Happy New Year!

2021 offers us a fresh start, and many reasons for hope. Over the next few months, as it is safe to do so, we will restore services and welcome more people back inside our buildings. We have missed seeing you, but are thankful we can serve you virtually and create new ways to connect.
At long last, the new Park Street Library will open in the summer of 2021. Decades of planning and advocacy led to the construction of a beautiful and welcoming new center for literacy, education, community, culture, history and civics.
We are also planning for a new library in North Hartford to replace our well-loved but much too small Barbour Branch Library. One opportunity that appears especially attractive is a new partnership with the Swift Factory that would enable us to more than triple the size of the current location and bring many more services and collections to the community.
In 2021 you will continue to see us offering online and in-person training and programming as well as enhanced digital and print collections.

Our mobile outreach has been so well received we are looking to add another vehicle and expand community-based services provided by the outreach team including programming, access to technology, materials and training services.

Thank you for your support of HPL through this most challenging year– here’s to a healthy and happy 2021 for us all.

Bridget Quinn-Carey
President and CEO
This collection of photographs was taken between 2017 and 2019 by Ken Ward. They present Hartford basking in the hues of winter twilight. 

The photographs are set to a reading of Wallace Stevens’ poem, "Of Hartford in a Purple Light," which was published in The Collected Poems of Wallace Stevens in 1954. 

More information about Ken Ward and Wallace Stevens can be found here: https://hplct.libguides.com/hhcexhibits/ofhartford.
Join Park Street Library manager Graciela Rivera program facilitator Elina Torres for a Spanish language program designed to help parents and adults cope with typical children's behavior in a positive way.

The conversation takes place virtually Friday, January 8 at 10 am.

To register, call 860-500-8492 or e-mail grivera@hplct.org.

Learn the basics of crochet and craft your very own headband! Join us on Zoom for a 3 week class on Tuesday evenings from 7-8 pm, starting January 12.

Register here: bit.ly/3np8vnb
Join us for some rock painting as we ease away the winter stress! Rock painting is a form of art therapy which is a technique rooted in the idea that creative expression can foster healing and mental well-being. Registration/Participation is required to get your take and make bag. Registration is limited.
Date: Thursday, January 14th
Time: 2:00- 3:00 pm
Virtual: Zoom 
To register, click here
Are you feeling fatigued? Is everything feeling like it is just too much to bear?

If you are in need of a little joy, please join us on Zoom, Thursday, January 14 at 7 pm to share your delightful moments.

Come ready to share a gleeful moment you may have witnessed or beloved quote, song, poem or book!

To register please call 860-695-7401 or email iblean@hplct.org for a Zoom invite.

Up Next on Baby Grand Jazz 2021: June Bisantz and Alex Nakhimovsky
Jazz/classical pianist Alex Nakhimovsky and vocalist June Bisantz share a love of Latin rhythms and jazz harmonies, and a serious playfulness that has made them successful musical partners.

The duo will be performing at the 2021 Baby Grand Jazz series, taking place Sunday, January 10 at 3 pm on Facebook and YouTube.

Last week, The Ken Serio Jazz Trio burned up HPL's Facebook page, starting the Baby Grand Jazz series in a great way! .

2021 School Choice Office Hours
School choice can be one of the most important - and complicated - decisions a parent can make.

HPL's School Choice Office is on hand to help with the process.

Office Hours
Monday-Thursday: 11 am to 6 pm
Friday: Noon to 5 pm
Saturday: 11 am to 5 pm

Contact us at: 860-695-6325 (desk phone)
Cell phones: 860-969-9148 or 860-306-9757
January Program Calendars
“That is part of the beauty of all literature. You discover that your longings are universal longings, that you're not lonely and isolated from anyone. You belong.”
― F. Scott Fitzgerald