Join us January-April for Sunday jazz
Baby Grand Jazz 2017 Kicks Off January 8
The James Weidman Aperturistic Trio opens the 14th Annual Baby Grand Jazz Series, sponsored by The Charles H. Kaman Charitable Foundation.

The 16-concert series opens January 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. Doors open at 1 pm. First come, first served.

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Upcoming on the Artwalk:
Shadow Castings
January 13-February 26
Opening Reception: January 13, 6 pm
Artists' Talk: February 15, 6 pm

Photographer Christine Dalenta and paper sculptor Benjamin Parker, create images on photographic paper using paper folding and light.
In this photo we see examples of their work. The project  was prompted when they acquired vintage photographic paper designed to fold without cracking. Dalenta and Parker folded this light-sensitive paper in the darkroom, exposed it, and processed it through standard photographic chemistry.            

New England Natives
in Conversation:
Solidarity with Standing Rock 

Saturday, January 14, 1 to 3 pm
Center for Contemporary Culture

Join us in a community conversation about the issues surrounding the Dakota Access Pipeline at Standing Rock through the lens of New England-based Natives.  Features artists Lee Mixashawn Rozie, Jennifer Elizabeth Kreisberg, and educators Sandy Grande and Mwalim DaPhunkee Professor.


Downtown - Monday, January 9, 11 am-1 pm
Albany - Monday, January 9, 3-5 pm
Goodwin - Tuesday, January 10, 12-2 pm
Camp Field - Tuesday, January 10, 3-5 pm
Dwight - Wednesday, January 11, 12-2 pm
Ropkins - Thursday, January 12, 4-5:45 pm

Capitol Region Council of Goverments is offering emergency preparedness workshops. Our region is at risk for hurricanes, winter storms and floods. Learn to create a household disaster plan that can help ensure you and your family will be prepared in the event of an emergency.
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.
UConn Writing Center at HPL
First Saturday of Each Month
Upcoming: January 7
Wallace Stevens Room  

Meet with students, graduate students and professors from UConn Hartford, to discuss your writing and receive feedback. Writing of all kinds and at all stages - planning, drafting or revising - is welcome. 

Visitors are met on a first-come, first-served basis for approximately one hour.

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Introductory Yoga at HPL
Wednesday, January 11, 12-1 pm
Camp Field Branch

Learn about yoga and its many health benefits in a free introductory class taught by an outreach instructor from West Hartford Yoga. You will leave the class feeling refreshed and relaxed.

Please register by calling 860.695.7440
Susan Harrison Rashid at
The Author's Table
Wednesday, January 11, 12-3 pm
Downtown Library

Meet author Susan Harrison Rashid and discuss her latest work, Beneath a Shooting Star, at the Downtown Library's Author's Table. 

A native of Manchester, Rashid practiced law for over 20 years before penning her debut novel. Her novel draws from her life in a Pakistani family and frequent visits to the city of Lahore, where she married her husband in 1980.
Youth & Family Services
Sprout Early Learning Backpacks
Now Available

Thanks to funding for our Leap Into Learning program, The Youth and Family Services Department has purchased 11 Preschool and 10 Infant/Toddler Sprout early learning backpacks.  They  use a thematic approach to incorporate learning in the eight Connecticut Department of Education’s Early Learning Developmental Standards. The Early Learning Backpacks are a fun resource that parents, caregivers and teachers can use to promote Kindergarten readiness and literacy in young children. Typically each Backpack includes:  several picture books, two-to-three educational games or toys, an activity guide, and a booklet from the Connecticut  Department of Education.   

Tower Bucket Challenge 

Calling all junior engineers. Can you build a tower out of straws that hold a bucket full of pennies? Come and try using our cool Strawbees.
Goodwin Branch—Monday, January 9th, 4:30-5:30 pm
Park Branch—Wednesday, January 11th, 2:-3 pm
Blue Hills Branch—Thursday, January 12th, 4:30-5:30 pm
Albany Branch—Wednesday, January 18th, 4:30-5:30pm

Leap Into Learning
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.
Book of the Week
Twenty Yawns by Jane Smiley
As her mom reads a bedtime story, Lucy drifts off. But later, she awakens in a dark, still room, and everything looks mysterious. How will she ever get back to sleep? 
E Resource of the Week
Twenty Yawns by Jane Smiley
Want to learn about the planets or need an idea for a science experiment? No problem—Science Reference Center has an easy-to-use interface to get you exploring and learning right away
Teen Services

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 8 pm
Albany Branch, 1250 Albany Ave.

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

Adult Learning

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. Evening and Saturday hours. 

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-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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