Thursday, April 26, 5-8 pm
Downtown Library
Join us for an evening with Claudia Rankine, author of Hartford Public Library’s Big Read book for 2018, "Citizen: An American Lyric."

Please register for the event here.

EventBrite registration is for RSVP only. Tickets do not guarantee a seat. Guests are not required to bring a ticket. Attendees should plan on coming early, as event is first-come/first-served basis. Doors open to the public at 6:00 p.m. and seating is available until the Library's Center for Contemporary Culture room reaches capacity.

For a list of all Big Read events,  click here

"The Big Read" is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.
Thursday, April 12 at the Downtown Library
National Library Week (April 8-14) hit a high note on April 12 as 50 new American citizens took the Oath of Allegiance at Hartford Public Library’s main branch in Downtown Hartford. HPL, the U. S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, and Connecticut’s Peer Libraries Citizenship Coalition (PLCC) invited the community to the U. S. Naturalization Ceremony.

The event featured presentation of colors, the singing of the national anthem, and the Pledge of Allegiance — led by a George Washington impersonator. HPL CEO Bridget Quinn-Carey welcomed the crowd and the Honorable Vanessa L. Bryant, United States District Judge, presided over the ceremony as applicants for citizenship took their oath.

Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman, as well as Secretary of the State Denise Merrill and UConn School of Medicine Dean Dr. Bruce Liang, offered congratulatory remarks.
Poetry Meetup at Albany    
April 24, 6-7:30 pm
Albany Branch

Memory is a tough place. You were there.” - Claudia Rankine

April is Poetry Month! Join us as we share favorite poems and explore the world of poetry. Bring a poem of your choosing or just show up. 

This program coincides with Hartford Public Library's 2018 "Big Read" book:  Citizen: An American Lyric  by Claudia Rankine. Ask us for details and read the book.

The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. 
Encounters: Intrafaith Conflict
Saturday, April 21
10 am-12 pm with lunch to follow
Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art

2018 marks the 400th anniversary of the Thirty Years War, a wide-ranging war in Europe deeply connected to the splits in Christianity occasioned by Martin Luther's break with Rome in 1517. On the occasion of that anniversary, we invite you to join us for a conversation on the ongoing question of intrafaith conflict and its broader effects.

Limited space. Lunch will be provided after the 10am-12pm discussion. To register, email:

For more information click here.

The Encounters series is a partnership between the Hartford History Center at Hartford Public Library, UConn Humanities Institute, the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, and The Amistad Center for Art & Culture.
Dinner and a Story:
"Tots and Tunes Spring Jamboree!"  
Monday, April 23, 6-7 pm
Children's Department, Downtown
Bring your family to enjoy an evening of
music and movement followed by dinner!
Make a spring craft with your family for
a fun-filled night!

Baby Grand Jazz Series: Trio 149
Sunday, April 22, 3 pm
Center for Contemporary Culture

Trio 149 is led by pianist Noah Baerman, who has released a total of nine albums as a bandleader. Noah is active as an educator, teaching privately and at several other institutions including Wesleyan University, where he directs the Jazz Ensemble. Joining Baerman is pianist Jen Allen, bass player Henry Lugo, and drummer Johnathan Blake.

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

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.
Citizenship Classes
Saturday, April 21, 10 am-12 pm
Computer Coaching Drop-In
Tuesday, April 24, 4:30-5:30 pm

Free English Classes
Tuesday, April 24, 6-7:45 pm
Thursday, April 26, 6-7:45 pm

Public Health Night:
Sexual Health and Rubberwear
Tuesday, April 24, 4:30-5:30 pm
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