Albany Branch Programs & Events 
College Counseling
Saturday, January 20, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Saturday, February 3, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Are you planning on going to college or do you have a college-bound teen? Come into Albany Branch and speak with a college counselor about all things college, including financial aid information, college essay help, and high school to college advice.
Hartford Creates: Printmaking in 2017 Exhibition
January 23 - March 2
Opening: Tuesday, January 23, 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Please join us for the opening reception of our new exhibition  Hartford Creates: Printmaking in 2017. Artists and artist instructor Robert Charles Hudson will be on hand to discuss their work and the process. Refreshments will be served.
Workshop Series: Healthy Relationships
Sexual/Physical Abuse
January 25, 2018, 2:00 - 3:00 pm
Park Branch
The Hartford Public Library Park Branch has partnered with the Hispanic Health Council to bring to the general public workshops centered on healthy relationships, where different topics will be discussed on the complexities of relationships and how to foster positive ones.
Baby Grand Jazz Series: The Matisse Project
Sunday, January 21, 3:00 pm
Center for Contemporary Culture

Violinist Gwen Laster and pianist Christopher Bakriges were inspired by the “Jazz” book of paper cutouts produced by a bedridden Henri Matisse starting in 1941.The 20 pieces composed by Bakriges are paired with Matisse’s work and inspired by the artist’s method of “teaching the eye to hear.” Bakriges grew up in Detroit, graduated from the University of Detroit, taught in China, and studied World Music at Wesleyan University in Middletown with composer Anthony Braxton. He also studied ethnomusicology at York University in Toronto where he worked with Oscar Peterson. Bishop John Selders from the Amistad UCC in Hartford will be the narrator for the program.

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

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.
ArtWalk Book Club
Tuesday, January 30, 5:30-7:00 pm
Hartford History Center

Hartford Public Library is forming a quarterly Book Club that will explore a book thematically connected to the current ArtWalk exhibition. 

The current exhibition, Robert Charles Hudson’s  The Door Of No Return, focuses on the horrific journey of enslaved people forced to leave their homeland. Hudson says of his work: “The story of this journey is a story of faith. If our collective memory teaches us anything, it is that history repeats itself. “

Our first selection will be  Homegoing  by Yaa Gyasi.  Homegoing  is a book that is able to show how issues that still plague us today are routed in evil from long ago. Yaa Gyasi does an incredible job weaving her story through generations.
RSVP to  Mackenzie Callahan  by January 22.
A special thanks to all of our donors and sponsors who help make these programs possible.
Dinner and a Story

Monday, January 22, 6:00-7:00 pm
Please have your family join us once a month at the Library. We will have a community guest teaching us about nutritional meals. Join us for songs, activities, stories, and dinner. Sign up is required at front desk.
HPL Graphic Novel Studio

Wednesday, January 24, 3:30–4:30 pm
Join us as we go on a virtual visit to the art studio of Jarrett Krosoczka, author/illustrator of the Lunch Lady series. Learn techniques to create and illustrate your own graphic novel!
Family Movie Night

Wednesday, January 24, 6:00-7:30 pm
Families will enjoy a family movie and popcorn. There will be a voting poll for children to vote on their movie choice.
Bead Therapy

Wednesday, January 24, 6:00 pm
Join us for a relaxing evening of beaded bracelet creating.
Nutrition 101

Thursday, January 25, 11:30 am–12:30 pm
Food Preparation & Tasting Series with a UCONN Nutrition Educator: Learn how to shop for and make nutritious meals and snacks, all for better health and
quality of life.
3D Snowflakes

Thursday, January 25, 3:30–4:30 pm
3D printing sounds so complicated but it’s really not! Join us to learn the basics about 3D printing then create your own 3D printed snowflakes! Thursday, January 25th, 3:30-4:30
Poets on Poetry: Gertrude Stein

Saturday, January 27, 10:15 am
The Connecticut Poetry Society's monthly poetry book discussion is free and open to the public.
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