Holiday  Alert
April Closing Dates
Hartford Public Library will be closed on Friday, April 14, in observance of Good Friday.
The Library is also closed Sunday, April 16, for Easter. The American Job Center will reopen on Wednesday, April, 19, on the main floor of the Downtown Library.
April Is Poetry Month
Poetry Power  

Dwight , Thursday, April 20, 4-5 pm
Ropkins, Thursday, April 20, 3:30-5 pm

Celebrate National Poetry Month all month long at the library. Learn how to create blackout poetry sheets to form unique poems. Or make your own compositions with paper and pen.
Poem In Your Pocket
Hartford History Center
3rd Floor, Downtown

Take a poetry break from 1 to 5 pm, Tuesdays through Thursdays in the Hartford History Center. Browse our poetry collection.

On Thursdays through April at 1:15 pm we will read a poem aloud over the Library intercom.

On April 27, between 1 and 5 pm, visit our Pop Up Maker Space in the Hartford History Center and make a poem to carry in your pocket.  We suggest one by Hartford community activist Lucy Cooper Summers, author of  99 Patches, her book of poetry published in 1969. The book was revised and reprinted in 1995. In 1997 graduates of Hartford High School received a copy as a memento.

Lucy Cooper Summers Portrait by D. Racine.
Poets On Poetry Series
The Poetry of Elizabeth Bishop, Part 2
Presented by John Stanizzi
Saturday, April 29, 10:15 am - 12:15 pm
Hartford History Center
3rd Floor, Downtown
Elizabeth Bishop was an American poet and short story writer who won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1956, the National Book Award in 1970, and the Neustadt International Price for Literature in 1976.
John Stanizzi, poet, teaches at Manchester Community College and has published several collections of poetry.

Let's Discuss The U.S. Constitution
Encounters: U.S. Constitution
Saturday, April 29, 2-4 pm
Hartford History Center
3rd Floor, 500 Main St.
The Encounters series is a public discussion program created by the Hartford History Center at Hartford Public Library, UConn's Humanities Institute, and the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art. Discussion leaders engage in topics aimed at strengthening our ability to know ourselves and one another through respectful and challenging dialogue.
Read the U.S. Constitution in advance.
Register: Jasmin Agosto, or 860-695-6367
Get Healthy At The Library
Tips for Body and Mind
Pack-a-Punch of Nutrition
Albany, Monday, April 17, 4:30-5:30 pm

Hands on, healthy snack prep practice for you at the library brings no-cook, nutritious and tasty veggie and bean snacks to make and to eat.

Yoga Time 
Goodwin, Monday, April 17, 4:00-5:45
Ropkins, Wednesday, April 26, 5 pm

Yoga is great for keeping your body healthy and your mind relaxed. Come learn some fun poses. No special mat or experience needed.  

Custom Soda Workshop
Ropkins, Wednesday, April 19, 5 pm

Cut your sugar intake and make your own custom soda flavor. Hartford Food Systems and UConn SNAP will help you create a tasty beverage that is healthier.

Programs for Kids
Science, Technology,
Engineering, Math

Wiggle Bots
Camp Field, Monday & Thursday,
Week of April 17th, 3-4 pm 
Design and build your own wiggle bot. This is a true engineering project. Can you make it dance in circles, or draw?

Seed Pods
Goodwin, Wednesday, April 19, 2-4 pm
Stop by to make your own Seed Pod, a neat package of flower seeds and soil that are easy to grow. Learn about the importance of working to save our planet, and some simple ways you can help every day.

Earth Day
Blue Hills, Thursday, April 20, 4:30-5:30 pm
Albany, Friday, April 21, 2-4 pm
Dwight, Friday, April 21, 3:30-4:30 pm
Learn about the importance of working to save our planet and some simple ways you can help every day. We will create a seed starter out of recycled materials that you can bring home and watch grow.

Legos In the Library
Downtown, Tuesdays, 3:30 to 4:30 pm
We have Legos and a challenge for you. What will you create? Do you have what it takes to be a master builder? 

Backpacks of Fun
We have Sprout Early Learning Backpacks available for checkout at four branches. Visit the Downtown Children’s Room, Albany, Goodwin, or Ropkins to pick one up today. You can also place a hold on one and have it delivered to the branch of your choice. Here's a list of types of backpacks.
Book of the Week
Stef Soto, Taco Queen by Jennifer Torres

Estefania "Stef" Soto wants to be a typical seventh grader. She wants to have friends. She wants to fit in, and she wants a bit of independence from her overprotective immigrant parents. But when her family's livelihood, a taco truck, is threatened, Stef surprises everyone by becoming the truck's unlikely champion. Friendship and the importance of family are the themes of this story. 

Social Skills
Park, Wednesday, April 19, 30 pm
Learn about body language, nonverbal communication and eye contact. Improve your social skills by learning about silent signals through role-playing. Learn about personal space and verbal tone that can make others feel awkward. Activities designed for ages 5 to 19 years.

We Love Your Help
The Hartford Public Library needs your support throughout the year. Please consider making a pledge or donation to help us continue to offer a place that cultivates opportunities, empowers and inspires individuals, and fuels a more prosperous future.
We thank the leaders of Aetna, Travelers, and The Hartford, for their generous support.

Try Biblioboard 
Biblioboard At HPL
Hartford Public Library is introducing an online service that allows users to 
create a book, self- publish an ebook, and browse multimedia content, digital exhibits and books from local authors.
Create an account here.  When you log in at the Library, Biblioboard  knows where you are. You can become familiar with the site by browsing it. To create a book go here.  To publish an ebook go here.  To explore go here.

Rafael  Osés and Michael Sweeney
3rd Floor, Downtown
Show Runs through April 30

Michael Sweeney, a woodworker, displays  the books of things we do not know which examines the book as a symbol which prompts consideration of a centuries-old technology that remains an elegant vehicle for exploring one's curiosity.

Rafael Osés ' small word paintings — everyday or esoteric words and phrases, using geometric shapes and simple color symbolism — encourage viewers to consider both the meaning and visual attributes of language.

Carla Ten Eyck: 
see real women:
really see women

Administrative Wall, Third Floor
Downtown Library

Originally commissioned in 2008, Carla Ten Eyck's exhibition, see real women: really see women, is part of the Hartford History Center's permanent collection. In honor of Women's History Month, the Hartford History Center at Hartford Public Library celebrates a Hartford-born photographer and her work that asks and answers the question, "When do you feel you are your most beautiful?"

Left,  Marsha #1

Leap Into Learning Programs
Birth to Five
First Friends Play Group
Monday, April 17, 11- Noon
Our play and picture book areas are reserved for you. Share toys, books, and music while your child meets other children.

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. 

Born to Read
Albany, Wednesday, April 18, 11:30 am -12:30 pm
Blue Hills,Thursday, April 19, 11:30 am -12:30 pm
Inspire, stimulate and create a love of reading in your child by visiting the library for developmentally appropriate stories, songs and finger plays. There will be bubbles and parachute games with time for socialization and play time afterwards. No registration is required.

Every Child Ready to Read Storytime
Downtown, Friday, April 21 & 28, 11 am - Noon
An interactive program based on the five practices of the Every Child Ready to Read initiative: talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing. Listen to stories, learn finger plays, and sing songs.

Authors Table
Laura Wollett
Big Top Burning

Tuesday, April 18, 3-6 pm
Main Floor, Downtown Library

Big Top Burning recounts the true story of the 1944 Hartford circus fire, one of the worst fire disasters in U.S. history. This story of a gripping disaster, an ongoing detective and forensics saga, and World War II–era American history, invites readers to take part in a critical evaluation of the evidence and draw their own conclusions.
The author will have books for sale and signing.
The Library Is A Place For All

Read About Your Legal Protections
Hartford Public Library Serves Everyone

All community members of  every religion and ethnicity, whether citizens or immigrants, are welcome at the Library.
Stay informed and connected.

Classes at Barbour Branch
Study For Your GED

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 9:30-11:30 am
Barbour, 261 Barbour St.

Take classes in writing and math to prepare you for the GED test. Open enrollment.
Register: 860-695-6349 or 860-695-7400.  

Classes At Mark Twain Branch
Spanish for Beginners
Wednesdays, 6-7:30 pm, Until May 17
Mark Twain Branch, West Middle School
927 Asylum St.

Hartford Public Library card holders can sign up for a beginner Spanish course, on Wednesday, March 22.
The classes cover basic Spanish grammar in a step-by-step approach. Classroom instruction will transition to an online program called “Transparent Language,” for continued studies.Classes will be taught by a native Spanish speaker. Class size will be limited to 20 registrants.
Information: 860-695-6316 and
Citizenship Test Prep Class
Tuesdays and Thursday, 6-7:30 pm,
Until May 31
Mark Twain Branch, West Middle School
927 Asylum St.

Each class will focus on many of the 100 citizenship test civics questions. We encourage the community to join us for these lively interactive activities and discussions. The classes are open for U.S. citizens who want to improve their own knowledge of U.S. Civics or enhance their skills to tutor new arrivals on their paths to citizenship.
Information: 860-695-6316 and
Read to Succeed (R2S) Hartford
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays
3:30-7:30 pm
Mark Twain Branch, West Middle School
927 Asylum Ave.

The classes are a combination of one-on-one instruction with a teacher and computer-based reinforcement activities for adults new to reading.
Information: 860-695-6316 and

Programs at Ropkins
Put On Your Game Face

Tuesdays, 4:45 to 5:45 pm
The popularity of tabletop games is trending. There are thousands of versions, such as Sushi Go, Betrayal at House on the Hill, Survive Escape from Atlantis, and Deception (a more modern murder mystery with bluffing and evasion).
Bring your friends and your favorite games and set up a match.

College Scholarship Prep

T hursday, April 27, 4:45 pm
Learn the fundamentals of college scholarships and techniques for filling out applications, meeting deadlines, and useful research tools.
Sign up by calling 860-695-7520. Drop-ins welcome. 

Stitching Wizardry
Wednesday, April 26, 2:30 pm
Thursday, May 11, 5 pm

Learn how to embroider and monogram by hand and with our embroidery machine.

Dungeons and Dragons
Albany, Thursdays, 4:30-6 pm
Blue Hills,Thursdays, 3-6 pm
Downtown, Tuesdays & Thursdays, 3-6 PM
Set off for the adventure of a lifetime each week.

Writing Workshops At Barbour
Thursdays, 3 to 6 pm
Barbour Branch
Learn the basics of expressing yourself through the written word. .
Our intern, Tinasia, runs the workshops.

Makerspace Mayhem

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

Come to YOUmedia for the twice-weekly Makerspace challenge.

Anime Character Creation

Thursdays, 6-8 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.

Drawing With Kahairi
Mondays and Wednesdays, 1 to 6 pm
Downtown Library, 3rd Floor

Let's talk about anime, pop culture and video games while we draw.
Lawyer At Your Library
First Tuesday of Each Month, 11 am-1 pm
Upcoming: May 2
Downtown Library, The American Place 

Meet privately with an attorney from Greater Hartford Legal Aid concerning questions about rights in the workplace. No appointment necessary. Topics include unlawful discrimination, wages and overtime, and rights fo former offenders. Visitors are seen on a first-come, first-served basis. 

U.S. Citizenship Classes

Class 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. Hours are Monday though Thursday, 3:30 to 7 pm; Saturday, 10 am to 3 pm.  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-6 pm
Fridays, 10 am-5 pm,
Main Floor, Downtown

 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.

The Job Center will be closed Friday, April 14, because the Library is closed for Good Friday. The Job Center is moving back to its location on the Main Floor and will re-open its services on Wednesday, April 19.

Catalog Options
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