It's Library Card Sign-up Month!

A library card is magic in your pocket. Serious magic.

With access to technology, innovative programming, and educational resources, a library card gives students of all ages the tools to succeed in school.

Sign up for a library card HERE today!

HPL Weekly Book Recommendations:

Check out what we're reading

The 2023 Mark Twain American Voice in

Literature Short List Selections

The Rabbit Hutch

Tess Gunty

 National Book Award Winner

Taking place over one sweltering week, this is a beautiful and funny novel about neighbors, contemporary America, loneliness, longing and freedom.

“Transcendent . . . Compelling and startlingly beautiful . . . " The Boston Globe

“A powerful and brutal book, brimming with dark and funny lines . . ." — Los Angeles Times

The Kingdom of Sand

Andrew Holleran

New York Times Book Review  Editors’ Choice 

A sad and beautiful book about love and aging during the height of the AIDS epidemic.


"A heart-wrenching novel that explores the meanings of death and loneliness." —Deep South Magazine

"A fundamentally honest novel about the loneliness of being human." —Oprah Daily

Good News!

Spend your Sundays at Park Street Library @ the Lyric.


Park Street Library @ the Lyric will be open on Sundays, starting this week, September 10th from 1:00 - 5:00 pm. Stop by and see us!

Park Street Library @ the Lyric

603 Park Street

Vote! ¡Vota!

The Primary Election is Tuesday, September 12.

Your voice matters.

The Downtown Library is open for District 22 residents!

The 2023 Primary Election will be in the Center for Contemporary Culture.

To register to vote and to check your polling place click HERE

HPL has paper voting registration at all our locations during business hours.

NEA Big Read- A Talk with Yaa Gyasi @ Classical Magnet School

Homegoing follows the parallel paths of two half sisters and their descendants through eight generations: from the Gold Coast to the plantations of Mississippi, from the American Civil War to Jazz Age Harlem.

"Magical. . . . Hypnotic. . . . Yaa Gyasi [is] a stirringly gifted writer.” —The New York Times Book Review

Saturday, September 23, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Classical Magnet School, 85 Woodland St.

Register HERE

An initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) in partnership with Arts Midwest, the NEA Big Read broadens our understanding of our world, our communities, and ourselves through the power of a shared reading experience.

Hartford's L.I.T. in Partnership with HPL Hosts

5th Annual Hartford Book Festival!

A three day festival for book lovers of all ages!

The mission of the Hartford Book Festival is to build community using literary art, serving all people of the Greater Hartford Area.

Day One: Writer’s Workshops Only

Friday, September 22, 11:00 am - 2:30 pm

Virtual live workshops - registration required

Day Two: The 5th Annual Hartford Book Festival

Classical Magnet School, 85 Woodland St.

Saturday, September 23, 10:00 am – 5:00pm

Vendors, workshops, puppet show, rock climbing, open mic, book stores & more 

Workshops require registration

Day Three: An Evening of Poetical Musings 

The Free Center, 460 New Britain Ave.

Sunday, September 24, 3:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Open mic, poetic activities, homage to great poets, dramatic readings, Love Jones poetry, & special guest poets of New England.

Attendees will have exclusive access to pre-order or purchase limited copies of the Hartford’s L.I.T. 's "Writing Literary Badassery; Writing Prompts & Journal"

More info and registration HERE

We love you to the moon and back. And back again.

NASA Exhibit Extended!

Now through November 23rd you can:

Visit the International Space Station @ Ropkins 

Train to be an astronaut and visit Mars @ Rawson

Walk on the moon and grow a space garden @ Park

Visit a wind tunnel @ Barbour

Story Stash - It's as easy as 1,2,3!

Marie Jarry, HPL's Director of Public Services, is here to show you how easy it is to use Story Stash, our 24/7/365 pick up locker at the Downtown Library.

Welcoming you back to Boundless.

The Boundless Library is back!

The library will be open for service on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 3:30 - 5:00 pm while school is in session. Come visit us!

Boundless Library

Sarah J. Rawson Elementary School

260 Holcomb Street

“You’re going to risk your life for pizza?”

― Tess Gunty, The Rabbit Hutch

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