Día de los Ninos
Celebrate Reading
Dwight, Wednesday, April 26, 11 am-Noon
Goodwin, Wednesday, April 26, 2-4 pm 
Downtown, Wednesday, April 26, 5:30-7:30 pm
Camp Field, Thursday, April 27, 3-4 pm
Park, Thursday, April 27, 4:30-5:30 pm

Día de los Ninos is a national literacy event to promote diverse books, languages, and cultures. Join us for shared read-alouds of outstanding multicultural books, make a multicultural crown, and check out books from our special Día Family Bookshelf.

Book of the Week
Book Fiesta! by Pat Mora
Celebremos El dia de los libros
Children’s Day/Book Day, El día de los niños/ El día de los libros has been observed on April 30th for 21 years. Founder Pat Mora’s jubilant celebration of this day features imaginative text and lively illustrations by award-winning illustrator Rafael López that turns this bilingual fiesta into a hit for story time
April Is Poetry Month
Poem In Your Pocket
Hartford History Center
3rd Floor, Downtown

Take a poetry break from 1 to 5 pm, Tuesdays through Thursdays in the Hartford History Center. Browse our poetry collection.

On Thursdays through April at 1:15 pm we will read a poem aloud over the Library intercom.

On April 27, between 1 and 5 pm, visit our Pop Up Maker Space in the Hartford History Center and make a poem to carry in your pocket.  We suggest one by Hartford community activist Lucy Cooper Summers, author of  99 Patches, her book of poetry published in 1969. The book was revised and reprinted in 1995. In 1997 graduates of Hartford High School received a copy as a memento.

Lucy Cooper Summers Portrait by D. Racine.
Poets On Poetry Series
The Poetry of Elizabeth Bishop, Part 2
Presented by John Stanizzi
Saturday, April 29, 10:15 am - 12:15 pm
Hartford History Center
3rd Floor, Downtown
Elizabeth Bishop was an American poet and short story writer who won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1956, the National Book Award in 1970, and the Neustadt International Price for Literature in 1976.
John Stanizzi, poet, teaches at Manchester Community College and has published several collections of poetry.

World War I & America
Round Table Discussion
Expressions of War

Thursday, April 27, 5:30 pm
Hartford History Center, 3rd floor (Downtown)

Join military veterans, students, and active duty personnel in reading and discussing selections from the  World War I and America reader edited by A. Scott Berg. Discussion will be led by veterans: Marcus Lawson of Capitol Community College, Dr. Carlita Cotton of Goodwin College, and Dave Ionno, City of Hartford Veterans Committee. It is encouraged, but not required to read through readings that are located here:  http://hhc.hplct.org/world-war-i-and-america/
To register, please email jeagosto@hplct.org or call 860-695-6367 with your name and contact information. 
This program is made possible by the National Endowment for the Humanities, in partnership with the Library of America.

Let's Discuss The U.S. Constitution
Encounters: U.S. Constitution
Saturday, April 29, 2-4 pm
Hartford History Center
3rd Floor, 500 Main St.
The Encounters series is a public discussion program created by the Hartford History Center at Hartford Public Library, UConn's Humanities Institute, and the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art. Discussion leaders engage in topics aimed at strengthening our ability to know ourselves and one another through respectful and challenging dialogue.
Read the U.S. Constitution in advance.
Register: Jasmin Agosto, jeagosto@hplct.org or 860-695-6367
Baby Grand Jazz
Theresa Wright
Sunday, April 23, 3-4 pm
Center for Contemporary Culture
Downtown Library
Theresa Wright is a jazz vocalist who performs R&B, blues, and gospel. Wright was honored be selected by CT Now as the Best Gospel Vocalist in Connecticut for 2016.
She grew up in Utica, NY, and learned to sing in her father’s church. Her mother was her first music teacher.
Jazz is her first love, and she has twice performed at the Hartford Jazz Festival. She has worked as a background vocalist for Jeff Pitchell, J Giles, Phil Lesh, Michael Allman, Charles Neville, Ray Charles, Claudette King and has also worked with Jaimoe of the Allman Brothers Band.
Joining her is Brad Rickert on piano and Steve Clarke on bass.

The 14th Annual Baby Grand Jazz Series, sponsored by The Charles H. Kaman Charitable Foundation.
Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors open at 1 pm. 
Meet the Author
Author's Table at Albay
New Wednesday Series Begins April 26

Join us at Hartford Public Library’s Albany Branch and meet local authors as they showcase their work at The Author’s Table. The series runs on Wednesday afternoons from 3:30-6 pm, and authors will have copies of their work available for purchase.
April 26: Elizabeth Gibbs;  Ogi Bogi, The Elephant Yogi
May 3: Kenneth Passan;  Monsters Among Us
May 10: Melanie Vaverchak;  There is Something to Learn from Everyone!
May 24: Patrina Dixon;  It's My Money
May 31: Kathy Miranda;  Max and Molly
STEM Programs 

Earth Day
Saturday, April 22, 
YOUmedia, Downtown, 2nd Floor
Ages 13-19, 11 am- 3 pm
Celebrate Earth Day by making seed starters and pine cone seed bombs. We'll head over the Bushnell Park to drop them off.  In the afternoon we'll start herb and flower gardens from seed.

Wiggle Bots
Ropkins, Monday-Wed., April 24-26, 4-5 pm
Design and build your own unique wiggle-bot! This is a real engineering project! Can you make it dance in circles, or maybe draw?

CSI: Hartford Public Library
Goodwin, Monday, April 24, 4-5:45 pm
Park, Wednesday, April 26th, 2-3 pm
Have you ever thought about being a Crime Scene Investigator? Now is your chance to see if you have what it takes.

Seed Pods
Albany, Friday, April 28, 2 to 4 pm
Stop by to make your own Seed Pod, a neat package of flower seeds and soil that are easy to grow. Learn about the importance of working to save our planet, and some simple ways you can help every day.

Legos In the Library
Downtown, Tuesdays, 3:30 to 4:30 pm
Dwight, Thursday, April 25, 4:30-5:30 pm
We have Legos and a challenge for you. What will you create? Do you have what it takes to be a master builder? 

Yoga Time  
Ropkins, Wednesday, April 26, 5 pm
Yoga is great for keeping your body healthy and your mind relaxed. Come learn some fun poses. No special mat or experience needed.  

Backpacks of Fun
We have Sprout Early Learning Backpacks available for checkout at four branches. Visit the Downtown Children’s Room, Albany, Goodwin, or Ropkins to pick one up today. You can also place a hold on one and have it delivered to the branch of your choice. Here's a list of types of backpacks.
Leap Into Learning
Programs for Birth to 5
Sensational Sensory Wednesdays
Downtown Children’s Room, 11-Noon
Interactive play time for children. Each week children will enjoy a new and exciting sensory, hands-on learning activity. 

Rainy Storytime
Ropkins, Wednesday, April 26, 10-11 am
Enjoy rainy stories, songs, and finger-plays.

Every Child Ready to Read Storytime
Downtown, Friday, April 28, 11-Noon
An interactive program based on the five practices of the Every Child Ready to Read initiative: talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing. Listen to stories, learn finger plays, and sing songs.

We Love Your Help
The Hartford Public Library needs your support throughout the year. Please consider making a pledge or donation to help us continue to offer a place that cultivates opportunities, empowers and inspires individuals, and fuels a more prosperous future.
We thank the leaders of Aetna, Travelers, and The Hartford, for their generous support.

Corporators Gather

The Hartford Public Library corporators met Wednesday, April 12, in the Hartford History Center and the ArtWalk.  Greg Davis, HPL board president, welcomed them and explained how they can help Hartford Public library.  Cate D’italia, former Development Director for the Library,  was introduced as the HPL corporator co-chair.  Gerri Sullivan will be the HPL board liaison for the corporators.  A good time was had by all. 

Sustaining Grant-Funded Programs
Planning Your Grant Strategy
Kathy Frederick
Wednesday, April 26, 10 am to Noon
Youth Program Room, 3rd Floor, Downtown
500 Main St.

This workshop will focus on: truths and myths about sustainability; creative ways to continue a program with reduced funding; and necessary levels of planning to sustain grant-funded programs.
Register by sending your name and email address to: dalexandre@hplct.org

Try Biblioboard 
Biblioboard At HPL
Hartford Public Library is introducing an online service that allows users to 
create a book, self- publish an ebook, and browse multimedia content, digital exhibits and books from local authors.
Create an account here.  When you log in at the Library, Biblioboard  knows where you are. You can become familiar with the site by browsing it. To create a book go here.  To publish an ebook go here.  To explore go here.

Rafael  Osés and Michael Sweeney
3rd Floor, Downtown
Show Runs through April 30

Michael Sweeney, a woodworker, displays  the books of things we do not know which examines the book as a symbol which prompts consideration of a centuries-old technology that remains an elegant vehicle for exploring one's curiosity.

Rafael Osés ' small word paintings — everyday or esoteric words and phrases, using geometric shapes and simple color symbolism — encourage viewers to consider both the meaning and visual attributes of language.

Carla Ten Eyck: 
see real women:
really see women

Administrative Wall, Third Floor
Downtown Library

Originally commissioned in 2008, Carla Ten Eyck's exhibition, see real women: really see women, is part of the Hartford History Center's permanent collection. In honor of Women's History Month, the Hartford History Center at Hartford Public Library celebrates a Hartford-born photographer and her work that asks and answers the question, "When do you feel you are your most beautiful?"

Left,  Marsha #1

Leap Into Learning Programs
Birth to Five
First Friends Play Group
Monday, April 17, 11- Noon
Our play and picture book areas are reserved for you. Share toys, books, and music while your child meets other children.

Sensational Sensory Wednesdays
Downtown Children’s Room,
Wednesdays, 11 am - Noon
Interactive play time for children. Each week children will enjoy a new and exciting sensory, hands-on learning activity. 

Born to Read
Albany, Wednesday, April 18, 11:30 am -12:30 pm
Blue Hills,Thursday, April 19, 11:30 am -12:30 pm
Inspire, stimulate and create a love of reading in your child by visiting the library for developmentally appropriate stories, songs and finger plays. There will be bubbles and parachute games with time for socialization and play time afterwards. No registration is required.

Every Child Ready to Read Storytime
Downtown, Friday, April 21 & 28, 11 am - Noon
An interactive program based on the five practices of the Every Child Ready to Read initiative: talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing. Listen to stories, learn finger plays, and sing songs.

Author's Table
Darryl Oates:
Ink & Blue Notes

Sunday, April 30, 2-5 pm
Main Floor, Downtown Library

This is an intriguing coloring book (20 pages to color) filled with drawings of dazzling depictions of musical performances, recommended for ages 12 and older, by artist Darryl Z. Oates. The style is  impressionistic with pen and ink. The scenes show the  social nightlife Hartford.
The Library Is A Place For All

Read About Your Legal Protections
Hartford Public Library Serves Everyone

All community members of  every religion and ethnicity, whether citizens or immigrants, are welcome at the Library.
Stay informed and connected.

Programs for Teens
Open Mic
YOUmedia, Downtown
Wednesday, April 26, 6 pm
The Open Mic Kickoff will feature Joey Batts and the Uzoo Crew who will MC the talent showcase. 

Put On Your Game Face

Ropkins,  Tuesdays, 4:45 to 5:45 pm
The popularity of tabletop games is trending. There are thousands of versions, such as Sushi Go, Betrayal at House on the Hill, Survive Escape from Atlantis, and Deception (a more modern murder mystery with bluffing and evasion).
Bring your friends and your favorite games and set up a match.

College Scholarship Prep

Ropkins, T hursday, April 27, 4:45 pm
Learn the fundamentals of college scholarships and techniques for filling out applications, meeting deadlines, and useful research tools.
Sign up by calling 860-695-7520. Drop-ins welcome. 

Stitching Wizardry
Ropkins, Wednesday, April 26, 2:30 pm
Thursday, May 11, 5 pm

Learn how to embroider and monogram by hand and with our embroidery machine.

Dungeons and Dragons
Albany, Thursdays, 4:30-6 pm
Blue Hills,Thursdays, 3-6 pm
Downtown, Tuesdays & Thursdays, 3-6 PM
Set off for the adventure of a lifetime each week.

Writing Workshops At Barbour
Thursdays, 3 to 6 pm
Barbour Branch
Learn the basics of expressing yourself through the written word. .
Our intern, Tinasia, runs the workshops.

Makerspace Mayhem

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

Come to YOUmedia for the twice-weekly Makerspace challenge.

Anime Character Creation

Thursdays, 6-8 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.

Drawing With Kahairi
Mondays and Wednesdays, 1 to 6 pm
Downtown Library, 3rd Floor

Let's talk about anime, pop culture and video games while we draw.
Classes at Barbour Branch
Study For Your GED

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 9:30-11:30 am
Barbour, 261 Barbour St.

Take classes in writing and math to prepare you for the GED test. Open enrollment.
Register: 860-695-6349 or 860-695-7400.  

Classes At Mark Twain Branch
Spanish for Beginners
Wednesdays, 6-7:30 pm, Until May 17
Mark Twain Branch, West Middle School
927 Asylum St.

Hartford Public Library card holders can sign up for a beginner Spanish course, on Wednesday, March 22.
The classes cover basic Spanish grammar in a step-by-step approach. Classroom instruction will transition to an online program called “Transparent Language,” for continued studies.Classes will be taught by a native Spanish speaker. Class size will be limited to 20 registrants.
Information: 860-695-6316 and learning@hplct.org
Citizenship Test Prep Class
Tuesdays and Thursday, 6-7:30 pm,
Until May 31
Mark Twain Branch, West Middle School
927 Asylum St.

Each class will focus on many of the 100 citizenship test civics questions. We encourage the community to join us for these lively interactive activities and discussions. The classes are open for U.S. citizens who want to improve their own knowledge of U.S. Civics or enhance their skills to tutor new arrivals on their paths to citizenship.
Information: 860-695-6316 and learning@hplct.org
Read to Succeed (R2S) Hartford
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays
3:30-7:30 pm
Mark Twain Branch, West Middle School
927 Asylum Ave.

The classes are a combination of one-on-one instruction with a teacher and computer-based reinforcement activities for adults new to reading.
Information: 860-695-6316 and learning@hplct.org

Lawyer At Your Library
First Tuesday of Each Month, 11 am-1 pm
Upcoming: May 2
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. 

U.S. Citizenship Classes

Class 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,
Main Floor, Downtown

 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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