HPL To Expand Services at the Downtown Library Monday, April 19
We are excited to expand services at our Downtown Library to include curated browsing of the collection and socially distanced seating Monday, April 19!
The hours of operation are 9 am to 6 pm Monday through Thursday, and 9 am to 5 pm Friday and Saturday.

In addition, the Camp Field and Barbour branches will reopen the week of May 10. Barbour Library will be open Mondays and Wednesdays from 10 am to 6 pm. Camp Field Library will be open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 am to 6 pm.

Come join us!
Children's Books Available on Main Floor Downtown
While the Children’s Room is closed for some much needed floor repairs, the HPL monsters are working overtime to make sure that kids can get the books they need. We’ll have a bunch of bins of children’s chapter, picture, and board books available on the main floor when the Downtown Library reopens on Monday, April 19.
Liz Matias helping a customer during a vaccination clinic held at the Dwight Library last week
Over 500 Hartford residents were vaccinated during a clinic held at Dwight Library April 7-9.

“It’s just such a great opportunity for the community to have this available to them,” said Liz Matias, Dwight Library manager.

Earth Day Celebrations
Earth Day Community Growing
Join us on Earth Day at Dwight Library to plant your own flower. No registration needed; first come, first served. All ages welcome!
Date: Thursday, April 22
Time: 2:00- 3:00 pm
Dwight Branch
“Earth laughs in flowers”
Celebrate Earth Day by potting a pansy or planting herb seeds in a pot to take home. Copies of verses by Ralph Waldo Emerson and renowned Hartford community leader Lucy Cooper Summers, whose mission was “to plant beauty in gardens and in the hearts of urban dwellers,” will be available to take home.
Date: Thursday, April 22
Time: 3:00-4:00
Outside Barbour
To register: email iblean@hplct.org

Affleck Street Community Garden Cleanup
The Women Empowerment Group will join gardeners from the Affleck Street Community Garden for rock painting, garden bed assembly, and bench painting.
Date: Friday, April 23
Time: 10:00AM -12:00PM, 12:00PM-1:00PM 
Park Branch
To register: call or email Graciela Rivera at 860-500-8492 or grivera@hplct.org.
National Poetry Month Book Suggestions
Love Poems for Married People
by John Kenney
Based on his wildly popular New Yorker piece, Thurber Prize-winner John Kenney presents a collection of love poems for, well, married people. Full of brilliant wit, dynamic energy, and a heavy dose of reality, this collection captures the reality of life once the spark of a relationship has settled--and hilariously so.
I Can Draw a Weeposaur and Other Dinosaurs
Poems by Eloise Greenfield, Pictures by Jan Spivey Gilcrest
From the imagination of one creative girl comes the creation of new types of dinosaurs, such as the Shoppersaurus and the Cha-Chasaurus, that perform an array of tricks and talents like no others. For ages 4 to 8.
Baby Grand Jazz favorite People of Goodwill is back to delight audiences with their African-infused music. Freely using a variety of popular music styles, including jazz, funk, rock, reggae, and more, People of Goodwill presents both original compositions and music by some of the most outstanding songwriters of our time.

Sunday, April 18 at 3 pm on Facebook and YouTube.
Hartford Public Library is looking for jazz musicians to play in our 2022 Kaman Foundation Baby Grand Jazz series.

The library is seeking submissions from local and regional musical artists to be part of our dynamic concert series.

Help create engaging educational signage on the Swift Factory campus that tells the fascinating story of Swift and North Hartford!

Community Solutions is fundraising to install interpretive signage at the Swift Factory that will draw passers-by into the site, connect local history and black history to the Swift Factory, and encourage neighbors to see the factory as a resource for them to use and enjoy! 

When you donate, you are helping us make Swift an engaging, welcoming educational resource in the neighborhood. Right now, every dollar will be matched by the Sustainable CT Community Match Program!

Hey there Hartford Youth! We need your feedback about Summer 2021, are you down to take this survey? It's only a few questions to help us plan a fun and activity-filled summer around Hartford.

Nutrition Seminar Available
Join the Hartford Healthy Family Initiative and Community Health Network of Connecticut, Inc. for a two-part interactive nutrition seminar.

Learn about how excessive fat and sugar consumption affects your body.

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A fun and interactive educational program to raise awareness in children and adults on the risk of excessive fat consumption, particularly unhealthy fats. Learn why dietary behavior changes are important for you and your family.

𝟰/𝟮𝟬/𝟮𝟭 - 𝟭:𝟯𝟬-𝟮:𝟯𝟬 𝗣𝗠 - 𝗦𝘂𝗴𝗮𝗿 𝗥𝘂𝘀𝗵!
A fun and hands-on educational program designed to raise awareness of the growing problem of excessive added sugar consumption. Learn about your own intake of added sugars and discover healthier alternatives to popular sugar-sweetened beverages.

To 𝗥𝗦𝗩𝗣 email hhfi@hartford.gov.
We've added a Vaccine Information page to our comprehensive collection of Covid-19 related materials. Learn the facts about the virus and how to protect yourself and your family. There is also information available about housing assistance, financial help and the latest from the Hartford Public Schools.
April Program Calendars
"Every day is a renewal, every morning the daily miracle. This joy you feel is life."
-- Gertrude Stein