listen Here at the Institute Library

Listen Here Spring 2015

Join us for an evening of great short fiction performed by members of the New Haven Theater Company, followed by a half-hour "talk back" with the performers and editors of New Haven Review, who have curated the stories and themes. We'll serve coffee/tea and snacks. Free.

Find the schedule and join the events on Facebook.

Read coverage of recent past events in the series: October's "Spooky Little World" and November's "Bitter Sweet."

Where Ya Going? | Thursday, February 12, 2015, 7PM
"The Swimmer" by John Cheever
"Along the Scenic Route" by Harlan Ellison

All in the Family | Wednesday, March 11, 2015, 7PM (On the Library's Third Floor)
"North of" by Marie Bertino
"Scarecrow" by Betsy Boyd


Love at Second Sight | Thursday, April 9, 2015, 7PM
"Just Before the War with the Eskimoes" by J.D. Salinger
"Miss Temptation" by Kurt Vonnegut

A Little Out of Place | Wednesday, May 13, 2015, 7PM
"Fat" by Raymond Carver
"Araby" by James Joyce
"The Use of Force" by William Carlos Williams

An Evening of Poetry

Wednesday, March 11
6:00-8:00 p.m.
(On the Library's Second Floor)

Featuring Baron Wormser
and Nancy Meneely


The Institute Library and the Poetry Institute are proud to host a reading by former Maine poet laureate Baron Wormser and local poet and head of the Guilford Poets Guild Nancy Meneely.

Join us on Wednesday, March 11 at 6pm to hear Mr. Wormser read from his forthcoming collection, Unidentified Sighing Objects, and Ms. Menelly read from her book, Letter from Italy, 1944.

Parking options: http://www.infonewhaven.com/culture-listing/t

Baron Wormser is the author/co-author of thirteen books and a poetry chapbook. Wormser has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Bread Loaf, and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. From 2000 to 2006 he served as poet laureate of the state of Maine. He teaches in the Fairfield University MFA Program and is Director of Educational Outreach for the Frost Place in Franconia, NH. A book of poetry, Unidentified Sighing Objects, is forthcoming in September, 2015.

Baron  at the Institute Library
Nancy  at the Institute Library After years of producing lunch hour poems in offices at Yale, SUNY Albany and the Federal Emergency Management  Agency, Nan Meneely retired into the poetry life on the Connecticut shoreline. She is a member of the Guilford Poets Guild and the Connecticut River Poets and administers the annual Connecticut River Poetry Seminar for Frost Place alums. Her poetry and prose, including a number of poetry book reviews, have appeared in a variety of publications and newspapers, and one poem has been performed twice by the East Haddam Stage Company. Her book, Letter from Italy, 1944, published by Antrim House, provides the libretto for an oratorio of the same name composed by her sister, Sarah Meneely-Kyder. The production of this oratorio is the subject of a forthcoming documentary film.

Paint Skin

January 31 to March 7, 2015

Curated by Noé Jimenez

The Gallery at the Institute Library

Open to the public during regular library hours

Opening reception Saturday, January 31

Noon to 2pm

Please visit the Gallery at the Institute Library for PAINT SKIN, curated by Noé Jimenez and featuring works by Farrell Brickhouse, Lucy Mink Covello, Allison Hornak, Ted Gahl, Christopher Mir, Susan Carr, David Taylor, Natalie Westbrook, and Valentina Sarfeh.