Hartford Public Library has deployed its small fleet of 3D printers into the fight against the spread of coronavirus.

Four of the organization’s six machines were taken from the Downtown Library and placed in the homes of staff members who are working diligently to make mask adaptors for UConn Health. The other two printers will be retrieved from HPL’s neighborhood libraries and pressed into service as well.

"It says so much about our team that they were willing to gather and pick up the printers and set them up at their homes — talk about working remotely,” said Bridget Quinn-Carey, HPL president and CEO.

In a time of uncertainty and anxiety, people often return to their old favorites, the books, films, shows, and music that are certain to bring them joy.

So we asked the HPL staff to share what makes them happy with the hope that it might inspire you too. We’ll periodically share their recommendations with you.


We’d also love to hear about the stories and music that bring you happiness – just shoot us a note at  contactus@hplct.org
You can check out our virtual programming every day on our Facebook page or our YouTube channel . We'll also start posting programming on our Instagram account!
Everyday at noon we post a video of a children's story read by HPL Children's Librarian Denise Martens. This Wednesday, Park Library Librarian Graciela Rivera will read a kids book in Spanish!
Create a collage with Katya Zajac on Monday that represents what you want more of in your life, using items easy to find in your home.
Join Kelvin Young on Wednesday for a virtual sound healing session where he will utilize percussion and voice to calm your mind, relax your body, feel your emotions and nourish your soul.
Costurera local, Imelda , nos enseña cocer simple mascarillas para la cara. / Local seamstress, Imelda, teaches us how to make simple face masks on Thursday.
Join Blessings Divine for a Friday music performance with strong themes of
overcoming difficulty, developing self love and finding value and purpose in one's life.
  • This week, student meals will be available for pickup at all 17 school locations on Wednesday and Thursday, April 8 and 9. There will be NO distribution on Friday, April 10.
  • Next week, student meals will be available on Wednesday and Friday, April 15 and 17. There will be no distribution on Monday, April 13. Any student 18 years old or younger can pick up a lunch and breakfast at any of the 17 locations listed at hartfordschools.org
  • For questions, call the Food and Nutrition Services department at 860-695-8490.
Nikon has made its entire curriculum of online photography classes free until the end of April. Now through April 30th,  all 10 classes available  at the Nikon School can be streamed for free. The classes are normally priced anywhere between $15 to $50 each.
Each class is taught by a professional photographer and provides in-depth lessons to help you get better at taking photos.
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" Whatever the cost of our libraries, the price is cheap compared to that of an ignorant nation. " — Walter Cronkite