Summer Learning kickoff this Saturday!
Hartford Summer Space Mission launches at our Downtown Library this Saturday. Stay with us all summer for reading challenges, STEM activities, raffle prizes and so much more!

Saturday's events include: book giveaways, KPOP disco afterparty, YOUMedia open house, virtual community pride mural, balloon twisting show, face painting, henna, drag queen storytime, COVID-19 vaccine clinic, Hartford's Proud Drill Team performance, Studio 860 performance, stilt walker and our favorite Italian ice!

Summer Learning Kickoff
Saturday, June 18, 1-3 p.m.
Downtown Library
500 Main St.
Register for Summer Learning HERE.

Next week's branch kickoffs include:

Albany Library
1250 Albany Ave.
Tuesday, June 21, 3 p.m.

Barbour Library
261 Barbour St.
Wednesday, June 22, 1 p.m.

Park Street Library @ the Lyric
603 Park St.
Wednesday, June 22, 1:30 p.m.
Experience Jonathan Barber: Featured artist on The Beat
International recording artist, composer, educator and bandleader Jonathan Barber was voted the No. 1 up-and-coming drummer of 2018 in Modern Drummer. Barber has already recorded and toured worldwide with such artists as Pat Metheny, Terence Blanchard, Erykah Badu, Nicholas Payton, Buster Williams, Jimmy Greene, Jeremy Pelt, Wallace Roney, Terrace Martin, Jennifer Holiday, Harold Mabern, Steve Davis, J.D. Allen, The Brooklyn Philharmonic and many more.

Check out Jonathan's music and more HERE.

P.S. If you’re a local artist you can get paid to let us share your music on The Beat. We are accepting submissions now through July 5. Join other talented artists including: The Lost Tribe, Ghazi Omair, Black Phonze and Lee Mixashawn Rozie.

World Refugee Day
The Power of Storytelling
Celebrate World Refugee Day at Hartford Public Library with a panel discussion featuring refugee authors organized by The American Place.

The Power of Storytelling
Monday, June 20, 4-6 p.m.
Downtown Library, Atrium
500 Main St.

4-5 p.m. - Author panel presentation featuring authors Ahmed Badr (While the Earth Sleeps We Travel) and Jeanne Zulick Ferruolo and Ndengo Gladys Mwilelo (Each of Us a Universe)

5-5:30 p.m. - Small group discussion

5:30-6 p.m. - Book signing and networking reception

For more info: contact Erna Alić
Movies & music together
(and lots of Yo-Yo Ma)

This movie is a joy to watch. Truly. It will remind you about all the good in our world while showcasing some of the world's most talented musicians playing beautiful music together.

And you get to see it free with just your library card!

Check out this movie and more HERE at Kanopy.

Because you can never get enough Yo-Yo Ma! Why not stream his most recent music offerings with the legendary John Williams, who created our most iconic film scores ever. (Think Star Wars.)

Stream this plus countless other songs across all genres at Freegal, with just your library card.
Celebrating Kings of B'more
Thank you to everyone who came to the Downtown Library last week for our author talk with R. Eric Thomas and Versatile Poetiq about Thomas' recently released book Kings of B'more.

Kings of B'more tells the story of two Black queer best friends who face their last day together with an epic journey through Baltimore. You can find it in our collection HERE.

Above: R. Eric Thomas talks with Versatile Poetiq at the Downtown Library on Thursday. (Joël Cintron photo)
Art! Art! Art!
🎼 A needle pulling thread...

Every Thursday in June we are teaching a beginner's sewing class! (Singing may be included)

Albany Library
1250 Albany Ave.
Thursdays, 11 a.m.
Just Art

Our Just Art classes are a great opportunity to hone your skills, discover new talents and meet some great people.

Stay tuned for our next series of workshops!
Don't miss our HPL film premiere
Please join Hartford Public Library for a free screening of Thoughts are Things and other short films by HPL's Christopher T. Brown and to learn more about our new initiative HPL Studios. We will be gathering on the red carpet at Cinestudio on the campus of Trinity College beginning at 6 p.m. on June 21.

Librarian Joshua Turner has made it his life's work to inspire young people in his community with the power of books. When a medical emergency sends him to the hospital, those seeds of inspiration come full circle to save his life.

Watch the Thoughts Are Things trailer HERE.

Thoughts Are Things Premiere
Tuesday, June 21
6 p.m. Red carpet. 6:45 p.m. Doors open. 7 p.m. Films begin.
Talkback and reception to follow
Cinestudio at Trinity College
300 Summit St.

Please note: Proof of COVID-19 vaccination + ID required. Masks are required inside the building.
Kiss My Aztec at Hartford Stage
(it's gotten fantastic reviews!)
Tickets for Kiss My Aztec!
Now through June 26

Get your FREE tickets HERE. (And check out the many museum passes we have to offer our cardholders.)

Learn more about the show HERE.
We're all in this together
Join our team!
Make a difference while building your career

Help us grow our collections, provide much-needed services for our neighbors and strengthen and celebrate our diverse community.

Learn about the many positions open in lots of different departments HERE.
 Free COVID-19 vaccines!

Need to make an appointment for your COVID-19 booster shot? We've got you covered.

This weeks clinic:

Thursday, June 16
Albany Library
1250 Albany Ave.
2-5 p.m.
Ages 5 and up
Join us Saturday for a Juneteenth read aloud
Celebrate Juneteenth this weekend at Hartford Public Library where we will hold a Junteenth read aloud as part of the festivities kicking off our Summer Learning program. The event will include free book giveaways.

Juneteenth Read Aloud
Saturday, June 18, 2:30 p.m.
Downtown Library, Atrium
500 Main St.
“This is what I dream for Juneteenth — that all kinds of people will come together, that we will celebrate freedom from the 19th of June to the 4th of July. If we put our collective stuff together, we can make this the greatest country on Earth.” Opal Lee, the 'Grandmother of Juneteenth'