Valentine's Day
Hogs And Kisses
For Your Sweetie
Downtown, Saturday, Feb. 11, 2:30-3:30 pm
Albany, Monday, Feb. 13, 4:30 to 5:30 pm
Goodwin, Monday, Feb. 13, 4:30 to 5:30 pm
Barbour, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 4-5 pm

Make Valentine's Day Cards with a Hogs and Kisses theme. Learn about traditional customs of the holiday and the symbolism behind Valentine's Day cards.

A Perfect First Date Movie
Screening at SAND/Ropkins
Tuesday, February. 14, 3 pm

The recent film, Southside With You, is about the first date of Michelle Robinson and Barack Obama in Chicago in 1989. It will be screened at the SAND/Ropkins branch, 1750 Main St. Information: 860-695-7520.  The movie is a perfect love story for Valentine's Day and is part of our Black History month events.

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Black History Month
Create A Paper Quilt Project
Using African-American Heritage
Camp Field, Wednesdays, 4 to 5 pm
Albany, Wednesday, Feb. 15,22, 4:30-5:30 pm
Downtown, Wednesday, Feb. 15, 5:30-6:30 pm
Park, Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2:30-3:30 pm

Learn about the heritage of African Americans  through notable figures, culture, art and music, using library resources.  Create a paper quilt to display.

Malcolm X:
A Collaborative Reading 
Tuesday, February 21
Hartford History Center
Refreshments 5:30 pm; Program 6 pm

Join us in honoring Malcolm X on the anniversary of his death. We will have copies of his writings and speeches available.  If you have a favorite, bring it with you or call us and we will find it and have it for you.  
We welcome readers and spectators.
Information: 860-695-6377. 

Draw a Hartford History-Maker:
A Black History Community Project

On Display Through February 28
Hartford History Center

The Draw a Hartford History Maker exhibition kicked off Feb. 2 with a reception honoring the artists who created portraits from photos and biograp hies featured on line in 2016's More than A Month series honoring African Americans who made significant contributions to Hartford.  
Read the biographies illustrated with new portraits on the Hartford History Center's Facebook page
Photo by Andy Hart

African-American History Bee
Saturday, February. 25, Noon to 3 pm
Center for Contemporary Culture

The 2nd Annual African & African American History Bee is presented by Calling All Brothers. Leslie Mayes of NBC Connecticut returns as host. Participating schools include: Thirman Milner School, Dr. Frank T. Simpson-Waverly School, Fred D. Wish School, and Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School.


Poets On Poetry:
Lucille Clifton
Presented by Jennifer Jean
Saturday, February 25th, 10:15 am
Hartford History Center

Lucille Clifton, Poet Laureate of Maryland, had her poems published by Langston Hughes in the anthology, The Poetry of the Negro in 1957, and was a visiting writer at Columbia University School of the Arts. Jennifer Jean, a poet, is co-director of the Morning Garden Arts Retreats and teaches at Boston area universities.

Baby Grand Jazz:
Nita Zarif
Sunday, Feb. 12, 3 pm
Center for Contemporary Culture

Nita Zarif is one of Hartford’s best-loved vocalists. She was mentored by the legendary Betty Carter and Connecticut’s own “Kitty” Catherine Riley. Nita counts Angela Bofil, Dionne Warwick and Hartford’s own Nikki Mathis among her influences.
Nita was born and raised in Hartford, attended Weaver High School and graduated from Trinity College with a degree in Performance.
Joining Nita on the bandstand: Warren Byrd on piano; Doug Long on bass;  Alvin Carter Jr. on drums; and Saskia Laroo on trumpet.

Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors open at 1 pm. 

Information about Baby Grand Jazz.

Photo by Steven Sussman

Art Talk On The ArtWalk

Wednesday, Feb. 15, 6 pm
3rd Floor, Downtown Library

Meet us on the Artwalk as origami artist Benjamin Parker and photographer Christine Dalenta, explain how they work together to produce their art pieces from paper folding and photography. See their exhibition,  Shadow Castings: A Study of Geometry in Paper and Light, which runs through February 26.   
Join Us @thebench
Art Basics With Chris Porter

Main Floor, Downtown Library
Continues Friday Feb. 17, 11 am- 1 pm
Wednesday, Feb. 22, 11 am-1 pm

Join local artist Chris Porter @thebench for instruction and demonstrations of some basic art principles, including shape, space, and shading. Spend lunchtime exercising your creative abilities. All supplies will be provided. Drop-ins welcome.
Call Me Ishmael
Third Floor, Downtown Library
Hartford Public Library invites you to try “Call Me Ishmael,” which looks like an old pay phone, but  uses new technology to share reader reviews of popular books.
“Call Me Ishmael” is the opening line from “Moby-Dick: or, The Whale,” written by Herman Melville and released in 1851.  
Our staff has programmed the phone with reviews of these books:
The Fault In Our Stars by John Green; Looking for Alaska by John Green; The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank; I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou; The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin; Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed; Thirst by Mary Oliver; Words In Air by Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell; and The Life of Pi by Yann Martel.

UConn Writing Center at HPL
First Saturday of Each Month
Upcoming: March 4
Wallace Stevens Room  

Meet with students, graduate students and professors from UConn Hartford, to discuss your writing and receive feedback. Writing of all kinds and at all stages - planning, drafting or revising - is welcome. 

Visitors are met on a first-come, first-served basis for approximately one hour.

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Lawyer at Your Library
First Tuesday of Each Month, 11 am-1 pm
Upcoming: March 7
Downtown Library, The American Place

Meet privately with an attorney from Greater Hartford Legal Aid concerning questions about rights in the workplace. No appointment necessary. Topics include unlawful discrimination, wages and overtime, and rights fo former offenders.Visitors are seen on a first-come, first-served basis.
Youth & Family Services
Book of the Week
Pete the Cat by James Dean
In 1999 James Dean adopted a stray black kitten he named Pete. He began drawing Pete as a blue cat and the drawings turned into a series of books for beginning readers. The Library has many new Pete books available for checkout.  New readers will delight in Pete's many adventures.
Click here to find Pete the Cat stories.

E Resource of the Week
LearningExpress provides interactive learning resources and ebooks to help lstudents brush up on basic skills (math, reading, and writing) and prepare for college and occupational exams.Tests are provided for Elementary through High School in Math, Reading and Writing. Also includes Computer Skills Tutorials and Writing Improvement Programs. 
Click here to start exploring. 

Teen Services

Makerspace Mayhem

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4 pm
Downtown Library, 2nd floor

Come to YOUmedia for the twice-weekly Makerspace challenge.

Anime Character Creation

Wednesdays 3-5 pm
Downtown Library, 2nd floor

Animefy yourself and your friends at YOUmedia - or create a new unique character of your own.

3D Sculpting and Design

Thursdays, 6-8 pm
Downtown Library, 2nd Floor

Learn how to design cool characters and objects to use in animations, video games, graphic design, and more!
Dungeons and Dragons

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:30 to 8 pm
Albany Branch, 1250 Albany Ave.

Set off for the adventure of a lifetime twice a week. Take your characters on an imaginary journey.  

Learn Debate  Basics
Great Debates
Thursdays, 6-8 PM
Downtown Library, 2nd Floor
Share your opinions on topics that matter while learning about another perspective from the other debater. 

Adult Learning

U.S. Citizenship Classes

Cycles range from 12-to-14 weeks and repeat. Legal assistance with application completion and submission included.

Passport Services
You can apply for a passport at Hartford Public Library. Hours are Monday though Thursday, 3:30 to 7 pm; Saturday, 10 am to 3 pm..
No appointment is needed and photos can be taken on site.
The Passport office is now located on the second floor.

Online Learning

Accessible through the library website in the Online Education & Research Section. All free with your library card. Log in with your card number and create a user name and password.

  • Learn a New Language: Learn or practice more than 100+ languages using the online learning program Transparent Language.
  • LearningExpress Library™: Build your academic skills in reading, writing, math, and science; prepare for standardized tests, college admissions tests, and professional licensing and certification.
  • Universal Class: Select from over 500 courses in a wide variety of subjects through a program called Universal Class. Learn a new hobby, improve your computer skills, or expand your job or career options. 
  • Career Online High School (COHS)Earn your high school diploma online, must be 24 or older.

American Job Center

Monday-Thursday, 10 am-6 pm
Fridays 10 am-5 pm  

Looking for a job? Feeling a bit rusty on your interview skills or bewildered by all the new technology a successful job search demands? We can help! CTWorks Capital Workforce Partners and HPL Library have partnered to bring a CTWorks "American Job Center" to the Downtown Library.

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