Baby Grand Jazz Finale!
Sunday, April 24th
This is going to be good.
We share a passion for changing the world through music, a tool of reckoning and awakening to tell our stories of truth.” Ronnie Burrage

Ronnie Burrage & Holographic Principle
Sunday, April 24th - 3 pm
Downtown Library
500 Main Street

Ronnie Burrage is an artist, producer and composer known for his versatile jazz, funk and soul sounds. He's toured all around the world and played with leading figures Wayne Shorter, Sonny Rollins, Pat Metheny and more.

Holographic Principle is a quartet of energetic, talented artists including Burrage, bassist Nimrod Speaks, Alex Collins and Alain Bredette.

Get a sneak preview of their sound HERE.

Get your tickets HERE or tune in on our Facebook Page or YouTube channel.
The Wonders of Trees
Richard Powers
2019 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction Winner
New York Times Bestseller

This book is a breathtaking homage to the natural world. It explores humans’ impact on the Earth by telling the story of a handful of people, how their lives intersect in unusual ways, and how their existence intertwines with nature.

"The best novel ever written about trees, and really, just one of the best novels, period." Ann Patchett
Peter Wohlleben
New York Times Bestseller

Author Peter Wohlleben draws on groundbreaking scientific discoveries to describe how trees are like humans. Trees can communicate with one another and support each other. A fascinating read that will change your nature walks forever.

“This fascinating book will intrigue readers who love a walk through the woods.” — Publishers Weekly
More Trees Please

Intelligent Trees The Documentary
Featuring Suzanne Simard & Peter Wohlleben 

Peter Wohlleben (The Hidden Life of Trees) and scientist Suzanne Simard have been observing and investigating communication between trees over decades. Intelligent Trees features the main observations that are covered in Wohlleben's best-selling book.

You can watch the movie HERE (and many more for free with your library card at Kanopy).

"A hymn to the plant world." Les Fiches du Cinéma

Watch the trailer HERE.
Returning Home to Hartford 
Frederick Law Olmsted: Landscapes for the Public Good
Opening program:
Thursday, April 21st, 4-6 pm
Hartford History Center, Downtown Library
500 Main Street
Exhibition on view through June 9
Frederick Law Olmsted Sr., the father of American landscape architecture, was born and buried in Hartford and left a legacy of contributions to the city's park system.

This exhibit explores the many facets of Olmsted’s life and legacy through vivid images and drawings. 
Keney, Pope, Riverside and Goodwin parks, along with several smaller parks, are highlighted with images selected from the Hartford History Center collection by friends groups and Barbara Yaeger of the American Society of Landscape Architects.
Our opening program will feature John Alexopoulos, associate professor of landscape architecture at UConn.

Showcasing Local Music, Food and Art
Saturday, April 23rd
Warm Jungle Presents Open Canvas 
Saturday, April 23rd 
1-4 pm
Downtown Library - 500 Main Street - Café

Warm Jungle was founded in 2020 by Danessa Pedroso to help people cultivate a sacred relationship with their environment and ultimately, themselves. By creating functional and sculptural ceramics, Danessa hopes to provide “earthenware” that will maximize others' self-care experiences. Additionally, Warm Jungle applies a green touch by offering plants to liven up spaces and reconnect the community to the natural world. Ultimately, Danessa's overall mission with Warm Jungle is to create a safe, learning sanctuary for others by using one of the oldest forms of technology, pottery.
'The Future is Latinx' Art Exhibit
Opening Reception and Artists' Talk Friday, April 22nd
Opening reception and artists' talk
Friday, April 22nd 4:30 pm
Park Street Library @ the Lyric
603 Park Street

The exhibit features three emerging artists from Connecticut whose work envisions the Latinx future: Adrian Martinez Chavez, Rafael Concepcion and Alejandro De La Guerra.

“In the face of great uncertainties, the artwork of Chavez, Concepcion, and De La Guerra exudes permanence and dignity.” Julia Wintner, curator of the exhibit and coordinator of gallery and museum services at Eastern Connecticut State University

The exhibit will be on display through May 31st. Learn more HERE.

*The fall of the equestrian statue of the dictator Somoza García, ousted in 1979 recreated by Alejandro De La Guerra (pictured above).
Literature and poetry programming for you.
"The word 'love' is most often defined as a noun, yet we would all love better if we used it as a verb." — bell hooks

Come share your perspective on this important book while listening to others share their viewpoints.

Hartford Reads In Color Book Club
Sunday, April 24th, 2-3
Virtual via Zoom (Zoom details Following registration)

Register HERE and check out the book HERE.
Ekphrastic Poetry 
Saturday April 23rd
10:30-11:30 am
Burr Mall, 550 Main Street

Ekphrastic poetry is writing poetry inspired by artwork. Write poetry with artist Rafael Osés about the Stegosaurus sculpture located in Burr Mall. All ages welcome. Materials will be provided.

Register HERE.
Art, Science, Sports, Music.
What is it you want to explore today?
Did you know with your HPL library card you can borrow a pass to visit museums and attractions just as you would a book or DVD?

Check out the many museums and live theater opportunities that our available to you HERE.
“This is not our world with trees in it. It's a world of trees, where humans have just arrived.”― Richard Powers, The Overstory