In celebration of National Library Week, we want to take a moment to show the ways The American Place continues to serve in the wake of the coronavirus.

"Given the sense of helplessness and fear that all of us are feeling today, if there is any way that we can offer some sense of hope and some form of care to individuals during this pandemic we should. We can all do something for each other, its recognizing what that something is,” said Homa Naficy, executive director of The American Place.

You can check out our virtual programming every day on our Facebook page, YouTube channel, and on our Instagram account!
On Mondays and Thursdays, we'll have story time. On Wednesdays, we'll have a story in Spanish. Tuesdays and Fridays we'll have crafts and other educational activities.
Art Inside
Luis Edgardo-Cotto will demonstrate how to create an origami cube.
Reading with
a Local Author
HPL previously featured Fay Taylor and her book Steel in its "Author's Table" program series.
Zumba Gold with Leslie Maselle
Zumba Gold is a lower impact version of the popular dance/exercise program, geared to seniors or people who haven't exercised in a while. Leslie will bring the inspiration to the PARTY!
Cooking with Masem Enyong
Masem Enyong will demonstrate her unique and flavorful cooking style.
Becoming a Singer
Grammy Award Winner Charmagne Glass-Trip shares tips on how to get work as a singer.

Each week we'll try to bring you a profile of one of our amazing local online presenters.

Social worker and writer Christopher Pressley believes journaling can help build happier, more introspective people, making a better community around them. He conducted a journaling workshop this week Facebook , YouTube , and Instagram

For Earth Day we are delighted to share this charming bit of Hartford’s history from the Hartford History Center collection. This scrapbook, called a herbarium, is filled with pressed specimens of from plants from Hartford city parks in the 19 th century. The plants were pressed within a publication called The American Plant Book, published in 1879. The scrapbook may have been created as part of Connecticut’s contribution to the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair. 

Hartford Public LIbrary always seeks to increase its online offerings. This week, we are adding two exciting new services.
Starting April 24, best-selling and classic ebooks, digital audiobooks, magazines and streaming video will be available through OverDrive, a digital collection, or by downloading Libby, the one-tap reading app.

As an added benefit, the ebook and audiobook of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (US) is available for unlimited access through our OverDrive digital collection in the month of April.
With PressReader, you get instant access to trusted editorial content. From The Washington Post, The Guardian, The Globe and Mail, El Pais and El Figaro, to Newsweek, Vogue and People, PressReader delivers full issues of over 2000 premium newspapers and magazines from all over the world the moment they hit newsstands.

Con PressReader, obtienes acceso instantáneo a contenido editorial confiable. Desde El Washington Post, El Guardian, El Globe y Mail, El País y El Figaro, hasta Newsweek, Vogue y People, PressReader ofrece ediciones completas de más de 2000 periódicos y revistas de todo el mundo en el momento en que llegan a los quioscos de noticia. 
Hartford Public Library has gathered the most up-to-date facts about homelessness assistance in Hartford during the COVID-19 crisis. Information about how to get help, short-term shelter, long-term housing, health care, domestic violence support, and child care can be found here.

Shopping on Amazon while you're staying at home? You can support Hartford Public Library at the same time with Amazon Smile!

Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the charitable organization of your choice. AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know. Same products, same prices, same service. Support Hartford Public Library by starting your shopping at .

  • IRS continues to calculate and send Economic Impact Payments to millions of Americans. If you have questions related to these payments, see the answers we’ve posted online: 
"The very existence of libraries affords the best evidence that we may yet have hope for the future of man." — T.S. Eliot