Micro-Aggressions in the Latino Community
with Constanza Segovia
Monday, March 26, 6-7:30 pm
Park Branch
Photo courtesy of WNPR
Community conversation on micro-aggressions in the Latino community focusing on excerpts from Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine, including a community art piece.

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. 
Tuesday, March 27, 3:45 pm
Dwight Branch
Enjoy the vocals of singer Leslie Manselle of Leslie Manselle Arts, in celebration of National Women's Month.

Performance includes songs by: 
The Chiffons
Dionne Warwick
Carole King
Barbara Mason
Laura Nyro
The Shirelles
Aretha Franklin
Call (860) 695-7460 for more details.
Saturday, March 24, 2-4 pm
Hartford History Center
Interested in collecting oral histories in your neighborhood?

Learn the techniques with public humanities professor and oral history specialist at Williams College, Dr. Annie Valk. Dr. Valk is author of Radical Sisters: Second-Wave Feminism and Black Liberation in Washington, D.C. (University of Illinois Press, 2008), which won the Richard Wentworth Prize; and, Living with Jim Crow: African American and Memories of the Segregated South (Palgrave, 2010), a collection of oral history interviews edited with Professor Leslie Brown and winner of the annual book award issued by the Oral History Association.

To register for this free workshop, email Jasmin Agosto at
Mommy and Me Yoga Class
Monday, March 26, 11:45-1 pm
Children’s Department
3rd Floor, Downtown

Mothers with babies up to 11 months old are invited to a gentle yoga class run by West Hartford Yoga. Mats will be provided.

Please sign up at the Children’s desk.
Baby Grand Jazz Series: Triodata=MX+1
Sunday, March 25, 3 pm
Center for Contemporary Culture

Triodata=MX+1 plays ragtime, no time, bebop, hip-hip and funk music.

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.
Special Notices
Passport Services Fees to Increase April 1

Please note: On April 1 passport execution fees for the library will increase from $25 to $35 and photo fees will increase from $10 to $15.

Click here to learn more about passport services at HPL.
Holiday Closings

All library branches will be closed:
  • Friday, March 30
  • Sunday, April 1
Bird and Diz: Time to Get Jazzy

Tuesday, March 27, 4:30-5:30 pm
Learn all about bebop and two of its pioneers-- Charlie “Bird” Parker and John “Dizzy” Gillespie. Groove along to the music while you create a masterpiece using oil pastels.
Whoever You Are

Wednesday, March 28, 4-5 pm
Join us for an interactive reading of Mem Fox's Whoever You Are! We celebrate all the different kinds of children in our community and all over the world, whoever and wherever they are.
Build a Boat

Wednesday, March 28 , 3-5 pm
Use common materials to explore buoyancy and power! Design a working electric motor boat with this activity. Find yourhull in the recycling bin (milk jug, foam tray, pool noodles, etc.). Add the motor, propeller and other components. Set it in the water and watch it go.  
Skittles Rainbow Science

Monday, March 26, 4-5 pm
Everyone loves Skittles! Not only taste the rainbow, but create your own rainbow design at the library with this fun Skittles science experiment. 
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