Happy 2017!
New Year's Resolutions? HPL Can Help!
PhotoPeter Casolino for the Hartford Courant  
Hartford Public Library has resources to help you meet your 2017 goals.

Here are just a few examples:
If your resolution is to get fit & healthy, then join us for Introductory Yoga at the Camp Field Branch!

If you'd like to  travel more , we can help you  apply for a passport .

If you resolved to to read more, you're invited to celebrate Edgar Allan Poe's birthday with a reading and discussion of The Raven.

If you want to learn something new, check out the unique jazz ensembles during our Baby Grand Jazz series.

If your resolution is to spend more time with your family, start with our First Night Celebration on New Year's Eve, then check out our  Youth Program Calendar for a listing of all our kids' activities.
If you made a resolution  to
give back...
Please consider a year-end gift to Hartford Public Library in support of our ongoing work in the Hartford community.

HPL is a place for learning, a place for transforming communities, a place for the arts -- a place like no other.

HPL Goes Beyond Words: Anwar Amhad, who came out of retirement to manage the SAND/Ropkins Branch of HPL, discusses the library's impact on the community in a video created by Pita Group for HPL’s Beyond Words event.  Watch Anwar's full interview
Capitol Region Council of Governments Offers Emergency Preparedness Workshop at HPL
Downtown - Monday, January 9, 11am-1 pm
Albany - Monday, January 9, 3-5 pm
Goodwin - Tuesday, January 10, 12-2 pm
Camp Field - Tuesday, January 10, 3-5 pm
Dwight - Wednesday, January 11, 12-2 pm
Ropkins - Thursday, January 12, 4-5:45 pm

Our region is at risk for hurricanes, winter storms, floods, and more. Learn about creating a household disaster plan that can help ensure you and your family will be prepared in the event of an emergency.
Baby Grand Jazz 2017
Kicks Off January 8
The James Weidman Apertuistic Trio opens the 14th Annual Baby Grand Jazz Series, sponsored by The Charles H. Kaman Charitable Foundation. The 16-concert series opens January 8 and runs through April 30. The free, hour-long concerts are held Sundays, 3 pm, in the Center for Contemporary Culture on the main floor of the Downtown Library at 500 Main St. The concerts are presented in partnership with the Hartford Jazz Society and WWUH 91.3 FM.

Click here to learn more
Upcoming on the Artwalk:
Shadow Castings
January 13-February 26
Downtown Library, 3rd Floor

Christine Dalenta and Benjamin Parker, photographer and paper sculptor, practice a unique combination of paper folding and photographic techniques. Their process results in cameraless images, created through the action of light on folded light-sensitive paper.         

Dalenta and Parker’s project was prompted by the acquisition of a vintage photographic paper designed to fold without cracking. Dalenta and Parker folded this light-sensitive paper in the darkroom, exposed it, and processed it through standard photographic chemistry. The resulting prints complicate the differentiation between image and object, as the paper itself has modulated the light.              

Photographic paper is, for the most part, seen as functionally transparent. In the work of Dalenta and Parker, however, the material nature of the paper is celebrated and bound to the image it holds.
Holiday Closings
Hartford Public Library will be closed on the following days in January:

Sunday, January 1
Monday, January 2
Monday, January 16

Lawyer at Your Library
First Tuesday of Each Month, 11 am-1 pm
Upcoming: January 3
Downtown Library, The American Place

Meet privately with an attorney from Greater Hartford Legal Aid concerning questions about rights in the workplace, such as:
  • Unlawful discrimination, including race, sex, physical or mental disability.
  • Violations of laws concerning wages and overtime, family and medical leave, domestic violence leave..
  • Rights of certified or licensed workers (such as Certified Nurse Aides, bus drivers,).
  • Rights of former offenders such as rejection/firing from a job due to one’s criminal record.   
No appointment necessary. Visitors are seen on a first-come, first-served basis.
Three Kings Day
Albany - Thursday, January 5, 4:30-5:30 pm
Barbour - Thursday, January 5, 4-5 pm
Ropkins - Thursday, January 5, 4:15-5:15 pm
Camp Field - Friday, January 6, 4-5 pm

Learn all about Dia de los Reyes, a holiday traditionally celebrated in the Hispanic community. Listen to a Three King’s story and create your own crown to take home.
UConn Writing Center at HPL
First Saturday of Each Month
Upcoming: January 7
Wallace Stevens Room  

Meet with students, graduate students and professors from UConn Hartford, to discuss your writing and receive feedback. Writing of all kinds and at all stages - planning, drafting or revising - is welcome. 

Visitors are met on a first-come, first-served basis for approximately one hour.

Read more
Introductory Yoga at HPL
Wednesday, January 11, 12-1 pm
Camp Field Branch

Learn about yoga and its many health benefits in a free introductory class taught by an outreach instructor from West Hartford Yoga. You will leave the class feeling refreshed and relaxed.

Please register by calling 860.695.7440
Susan Harrison Rashid at
The Author's Table
Wednesday, January 11, 12-3 pm
Downtown Library

Meet author Susan Harrison Rashid and discuss her latest work, Beneath a Shooting Star, at the Downtown Library's Author's Table. 

A native of Manchester, Rashid practiced law for over 20 years before penning her debut novel. Her novel draws from her life in a Pakistani family and frequent visits to the city of Lahore, where she married her husband in 1980.
Youth & Family Services
Celebrate First Night With
Caravan Puppets
Saturday, December 31, 12-1 pm
Downtown Library Children's Department

Join us in celebration of First Night in Hartford. Caravan Puppets will put on The Season of Lights, a performance celebrating the winter holidays with tales of wonder and light. All kids who attend will receive a free book and a pair of gloves, funded through a generous donation from Trinity Health New England.

E-Resource of the Week:
History Reference Center
Don’t know much about history? No problem— History Reference Center has an easy-to-use interface to get you exploring and learning right away.

Book of the Week:
The Misadventures of Max Crumbly:
Locker Hero
A brand-new series from #1 New York Times bestselling Dork Diaries author Rachel Renee Russell. Introducing Max Crumbly—everything is great about his new middle school, except for the bully who keeps shoving him in his locker! If only Max could be like the hero in his favorite comic

Teen Services

Makerspace Mayhem

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4 pm
Downtown Library, 2nd floor

Come to YOUmedia for the twice-weekly Makerspace challenge.

Anime Character Creation

Wednesdays 3-5 pm
Downtown Library, 2nd floor

Animefy yourself and your friends at YOUmedia - or create a new unique character of your own.

3D Sculpting and Design

Thursdays, 6-8 pm
Downtown Library, 2nd Floor

Learn how to design cool characters and objects to use in animations, video games, graphic design, and more!
Adult Learning

U.S. Citizenship Classes

Cycles range from 12-to-14 weeks and repeat. Legal assistance with application completion and submission included.

Passport Services
You can apply for a passport at Hartford Public Library. Evening and Saturday hours. 

No appointment is needed and photos can be taken on-site.

Online Learning

Accessible through the library website in the Online Education & Research Section. All free with your library card. Log in with your card number and create a user name and password.

  • Learn a New Language: Learn or practice more than 100+ languages using the online learning program Transparent Language.
  • LearningExpress Library™: Build your academic skills in reading, writing, math, and science; prepare for standardized tests, college admissions tests, and professional licensing and certification.
  • Universal Class: Select from over 500 courses in a wide variety of subjects through a program called Universal Class. Learn a new hobby, improve your computer skills, or expand your job or career options. 
  • Career Online High School (COHS)Earn your high school diploma online, must be 24 or older.

American Job Center

Monday-Thursday, 10 am-8 pm
Fridays 10 am-5 pm  

Looking for a job? Feeling a bit rusty on your interview skills or bewildered by all the new technology a successful job search demands? We can help! CTWorks Capital Workforce Partners and HPL Library have partnered to bring a CTWorks "American Job Center" to the Downtown Library.

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