Sunday hours at the Downtown Library begin this weekend!
The Owl Enrichment Center celebrates 4th anniversary

The Owl Enrichment Center at Hartford Public High School celebrated this week with a Halloween-themed party. 

Michelle McFarland, Hartford Public Library’s Director of Branch Services, oversees staffing and programs at the center, named for the school’s mascot.

  • All Hartford Public Library locations will be closed on Friday, November 3 for Staff Development Day.

  • The Downtown Library will open on Sundays starting November 5 through Sunday, April 29, 2018 from 1-5 PM. Baby Grand Jazz will begin on January 7, 2018.

  • Daylight Savings Time ends this Sunday, November 5. Don't forget to set your clocks back!

  • All Library locations will be closed Saturday, November 11 in honor of Veterans' Day.
The Caroline M. Hewins Medal will be awarded to Sharon O'Meara at Beyond Words 2017

About Caroline M. Hewins

The extraordinary civic example and life of Caroline M. Hewins, the revolutionary librarian who helped create Hartford Public Library and who significantly enlarged the very idea of the public library in America, deserves a wider audience. Ms. Hewins believed that everyone should have a library card and access to books. The book itself now has many more forms, but what it represents—learning and opportunity—has never been more important.

The Caroline M. Hewins Medal recognizes an individual who embraces the City of Hartford and its people, who breaks the mold and provides service of a revolutionary kind, who stretches the boundaries of a social or cultural institution with a humanistic approach to public service, and who shows strong guardianship of and advocacy for the basic right of equal access to information and opportunity.
For more information, please contact Gilda Roncari, Director of Donor Relations, at 860.695.6296 or
The 22nd Wallace Stevens Birthday Bash

Saturday, November 4, 2017, 2:00-4:00 pm
This festive and illuminating event will begin with a reception of wine and hors d’oeuvres, followed by Paul Mariani’s presentation, and will conclude with a book signing, birthday cake and champagne! RSVP: Jim Finnegan,, 860-508-2810
Art Talk on the ArtWalk:
Afarin Rahmanifar The Memories Between, Women of Nobility

Monday, November 6, 6pm
Show runs: October 20–December 2, 2017
Naturalization Ceremony

Tuesday, November 7, 11:00 am
On Election Day, forty individuals will take the Oath of Citizenship. CT is one of 15 states plus Washington DC that allows same day registration and voting.

Wednesday, November 8, 9:00 am-12:00 pm
To register: Email your name and email address to Presenter: Martey Rhine, Management Solutions & Resources.
Thankful Storytime

Wednesdays & Thursdays, November 8—30, 10:00-11:00 am
Enjoy thankful stories and songs.
Pack-a-Punch of Nutrition - Chocolate Fondue

Thursday, November 9th, 3:30-4:30 pm
Warm it. Melt it. Dip it. Lick it. Smile! We're making chocolate fondue.
Bouncy Ball Science

Thursday, November 9th, 4:30-5:30 pm
Learn all about the science of polymers and experiment with common chemicals to create your own bouncy ball!
Build with Strawbees

Week of November 13th 
Calling all junior engineers! What can you create with straws and plastic connectors? Come find out!
Native American Heritage Month: Wampum and Corn Husk Dolls

Thursday, November 16th, 4:30-5:30 pm
Glow Germs All Around

Friday, November 17, 4:00-5:00 pm
Put your hand washing skills to the test with our cool “glow germs” and learn what you can do to stop those germs from making you sick. 
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