HPL's New Signature Event
HPL Goes Beyond Words
Join us for a night of firsts

Final preparations are underway for HPL's new signature event, Beyond Words, on December 1. Join author Wally Lamb as he unveils his new book, I'll Take You There, and presents former HPL Chief Librarian Louise Blalock with the Caroline M. Hewins Medal. Learn more about this night of firsts in support of HPL at www.BeyondWords2016.com and purchase your tickets today.
Final Week on the ArtWalk: 
"Fiber Alchemy: Two Viewpoints"
Through Sunday, November 27
Downtown Library, 3rd Floor

The current ArtWalk exhibition, featuring the works of Sandra Bender Fromson and Ellen Schiffman, is in its final weekend at the Downtown Library. 

Fromson is primarily a fiber artist whose work incorporates felting, weaving, quilting, embroidery, and dyeing. She takes her inspiration from nature, and her textile pieces are presented in the context of their creation.

Schiffman is a fiber artist working in sculptural formats who spent a year filling a shadow box per week using different methods and materials. The resulting work is a visual diary presented as a cohesive whole which pushes the boundaries of what fiber art can be.
On Sale Now
Hartford Through Time Book

Get a gift for the Hartford history fan in your life and support the preservation of that history.

Proceeds from the sale of Hartford Through Time support the ongoing preservation of the image archive from the Hartford Times. The Hartford History Center is the repository for images from 1950-1976, the final years of operation for the newspaper.

The book, available at all 10 HPL locations and online, features over 90 never-before-published images of early 20th-century Hartford, juxtaposed with matching color photographs of the city in present day.

Click here to purchase your copy.

Honoring Art & Humanity: Ghanaian Artisans Showcase
December 2-January 23
Cultural Corridor, 3rd Floor
Downtown Library

The artisans of Ghana create hand-carved furnishings and unique products for the international market  using traditional tools and employing centuries-old craftsmanship,    

Julius Aboagye, founder of the African Heritage Collection, has forged a partnership with the highly-skilled indigenous Ghanaian artisans, which provides financial support for the artisans’ families and helps to sustain their trade and the environment.
Hollywood History & Hartford
December 10, 2 pm
Downtown Library, Hartford History Center

Hartford native and historic theater enthusiast Hollis Schneider presents a look back at the history of Hartford’s movie palaces, from the nickelodeons to the 1960’s, Hollywood’s stars and “movie moguls”, and the social & historical issues that had an influence the films that were being produced.  

Come and share your memories of a bygone era. Hartford’s classic movie houses will be recalled in a photographic presentation. 
Poets on Poetry:
Gwendolyn Brooks
Presented by Kate Rushin
Saturday, November 26, 10:15 am- 12:15 pm
Hartford History Center

Gwendolyn Brooks was the first African-American woman to win a Pulitzer Prize, receiving the honor in 1950 for her collection, Annie Allen. Poet and writer Kate Rushin will lead a discussion of Brooks' poetry, including "We Real Cool."

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 1st Cultural Bombazo
with Cultura Mosaica

Tuesday, November 29, 6-7:30 pm

Sample Puerto Rican Bomba, a traditional music style; Plena, which is music, chant and dance native to Ponce, Puerto Rico; and Afro-Caribbean Poetry. Learn about Cultura Mosaica and its programs.  The event features Gloria and Roberto Cepeda, with some of the area's best performers. 

1st Bombazo Cultural
con Cultura Mosaica

martes 29 de noviembre, 6-7:30 pm
El Atrium

Con Gloria & Roberto Ceepeda acompañados por algunos de los mejores músicos! Aprenda un poco de la Bomba, Plena, y Poesía Negroide de Puerto Rico, conoza más de Cultura Mosaica y sus programas, finalice sus matrículas, y conozca algunos de los maestros mientras se divierte! 

UConn Writing Center at HPL
First Saturday of Each Month
Upcoming: December 3
Wallace Stevens Room

Meet with students, graduate students and professors from UConn Hartford, to discuss your writing and receive feedback. Writing of all kinds and at all stages - planning, drafting or revising - is welcome. 

Visitors are met on a first-come, first-served basis for approximately one hour.

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James Herbert Smith at
The Author's Table
Thursday, December 8, 4 pm-7 pm

James Herbert Smith will be at the Author's Table on the main floor of the Downtown Library showing off his novel A Boys' Life in the Baby Boom: True Tales from Small Town America. Smith, who was born in 1946, the first year of the baby boom, worked for over five decades as a journalist. He will have books for sale.
Youth & Family Services
Family Holiday Concert

Join Sam Pasco and his band for a musical celebration of the holiday season. Pasco, a saxophone player, was a member of the Al Jarvis Orchestra. Pasco and his musician have made it a tradition to play at holiday time in nursing homes, hospitals and schools.

Downtown Library Atrium
Wednesday, December 14, 10 am and 12 pm
E-Resource of the Week

Tumblebooks features animated picture books, fiction, non-fiction, and foreign language titles. It also includes math stories, read-alongs (chapter books with sentence highlighting and narration), videos (from National Geographic), TumbleTV (pre-set playlists of a sequence of books) and Tumble prizes & Games  Click here to start exploring. 
Book of the Week

Build, invent, create, and discover experiments and activities with  Maker Lab. Created in association with the Smithsonian Institution and supporting STEM education initiatives,  Maker Lab includes 28 kid-safe projects and crafts that will get young inventors' wheels turning and make science pure fun.

Click here to see where you can pick up a copy.
Teen Services

Duct Tape Whatever

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4 pm
Downtown Library, 2nd floor

Come to YOUmedia for the twice-weekly Makerspace challenge. Duct tape whatever you want in December. Make phone cases, pencil pouches, and decorations.

Paint Your #DigitalSelfie

Thursdays 6-8 pm
Downtown Library, 2nd floor

Know what's better than posting a photo your took of yourself? Posting a digital painting that you created yourself. Come to YOUmedia on Thursdays and work on your own digital selfie with Danielle.

Woke Teens Forum

War on Drugs: Weed & Race
December 7, 1-3 pm
Downtown Library, 2nd floor

Police routinely arrest millions of people every year for possessing marijuana. A black person is 3.73 times more likely to be arrested than a white person. Why? What reform can address that discrepancy? Use your half day to talk about the issues that matter.
Adult Learning

U.S. Citizenship Classes

Cycles are between 12 to 14 weeks and repeat. Legal assistance with application completion and submission included.

Lawyer at Your Library
First Tuesday of Each Month, 11 am-1 pm
Upcoming: December 6
Downtown Library, The American Place

Meet privately with an attorney from Greater Hartford Legal Aid concerning questions about rights in the workplace, such as:
  • Unlawful discrimination, including race, sex, physical or mental disability.
  • Violations of laws concerning wages and overtime, family and medical leave, domestic violence leave..
  • Rights of certified or licensed workers (such as Certified Nurse Aides, bus drivers,).
  • Rights of former offenders such as rejection/firing from a job due to one’s criminal record.   
No appointment necessary. Visitors are seen on a first-come, first-served basis.
United Way Budget Coaching
Nilda Rivera, community advocate for Connecticut Women’s Education and Legal Fund, holds a weekly free forum for legal questions and referrals at Hartford Public Library, Tuesdays at 3:30 pm.

CWEALF  is working with the United Way of Central and Eastern CT and the Women’s Business Development Council to provide a free, four month, one-on-one budget coaching program. Application deadline is  Monday, November 28. Questions:  Denise Rhone at CWEALF: drhone@cwealf.org or 860.610.6049

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Passport Services
You can apply for a passport at Hartford Public Library. Evening and Saturday hours. 

No appointment is needed and photos can be taken on-site.

Online Learning

Accessible through the library website in the Online Education & Research Section. All free with your library card! Simply log in with your card number and create a user name and password.

  • Learn a New Language: Learn or practice more than 100+ languages using the online learning program Transparent Language.
  • LearningExpress Library™: Build your academic skills in reading, writing, math, and science; prepare for standardized tests, college admissions tests, and professional licensing and certification.
  • Universal Class: Select from over 500 courses in a wide variety of subjects through a program called Universal Class. Learn a new hobby, improve your computer skills, or expand your job or career options. 
  • Career Online High School (COHS)Earn your high school diploma online, must be 24 or older.

American Job Center

Monday-Thursday, 10 am-8 pm
Fridays 10 am-5 pm  

Looking for a job? Feeling a bit rusty on your interview skills or bewildered by all the new technology a successful job search demands? We can help! CTWorks Capital Workforce Partners and HPL Library have partnered to bring a CTWorks "American Job Center" to the Downtown Library.

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