ArtWalk opening Friday!
Don't miss the last show of our 2021-22 season
Gateway to Places We're Told We Cannot Go
by Christa Whitten
Exhibit runs July 15th - August 27th

Opening: Friday, July 15th, 5:30-7:30pm
Downtown Library
ArtWalk Gallery, 3rd Floor
500 Main St.
Our final show of the 2021-22 season.

Christa's paintings focus on spiritual locations which completely or partially restrict women from entry — effectively restricting access to the divine. In these works, painting and drawing are not background and foreground to each other.

(Above: 18 Sacred Steps, featured in the upcoming ArtWalk exhibition)
Enjoy the Sounds of Frog Hollow at the new Park Library
Our Sounds of Frog Hollow concerts feature the many music traditions of the Frog Hollow neighborhood.

Nelson Bello and Friends
Wednesday, July 13th, 4 p.m.
Park Street Library @ The Lyric
603 Park St.

Nelson Bello, a well-known Connecticut-based percussionist and Hartford native, began his musical studies at age 13 at the Hartford Conservatory Jazz Summer Program and the Performing Arts Academy in Hartford. At 15, he traveled to Cuba for the International Jazz Festival. Over the years, Nelson performed with Andy Gonzalez, Cheo Feliciano, Ismael Miranda, Tony Vega, Charles Flores, Zaccai and Luques Curtis, among others.

(You will love the energy he brings to his performances!)
Books with that summertime vibe
Kirstin Chen
Time, Best Books of Summer 2022

Fashion. Friendship. Intrigue. And a global counterfeit handbag scheme.

 "An entertaining, luxurious read" — New York Times Book Review

"Trust us — Counterfeit is riveting, and a perfect beach read." —, Most Talked-About & Best Books of 2022
Emma Straub
New York Times Bestseller

A different kind of love story and a new twist on time travel adventures.

"Delightful" — Boston Globe

"Poignant" — New York Times

Funny, touching and filled with family drama.” — Glamour
Hartford Reads in Color Book Club
July Book Pick
An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

Sunday, July 31st
2-3 p.m.

Virtual: Via Zoom (Zoom details Following registration).

Register HERE.
"Haunting. ... Beautifully written."  New York Times Book Review

(We love this book!)
It was a good day to have a good day
With the support from Hartford Public Library and many partners, the United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut kicked off its Summer of Action last week, providing books and reading with children at Camp Courant, a United Way-supported summer program.

"Hartford Public Library is committed to providing key services to children and youths throughout the summer months and all year long, building strong community partnerships with Hartford Public Schools, United Way, City of Hartford, and many other local organizations like Camp Courant to ensure students have all the resources they need to succeed in school.” Bridget E. Quinn, president & CEO, Hartford Public Library

Our Summer Learning program, Hartford Summer Space Mission, is in full swing! Learn more HERE.

(Above: Camp Courant Executive Director & CEO Corrianne Chipello, Hartford Public Schools Chief of Academics, Teaching, Learning & Student Supports Dr. Madeline Negrón, Hartford Public Library President and CEO Bridget E. Quinn and United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut President and CEO Eric Harrison at the Summer of Action kickoff at Camp Courant in Farmington).

Black Phonze
Featured artist on The Beat
Black Phonze grew up in Hartford, and his music and lyrics reflects his experiences in Hartford and life.

Check out his album City Lights HERE.

The Beat celebrates and promotes the talented artists of Hartford. Learn more HERE.
FREE COVID-19 vaccines and supplies
Do you or your child need your COVID-19 booster shot, at-home test kit or a high-quality mask? We've got you covered.

This week's vaccine clinic:

Thursday, July 14th
Albany Library
1250 Albany Ave.
2-5 p.m.
Ages 6 months and up

At-home COVID-19 Tests and N95 masks are available at all library locations, just ask at the library front desk during regular business hours. (Proof of Hartford residency required.)
Llamas. In. The. Library.
(Yes, you read that correctly)
Admit it — you've always wanted to meet a llama. And now is your chance. Get up close and personal with this fun-loving animal this Thursday!

Thursday, July 14th
Camp Field Library
30 Campfield Ave.
2-3 p.m.
“Maybe that was the trick to life: to notice all the tiny moments in the day when everything else fell away and, for a split second, or maybe even a few seconds, you had no worries, only pleasure, only appreciation of what was right in front of you.”
― Emma Straub, This Time Tomorrow