So You Think You Can Dance?
Downtown Dance Battle:
Competition set for Saturday

The Atrium at the Downtown Library will be alive with dance on Saturday, November 5.

Underground Coalition will host a bboy/bgirl breakdancing and all styles dance battle as part of our Hip Hop Nation programming. There will be a feature performance, 1on1 battles, and cash prizes for winning teams. Bboy Lokito and Anthony J. Villalobos will serve as guest judges, with DJ Stealth on the 1's & 2's

This event is free and open to the public. People interested in participating can sign up the day of the event.

Legislative Breakfast
Bridget Quinn-Carey welcomed U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, U.S. Rep John B. Larson, Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin, and other state and city officials, Wednesday, Nov. 2, at a Legislative Breakfast in the Hartford History Center at Hartford Public Library. The breakfast celebrated the award of two federal grants designed to help immigrants and refugees, and included a construction update for the Library’s partnership with the University of Connecticut’s Downtown Campus, scheduled to open in September, 2017.
U.S. Rep John B. Larson speaks about his support for Hartford Public Library at the Legislative Breakfast.
Holiday Hours and Closings

The Library is closed today, Friday, November 4, for Staff Development Day, but will re-open for regular weekend hours in the Downtown Library on Saturday from, 10 to 5 pm.. Daylight Savings Time ends this weekend, so set your clocks back one hour for Sunday. Please be aware of the following dates when Hartford Public Library will be closed in the next three months:

Friday, November 11: Veterans Day
Wednesday, November 23: Closing at 5 p.m.
Thursday, November 24: Thanksgiving Day
Saturday, December 24: Christmas Eve
Sunday, December 25: Christmas Day
Monday, December 26: Closed
Sunday, January 1: New Year's Day
Monday, January 2: Closed
Monday, January 16: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Sunday Hours Begin November 6
Beginning on Sunday, November 6, the Downtown Library will be open on Sundays from 1-5 pm, except on dates noted above.

Hartford Public Library Locations and Hours
Taking a Trip? Get your passport at Hartford Public Library
Taking advantage of Aer Lingus' new direct flights from Bradley to Dublin, Ireland? Better get your passport taken care of. Visit HPL's Passport Services office to apply today.

Passport Service Information and Hours
UConn's Downtown Campus featured in the Hartford Courant

The progress of the University of Connecticut’s new Downtown Campus, which includes a partnership with Hartford Public Library, was the subject of a Page 1 story in Sunday’s Hartford Courant.
HPL's Annual Report 2016 is now available!
DIY Shadowboxes
with Anne Cubberly

Tuesdays, 5:30-7:30 pm
Six weeks, 11/22-12/27
3rd Floor Program Room
Downtown Library

Call 860-695-6320 to register

Use techniques of collage and assemblage in this mixed-media workshop designed to help you create your own shadow box. Shadow boxes have long been used to display collectibles, but can also be used as a decorative or artistic medium. Materials will be provided by the Library, but attendees are encouraged to bring additional objects and decorations. 

Support made possible by Ensworth Charitable Foundation, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee.

ArtTalks on the ArtWalk

Saturday, November 12, 10 am-5 pm
with Ellen Schiffman

Open Studio Hartford is an enjoyable, educational, and inspiring month-long event bringing the capital city's arts and artists together. Meet the artists of the exhibition Fiber Alchemy: Two Viewpoints, on view until November 27.

Vargas Llosa:
El "Otro," El Mismo

Sábado el 12 de noviembre, 11 am-1 pm
Centro de Historia de Hartford

Una tertulia: El tratamiento del "otro" en las obras de Mario Vargas Llosa, con Sr. Julio Ortega, Profesor de Estudios Hispánicos en Brown University.  En colaboración con el Cónsul General del Perú.
Este programa será en español.
Vargas Llosa:
The "Other," The Same

Saturday, November 12, 11 am-1 pm
Hartford History Center

A tertulia: The treatment of "the other" in the works of Mario Vargas Llosa, with Mr. Julio Ortega, Professor of Hispanic Studies at Brown University. In collaboration with the Consul General of Peru.
This program will be in Spanish.
Wallace Stevens Birthday Bash
Saturday, November 5, 2 pm
Center for Contemporary Culture

The Twenty-First Annual WALLACE STEVENS BIRTHDAY BASH will be Saturday, Nov. 5, 2 pm. Author and teacher Glen MacLeod will talk about “Wallace Stevens and Modern Art: Duchamp, Picasso, Matisse.”

Wallace Stevens was deeply interested in the visual arts and habitually thought in terms of analogies between poetry and painting.  He modernized himself and wrote his first mature poems in the midst of the New York Dada movement in the 1910s.  After moving to Hartford he drew inspiration from the Wadsworth Atheneum which was the most modern museum in America during the 1930s.  Stevens’ breakthrough poem “The Man with the Blue Guitar” was inspired by Picasso, the leader of modern art.  His late poetry contains an homage to Matisse, Picasso’s chief rival.

MacLeod is Professor of English at the University of Connecticut, Waterbury.  He is the author of “Wallace Stevens and Company:  The Harmonium Years, 1913-1923 (1983)” and “Wallace Stevens and Modern Art: From the Armory Show to Abstract Expressionism (1993.)” He is editor of a collection of essays, “Wallace Stevens in Context,” to be be published by Cambridge University Press in March 2017.

The original guest speaker, writer and teacher Paul Mariani, withdrew because of health issues.

Suggested donation is $10. RSVP to  Jim Finnegan,, 860-508-2810

For more information, visit:

Consulate General of Mexico in New York
"Consulate on Wheels”

November 16th, 17 & 18, 9:00 am—1:30 pm
Center for Contemporary Culture

The Consulate General of Mexico in New York will visit Hartford Public Library with the “Consulate on Wheels” on three consecutive days, providing consular services to Mexican nationals in the greater Hartford area. 

Passport, consular ID cards, and birth certificate/dual citizenship services will be available.   

Appointments: According to the Regulations for the Mobile Consulates and Consulates on Wheels, consular services must be provided by appointments only.  These appointments ARE FREE and can be made by calling 1-877-MEXITEL (1-877-639-4835), from 8:00 AM to 10:00 PM (Monday to Friday) and from 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM (Saturday and Sunday) or online here; or also with the APP; MiConsulmex here.

For more information, contact the Consulate directly by telephone:  (1-877-639-4835) or visit the website here.
Youth & Family Services
HPL Scavenger Hunt

Wednesday, November 9-Wednesday, November 16

We are celebrating the release of the first in a new series of films inspired by JK Rowling's, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, with a city-wide scavenger hunt! Work alone or with your friends to figure out what magical creatures are hiding in each branch of the Hartford Public Library. The new film features the adventures of Newt Scamander in New York’s secret community of wizards, 70 years before Harry Potter reads his book at Hogwarts.  

Two clues will be revealed in each branch and on our Facebook and Twitter pages on these dates: Wed. 11/9, Thurs. 11/10, Mon. 11/14, Tues. 11/15 and Wed. 11/16.

See if you can figure out which magical creature is hiding in each branch! Hand in your answer sheet to any branch by the end of the day on Thursday, Nov. 17th for a chance to win tickets to see the new movie!
First Friends Play Group

Our play and picture book areas are reserved for you. Share toys, books, and music while your child meets other children.

Downtown, Every Monday, 11 am-12 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.

Paint Your #DigitalSelfie

Thursdays 6-8 pm
Downtown Library, 2nd floor

Know what's better than posting a photo your took of yourself? Posting a digital painting that you created yourself. Come to YOUmedia on Thursdays and work on your own digital selfie with Danielle.

Woke Teens Forum

November 8, 1-3 pm
Downtown Library, 2nd floor

Voting & Race

How are voting and race related? How does one affect the other? Get woke to the issues of power and injustice. E-mail for more dates and topics. 

Adult Learning

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!

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