Hartford Public Library Closed Feb. 20
In Celebration of Presidents' Day
Baby Grand Jazz
We're Looking For Bands
For 2018 Baby Grand Jazz

Hartford Public Library has opened submissions for the 2018 season of Baby Grand Jazz, which runs 16 Sundays from January through April. These popular free concerts have been a staple of Hartford Public Library since 2004, thanks to support from the Charles H. Kaman Charitable Foundation. Concerts run from 3 to 4 pm. The Library live streams all performances on its website. Ensembles must include a pianist who will play the Library’s grand piano. Applications should include music samples (video encouraged), a list of ensemble members and their instruments, and high resolution images for publicity. Submit here

Baby Grand Jazz Series:
Jimmy Macbride
Sunday, Feb. 19, 3 pm
Center for Contemporary Culture

Jimmy Macbride is a drummer/composer who played in West Hartford’s elite Hall High Jazz Band. Jimmy is a recent graduate of The Juilliard School, where he studied privately with Carl Allen, Billy Drummond and Kenny Washington. He is a regular at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, Smalls, The Jazz Gallery, and The Blue Note. He performed with Jimmy Greene on the 2015 Hartford Jazz Society’s popular Riverboat Cruise.
Joining Jimmy are Miki Yamanaka on piano and Phil Donkin on bass. 

Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors open at 1 pm. 

Information about Baby Grand Jazz.

Photo by Yuki Tei

Black History 
Malcolm X:
A Collaborative Reading 
Tuesday, February 21
Hartford History Center
Refreshments 5:30 pm; Program 6 pm

Join us in honoring Malcolm X on the anniversary of his death. We will have copies of his writings and speeches available.  If you have a favorite, bring it with you or call us and we will find it and have it for you. We welcome readers and spectators.

Information: 860-695-6377. 
Create A Paper Quilt Project
Using African-American Heritage
Camp Field, Wednesdays, 4 to 5 pm
Park, Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2:30-3:30 pm

Learn about the heritage of African-Americans  through notable figures, culture, art and music, using library resources.  Create a paper quilt to display.
Draw a Hartford History-Maker:
A Black History Community Project

On Display Through February 28
Hartford History Center

The Draw a Hartford History Maker exhibition kicked off Feb. 2 with a reception honoring the artists who created portraits from photos and biograp hies featured online in 2016's More than A Month series honoring African Americans who made significant contributions to Hartford.  
Read the biographies illustrated with new portraits on the Hartford History Center's Facebook page

Marietta Canty by Johanna Rincon Fernandez
African-American History Bee
Saturday, February. 25, Noon to 3 pm
Center for Contemporary Culture

The 2nd Annual African & African American History Bee is presented by Calling All Brothers. Leslie Mayes of NBC Connecticut returns as host. Participating schools include: Thirman Milner School, Dr. Frank T. Simpson-Waverly School, Fred D. Wish School, and Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School.
Poets On Poetry:
Lucille Clifton
Presented by Jennifer Jean
Saturday, February 25th, 10:15 am
Hartford History Center

Lucille Clifton, Poet Laureate of Maryland, had her poems published by Langston Hughes in the anthology, The Poetry of the Negro in 1957, and was a visiting writer at Columbia University School of the Arts. Jennifer Jean, a poet, is co-director of the Morning Garden Arts Retreats and teaches at Boston area universities.

Join Us For a Butch Lewis
Community Conversation
Film Screening of 13th with Jamal Joseph
Wednesday, March 1, 5:30 pm
Center for Contemporary Culture

Join author, activist, and Columbia film professor Jamal Joseph, right,  for a screening and discussion of 13th, a Netflix original documentary by Ava Duvernay, director of Selma. The film explores the history of mass incarceration in the United States and its relationship to the 13th Amendment. 

Charles "Butch" Lewis was the co-founder of the  Hartford chapter of the Black Panther Party and longtime community organizer. This program is presented in his memory, and was planned in collaboration with his family and friends from the community. The Butch Lewis video collection is accessible for public viewing in Hartford History Center’s digital repository.

Practice Science, Technology, Math
With These Brainy Activities

Tower Bucket Challenge 
Camp Field, Thursday, Feb. 23, 4 to 5 pm
Ropkins,Thursday, Feb. 23, 4:15 to 5:15 pm
Calling all junior engineers! Can you build a tower out of straws that holds a bucket full of pennies? Come and try using our cool Strawbees.

Flying Tinsel
Blue Hills, Thursday, Feb. 23, 4:30 to 5:30 pm
Wow your friends and family with a magic trick using simple household products and basic science.

Circuit Playground
Goodwin, Thursday, Feb. 23, 4:30 to 5:30 pm
 We are celebrating the global event, Digital Learning Day, with Circuit Playground. Learn and explore the ABCs of electronics with the help of a curious little robot. 
Donate Through Amazon Smile
When you shop at amazon.com, you can allow them to donate 0.5 % of most purchases to a charity of your choice. Visit AmazonSmile and choose Hartford Public Library as your charity.  Amazon will keep track of your Smile purchases and donations. Thank you.

La Promesa for Puerto Rico

Jorge Limeres, who has taught the history of Puerto Rico at local colleges, will take a closer look at the promise of immigration.
La Promesa Para Puerto Rico

Martes 21 de Febrero, 5:30 pm
Park Branch, 744 Park Street
Este programa será en español.

La actual crisis económica y social de Puerto Rico se asemeja a su historia de los años treinta. Este factor ha influido la emigración puertorriqueña a los Estados Unidos en tiempos recientes. El 33% de la población de Hartford es puertorriqueña siendo esta la cuarta ciudad de los Estados Unidos en proporción poblacional donde residen más puertorriqueños. Únase a nosotros con el profesor Jorge Limeres mientras miramos de cerca a PROMESA y la emigración. 

Encounters: Bill of Rights
Saturday, March 4, Noon-2 pm
Hartford History Center

Join the conversation as we discuss the Bill of Rights, the first 10 amendments to the United States Constitution. The amendments include the right of free speech, protections against unreasonable search and seizure, and a speedy and public jury trial.  Read the Bill of Rights

Lunch will be served; participants must register in advance. RSVP:860-695-6367 or by email to jeagosto@hplct.org.

Join Us @thebench
Art Basics With Chris Porter
Main Floor, Downtown Library
Continues Friday Feb. 17, 11 am- 1 pm
Wednesday, Feb. 22, 11 am-1 pm

Join local artist Chris Porter @thebench for instruction and demonstrations of some basic art principles, including shape, space, and shading. Spend lunchtime exercising your creative abilities. All supplies will be provided. Drop-ins welcome.
Call Me Ishmael
Third Floor, Downtown Library
Hartford Public Library invites you to try “Call Me Ishmael,” which looks like a vintage pay phone, but  uses new technology to share reader reviews of popular books.

“Call Me Ishmael” is the opening line from “Moby-Dick: or, The Whale,” written by Herman Melville and released in 1851.  

Our staff has programmed the phone with reviews of these books: The Fault In Our Stars by John Green; Looking for Alaska by John Green; The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank; I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou; The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin; Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed; Thirst by Mary Oliver; Words In Air by Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell; and The Life of Pi by Yann Martel.
Résumé Workshop At Dwight
Wednesday, Feb. 22, Noon to 1 pm
Dwight Branch,  7 New Park Ave.

An instructor from the Hartford Goodwill Career Center will run a résumé workshop.  Participants can learn how to use the resume to best advantage. Instructors will coach participants in the best way to present their job and life experience to apply for employment.

Chief Teale’s The Tools of Learning Video Series Release

Thursday, February 23, 2017, 6 pm
Center for Contemporary Culture

Join Hartford Public Access TV in celebrating Black History Month with the video series release of retired fire chief Charles A. Teale Sr.’s  Chief Teale’s The Tools of Learning. Watch one of the five episodes On Demand at HPATV.org, which focuses on the importance of understanding local and national history as a way to learn, understand, and remember information for  academic and professional success.

Chief Teale will start classes at the Mark Twain branch at West Middle Community School, 44 Niles St., March 7 through April 13.  Read more about West Middle.
Book of the Week
The Amazing Book of Star Wars by Elizabeth Dowsett
Large pictures and short, simple sentences bring  Star Wars to life for children ages 4 to 6 as they learn about the brave heroes, helpful droids, amazing aliens, and powerful foes from the saga.
Favorite characters and fascinating vehicles are explored in a fun, age-appropriate way, including Yoda and Luke Skywalker  and the Millennium Falcon and BB-8.

Click here  to find Star Wars books at the Library.
Sprout Backpacks At Albany
The Albany Branch has 10 backpacks available for check out.  The Early Learning Backpacks include picture books, educational games and toys, and an activity guide. Parents, caregivers and teachers can use the material to promote  Kindergarten readiness and literacy in young children. Backpacks are also available at the Downtown Library.

Makerspace Mayhem

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

Come to YOUmedia for the twice-weekly Makerspace challenge.

Anime Character Creation

Wednesdays 3-5 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.
Dungeons and Dragons

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:30 to 6 pm
Albany Branch, 1250 Albany Ave.

Set off for the adventure of a lifetime twice a week. Take your characters on an imaginary journey.  

Learn Debate  Basics
Great Debates
Thursdays, 6-8 PM
Downtown Library, 2nd Floor

Share your opinions on topics that matter while learning about another perspective from the other debater. 
Lawyer at Your Library
First Tuesday of Each Month, 11 am-1 pm
Upcoming: March 7
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

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  

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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