Thank you to Gimbel Trust for awarding HPL a grant to purchase play-based learning toys, books, and enrichment materials for the new Park Street Library @ the Lyric!
This grant will help give children in Hartford, especially the Frog Hollow neighborhood, fun and enriching materials to play with and make lasting memories.
"But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.” Fred Rogers (aka Mr. Rogers)
Click here to learn more about the new Park Street Library @ the Lyric.
HPL Summer Rainbow Party!
Saturday, June 5th: 1:00-3:00pm
Downtown Library Front Terrace
We’re back! Hartford Public Library is kicking off outdoor programming with a Summer Rainbow Party! Join the fun as we celebrate the book The Boy and the Bindi by Vivak Shraya for LGBTQ Pride month. Featuring drag queen storytime, entertainment, crafts, henna, ice cream, and free LGBTQ books while supplies last.

All ages are welcome.
Community Crafting
Tuesday, June 8th
Dwight Library (7 Park Ave.)

Come join the Dwight Team and get ready to craft away. A variety of crafts will be available for all ages to become creative! All are welcome, while supplies last.
Jewelry Making
with Jackie Bright
Thursday, June 10
Barbour Library (261 Barbour St.),

Come make jewelry with popular local artist Jackie Bright. Jackie will demonstrate how to make necklaces and bracelets made of African beads, knotting, and Cowrie shells to show off to your family and friends this summer. Please email Irene at [email protected]
HPL Book Suggestions: Pride/LGBT Books
Stand by Me
By Jim Downs

In Stand by Me, the acclaimed historian Jim Downs rewrites the history of gay life in the 1970S. Downs tells moving, revelatory stories of gay people who stood together -- as friends, fellow believers, and colleagues -- to create a sense of community among people who felt alienated from mainstream American life.

Hazel Bly and the Deep Blue Sea
By Ashley Herring Blake

What if magic were real? What if grief really could change you so much, you weren't even yourself anymore? And what if instead you emerged from the darkness stronger than before?

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June Program Calendars

Please remember, masks are required for all Library customers and staff.  We look forward to seeing you!