Free Film Screening: When My Sleeping Dragon Woke

Please join us for a free screening of the documentary film When My Sleeping Dragon Woke, a behind-the-scenes look at the development of Sharon Washington's critically acclaimed play Feeding the Dragon, inspired by her personal story of growing up in an apartment above a New York Public Library branch

Monday, October 17th

7 pm

Cinestudio at Trinity College

300 Summit St.

Register HERE.

 Hispanic Heritage Month reading list

A Long Petal of the Sea

Isabel Allende

New York Times Bestseller

A majestic and beautiful book about love and survival.

"A rich and transportive novel, epic in scope, about finding love and finding home.” — PopSugar 

“Powerfully told, this is a soaring, inspirational tale.”—The Orange County Register

Gods of Jase and Sorrow

Silvia Moreno-Garcia

NPR Best Book of the Year

Inspired by Mexican folklore, this is dark one of a kind fairy tale.

“A dark, dazzling fairy tale . . . memories of revolution, and gods, demons, and magic.”—NPR

“.. lyrical prose, and a slow-burn romance make this a standout. . . —Library Journal (starred review)

Free Concert: Live, On The Beat

Hartford Artists. Hartford Sounds.

Lee Mixashawn Rozie • Ghazi Omair • The Lost Tribe 

Stop by The Bushnell for an amazing night of live music with Hartford musicians that have been featured on The Beat, Hartford Public Library's new music streaming platform for local artists.

Thursday, October 27th

6 pm

The Bushnell

166 Capitol Ave.

Register HERE.

The Beat will be accepting new submissions from Hartford-area musicians next month. Stay tuned.

Congratulations Amanda!

2022 Caroline Hewins Scholarship Winner

Amanda Rodarte of Los Angeles, California, is the 2022 recipient of the Caroline M. Hewins Scholarship, given annually to promising library school students who intend to become children’s librarians. She is studying for her studying for her Master of Library and information Science at the University of Southern California.

"I really like the modern-day librarian because it’s just totally different from the old concept of librarianship. It’s a lot more active, community-oriented and hopefully once I become a librarian I’m able to change other people’s minds as to what librarianship is like." — Amanda Rodarte

Learn more about Amanda and the Caroline Hewins Scholarship HERE.

Capital Community College comes to the library

Staff from admissions, financial aid and the registrars office at Capital Community College will be available to answer any questions you have and to help you enroll.

Monday, October 17th

1-4 pm

Dwight Library 

7 New Park Ave.

Wednesday, October 19th

1-4 pm

Park Street Library @ the Lyric

603 Park St.

Have questions? Reach out for more information HERE.

October book club picks

Hartford Reads In Color

Absolute Trust in the Goodness of the Earth, by Alice Walker


Sunday, October 30th, 2-3 pm

Virtual: Via Zoom (Zoom details following registration)

Register HERE.

African American Literature Book Club

Harlem Shuffle, by Colson Whitehead.


Tuesday, October 25, 7-8:30 pm

Virtual: Via Zoom. (Zoom details following registration)

To register, please email us.

Meet Demeter


by Elbert Weinberg

Born in Hartford, Elbert Weinberg was a talented and highly praised sculptor. This plaster sculpture located on the main floor of the Downtown Library celebrates the goddess Demeter, who in Greek mythology presided over agriculture, the harvest and the fertility of the earth.

Visit the library and see it in person!

ArtWalk artist talk: Brigid Kennedy

Father & Sons by Brigid Kennedy

Visit the Downtown Library to hear Brigid Kennedy discuss her ArtWalk exhibition, Visual Narratives, depicting social issues of our times. 

Saturday, October 22nd

2-3 pm

Downtown Library

500 Main St.

ArtWalk Gallery, Third Floor

Register HERE

P.S. Check out her exhibit Visual Narratives now through November 13th

Picturing the Pandemic

Images from the Pandemic Journaling Project

This exhibit features images and journal entries created by people around the globe telling their pandemic stories. Also on display will be a collection of photographs by Hartford-based photographers Andy Hart, Jasmine Jones and Ray Shaw capturing Hartford’s public sphere in 2020: protests, parks, buses, COVID-19 testing clinics and outdoor performances.

Come for the exhibit opening to hear from the team behind the project and some of those whose work is featured. Refreshments will be served.

Thursday, October 27th

5-7 pm

Downtown Library

500 Main St.

More info and registration HERE.

 Missed our Digital Inclusion Week forum?

We were so grateful to welcome Tracie D. Hall, executive director of the American Library Association (and a former HPL staffer!) to the Downtown Library last week for a presentation and panel on digital equity and how Connecticut libraries are helping to close the digital divide.

You can watch a recording of the compelling discussion HERE.

Your vote is power!

Click the image above to register to vote! 

Or pop by one of our upcoming voter registration drives:

Thursday, October 13th

3-5 p.m.

Barbour Library

261 Barbour St.

Thursday, October 20th

Dwight Library

3-5 p.m.

7 New Park Ave.

Friday, October 21st

Albany Library

3-5 p.m.

1250 Albany Ave.

Online and paper voter registration is available at all HPL locations during regular hours.

Need a reminder of your polling place? Or want to check if you're already registered? Click HERE.

COVID-19 booster shots & flu shots

Free COVID-19 vaccinations & flu shots

COVID-19 Vaccines:

Thursday, October 13th

2-5:30 p.m.

Camp Field Library

30 Campfield Ave.

Ages 12 and up

Flu shots:

Thanks to Bank of America and CVS Health we will be providing vouchers at all of our libraries for free flu shots at any CVS. Can't make it to a branch? Just email us and we will send you a digital voucher.

“Nothing can grow in the shade of secrets, she would say, love needs light and space to flourish.”― Isabel Allende, A Long Petal of the Sea

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