Hartford Public Library is closed on Friday, November 11
Veterans Day:
Honoring Those Who Served

Hartford Public Library is closed on Friday, November 11, in observance of Veterans Day.

The tradition of honoring veterans of foreign wars dates back to 1919 with the first celebration of what was then called Armistice Day, following the end of the First World War (1914-1918). It became an official holiday in 1938, and in 1954 the name was changed to Veterans Day. A National Veterans Day Ceremony takes place at 11 am on November 11, when President Obama will lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington National Cemetery.

Photo: Peter Casolino, The Hartford Courant.

In honor of Veterans Day, Hartford Public Library is recommending books in its collection. A display of Veterans-related materials can be found outside the Hartford History Center on the third floor of the Downtown Library.

Titles include:
The Odyssey of Sergeant Jack Brennan, is a graphic novel by Bryan Doerries, about a Marine Corps sergeant who shares the story of Homer’s Odyssey with his squad in Afghanistan on their last night in county.

Preparation for the Next Life is a novel by Atticus Lish about the romance between a physically and emotionally damaged Iraq war vet and an  undocumented Chinese immigrant.  

In Conflict: Iraq War Veterans Speak Out On Duty, Loss, and the Fight To Stay Alive, a nonfiction book by Yvonne Latty that features the stories of two dozen veterans form all military branches who served in the Iraqi War. 

HPL Honoring Louise Blalock
at Beyond Words
Hartford Public Library will be presenting the first Caroline M. Hewins Medal to Louise Blalock (HPL's Chief Librarian 1994-2008) at its new event, Beyond Words, on Dec. 1. Learn more about her leadership and advocacy for HPL and the City of Hartford, and join us to celebrate her work.

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Sunday Hours Began November 6
The Downtown Library is now open on Sundays from 1-5 pm, except for select holidays, through April 2017. Please check our homepage for upcoming holiday closings.

Hartford Public Library Locations and Hours
ArtTalks on the ArtWalk:
Ellen Schiffman

Saturday, November 12, 10 am-5 pm

This weekend as part of Open Studio Hartford, meet artist Ellen Schiffman, whose exhibition Fiber Alchemy: Two Viewpoints is on display on the ArtWalk through November 27.

Open Studio Hartford is an enjoyable, educational, and inspiring month-long event bringing the capital city's arts and artists together.

DIY Shadow Boxes
with Anne Cubberly

Tuesdays, 5:30-7:30 pm
Six weeks, 11/22-12/27
3rd Floor Program Room
Downtown Library

Call 860-695-6320 to register

Use techniques of collage and assemblage in this mixed-media workshop designed to help you create your own shadow box. Shadow boxes have long been used to display collectibles, but can also be used as a decorative or artistic medium. Materials will be provided by the Library, but attendees are encouraged to bring additional objects and decorations. 

Anne Cubberly is the artist who creates the giant puppets for the annual Night Fall in Hartford’s parks. She will be leading a series of mixed-media workshops using collage and assemblage techniques to create shadow boxes. The boxes can display collectibles or be used as a decorative creation. Materials will be provided by the Library, but attendees are encouraged to bring additional objects and decorations.

Support made possible by Ensworth Charitable Foundation, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee.

Vargas Llosa:
El "Otro," El Mismo

Sábado el 12 de noviembre, 11 am-1 pm
Centro de Historia de Hartford

Una tertulia: El tratamiento del "otro" en las obras de Mario Vargas Llosa, con Sr. Julio Ortega, Profesor de Estudios Hispánicos en Brown University.  En colaboración con el Cónsul General del Perú.
Este programa será en español.

Vargas Llosa:
The "Other," The Same

Saturday, November 12, 11 am-1 pm
Hartford History Center

A tertulia: The treatment of "the other" in the works of Mario Vargas Llosa, with Mr. Julio Ortega, Professor of Hispanic Studies at Brown University. In collaboration with the Consul General of Peru.
This program will be in Spanish
Nicole Blades at
The Author's Table

Tuesday, November 15, 12-3 p.m.

Nicole Blades will be at the Author’s Table on the main floor of the Downtown Library showing off her second novel, The Thunder Beneath Us. Blades is a novelist and journalist who has worked at Essence, ESPN and Women's Health. She lives in Connecticut with her family. She will have books for sale .

Consulate General of
Mexico in New York
"Consulate on Wheels”

November 16th, 17 & 18, 9:00 am—1:30 pm
Center for Contemporary Culture

The Consulate General of Mexico in New York will visit Hartford Public Library with the “Consulate on Wheels” on three consecutive days, providing consular services to Mexican nationals in the greater Hartford area. Passport, consular ID cards, and birth certificate/dual citizenship services will be available. 

Appointments: According to the Regulations for the Mobile Consulates and Consulates on Wheels, consular services must be provided by appointments only.  These appointments ARE FREE and can be made by calling 1-877-MEXITEL (1-877-639-4835), from 8:00 AM to 10:00 PM (Monday to Friday) and from 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM (Saturday and Sunday) or online here; or also with the APP; MiConsulmex here. For more information, contact the Consulate directly by telephone:  (1-877-639-4835) or visit the website here.
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Youth & Family Services
Native American History
with the Mohegan Tribe

Learn about the Mohegan tribe in this interactive presentation. Activities will include a Tribal Welcome Ceremony, woodland flute performance, artifact exhibits, storytelling, and interactive tribal dance. There will be a Q&A following each presentation.

Barbour Branch, Monday, November 14, 3:30-4:40 pm
Albany Branch, Tuesday, November 15, 4:30-5:30 pm
Dwight Branch, Wednesday, November 16, 4-5 pm
Park Branch, Thursday, November 17, 3:30-4:30 pm
Storytelling With Eshu Bumpus

Wednesday, November 16, 5:30 pm
Downtown Library
Youth Program Room

Enjoy multicultural tales from around the world with professional storyteller Eshu Bumpus. 
Teen Services

Makerspace Challenge

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

Come to YOUmedia for the twice-weekly Makerspace challenge, following the theme of "It's An Art Thing" in October. Make personalized buttons, swag, phone cases and more. See Makerspace Queen Angelica for each week's project.

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.

Adult Learning
Workshop: Marketing & Promoting
Thursday, November 17, 6-7:30 pm

Join us for a free workshop, Marketing and Promoting your Business, presented by the U.S. Small Business Association, in partnership with HPL and Hartford's SCORE Chapter.
Passport Services
You can apply for a passport at Hartford Public Library. Evening and Saturday hours. 

No appointment needed and photos taken on-site.

U.S. Citizenship Classes

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

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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