"The Tools of Learning" begins Monday, October 24.
Chief Teale's The Tools of Learning
Register now!

Retired Hartford Fire Chief Charles A. Teale Sr. is on a mission to teach Hartford adults histools for learning, based on one simple belief: You should never teach anyone anything unless you have first taught them how to learn, how to understand, and how to remember that information.

> Focusing on how to learn, understand, and remember information for both academic and professional success
> Classes are progressive in nature
> Free to beginning and advanced readers ages 18+
> Registration is required; call 860.695.6320

Mondays & Wednesdays, 6-6:45 pm
8 weeks, beginning Mon. Oct. 24
Hartford History Center

Join us for a night of firsts at beyond words!

Tickets are on sale now for our new signature event, taking place at Hartford's Downtown Marriott on December 1st.

Join us as we launch Wally Lamb's new book I'll Take You There and celebrate Louise Blalock, former Chief Librarian for Hartford Public Library, as our 2016 recipient of the first Caroline M. Hewins Medal.

HPL Featured In
UConn Video

Hartford Public Library plays a big part in the new Downtown Campus of the University of Connecticut. HPL is featured in this video posted by UConn about its vision for the center city location. 

The Author's Table:
Cindy J. Cadet

The Brownie Kid Squad and The Best Day Ever
October 22nd, 2 to 5 pm
Sylvia Plath
presented by Mark Sheridan

Saturday, October 22, 10:15 am-12:15 pm
Hartford History Cent

Sheff Movement 20th Anniversary Design Challenge 

Saturday, October 22, 9:00 am
Center for Contemporary Culture

For more information, click here.

To participate and register, click here. 

Hip Hop Dance
with Studio 860

Albany Branch
Oct. 21 & 28, 2-3:30 pm

Dwight Branch
Oct. 24, 26, & 31 and Nov. 2, 4-5:30 pm

Camp Field Branch
Oct. 25 & 27, Nov. 1 & 3, 4-5:30 pm

A Celebration of Textiles:
A Reception with the
Hartford Artisan Weavers and
Simply Crazy Quilters

Wednesday, October 26, 12-1:30 pm

The Hartford Artisans Weaving Center is a non-profit organization that teaches and promotes the craft of handweaving. Their exhibition at Hartford Public Library runs until October 31.

The Simply Crazy Quilting Classes met for eight weeks each under the instruction of teaching artist Irma Nelson. Their crazy quilts have been exhibited throughout the city of Hartford.

Reception is free and open to the public.

Fiber Alchemy: Two Viewpoints

On view through November 27, 2016

Sandra Bender Fromson is a fiber artist whose work incorporates quilting, embroidery, beading, dyeing and painting, weaving, and felting, and she takes her inspiration for materials, colors, and textures, from nature. 

Ellen Schiffman, a fiber artist working sculpturally, spent a year filling a shadow box per week with explorations of methods and materials. The resulting 52-box visual diary, presented as a cohesive whole and employing both traditional and experimental techniques, questions the boundaries of what fiber art can be.

ArtWalk Submissions Open Through October 31

The ArtWalk puts on four exhibitions each year, and every year, between August 1 and November 1, artists in all media are invited to submit a body of work. From these submissions, the four shows for the following calendar year are chosen.  

Artists living and/or working in the MetroHartford area will be given priority. Students, emerging, or established artists are all eligible. Artists must have a body of work sufficient for exhibition on the ArtWalk by the date of the exhibition.

Youth & Family Services
Celebrate the Season!

Spooky Storytime

Ages 0-5 with parent/caregiver. Come on over to the library to hear spooky stories and make a creepy craft to take home with you!

Dwight Branch, Wed., October 26, 11:00-11:45 am
Park Branch, Wed. October 26, 10:00-11:00 am

Art of Leaf Rubbing

Preschoolers/Care providers. Enjoy stories, songs and finger plays of leaves and then create a leaf rubbing picture to take home.

Ropkins Branch, Wed., October 26, 10:00-11:00 am

Autumn Festival

Celebrate all things fall with autumnal stories, crafts and spooky treats! You’ll even get to decorate a white pumpkin! All ages.

Park Branch, Thurs., October 27, 4:00-5:00 pm
Ropkins Branch, Thurs., October 27, 4:15-5:15 pm
Dwight Branch, Fri., October 28, 3:30-4:30 pm

Teen Services

Makerspace Challenge

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

Come to YOUmedia for the twice-weekly Makerspace challenge, following the theme of "It's An Art Thing" in October. Make personalized buttons, swag, phone cases and more. See Makerspace Queen Angelica for each week's project.

Anime Character Creation

Tuesdays 4-6 pm
Downtown Library, 2nd Floor

Want to know some principles of creating anime-styled characters? Come to YOUmedia to get in the basics! Talk to mentors Danielle or Issac for more.

2nd Annual YOUmedia Halloween Costume Party

October 27, 3-8 pm
Downtown Library, 2nd Floor

Hang out with your friends at YOUmedia. Compare costumes, eat candy, have a blast.

Woke Teens Forum

October 25, 3:30-5:30 pm
Downtown Library, 2nd Floor

Pop Culture & Representation

Get woke to the injustices caused by imbalances in power and representation. E-mail youmedia@hplct.org for more dates and topics.

Rangoli for Diwali

October 25, 2:30-3:30 pm
Albany Branch

Create a beautiful Rangoli design in recognition of this great festival of India and Nepal.

Adult Learning

FREE Small Business Workshop Series

Hartford Public Library, Downtown Branch, The American Place
Thursday evenings 6:00 – 7:30 pm

Oct. 27 Starting Your Own Business? How SBA can help! 

Nov. 3 The ABC’s of a Business Plan & Understanding a SWOT Analysis 

Nov. 10 Understanding Credit Reports & How to Finance Your Small Business

Nov. 17 Marketing and Promoting your Business

Registration required! Email learning@hplct.org

U.S. Citizenship Classes

Cycles are between 12 to 14 weeks and repeat. Legal assistance with application completion and submission included.

Online Learning

Accessible through the library website in the Online Education & Research Section. All free with your library card! Simply 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, 10:00 am-8:00 pm
Fridays 10:00 am-5:00 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!

Passport Services

You can apply for a passport at Hartford Public Library. Evening and Saturday hours. 

No appointment needed and photos taken on-site!

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