Join us on Sundays for our popular jazz concert series
Baby Grand Jazz
2017 Series Kicks Off January 8 

The James Weidman Apertuistic Trio opens the 14th Annual Baby Grand Jazz Series, sponsored by The Charles H. Kaman Charitable Foundation. The 16-concert series opens Jan. 8 and runs through April 30. The free, hour-long concerts are held Sundays, 3 pm, in the Center for Contemporary Culture on the main floor of the Downtown Library at 500 Main St. The concerts are presented in partnership with the Hartford Jazz Society and WWUH 91.3 FM.

Homa Naficy Appointed
to National Library Board
Homa Naficy, chief adult learning officer at Hartford Public Library, is one of six new members of the National Museum and Library Services board, appointed in November by President Barack Obama. She was sworn in Tuesday in Washington, DC.

Naficy is the founder and director of The American Place which aids the immigrant and refugee community in Hartford.

The National Museum and Library Services Board is an advisory body that includes the director and deputy directors of Institute of Museum and Library Service and 20 presidentially-appointed members of the general public who have demonstrated expertise in, or commitment to, library or museum services. Read the original announcement

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Watch: HPL Takes Us Beyond Words
Final Day - Vote HPL
in #YFGivesLocal Contest
Help support HPL and the transformational services we provide to the Hartford community by voting for us in the Yelp Foundation Gives Local contest. Today is the final day of voting, so take a moment and help us win the $5,000 grant.

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Beyond Words: HPL's New Signature Event in Photos
Thanks to Alex Syphers of the  Hartford Courant  for taking the time to join us at Beyond Words on December 1 at the Hartford Marriott Downtown. Check out his photo gallery from our new signature event, featuring author Wally Lamb and honoring Louise Blalock.

Words in Transit:
Stories of Immigrants
Wednesday, December 14, 6-7:30 pm
Center for Contemporary Culture

Join us in celebrating Words in Transit: Stories of Immigrants, New England Public Radio’s online and print collection of first-person narratives by immigrants.

Several Hartford-area contributors from the Ivory Coast, Sri Lanka, Iraq, and Nepal will participate in a panel discussion facilitated by the book’s editor, renowned scholar Ilan Stavans of Amherst College .

Words in Transit, which began as a radio and online initiative of New England Public Radio, seeks to bring the national conversation on immigration home to our community and to shift the discussion from an abstract debate about immigration policies to stories of individuals. 

RSVP: 860-695-6316
Coming to the ArtWalk: 
Shadow Castings: A Study of Geometry in Paper and Light
Open January 13-February 26, 2017
Downtown Library, 3rd Floor

Photographer  Christine Dalenta  and paper sculptor  Benjamin Parker  collaborate and practice an innovative combination of paper folding and photographic techniques, creating cameraless images through the action of light on folded light-sensitive paper.

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Construction Update
On Monday,  Dec. 12, we start a new phase of construction at the library, in preparation for the new partnership with the Downtown Campus of the University of Connecticut. As a result there will no longer be access to the Power Up area on the Main Floor of the Downtown Library. The public is free to use other outlets throughout the library for charging purposes.

The American Place, currently on the main floor, will move to its new location on the 2nd floor on Tuesday, Dec. 27. This will provide an improved flow of services to our TAPP customers. Beginning on Dec. 28, renovations will begin in the original The American Place to make way for new educational space for Hartford Public Library and UConn. We are excited by the new opportunities this collaboration will bring, and the new and improved spaces for our customers and community to use.

The Center for Contemporary Culture on the main floor of the Downtown Library will remain open during construction except for a one-day construction project on Tuesday, Jan. 17.
On Sale Now
Hartford Through Time Book

A gift for the Hartford history fan in your life helps preserve that history.

Proceeds from the sale of Hartford Through Time support the ongoing preservation of the image archive from the Hartford Times. The Hartford History Center is the repository for images from 1950-1976, the final years of operation for the newspaper.

The book, available at all 10 HPL locations and online, features more than 90 never-before-published images of early 20th-century Hartford, juxtaposed with matching color photographs of the city in present day.

Click here to purchase your copy.

Gingerbread House Building
Gingerbread House Building
Do you have what it takes to create a Gingerbread Masterpiece? Team up to see what amazing structure you can make during this fun program.

Goodwin—Monday, December 12, 4:30-5:30
Campfield—Wednesday, December 14, 4:00-5:00
Park—Wednesday, December 21, 2:00-3:00
Blue Hills—Thursday, December 29, 4:30-5:30
Albany—Wednesday, January 4, 4:30-5:30
Honoring Art & Humanity: Ghanaian Artisans Showcase
Open through January 27
Cultural Corridor, 3rd Floor
Downtown Library

The artisans of Ghana create hand-carved furnishings and unusual  products for the international market  using traditional tools and employing centuries-old craftsmanship.    

Julius Aboagye, founder of the African Heritage Collection, has forged a partnership with the highly-skilled indigenous Ghanaian artisans, which provides financial support for the artisans’ families and helps to sustain their trade and the environment.
Hollywood History & Hartford
December 10, 2 pm
Downtown Library, Hartford History Center

Hartford native and historic theater enthusiast Hollis Schneider presents a look back at  Hartford’s movie palaces, from the nickelodeons to the 1960s, Hollywood’s stars and “movie moguls,” and the social and historical issues that had an influence the films that were being produced.  

Come and share your memories of a bygone era. Hartford’s classic movie houses will be recalled in a photographic presentation. 
Liz Delton at
The Author's Table
Saturday, December 17, Noon-3 pm

Local fiction writer Liz Delton returns with the final book in the Arcera Trilogy. Her character Sylvia has come a long way since first discovering the declaration of war against her home, facing violence and destruction which hasn’t been seen in the city of Arcera in 1000 years. She has mastered skills known only tot the denizens of the mysterious fifth city, Seascape, and she has begun to fight the war brought about by Governor Sorin Greyling. Does she have what it takes to mend the rift between cities?
Little Women: A Tertulia

Tuesday, December 20, 6 pm
Hartford History Center

This holiday season, we’ll gather in the Hartford History Center for a discussion of Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women. The book has been popular since its publication in 1868. There have been six film adaptations as well as multiple television, stage, and musical interpretations. We invite you to bring your own well-loved copies of Little Women and your stories, memories, and interpretations of the text and join us for coffee and conversation.

Musical Dialogues: Holiday Jazz
Wednesday, December 21, 12 pm
Downtown Library Atrium

Join us for a selection of holiday favorites performed by the Hartford Symphony's Classical Jazz Ensemble.
Youth & Family Services
Family Holiday Concert

Downtown Library Atrium
Wednesday, December 14, 10 am and 12 pm

Join Sam Pasco and his band for a musical celebration of the holiday season. Pasco, a saxophone player, was a member of the Al Jarvis Orchestra. Pasco and his musicians have made it a tradition to play at holiday time in nursing homes, hospitals and schools.

Please call 860-695-6330 for more information. Groups interested in attending must call and register before the event.
E-Resource of the Week: World Book Kids
Based on World Book's award-winning encyclopedia, World Book Kids includes thousands of easy-to-read articles, engaging images and illustrations, interactive games and activities, and teacher resources. Good for grades K-5.

Book of the Week:
The Gingerbread Man Loose at Christmas
This Gingerbread Man was loose in the school and on the fire truck, and now he's loose at holiday time! 

Everyone in class is busy practicing songs and making goodies for their trip to town to thank community helpers, and the Gingerbread Man has made a gift for someone extra sweet. But before he can deliver his gift, whipping wind and swirling snow come to town, too. Slushy sidewalks are no place for a cookie, but this Gingerbread Man won't let a little bad weather stop him.

Kwanzaa Festival 2016

Downtown Library
Thursday, December 29, 12-5 pm

Join special guests including RaPoet Khaiim Kelly, artist Jackie Bright, and master drummer Inara Ramin, as we celebrate Kwanzaa. Sankofa Kuumba Cultural Arts Consortium will talk about the seven principles of African Heritage. There will be an open mic, traditional drumming and dance, African jewelry, a soul food dinner for families to enjoy, and more.

Please call 860-695-6330 for more information.
Teen Services

Duct Tape Whatever

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

Come to YOUmedia for the twice-weekly Makerspace challenge. Duct tape whatever you want in December. Make phone cases, pencil pouches, and decorations.


Thursdays 6-8 pm
Downtown Library, 2nd floor

Animefy yourself and your friends at YOUmedia.

Woke Teens Forum

Mass Incarceration
December 12, 4-6 pm
Downtown Library, 2nd floor

The U.S. has the world's highest incarceration rate. How can this problem be fixed? Who does it hit the hardest? Talk about the issues facing your community with other Woke Teens.
Graphic Novel Studio

Blue Hills Branch: December 27, 4:30-5:30 PM  Camp Field Branch: December 13, 4:30-5:30 PM

Learn techniques to create and illustrate your own graphic novel!
No Money, Mo' Problems

December 13, 4:40-5:30 pm
Albany Branch

Every year, the Mayor and City Council have to balance the city budget, determining how much money goes to schools, libraries, and everything else. They accept suggestions! Join this brainstorming session that will end with a balance plan being submitted to the Mayor's office.
Adult Learning

U.S. Citizenship Classes

Cycles range from 12-to-14 weeks and repeat. Legal assistance with application completion and submission included.

United Way Budget Coaching
Nilda Rivera, community advocate for Connecticut Women’s Education and Legal Fund, holds a weekly free forum for legal questions and referrals at Hartford Public Library, Tuesdays at 3:30 pm.

CWEALF  is working with the United Way of Central and Eastern CT and the Women’s Business Development Council to provide a free, four month, one-on-one budget coaching program. Application deadline is  Monday, November 28. Questions:  Denise Rhone at CWEALF: or 860.610.6049

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Passport Services
You can apply for a passport at Hartford Public Library. Evening and Saturday hours. 

No appointment is needed and photos can be taken on-site.

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.
Lawyer at Your Library
First Tuesday of Each Month, 11 am-1 pm
Upcoming: January 3
Downtown Library, The American Place

Meet privately with an attorney from Greater Hartford Legal Aid concerning questions about rights in the workplace, such as:
  • Unlawful discrimination, including race, sex, physical or mental disability.
  • Violations of laws concerning wages and overtime, family and medical leave, domestic violence leave..
  • Rights of certified or licensed workers (such as Certified Nurse Aides, bus drivers,).
  • Rights of former offenders such as rejection/firing from a job due to one’s criminal record.   
No appointment necessary. Visitors are seen on a first-come, first-served basis.

American Job Center

Monday-Thursday, 10 am-8 pm
Fridays 10 am-5 pm  

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.

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mobile-friendly catalog?
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