Did you know? On December 29, 1845, Texas was officially admitted as the 28th state of the Union.
Happy New Year from Hartford Public Library!
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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
SPECIAL NOTICES: Holiday Closing

All library locations will be closed on Monday, January 1.
Holiday Hours for The Kitchen at HPL

Friday, December 29: 8 am - 2 pm
Monday, January 1: Closed
Tuesday January 2: Closed
Black Mothers Seeking Justice in Hartford: Revisiting the 1999 Police Shooting of Aquan Salmon with Dr. Channon S. Miller  

A Hartford History Center Event at the Albany Branch
Tuesday, January 9 at 6:00 pm
Image from: Brown, Tina A. “A Grandmother’s Pain, Norma Watts Vows to Work for Real Justice,” Hartford Courant, February 18, 2000, sec. A1.
"Black Mothers Seeking Justice in Hartford” will revisit the 1999 police shooting of Aquan Salmon on Enfield Street. It follows the determinations, consciousness, and movements of the 14-year-old’s mourning grandmother. Norma Watts’ grief did not emerge from the piercing impact of a bullet alone. She witnessed a modern vessel of systematic inequality abject her child from the world, and after his last breath, misname him. The non-indictment of the officer responsible and the criminalizing language associated with the case marked Aquan’s body with justifications for his demise.
The presentation traces Watts’ attempts to dislodge her grandson from an archive of black disposability and call for justice.

Dr. Channon S. Miller received her PhD in American Studies from Boston University in May of 2017. Prior, she attended Trinity College, where she received her BA in American Studies in 2011. Hartford, her birthplace, is a city she has seen through the eyes of the women who reared her and whose landscape has been carved by their visions of freedom and justice, which motivates her research.

This event is brought to you by the Hartford History Center at Hartford Public Library.
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.
Nutrition 101

Thursdays, January 11 & 25, 11:30 am–12:30 pm
Food Preparation & Tasting Series with a UCONN Nutrition Educator: Learn how to shop for and make nutritious meals and snacks, all for better health and
quality of life.
Animation Film Festival

Wednesday, January 17, 2:30–3:30 pm
Come and learn how to create your own movie in 30 minutes. Enjoy a small film festival with program participants at the end!
Festive Paper Stars

Wednesday, January 17, 3:00–4:00 pm
Create paper stars to decorate the library! Using just paper, scissors, and glue, learn how simple folding and cutting can create festive decorations in colorful patterns.
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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