Hartford Poets: Past and Present
A series presented by the Hartford History Center at Hartford Public Library
Dates & Time Release: Mondays at 6pm (April 5, 12, 19, 26, 2021) 
Format: Pre-recorded videos released on FB Live, IGTV, and YouTube 

On each Monday evening in April, a Hartford-based poet will recite a poem from a Hartford poet who is no longer with us and whose work is part of the Hartford History Center’s collection. They will also read a poem they wrote inspired by the poet they read.

Historical Hartford poets featured include Ann Plato, Lucy Cooper SummersJames Overton Rogers, and Juan Fuentes Vizcarrondo.

You can learn more about some of these poets on the Hartford Changemakers reference guide.
Thursday, March 25th - 6:00pm

Join us for the NEA Big Read keynote event, an evening with Julia Alvarez in conversation with Connecticut writer and poet Sarahí Almonte Caraballo. Featuring Dominican music from Connecticut’s own Rey Kellys Band.

A 2019 Baby Grand Jazz concert
Hartford Public Library will be hosting small, in-person audiences for Baby Grand Jazz 2021 during the month of April. Please enter into the drawing here.
Audience members will be selected using a random lottery system for each date in April (4/11, 4/18 & 4/25). There will be a limit of 16 audience members. You can submit an entry for one or two tickets.
The deadline to submit is Sunday April 4th at 11:59PM. We will announce the selected concert-goers for all performances on Monday April 5th.
You will be contacted if you are selected to attend! Social distancing and mask wearing protocols will continue to be enforced.
Please reach out to Ermina Ramic at eramic@hplct.org with any questions.
Celebrate springtime with the Park Library. Reserve a gardening tool kit or pick up some seeds. We also have a robust collection of gardening-themed books from the HPL catalog.

Materials are available through April while supplies last.

To register: click here
Experience New Beginnings in Poetry
To help celebrate National Poetry Month, this three-week series will focus on different creative writing activities to guide participants in the poetry writing process and to expose them to variety of poems. Program supplies will include a journal, sample poems, and watercolor set and paper, available by appointment through contact-free pickup. Registration required. 
Date: Tuesdays, April 6th, 13th & 20th
Time: 2:00- 3:00 pm
Virtual: Zoom 
To register, click here
Women's History Month Book and Movie Suggestions
"The Truths We Hold"
by Kamala Harris
From Vice President Kamala Harris, a book about the core truths that unite us and her personal struggle to act upon them.
A League of Their Own
Two sisters join the first female professional baseball league and struggle to help it succeed amidst their own growing rivalry.
Mary Wears What She Wants
by Keith Negley
Once upon a time (but not that long ago), girls only wore dresses. And only boys wore pants.
Until one day, a young girl named Mary had an idea: She would wear whatever she wanted. And she wanted to wear pants!
This bold, original picture book encourages readers to think for themselves while gently challenging gender and societal norms. For ages 3-5.
Quinn Featured for Women's History Month
In honor of Women’s History Month, our friends at Park&K featured Bridget E. Quinn, President and CEO of the Hartford Public Library.

P&K: Which women have inspired you in your work and life?
BQ: My mother was my first feminist role model, and she proudly recounted stories of her grandmother’s involvement in the UK women’s suffrage movement. I hope I have instilled the same values in my own daughters, who inspire me every day with their optimism, commitment to others and energy.

Women like Sandra Feinberg, Louise Blalock and Carla Hayden make me proud to be a librarian and inspire me to be an advocate for literacy, education and community service.

P&K: What are your hopes for the younger generation of women?
BQ: To feel safe, secure and supported. To have meaningful choices in their chosen fields and in their lives; to find the balance and to always feel confident speaking out and taking on leadership roles.
The New England Jazz Ensemble Trio is comprised of veteran jazz musicians and educators who have played with greats like Buddy Rich, Sonny Costanza, and in ensembles and bands all over the region. With a robust sound and a wide repertoire, The New England Jazz Ensemble Trio is sure to put on a good show.
Sunday, March 28 at 3 pm on Facebook and YouTube
The Jimmy Gavagan Quintet represented the University of Hartford extremely well with a concert that blended the traditional and the new in a way that delighted viewers.
Community Solutions, a nonprofit working to achieve a lasting end to homelessness, is looking for interns to help track data on Hartford neighborhood conditions and to assist with fun summer activities at the Swift Factory.

We've added a Vaccine Information page to our comprehensive collection of Covid-19 related materials. Learn the facts about the virus and how to protect yourself and your family. There is also information available about housing assistance, financial help and the latest from the Hartford Public Schools.
March Program Calendars
"In a library, you could find miracles and truth and you might find something that would make you laugh so hard that you get shushed, in the friendliest way. There was sanctuary in a library, there is sanctuary now, from the war, from the storms of our family and our own anxious minds. Libraries are like the mountain, or the meadows behind the goat lady’s house: sacred space."
― Anne Lamott