Black Panther Film Art Exhibit at Dwight
February – March 2018
Dwight Branch

Visit the Dwight Branch’s mini-exhibit of artist Julien Skeet’s eight original pieces inspired by the Marvel™ film, Black Panther and our historical photos of Hartford’s own Black Panthers courtesy of the Hartford History Center. Also view historical footage of a 1969 Hartford Black Panther meeting after the North-End riots.
United Way's Budget Coaching
Orientation Sessions: Monday, February 12, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Room 141, Main Floor Downtown
Work one-on-one with a United Way budget coach to set and meet your financial goals over a four-month period. You will learn to track your expenses and keep a budget; learn to prioritize spending; make an action plan to pay bills on time, reduce debt, and increase savings. No appointment necessary.
Dinner and a Story
Monday, February 12, 6:00-7:00 pm
Children’s Library, 3rd Floor Downtown

Join us once a month for dinner and a story. February’s story is “Guess How Much I Love You” by Sam McBratney, illustrated by Anita Jeram. Enjoy the tale of a young rabbit and his father who try to outdo each other showing how much they love each other.

Wear red for Valentine's Day. Please sign up in advance at the children’s desk.
Hartford Hip Hop Digital Stories:
Screening & Discussion    
Hartford History Center
Tuesday, February 13, 5:30-7:30 pm

Please join us to view and discuss short films by Trinity college students featuring seven Hartford Hip Hop pioneers: Myron Moye, Tony Villarini, Rick Torres, Empress Nijuabi, Dooney Bates, Janice Flemming, and Mike Nice.

Digital stories, full interviews, transcripts, and photographs will be archived at the Hartford History Center at Hartford Public Library.

This project was created in collaboration with Professor Seth Markle’s Global Hip Hop Cultures fall 2017 course at Trinity College and Tim Wolf. Special thanks to the Community Learning Initiative and the Center for Caribbean Studies at Trinity College.
Upcoming Classes
Downtown Library
The library is offering free math tutoring on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons from 12:15 to 2:00 PM and a math skills class on Tuesday evenings from 5:30-7:30 pm. Sign up by calling 860-695-6337 or register on the same day as the class.
Thursdays 1:00-3:00 pm and 6:00-8:00 pm

Drop in (no registration required) for a free informational session about the options available for adults to earn a high school degree and learn about a free online GED Test Preparation Course.
Author's Table At Albany
Why You Do the Things You Do?
Thursday, February 15, 6:30 pm
Albany Branch

Ever wonder why you do the things you do? Join us for a talk by Dr. Richard Pfau about his new book,"Your Behavior: Understanding and Changing the Things You Do." The book unveils secrets about human behavior, including the techniques that others use to influence what you do, how automatically and routinely you behave in most situations.
Baby Grand Jazz Series: John Kordalewski Trio
Sunday, February 11, 3:00 pm
Center for Contemporary Culture

The John Kordalewski Trio combines jazz sensibilities and traditions of three continents, playing “straight ahead jazz” ranging from the bebop era to more modern composers, and jazz from bass player Carlos Pino’s native Colombia and drummer Kesivan Naidoo’s native South Africa. The group was formed in 2016 and has been performing in the Boston area, including the Madorla Music Series and the Cambridge River Festival. Pianist John Kordalewski has been playing in the Boston area since the early 1990s, frequently in the Mardorla Music Series where he led a 13-piece group performing tribute concerts to Makanda Ken McIntyre.

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

Since its start in 2002, Baby Grand Jazz has continued to grow and draw more people to the series every year. With this increase in popularity, we have heard your feedback and are here to serve. 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.
Now You Know: NOTAN

Tuesday, February 13 & Wednesday, February 14 , 4:00–5:00 pm
Notan is a Japanese paper craft that explores line and shape, light and dark and positive and negative space. Join us for a relaxing hands-on project that can be as simple or complex as you would like to design it. 
Hogs and Kisses for Valentine's Day

Wednesday, February 14, 3:30-4:30
Celebrate Valentine's Day at the library with stories, crafts,and a sweet snack!
Drawing Black History

Thursday, February 15th, 4:00-5:00 pm
Local cartoonist Joe Young will teach you the basics of cartooning and how to draw famous local and national African American leaders.
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