Long Wharf Theatre is working with New Haven Free Public Library to broaden access to both organizations through the following programs


Tuesday April 2, 6PM | Wilson Branch Library
Crafting Your Home
Everyone has a story. It is time to tell yours. The stories we tell of ourselves shape the lives we live, the relationships we form, and the people we become. Join us to write and workshop personal anecdotes, memoirs, and truths and to learn tools and techniques to take ownership over your story.

Saturday April 6, 3PM | Mitchell Branch Library
Mapping Home: Telling your New Haven story
Bring a photograph of New Haven and share the story of its past, and together we’ll put the photographs on a map of New Haven to create a collage of our hometown.

Tuesday April 9, 6PM | Ives Main Branch
History Slam: Histories of Home
Listen to history out loud! Join NHFPL, LWT, and Yale Public Humanities reading and performing letters, poems, and quotes from our shared histories on the theme of home. Hear the words of Nelson Mandela, Mary Oliver, bell hooks, Nixon and more.

Wednesday April 17, 6PM | Stetson Branch Library
Spoken Word and Social Justice
Join us for an evening of spoken word, poetry, and music ruminating on the theme of home.

Thursday April 18, 5:00PM | Fair Haven Branch Library
Storytelling and Social Justice
How do the stories we tell impact justice in our city? Join Karen DuBois-Walton (Storytellers New Haven), Bill Graustein (William Casper Graustein Memorial Fund), and Reverend Kevin Ewing (New Haven Story Project) in conversation with Long Wharf Theatre’s new Artistic Director Jacob Padrón as they explore the intersection of storytelling and social justice.

Monday April 22, 6PM | Ives Main Library
Tell Your Story: Finding Home
Join us for a city-wide story slam on the theme of “Finding Home.” All are welcome to share their stories. Please sign up online in advance. Stories will be shared from the Young Leadership Program at Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services (IRIS), “Survivors of Society Rising” at Connecticut Mental Health Center, Tower One Tower East residents, and you!

Thursday May 9, 6PM | Fair Haven Branch Library
Mi Historia: a bilingual story sharing event!
Join us for a visual and oral story sharing event. All are welcome to share their stories. Please sign up online in advance. There will be English and Spanish translation present. Únete a nosatros para compartir tus historias en inglés y español.





Public Programming: Story-slams, artist conversations, workshops, and more! Join us at all five library branches throughout the season for theatre-based programming. All are welcome. Check for upcoming programs by signing up for our email list or checking out our Facebook page!

Library Pass: Use your New Haven Free Public Library card to check out a pass (2 tix) to see a show at LWT for free. 

Micro-branch: A curated mini-library in the LWT lobbies during each show.  Anybody with a Connecticut library card can check out a book and return it to their local branch.

Community Ambassador Program: A group of 30 ambassadors to LWT, nominated by our partners. These are avid community leaders and theatre-goers who broaden the audience for LWT programming and deepen the conversations we have around each show.


Community Ambassador Stacy Spell telling a story at a Story Slam at Ives Main library


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