Did you know? On January 5, 1953, the play Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett was first performed.
Baby Grand Jazz Returns January 7, 2018
Andy Sherwood's Dixieland Jazz Quartet opens the 15th Annual Baby Grand Jazz Series, sponsored by The Charles H. Kaman Charitable Foundation.

The 16-concert series opens January 7 and runs through April 29. The free, hour-long concerts are held at the Downtown Library at 500 Main St. from 3:00-4:00 pm. They are presented in partnership with the Hartford Jazz Society and WWUH 91.3 FM. 
The first and last performances (January 7 and April 29) will take place in the Atrium. All other performances will take place in the Center for Contemporary Culture on the main floor. Doors open at 2:00 pm. When the auditorium is full the doors will close. HPL will livestream the concerts and post them for later viewing on its website, www.hplct.org. 
Robert Charles Hudson
The Door Of No Return
January 12 - February 25, 2018
Opening reception: Friday, January 12, 5:30 pm

The Library’s ArtWalk, a premier gallery space on the third floor of the downtown library, is host to Robert Charles Hudson’s The Door of No Return . The artist says of his work: “This show, The Door of No Return , was inspired by the memory of my sister, Barbara Hudson. She first told me about The Door of No Return through her personal journey to the Ivory Coast where she experienced “The House of Slaves,” a pagoda-like structure where enslaved Africans were kept before their cruel journey to a new world. Her stories stayed with me for many years…. With my work, I am re-envisioning the last scene before they embarked on this horrific journey to the unknown.”

Special thanks to the Edward C. & Ann T. Roberts Foundation for its support of our 2017-2018 ArtWalk season.
Feeding the Dragon 
Hartford Public Library and Hartford Stage Partnership Events
 HPL-HS Panel Discussion (Free)
The Evolution of the Public Library: Growing and Thriving as Vital Community Hubs
Monday, January 22 at 7:30 pm at Hartford Stage

Kendall Wiggin, Connecticut State Librarian

Sharon Washington, Writer and Performer, Feeding the Dragon
Bridget Quinn-Carey, Chief Executive Officer, Hartford Public Library
Gabrielle Barnes, Teen Services Librarian, Hartford Public Library
HPL Night: Feeding the Dragon
Wednesday, January 24 at 7:30 pm 

The Little Girl Who Lived in the Library
Sharon Washington plays nearly 20 characters in her own true story of growing up in the custodial apartment of a Manhattan library, where her father toils night and day to load the fiery furnace with coal, or in the eyes of a fanciful little bookworm, to feed the dragon. Shrouded in family mystery, Sharon’s story boldly examines how both the power of forgiveness and her lifelong love for the written word have helped her battle dragons of all forms.

Click here to see a trailer for Feeding the Dragon.

Save 20% with the Hartford Public Library coupon code: HPL20

For tickets, click the button below or call the Hartford Stage box office at 860-527-5151.
SPECIAL NOTICES: Library Closings
The YOUmedia center at the Downtown Library will be closed Monday, January 8 through Saturday, January 13 for staff development and planning. It reopens Tuesday, January 16 at 3 pm.
All library locations will be closed on Monday, January 15 i n observance of Martin Luther King Day.

Black Mothers Seeking Justice in Hartford: Revisiting the 1999 Police Shooting of Aquan Salmon with Dr. Channon S. Miller  

Tuesday, January 9, 6:00 pm
Image from: Brown, Tina A. “A Grandmother’s Pain, Norma Watts Vows to Work for Real Justice,” Hartford Courant, February 18, 2000, sec. A1.
" Black Mothers Seeking Justice in Hartford” will revisit the 1999 police shooting of Aquan Salmon on Enfield Street. The presenter, Dr. Channon S. Miller, received her PhD in American Studies from Boston University in May of 2017 and her BA in American Studies from Trinity College in 2011. Hartford, her birthplace, is a city she has seen through the eyes of the women who reared her and whose landscape has been carved by their visions of freedom and justice, which motivates her research.

This event is brought to you by the Hartford History Center at Hartford Public Library.
Animation Film Festival

Wednesday, January 10, 3:30–4:30 pm
Come and learn how to create your own movie in 30 minutes. Enjoy a small film festival with program participants at the end!
Nutrition 101

Thursdays, January 11 & 25, 11:30 am–12:30 pm
Food Preparation & Tasting Series with a UCONN Nutrition Educator: Learn how to shop for and make nutritious meals and snacks, all for better health and
quality of life.
Workshop Series: Healthy Relationships

January 11, 2018, 1:00 - 2:00 pm
Workshop I. Emotional/Verbal Abuse
January 18, 2018, 2:00 - 3:00 pm
Workshop II. Financial/Technological Abuse
January 25, 2018, 2:00 - 3:00 pm
Workshop III. Sexual/Physical Abuse

The Hartford Public Library Park Branch has partnered with the Hispanic Health Council to bring to the general public 3 workshops centered on healthy relationships, where different topics will be discussed on the complexities of relationships and how to foster positive ones.
Gingerbread Houses

Thursday, January 18, 3:30–4:30 pm
Gingerbread house contest participants will be placed in groups and and given 60 minutes to build a gingerbread masterpiece. Participants should be as creative as possible. Pictures will be taken.
Poets on Poetry: Gertrude Stein

Saturday, January 27, 10:15 am
The Connecticut Poetry Society's monthly poetry book discussion is free and open to the public.
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