Upcoming
Funk Friday Concert
Friday, July 27, 12 Noon
Downtown Library
Students from Charter Oak Cultural Center's Funky Music Camp will give a performance on the terrace of the Downtown Library with assistance from members of UCONN's Funky Dawgz Brass Band, who serve as instructors at the camp. Listen and dance to the music of New Orleans!
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.
Upcoming Concerts:
Monday, July 30: Bobby Tee Latin Quintet, 2-3 pm, Barbour Library
Tuesday, August 7 (National Night Out): Klokwize with Better Royals, 6-7 pm, Albany Library
Monday, August 27: Funky Dawgz, 2-3 pm, 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
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.
Chicago Style Steppin Dance Class
Monday, July 30, 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.
Candidate Forum: Democratic Candidates for State Representative, 3rd & 5th District
Tuesday, July 31
Downtown Library, Contemporary Culture Room
Come meet, hear from, and ask questions of the candidates. All candidates who will be on the August 14 Primary ballot have been invited:
3rd District: Minnie Gonzalez and Gannon Long
5th District: Brandon McGee and Lawrence Jaggon
Light Refreshments & Meet the Candidates at 5:30 PM; Forum begins at 6:00 PM. If you need Spanish-English translation, child care, bus passes, or other accommodation please contact us by July 28 at 860-201-6510. Si necesita traducción de español a inglés, cuidado de niños, pases de autobús u otro tipo de alojamiento, contáctenos antes del 28 de julio al 860-201-6510.
Voter Registration Days
Tuesday, August 7 & Tuesday, September 25
ALL BRANCHES

While you can register to vote any day at any Hartford Public Library, we will be making a special effort on Tuesday, August 7, and Tuesday, September 25, with volunteers on hand to ease the process. Persons who register on August 7 will be eligible to vote in the Democratic and Republican primaries on August 14. Persons who register on September 25 will be able to vote in the General Election on November 6.
Remembering the Glory Days of Hartford Hoops
Thursday, August 9, 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Downtown Library

The authors of "Oh, What A Move: Profiles of Hartford Basketball Players, 1954-1984," Mike Copeland and Howie Greenblatt will host a panel discussion remembering the unforgettable games and legendary teams of Hartford's golden era of basketball. Whether you're a fan of the Beavers, the Owls or the Bulldogs, you won't want to miss this fascinating evening! Click here for more information: https://indd.adobe.com/view/422e4f26-8fd4-40fa-b228-bc9984f1de11
News
2018 Caroline M. Hewins Medalists Announced
Longtime HPL corporators Sandra Bender Fromson and Howard Fromson will be presented with this year's Caroline M. Hewins Medal. The award is given to a person (or in this case, persons) who have had a positive and transforming impact on Hartford - a perfect description of the Fromsons. The award will be presented at this year's annual Beyond Words event on Friday, December 7, at the Hartford Marriott Downtown. For more information, go to the Beyond Words website: www.hplbeyondwords.com
Bon Voyage Michael!

Staff from the UCONN-Hartford Library and Hartford Public Library joined last Friday to bid a fond farewell to Michael Howser. As director of the UCONN Hartford Library, Michael met all the challenges of both opening up in a new space and sharing that space with Hartford Public Library, and for that we are truly thankful. He is leaving to take a post on the library faculty at San Diego State University Library and Information Access as a Social Sciences and Data Librarian. Best wishes from all!
Double feature at Downtown Library Focuses on Refugees
Mona Golabek (second from left) gave a wonderful presentation drawn from her one-woman show "The Pianist of Willesden Lane," which recently played at Hartford Stage. Immediately after the performance, there was a reception for "Freedom Dreams," an exhibit at the library (outside classroom 140) created by 4 refugee artists. Two of the artists, Pah Lu (left) from Thailand and Georges Annan Kingsley (right) from Ivory Coast, are shown here with HPL's Nancy Caddigan. The other two artists were Adeebah Alnemar from Syria and Marc Yves Regis from Haiti.
Dancing with Mikata

The group Mikata (Dante Hall & Richard Hill) performed at the Albany, Downtown, Dwight and Park libraries in July. Mikata (which means “all of us” in the Ewe language of Ghana) perform the music of Ghana, Nigeria, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Haiti and Brazil.
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
Activities
Radiant Child: The Art of Jean Michel Basquiat
Saturday, July 28, 2:30-3:30 pm
Downtown Library
Jean-Michael Basquiat and his unique, collage-style paintings and graffiti art rocketed to fame in the 1980s as a cultural phenomenon unlike anything the art world had ever seen. Make your own work of art in his style and listen to a reading of the Caldecott award winning Book Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat by Javaka Steptoe. 
Especially For Kids
Playful Engineers

Monday, July 30, 11 am – 12 noon: Barbour Library
Monday, July 30, 2 – 3 pm: Downtown Library

A cool building program you won’t want to miss. 
Especially For Kids
Double Dutch
Monday, July 30, 2:00 – 3:00 pm
Camp Field Library

Double your summer fun by learning to jump Double Dutch! Learn from a professional Double Dutch instructor.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame:
Digital Class Room
Tuesday, July 31, 11 am
Dwight Library

For July, we will feature the legendary Martha and the Vendellas. We will guide patrons through videos, archival images, and interviews courtesy of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Especially For Kids

Family Summer Movie & Ice-cream Series
Starts at 6PM
Park Library
July 30 - Rio 2

August 1 - Despicable Me 3

August 6 - Madagascar 3

August 15 – Coraline
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.
Make Paper Beads from Recycled Magazines
Wednesday, August 1, 6 - 7PM
Barbour Library

Learn how to make paper beads from strips of recycled magazines and go on to make necklaces and bracelets.
The Vocal Stylings of Leslie Manselle
Tuesday, August 7, 2PM
Dwight Library

Soloist Leslie Manselle returns to sing the greatest hits of the 1950’s and 1960’s with the accompaniment of a pianist. Leslie mixes music with her personal anecdotes, brief artist history, and a bright smile.
Rock Painting
Tuesdays, August 7, September 4, 11 am
Dwight Library

Ease your mind and exercise your creativity while painting little minions, cats, or frogs on rocks. Rocks and paint supplies are provided for this surprisingly enjoyable adult program.
Book Chat
Wednesdays, August 8 & 22, 6-7pm
Barbour Library

Come to talk about a favorite book and/or an interesting article you read, and/or a favorite movie you watched. Also, learn and talk about the PBS Great American Read. Light refreshments will be served.
Meet the Weavers of Block By Design
Monday, August 13, 10:30 - 11:30 am
Hartford History Center, Downtown Library (3rd Floor)

Meet the creators of Hartford Artisan Weaving Center’s magnificent new exhibit, “Block By Design, at a reception on Monday, August 13, from 10:30 - 11:30 am at the Hartford History Center (3rd floor) at the Downtown Library, 500 Main Street, Hartford. Sign up for event on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/events/474185736364235/. The display will be on display through September 29, 2018.

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.
Greater Hartford Toastmasters Club
Downtown Library
Tuesdays, August 14, 21, 28 and
September 11, 18, 25, 6:30-7:30 pm

A supportive and positive learning experience in which members are empowered to develop communication and leadership skills.
Great American Read:
Film Adaptions of Great Books
Thursday, August 16, 6:30-7:30 pm
Camp Field Library

The book was better than the movie! Join us in a discussion about some of our favorite, and not-so favorite, film versions of books. 
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