Hartford Stage's The Children of Willesden Lane   and Freedom Dreams Art Exhibit
Friday, July 20, 2018, 12 PM
Center for Contemporary Culture, Downtown Library
HPL will have two special events this Friday centering on the refugee experience. First, at 12 noon, Hartford Stage will present a special performance by piano virtuoso and storyteller Mona Golabek. Mona will perform pieces from  The Pianist of Willesden Lane, now showing at Hartford Stage, and share excerpts from her bestselling book,  The Children of Willesden Lane . Both describe how Mona’s mother, also a piano virtuoso, escaped to England from Nazi-controlled Vienna as a child.

A reception with light refreshments for Hartford Public Library’s art exhibition, “Freedom Dreams”  will immediately follow the program. Artwork by Georges Annan Kingsley from the Ivory Coast, Marc-Yves Regis from Haiti, Adeebah Alnemar from Syria and Pah Lu from Thailand/Burma will be on display. (Image by Georges Annan Kingsley)
Chicago Style Steppin Dance Class
Monday, July 23, 6-7 pm
Atrium, Downtown Library
Open to beginners and all levels! Come by for a Chicago Style Steppin Dance Class by the Hartford City Steppers. Taught by experienced instructors Princeton Hayes and Jannett Jennings. This is a partnered dance class, but all are welcome to come as individuals, a couple, or a group.
Horizon Wings Raptor Rehab

Monday, July 23, 11 am - 12 noon:
Park Library

Monday, July 23, 1:30 - 2:30 pm:
Camp Field Library

Meet some feathered friends, you might even meet a bald eagle! Learn all about these curious creatures flying in our skies. Horizon Wings Raptor Rehab visited the Downtown and Albany Libraries on Thursday. Mary Beth Kaeser, Owner and Founder of Horizon Wings is shown with the Bald Eagle Atka at the Downtown Library.
Democratic Candidate Forum
Wednesday, July 25, 5:30 – 7 pm
Downtown Library

The Hartford Votes~Hartford Vota Coalition will host a Candidate Forum Featuring Democratic Candidates for Connecticut Attorney General & Treasurer. Come meet, hear from, and ask questions of the candidates. All candidates who will be on the August 14 Primary ballot have confirmed their attendance.
(Top Row) Attorney General Candidates: William Tong (endorsed), Paul Doyle,Chris Mattei

(Bottom Row): Treasurer Candidates: Shawn Wooden (endorsed),Dita Bhargava
There will be light refreshments and a chance to meet the candidates at 5:30 pm. The forum itself will start at 6:00 pm. Free and open to the public.
HPL Mini Job Fair
Friday, July 27, 12 – 4 pm
Barbour Library

Come learn about the library’s Servsafe Food Handler Program as well as other employment and job readiness programs, such as computers and customer service.
Library Offers Connecticut Security Officer Training Program
Next Class Starts August 15
The library’s Security Officer Training program will have it next session on August 15. Almost all security officers are required to take an 8-hour training program to become a Certified Security Officer in the Connecticut.

The library’s training program is approved by the State of CT and taught by Charles Barberi, HPL’s Head of Security. Completing the program will qualify candidates to apply for a Security Officers Identification Card, issued by the State. The course is held once a month at the Downtown Library. Fee required.

For more information, please contact Charles Barberi at 860-695-6356 or at cbarberi@hplct.org Click here to print the registration form: https://tinyurl.com/y7qh5aeo
World of Sounds Summer Concert Series: Mixashawn
Friday, July 27, 1 – 2 pm
Downtown Library
Multi-instrumentalist Mixashawn Rozie brings his soulful style of jazz to the Downtown Library this Friday for the latest installment of the library’s World of Sounds Concert Series. Next up is the Bobby Tee Latin Quintet from 2-3 pm at the Barbour Library on Monday, July 30, followed by Klokwize with Better Royals from 6-7 pm on Tuesday, August 7 (National Night Out) at the Albany Library. The World of Sounds Series 2018 season will close with Funky Dawgz from 2-3 pm on Monday, August 27, at the Downtown Library. Funding for the concert series is made possible through the support of the Evelyn W. Preston Memorial Trust Fund, Bank of America, N.A. Trustee
New Weaving Exhibit: Block By Design
On Display through Monday, August 13
Hartford History Center, Downtown Library (3rd Floor)
Hartford Artisan Weaving Center’s magnificent new exhibit, “Block By Design, is now installed outside the Hartford History Center (3rd floor) at the Downtown Library, 500 Main Street, Hartford.

Block By Design will be on display through September 29, 2018, with a Meet the Weavers reception on Monday, August 13, Sign up for event on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/events/474185736364235/

Hartford Artisan Weaving Center is a space where seniors and artisans with no or low vision work together to create quality handwoven pieces, including beautiful fabric, scarves, throws, table runners and wall hangings. With the help of volunteers, every artisan is given weaving instructions, the use of a loom, and all the materials they may need.

The Hartford Artisan Weaving Center is located at 42 Woodland Street, Hartford. Artisans and staff encourage to come visit and shop among its many wonderful handwoven items. For more information, go to the website: weaving.or g.
Library of Things is a Hit!

The library’s new Library of Things offers a wide variety of items which patrons can borrow for free! Popular items include badminton and cricket sets, fishing rods and reels, sewing machines, cake pans and cake decorating supplies and more. Don't know much about fishing or baking? The library can supply you with the right book to get you started.
Taking Us Out to the Old Ballgame
Steve Goddard (second from left), a long-time friend of the library, treated library staff and friends to a Hartford Yard Goats game on Monday, July 16. Shown enjoying the game with Ste ve are HPL Corporator Cathy D’Italia, HPL CEO Bridget Quinn-Carey, HPL employees Andrea Figueroa and Nelson Lora and Terry D’Italia, a member of HPL’s Hartford History Center’s Advisory Board.  
“Faces and Places” Collage Workshop Celebration at Albany Library
Hartford master artist Andres Chaparro (back, right) and artists from his “Faces and Places” Collage Workshop at the Albany Library held a session-ending celebration on Tuesday, July 17. The workshop focused on Hartford artists past and present, from Katherine Hepburn to Juan Fuentes. The workshop was part of Hartford Public Library’s Lifelong Learning: Classes in the Arts, an ongoing program designed for older adults. For more information, call 860-695-6377 or go to the website: hplct.org
Especially For Kids

Jeff McQuillan’s Drum Tales
Tuesday, July 24
11 am - 12 noon: Albany Library
2 - 3 pm: Downtown Library

Join Jeff McQuillan and Richard Hill as they take you on adventure across the globe. Meet Baduasemanpensa, the African princess, and Anansi the Spider and other fascinating characters. Learn an African dance, a song, and about other fascinating characters.
Family Summer Movie & Ice-cream Series
Starts at 6PM
Park Library
July 25 - Madagascar 2

July 30 - Rio 2

August 1 - Despicable Me 3

August 6 - Madagascar 3

August 15 – Coraline
Celebrate National Ice Cream Month
Thursday, July 26, 4:30-5:30PM
Camp Field Library

Celebrate one of America's favorite summer treats with recipes and instructions for making a variety of unique frozen treats. Samples will be available! 
Summer Community Garden Harvest Celebration
Friday July 27, 12-4PM

A celebration at the community garden on Affleck Street (just down the street from the library) of the harvest with a musical performance and artists.  
Especially For Kids

Sirius Coyote
Tuesday, July 31
11 am - 12 noon: Dwight Library
2-3 pm: Ropkins Library

Filled with enchanting rhythms and powerful folklore, this incredibly entertaining performance is made up of contemporary and ancient American music. Audiences sing, clap, and dance on a journey from Mesoamerica and the Caribbean to the music of the North American Eastern Woodlands and Plains.
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