Join us every Sunday through December 6th for the remainder of the 2020 Baby Grand Jazz season! 

This year's event will be virtual. Performances will be streamed LIVE to Hartford Public Library's Facebook and YouTube pages. Tune in Sunday's at 3pm.

Before the library’s closure due to the global pandemic, Baby Grand Jazz smashed previous attendance records, with over 9,000 people attending the 10 performances both in-person and online. 

This fall's lineup:

  • Haneef N. Nelson Quartet– November 1st 
  • TAEKO – November 8th
  • Ricky Olfonso Group – November 15th
  • Envisage Collective – November 22nd
  • The Joe Carter Samba Rio Quarteto – November 29th
  • Iris Ornig Quartet– December 6th 

There is nothing better than reading with your child to help their language development and literacy skills (as well as make lifelong memories.)

Check out books from the Hartford Public Library and read with your child during our Fall Reading Contest starting November 1!

Every time you read three books with your child, fill out the Contest Prize form that matches your child's age. You can fill out the form for every 3 books read, as many times as you need to:

Winners will be picked on Tuesday, December 29, 11:00am during a special Musical Storytime!

Join us in a virtual program to learn how to knit with knitting teacher, Wilma Hoffman. Receive a bag of supplies, including yarn and needles, to create two colorful scarves.

Knitting is fun, meditative and relaxing. Come join the fun!

Tuesdays, November 17 & 24 and December 1, 8, & 15, 2020 at 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM on Zoom.

Registration is required, space is limited.

Click here to sign up or call Camp Field Branch, 860-695-7440.
Ever have visions of your work appearing on screen? HPL and Real Art Ways are putting together a series of classes for teens to introduce them to the basics of filmmaking. Learn screenwriting, filming, editing, and post-production. Registration closes November 6.

Improve Your Digital Literacy Skills
Upgrade your Digital Literacy Skills and earn a certificate! Class space is limited and pre-registration is required. Due to safety guidelines, participants must wear masks and maintain social distance. 
To register, please call 860-695-6337 or e-mail

November Offerings:

November 10, 2020
3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Basic Computer Skills & Windows

November 12, 2020
3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Internet Basics

November 17, 2020
3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Using E-mail

November 19, 2020
3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Microsoft Word
Daffodil Planting Outside Ropkins Library Beautifies The Neighborhood
Beginning this past weekend, the City has begun working with volunteers to plant around 5,000 Daffodil bulbs across 30 locations in Hartford, including in the planter in front of the SAND/Ropkins Library, located at 1750 Main Street. The city is planting these Community Hope Gardens in commemoration of Hartford residents who have passed from COVID-19. In addition to these Community Hope Gardens, we are also inviting families and individuals who have lost a loved one to COVID-19 to pick-up a wooden heart from the Office of Community Engagement. These hearts can be painted and dedicated to a loved one and will be planted at a site of their choosing come Spring 2021 when the flowers begin to bloom.
The 2020 Election is coming and everyone who is eligible should register to vote!

HPL offers a complete guide with all the information you need to register and to know your voter rights.

November Adult and Youth Program Calendars
“That perfect tranquility of life, which is nowhere to be found but in retreat, a faithful friend and a good library.”
― Aphra Behn