Hartford Public Library Closes Monday, Jan. 16 for MLK Day
Forum On Park Branch
Tuesday, Jan. 24
7 to 8:30 pm
The  Lyceum
227 Lawrence St. 

Join us for a forum on the future of the Park Branch Library, hosted by Frog Hollow’s Neighborhood Revitalization Zone, which represents residents, businesses and nonprofit organizations.
Guest speakers include Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin and HPL CEO Bridget Quinn-Carey.
The library and the community have been advocating for more space for 20 years.  With funding now secured, preparation of the final construction documents and schedule planning are underway for the new branch on the site of the Lyric Theater at 585 Park St.
Parking is available in the lot next to the Lyceum, 227 Lawrence St.. The building is accessible to wheelchairs. 
If you have questions, please contact the Library’s Events line: 860-695-6320.


ArtWalk Opening January 13
Shadow Castings
Christine Dalenta and Benjamin Parker
January 13-February 26
Opening Reception:  Friday, Jan. 13, 6 pm
Artists' Talk: Wednesday, Feb. 15, 6 pm

Photographer Christine Dalenta and paper sculptor Benjamin Parker, create images on photographic paper using paper folding and light.
In this photo we see examples of their work. The project  was prompted when they acquired 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.            

Peters Reading Room

The family of Paul and Christine Peters rededicated The Peters Reading Room at the Downtown Hartford Public Library Monday, Jan. 9. The room was established in 2005 to honor the parents of Gerri Sullivan Peters, Hartford Mayor Mike Peters, Paula Peters Mccilduff, Eleanor Peters and Bob Peters. The room has been moved from the second floor to the main floor, in the southwest corner. Cutting the ribbon, from left, Jeannette Peters (widow of Mayor Mike), Paula Peters Mccilduff, Gerri Peters Sullivan, and back, HPL CEO Bridget Quinn Carey, HPL Board President Greg Davis, and Tim Sullivan.
In  the second photo, Gerri Sullivan, long-time HPL board member and former board president, is shown in the middle of her family in the new Peters Reading Room.

Sherry Winston Performs Sunday, Jan. 15 In Baby Grand Jazz SeriesPeters 

Connecticut’s Sherry Winston is a jazz flutist who has led her own jazz fusion band for almost 30 years.

She has  released several albums, performed with Stevie Wonder, played for two U.S. presidents, and been Director of Jazz Promotion at Columbia, Arista, GRP and Elektra Records.

She will be performing with Nick Bariluk on keyboards and piano, and Steve Clarke on bass.

The series is held in the Center for Contemporary Culture on the main floor of the Downtown Library. Doors open  at 1 pm; music begins at 3 pm. 

Read more about Baby Grand Jazz.


New England Natives
in Conversation:
Solidarity with Standing Rock 

Saturday, January 14, 1 to 3 pm
Center for Contemporary Culture

The issues surrounding the Dakota Access Pipeline at Standing Rock will be discussed through the lens of New England-based Natives. The program features artists Lee Mixashawn Rozie, Jennifer Elizabeth Kreisberg, and educators Sandy Grande and Mwalim DaPhunkee Professor.

@TheBench Is New Performing Space In Downtown Library

A  bench made from the largest elm tree in Connecticut is a new gathering place at Hartford Public Library.  It sits on the main floor near the new books section of the Downtown location. It is a pleasant place to sit and read and will be used as a performance area in the library’s new @thebench series.

Read more here:
Honoring Martin Luther King

Dare to Dream:  Martin Luther King Jr.
Wednesday, Jan. 18,  2 pm @thebench Performance Space, Main Floor, Downtown
4 pm at  Albany Branch, 1250 Albany Ave.

Hartford Public Library presents two dramatic performances of The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King’s speeches and writings, by New York-based actor David Mills. 

As MLK, Mills will deliver excerpts from “Letter from a Birmingham Jail”, “Early Days”, “Be the Best”, “Promised Land”, “If I Had Sneezed” and the “I Have a Dream” speech from the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in 1963.  Join us for an exploration of the public and private life of Dr,.King. 

This is the first event for our new performance space at the Downtown Library. Join us @thebench.

Lawyer at Your Library
First Tuesday of Each Month, 11 am-1 pm
Upcoming: January 31
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.
UConn Writing Center at HPL
First Saturday of Each Month
Upcoming: Feb. 4
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.

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Patrina Dixon at
The Author's Table
Wednesday, January 18, 2 to 6 pm
Downtown Library

Meet  Patrina Dixon, author of It's My Money, at the Downtown Library's Author's Table. 
This journal is the first in a series dedicated to financial literacy and money management.
It’s My Money is designed to help enrich teenagers with simple but smart financial information, and provides inspiring quotes and guided questions.
Youth & Family Services
Leap Into Learning
You are your child’s first and most important teacher! Reading to them is one of the best ways to prepare them for Kindergarten. Did you know that if you read one book a day for three years that equals 1,095 books? 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten @ HPL is part of Hartford Public Library’s Leap Into Learning early literacy initiative. Come into any branch to sign-up beginning Tuesday, January 20th or pre-register now at http://hplct.beanstack.org. When you register, you will receive a free tote bag and folder. Then return to the library at every interval of 100 to get a new log sheet and small prizes. For more information, call 860-635-6330

Your Elastic Brain 
It’s OK to not be perfect! Let’s talk about your ever-changing brain and do some fun projects around the books Ish and The Dot by Peter Reynolds.
Barbour Branch—Wednesday, January 18, 4-5 pm
Ropkins Branch—Thursday, February 19th, 4:15-5:15 pm
Goodwin Branch—Wednesday, February 25th, 4:30-5:30 pm
Dwight Branch—Thursday, February 26th, 4-5 pm  

Leap Into Learning
Sensational Sensory Wednesdays
Downtown Children’s Room
Wednesdays 11 am - Noon
Interactive play time for children. Each week children will enjoy a new and exciting sensory, hands-on learning activity.
Book Series of the Week
Building Blocks of Mathematics from World Book 
 Quirky characters drawn in exciting comic-book style introduce and demonstrate critical basic mathematics concepts in this new six-volume series of books.
E Resource of the Week
Twenty Yawns by Jane Smiley
Log your reading, discover new books and find learning adventures all for FREE with Beanstack. No longer just for kids, customers of all ages can sign up, create a reading profile, log books you read and get recommendations for new books that are of interest to you.
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!
Dungeons and Dragons

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:30 to 8 pm
Albany Branch, 1250 Albany Ave.

Set off for the adventure of a lifetime each Take your characters on an imaginary journey.  

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.

The Passport office is now located on the second floor.

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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