Hartford Public Library Receives María Sánchez Arts & Culture Award
Connecticut Institute Development Puerto Rican Parade Inc. is presenting Hartford Public Library with its 2018 María C. Sánchez Arts & Culture Award for its work in preserving the history of Hartford’s Puerto Rican community.

The Hartford History Center has two video interviews with Sánchez in its Butch Lewis Collection, documenting the city’s Civil Rights era. The History Center also has archival photos of the Puerto Rican Parade, ran workshops on digitizing the stories of Latinos in World War 1, and hosted an exhibition of Robert Pauloski’s photos in “When Hartford’s Melting Pot Turned Brown: The Puerto Ricanization of Frog Hollow.” The Library’s Park Branch in Frog Hollow is a community hub for education, after-school programs, and immigration forums. A new, 12,000 square foot Park branch is expected to be built at Park and Broad streets soon.

Brenda Miller, executive director of the Hartford History Center; Jasmin Agosto, education and community outreach manager of HHC; and Letty Cotto, Customer Experience Officer, will be accepting the award on HPL’s behalf at the Awards Banquet on Saturday, March 31 and the Hilton Hartford.
Hartford Community Centennial Celebration:
Six African American Institutional Icons 
Saturday, March 10, 1:00 pm
Center for Contemporary Culture
Please join Hartford City Council Member Cynthia Jennings, Donna Campbell, and the Hartford History Center at Hartford Public Library in the Center for Contemporary Culture on Saturday, March 10, to honor six African American institutions in the City of Hartford for their 100 years of service: Bethel AME Church, First Church of the Living God, Greater Hartford NAACP, Mt. Calvary Baptist Church, Mt. Olive Church Ministries, and the Women’s League Child Development Center.

The program will showcase the impressive history, important milestones and innovative ways each has made its own footprint in the community. The event will also highlight individuals and elders in these institutions and focus on their leadership and achievements in the City of Hartford.

The program will include state and local officials, citations, presentations, and individual recognition. There will also be exhibit tables set up for each of the institutions being honored. Refreshments will be served.
Draw a Hartford History Maker: Community Exhibition
Opening Reception: Tuesday, March 13, 6:00-8:00 pm
Albany Branch
In February 2016, the Hartford History Center at Hartford Public Library's project, So Much More Than a Month, highlighted the lives of African Americans who made a difference in the Hartford community. In 2017, we asked area artists, of all ages and working in all media, to create portraits of these black visionaries and change-makers in our city. 

The resulting prints were exhibited in the Hartford History Center from February 2017 through the summer and for each day of the month of February, posted on the Hartford History Center's Instagram (@hartfordhistory) and Facebook page.

Enjoy a selection of these prints at the Albany Branch Library selected by Albany Branch staff.  

Lucy Cooper Summers (1920-1995). Portrait by D. Racine.
Runs through March 13
Children’s Department, 3rd Floor, Downtown  
Stepping Stones Museum for Children in Norwalk presents “Healthyville Mini Exhibit.” This traveling exhibition promotes healthy choices through a grocery kiosk called Good Foods Market, an interactive pulse meter, information on how to balance food choices with physical activity, and dental health using a giant set of teeth to practice flossing and brushing.  
Lisa Samia
My Name Is John Singer
Saturday, March 10, 12:00-3:00 pm
Downtown, Main Floor

The novel is historical fiction which supposes Lincoln assassin John Wilkes Booth escapes a deadly fire and assumes a new identity.
Author Lisa Samia, pictured, lives in Avon. She will have books for sale.
Building Wealth:
Securing Your Financial Freedom
Wednesday, March 14
6:00-7:00 pm
Barbour Branch

In celebration of America Saves Week, join a three-week program series to learn how to develop a plan for building personal wealth.
Baby Grand Jazz Series: Jan Jungden Trio
Sunday, March 11, 3:00 pm
Center for Contemporary Culture

The Jan Jungden Trio infuses a carefully chosen jazz repertoire with a sound that is truly its own. Jan’s keyboard versatility keeps things interesting whether she is swinging with the band on piano, burning up the organ, or laying down a funky groove. Bob Laramie’s ability to be comfortable walking through a jazz tune or snappin’ and poppin’ on electric bass, and Justin Blackburn’s expertise in traditional jazz drumming as well as his natural feel for Latin and funk rhythms rounds out the sound. 

Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors open at 2:00 pm. 

Hartford Public Library now offers new overflow accommodations within the Library where you can view the livestream of every Baby Grand Jazz performance. Come to rooms 140 and 141 to watch. They will be available until filled to capacity.

HPL will livestream all concerts and post them for later viewing on its website. Visit for more details.

This series is made possible by the Kaman Foundation.
A special thanks to all of our donors and sponsors who help make these programs possible.
Torque Tops: A Spinning Top Workshop

Monday, March 12, 3:30-4:30 pm
Join us at the library for a fun DIY toy workshop. Participants will explore the physics behind spinning tops and then use Perler Beads to produce spinning tops of their own design. 
Skittle Rainbow Science

Tuesday, March 13 , 4:30-5:30 pm
Everyone loves Skittles! Not only taste the rainbow, but create your own rainbow design at the library with this fun Skittles science experiment. 
Bird and Diz: Time to Get Jazzy

Thursday, March 15, 4:00-5:00 pm
Learn all about bebop and two of its pioneers-- Charlie “Bird” Parker and John “Dizzy” Gillespie. Groove along to the music while you create a masterpiece using oil pastels
Celebrate Women's History Month!

Week of March 5 & March 12
Celebrate and honor the accomplishments of women with books and learning activities at the library! Large or small, women make a difference in our communities and the world! 
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