Beyond Words was beyond a big success.
 HPL President and CEO Bridget E. Quinn, fourth from right, stand with members of the Library’s board of directors at Beyond Words on Thursday, December 9th at the Hartford Marriott Downtown.
Thank you to all of our generous sponsors and attendees who made our annual fundraiser such a special evening and a big success!
Staten, president of the Eversource Foundation and vice president of corporate citizenship and equity at Eversource Energy, the honorary co-chair of Beyond Words, shares the value of Hartford Public Library in our community with the Beyond Words audience.

There is still time to make a donation. Learn more HERE
To read bell hooks is to love bell hooks

We lost a literary giant and brilliant mind this past week.
Find time to read bell hooks, you won't be disappointed.
bell hooks

"No one is born a racist. Everyone makes a choice." Teaching Community tells us how we can choose to end racism and create a beloved community. Spirit, struggle, service, love, the ideals of shared knowledge and shared learning these values motivate progressive social change.

"Teaching Community is magnificent. Black, white, male, female, teacher, and student should read the book for themselves and for the beloved community." — Rolling Out
bell hooks

hook's writings on love and its impact on race, class, family, history, and popular culture will help us heal and create beloved American communities. 

“A manual for fixing our culture…In writing that is elegant and penetratingly simple, [hooks] gives voice to some things we may know in our hearts but need an interpreter like her to process.” —Black Issues Book Review
First Night Hartford returns! (Yay!)
First Night Hartford is back for 2022 with in-person fun, come join us!

First Night Hartford 2022 at HPL:

December 31st
Downtown Library
500 Main Street

2-8 p.m.:
Creative crown making, books and giveaways, intention setting writing activities

8-11:30 p.m.: biblioDISCOteque, a disco-themed New Year’s Eve party DJ-ed by Sonia Sol ( she is amazing) with a cash bar & food trucks

And don't forget to stop by the library as part of the First Night scavenger hunt.

Find more information about First Night HERE
Hartford History Center receives holiday gift from well-known Hartford artist's family
Richard Welling, who died in 2009, chronicled Hartford's changing skyline for decades as the city's unofficial artist-historian.

And he also loved Christmas, celebrating all year and relishing in the gift-giving and spirit of the season.

Just in time for the holiday, his family recently donated dozens of his works to be catalogued and added to the Hartford History Center’s existing online Richard Welling Collection.

"To make his art available for public research here in the Library’s Hartford History Center helps us to further document a period of great change in this city’s-built environment, and we find that invaluable," said Brenda Miller, head of the Hartford History Center.

Learn more and see some more of the donated works HERE
Our Baby Grand Jazz season begins on
January 2nd with S.O.A.R.
Partners in music and life, April May Webb and Randall Haywood, (Sounds of A&R aka S.O.A.R.) together create a distinct sound that fuses aspects of swing, cool, hard bop and avant-garde while exuding pure soul and R&B.

All Shows:
Sundays at 3 p.m.
January, February, March, and April. (There will not be a show on Easter Sunday).
Downtown Library
500 Main Street

Register ahead of time for limited in-person seating.

Concerts will also be streamed on HPL's Facebook page and YouTube channel.

Learn more about Baby Grand Jazz and read the entire lineup HERE

Register for our jazz email list so you don't miss a show HERE
Have you tried Kanopy or Freegal yet?
(if not, what are you waiting for)
With just your library card, you experience all your favorite movies and songs from home.
With just your library card you can watch thousands of movies for free at Kanopy.

Short days long nights how about a feel good movie to bring in some light?
Check out Heart Beat Loud HERE (Nick Offerman was just in Hartford!)
Freegal Music is a download music service that the Hartford Public Library offers, free of charge, for use by library cardholders.

Check out the best Beatles covers HERE (trust us you are going to want to listen to Nina Simone sing Here Comes the Sun)
Don't forget: HPL holiday closings
All Hartford Public Library locations will be closed on:

Friday, December 24th
Saturday, December 25th
Friday, December 31st
Saturday, January 1st

The Hartford History Center will be closed Monday, December 27th through Thursday, December 30th. You may still email questions or appointment requests to, leave a phone message at 860-695-6297, or stop by the Main Floor library service desk.

We apologize for any inconvenience.
Thank you!
“I tell them that love is always there–that nothing can keep us from love if we dare to seek it and to treasure what we find.”