Did you know? On December 22, 2014 the  U.S. Postal Service  delivered 28.2 million packages — breaking its own record for most parcels ever delivered in a single day in its 237-year history.
Happy Holidays from Hartford Public Library!
Hartford Stage Forms Ongoing Community Partnership with the Hartford Public Library 

The Hartford Stage-Hartford Public Library partnership seeks to deepen engagement and increase access to live theatre for residents in all of Hartford’s diverse neighborhoods.
(L-R): Elizabeth Williamson, Associate Artistic Director, Hartford Stage; Sharon Washington, Writer and Performer of Feeding the Dragon; Darko Tresnjak, Artistic Director, Hartford Stage; Bridget Quinn-Carey, Chief Executive Officer,  Hartford Public Library ; Margaret Patricelli, The Robert and Margaret Patricelli Family Foundation; Michael Stotts, Managing Director, Hartford Stage.
Hartford Stage and the Hartford Public Library celebrated the announcement of its new community partnership Friday, December 15, 2017. The multi-tiered community partnership features book displays featuring show-related titles at each Hartford Public Library branch; a library micro-branch at the theatre – HPL @ Hartford Stage – which allows Hartford and Connecticut library card holders to check out books related to the themes of the art onstage; a library pass program, launching in January, which will enable Hartford Public Library card holders at all branches to check out and reserve complementary theatre tickets to all Hartford Stage productions; and a Neighborhood Ambassador Program enabling residents nominated by their library branches to represent their communities at Hartford Stage to discuss how themes of upcoming productions intersect with current civic or social issues in Hartford.

The Hartford Stage-Hartford Public Library partnership is made possible, in part, through a generous grant from the Robert and Margaret Patricelli Family Foundation . The Foundation is the lead funder of the partnership.

To keep up-to-date on the partnership, visit www.hartfordstage.org and www.hplct.org .
SPECIAL NOTICES: Holiday Closing

All library locations will be closed on Sunday, December 24 and Monday, December 25.
Holiday Hours for The Kitchen at HPL

Friday, December 22: 8 am - 2 pm
Monday, December 25: Closed
Tuesday, December 26: Closed
Wednesday, December 27: 8 am - 4 pm
Thursday, December 28: 8 am - 4 pm
Friday, Decenber 29: 8 am - 2 pm
Monday, January 1: Closed
Tuesday January 2: Closed
Bridging the gap between looking and finding  
Please consider a year-end donation to the Hartford Public Library – if you haven’t already done so.

As you saw in the Library’s video, the Library’s doors are open to everyone— providing opportunities for so many every day, your support helps make this possible.
For more information contact Gilda Roncari, Director of Donor Relations
860.695.6296 or  groncari@hplct.org
Kwanzaa Celebration: Weave a Mkeka

Thursday, December 28, 2:00–3:00 pm
At Kwanzaa, families and friends gather to celebrate family ties, remember ancestors, support community and give thanks for the good things in life. All Kwanzaa symbols are traditionally placed on the mkeka, a woven straw.
Sensational Stargazing

Wednesday, January 3, 3:30–4:30 pm
During this program we will explore space and time, learning about the various planets and constellations and the intriguing mythology behind their names.
Three Kings' Day

Thursday, January 4, 3:30–4:30 pm
Learn all about Dia de los Reyes, a holiday traditionally celebrated in the Hispanic community. Listen to a Three King’s story and create your own crown to take home.
Animation Film Festival

Tuesday, January 9 and Thursday, January 11,
4:00–5:00 pm
Come and learn how to create your own movie in 30 minutes. Enjoy a small film festival with program participants at the end!
Poets on Poetry: Gertrude Stein

Saturday, January 27, 10:15 am
The Connecticut Poetry Society's monthly poetry book discussion is free and open to the public.
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