New “Black Panther” Film Inspires Community Art, Discussion at Dwight
Photo by Mark Mirko / Hartford Courant
The digital art of Julian Skeete, photos of Hartford’s Black Panther Party from the Hartford History Center, are on display at Dwight which prompted a lively discussion on the last day of Black History Month. The artwork will be up through March.

Read more about the exhibit in Courant columnist Vinny Vella’s story
United Tastes: The Making of the First American Cookbook with Keith Stavely and Kathleen Fitzgerald 
Saturday, March 3, 2:00 pm
Hartford History Center
The “first American cookbook,” American Cookery, by Amelia Simmons, was published initially in Hartford in 1796, then in a revised edition a few months later in Albany. In recent years, it has received a great deal of attention. The Library of Congress has designated it one of the 88 “Books That Shaped America,” and writers about food, both journalists and historians, talk frequently and enthusiastically about it.

Yet in all of this current discussion, there has been no attempt to reconstruct the social circumstances and culinary traditions that shaped this book that helped shape America. United Tastes fills this gap, showing how American Cookery—an inexpensive collection of mainly British recipes, interspersed with a few American favorites—was part of an effort to promote a particular version of American national identity, the one favored by the leading citizens of the place it was first published, Connecticut. In making this argument, United Tastes describes in compelling detail the social structure, the homes, the farms, and the foods of Early National Connecticut and the Connecticut River Valley.
Public Health Night: Money Management 101   
Tuesday, March 6, 6:30 pm
Albany Branch

Come hear Naciki Reid, local author and Certified Financial Educator, address financial traps to avoid as well as financial needs ranging from debt reduction and budgeting to savings, retirement and investing.
College Counseling at Albany
Saturday, March 3, 11:00 am-1:00 pm
Albany Branch
Are you planning on going to college or do you have a college-bound teen? Come into Albany Branch and speak with a college counselor about all things college, including financial aid information, college essay help, and high school to college advice.
Career Pathways Initiative Food Service Graduation Reception
Thursday, March 8, 6:00 pm
Center for Contemporary Culture
Join us for a celebration of success!

The goal of the Career Pathways Initiative Food Service is to encourage economic self-sufficiency among immigrants through access to entry level job opportunities as food service workers that lead to advancement and educational achievement.

Reception to follow.
Building Wealth:
Securing Your Financial Freedom
Wednesday, March 7 and Wednesday, March 14
6:00-7:00 pm
Barbour Branch

In celebration of America Saves Week, join a three-week program series to learn how to develop a plan for building personal wealth.
Baby Grand Jazz Series: Jeff Fuller & Friends
Sunday, March 4, 3:00 pm
Center for Contemporary Culture

Bass player and composer Jeff Fuller leads a trio that has created two albums, “Shoreline Blues,” and “The Call From Within.” Joined by pianist Darren Litzie, and drummer Ben Bilello, the group was formed in late 2014 to per­form original jazz compositions. Fuller’s eclectic jazz and Latin jazz compositions are featured along with the distinctive modern pieces by Litzie. The trio’s performances are marked by the deep improvisatory interaction of Fuller, Litzie and drummer Ben Bilello The trio performed at last summer’s Hartford Monday Night Jazz Series. 

Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors open at 2:00 pm. 

Hartford Public Library now offers new overflow accommodations within the Library where you can view the livestream of every Baby Grand Jazz performance. Come to rooms 140 and 141 to watch. They will be available until filled to capacity.

HPL will livestream all concerts and post them for later viewing on its website. Visit for more details.

This series is made possible by the Kaman Foundation.
A special thanks to all of our donors and sponsors who help make these programs possible.
Bird and Diz: Time to Get Jazzy

Monday, March 5, 3:30-4:30 pm
Learn all about bebop and two of its pioneers-- Charlie “Bird” Parker and John “Dizzy” Gillespie. Groove along to the music while you create a masterpiece using oil pastels

Tuesday, March 6 , 4:30-5:30 pm
Scratch is a creative learning community developed at MIT. Learn how to create and remix animations and learn about computer coding using colorful blocks and your imagination!
Nutrition 101

Thursday, March 8, 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.
International Women's Day Celebration

Thursday, March 8
Celebrate and honor the accomplishments of women with books and learning activities at the library! Large or small, women make a difference in our communities and the world!
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