The Library will be closed Monday, February 19 for President's Day
Hartford History Center to Receive 2018 Empowering Communities Award
Hartford History Center at Hartford Public Library will receive a 2018 Empowering Communities Award from the Connecticut Fair Housing Center. The Hartford History Center is receiving this award for its work done in collaboration with the Connecticut Fair Housing Center in creating the CT Fair Housing Tour of Hartford.

“Here at the Hartford History Center, our challenge and our charge is to document and preserve these wonderful materials, but also to find ways to share their content, their spirit, and their legacy with our public. We are so happy to have provided the Connecticut Fair Housing Center with the resources they needed to create this critical tour,” said Brenda Miller, executive director of the Hartford History Center.

The award will be presented to Hartford Public Library’s Hartford History Center at Connecticut Fair Housing’s 2018 Annual Loving Civil Rights Award Dinner on May 10. 
Heart Smart at Albany: Public Health Night
Thursday, February 22, 4:00 -7:00 pm
Albany Branch
Learn about heart health at the Albany Branch:

4-5 pm: Free healthy heart screenings and cholesterol tests, courtesy of the the Women’s Heart Program at St. Francis Hospital.

4-7 pm: Heart healthy information and activities for children presented by Rashea Banks, community heart specialist, University of Connecticut.

5 pm: Dr. Anita M. Kelsey, director of echocardiography and the Women’s Heart Program at St. Francis Hospital, will talk about heart health.
Journey Writers Tell the Whole Story: Queer Black History
Thursday, February 22 
Refreshments: 5:30 pm, Performance: 6:00-7:00 pm
Center for Contemporary Culture

Journey Writers, a nonprofit organization to encourage writers, will present the stories of five LGBTQ historical figures of African descent.

Andre Keitt directs and also presents his piece on Bayard Rustin, (pictured), a leader in civil and gay rights, pacifism, and chief organizer of the 1963 March on Washington, where Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his “I have a dream” speech.

Regina Dyton will present the story of comedian Jackie “Moms” Mabley, (pictured); Brandon Burke will present his piece on poet, novelist and playwright Langston Hughes; Jacqueline Davis will tell us about Marsha P. Johnson, a gay liberation activist and drag queen; and Mel Thomas will present a narrative about singer Johnny Mathis.
Family Literacy Night
Celebrate National African American Read In
Downtown Children's Department
Thursday, February 22, 5:30-7:30 pm

The National African American Read-In is the nation’s first and oldest event dedicated to diversity in literature. It was established in 1990 by the Black Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English to make literacy a significant part of Black History Month. This initiative has reached more than 6 million participants around the world.

Books being shared are: Dave the Potter by Laban Carrick Hill, about an artist living in slavery in South Carolina in the 1800s; Colorful World by Cece Winans and Melodee Strong, based on a song about diversity; Underground: Finding the Light to Freedom by Shane W. Evans about the Underground Railroad; and Boycott Blues: How Rosa Parks Inspired a Nation by Andrea Davis Pinkney.
UConn Writing Center
Room 23, Ground Floor Downtown Library
12:00-4:00 pm every Saturday

The Hartford UConn Writing Center is available to writers of any skill level working on any kind of project. Visitors will receive an hour of one-on-one discussion about their project, their goals, and how their current material fits those plans. We are consultants who want to offer our experience as writers and readers to any who would like guidance, support, technical assistance, or anything else to do with growing as a writer. 

Our Advisors:
  • Brianna McNish is a third-year Honors student at the University of Connecticut studying English with concentrations in Creative Writing and Teaching English. She is currently the fiction editor at Long River Review.
  • Jacob Horn is an Assistant Professor of English in Residence at the University of Connecticut. He has taught classes on academic writing and worked as a coordinator for creative writing groups and writers.

No sessions on Saturday, February 17.
Baby Grand Jazz Series: Margaux Hayes and New World Ensemble
Sunday, February 18, 3:00 pm
Center for Contemporary Culture

The New World Ensemble presents music of the diaspora. This includes original compositions and interpretations of compositions by various artists. Margaux Hayes is a Vocalist/Performance Artist/Educator. Richard McGhee III is a composer/multi-reed instrumentalist. Performances have included the music of Sun Ra, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, and Fela Kuti, Tam-Tam Gise and the MageePa Project. Richard traveled to Capetown, South Africa as a member of the Institute of Training & Development, South African Artists Exchange. The band includes Jonathan Chatfield on piano, Jocelyn Pleasant on percussion, and Colin Benn on viola and bass.

Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors open at 2:00 pm. 

Since its start in 2002, Baby Grand Jazz has continued to grow and draw more people to the series every year. With this increase in popularity, we have heard your feedback and are here to serve. Hartford Public Library now offers new overflow accommodations within the Library where you can view the livestream of every Baby Grand Jazz performance. Come to rooms 140 and 141 to watch. They will be available until filled to capacity.

HPL will livestream all concerts and post them for later viewing on its website. Visit for more details.

This series is made possible by the Kaman Foundation.
A special thanks to all of our donors and sponsors who help make these programs possible.
Crochet Workshop

Saturday, February 17 , 11:00 am
Crocheting workshop where participants can learn to make a stuffed animal for a loved one.
Abstract Art Exploration

Wednesday, February 21, 3:30-4:30 pm
Learn about abstract artist Frank Stella, whose artwork is on display at the Wadsworth. Find out all about his abstract, minimalist style and then create
your own masterpiece to take home.
Nutrition 101
Thursday, February 22, 11:30 am–12:30 pm
Food Preparation & Tasting Series with a UCONN Nutrition Educator: Learn how to shop for and make nutritious meals and snacks, all for better health and
quality of life.
Drawing Black History

Thursday, February 22, 4:15-5:15 pm
Local cartoonist Joe Young will teach you the basics of cartooning and how to draw famous local and national African American leaders.
Magic Sand

Thursday, February 22, 3:30-4:30 pm
Explore the reason behind what makes magic sand magic and create your own magic sculpture.
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