Summer Learning Kicks Off June 10
Saturday, June 10, 12:30-3 pm
Downtown Library Terrace

Read. Go. Do.  These are the watchwords of summer learning for all ages.
Join us for the kickoff of Summer Learning. Activities include face painting and airbrush tattoos; a scavenger hunt in the library; free treats from Ice Cream for a Dream; Paws to Read; maker spaces in the Center for Contemporary Culture including Strawbees and buttons; signups for a year-long access membership to the Connecticut Science Center at reduced rates; and a concert by FriendZWorldMusic.
The City of Hartford is providing two balloon animal sculpture artists,
two caricature artists, stilt walkers and jugglers. Visitors can interact and learn about animals and reptiles presented by Curious Creatures. 
Participants of all ages can visit and create an account. That will make it easier to keep track of progress. 
Join us. We cap the summer with a trip to a Yard Goats Game on Aug. 31.
Let's have fun.
Digitize Latino Family History
Día de la Digitalización: 
Latinos y Latinas de CT en La Primera Guerra Mundial 
Digitization Day: CT Latinos in WWI
sabado, el 10 de junio, 11h-16h
Saturday, June 10, 11 am - 4 pm
Hartford History Center, 3rd floor (Downtown)

Especialistas entrenados en digitalización y grabación digitalizarán objetos y fotografías y grabarán entrevistas de veteranos latinos/as residentes de Connecticut para la colección digital de la Biblioteca Estatal de Connecticut. Habrán asistentes que hablan español e ingles.

Trained digitization and recording specialists will digitize photographs, memorabilia, and record interviews of Connecticut-based Latino veterans for the digital collection of the Connecticut State Library. Spanish and English speakers will be available.
This program was made possible in part by the Connecticut State Library and a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor.

NAACP Centennial
Hear The Presidents' Stories
Saturday, June 24, 2-4 pm
Hartford History Center, 3rd Floor, Downtown
Hear the experiences of seven of its past presidents of the Greater Hartford Branch, NAACP, as they share their stories. The panel includes:  Dr. Sedrick Rawlins, James W. Patterson, Ula Dodson, Barbara Wiggins, Russell Williams, Joan Harrison Gibson, and the Honorable Thirman L. Milner.
HPL Board Member Andrea Comer,  Vice President of Workforce Strategies at the Connecticut Business & Industry Association Education & Workforce Partnership, is the moderator. The history center will archive interviews with the presidents.

Thanks To Bank of America
Read To Succeed
Bank of America awarded $5,000 to Hartford Public Library’s Read to Succeed. R2S is a comprehensive research-based reading program designed to help adults learn to read. Hartford has many adults who cannot read, which makes it difficult for them get jobs.. Learning to read and write and attaining a GED or high school diploma is a critical link to local career-training programs and a path out of poverty.
Thank you for your support.
Hartford Public Library Is A Rising Star
MetroHartford Alliance Award

Bridget Quinn-Carey was presented with a Rising Star Award from Metro Hartford Library Thursday, June 8, at the Power of Leadership breakfast at the Connecticut Convention Center.Hartford Public Library was cited for “making sustainable differences in our City and Region.”
Also receiving awards: Also featured: Linda J. Kelly, past president of Hartford Foundation for Public Giving; Walter Harrison, outgoing president of University of Hartford; Bradley Development League; and Care Centrix.
Find more information and hear a radio interview with Bridget.
Photo: Nancy Wheeler, left, Senior VP and Executive Director for Investor Relations for the MetroHartford Alliance, and Bridget Quinn-Carey, CEO of Hartford Public Library, at the Rising Star Awards breakfast. Photo by Don Wilson.

Strategic Planning
Reserve Your Seat
Albany Branch, 1250 Albany Ave.
Thursday, June 15, 6-7:30 pm
Join Hartford Public Library’s CEO Bridget Quinn-Carey, Board President Greg Davis, and Andrea Comer, Board Member and Chair of Strategic Planning Committee, for a presentation and discussion about the library’s preliminary strategic planning report.  The presentation will introduce four different potential operating scenarios designed to ensure that HPL remains a vibrant and sustainable organization for the future. Your feedback and participation are a critical component of the Board’s strategic planning process.
Please RSVP by calling 860-695-6285 or email

Children's Book of the Week

I Am An Amazon Warrior

Story adapted by Steve Korté
Illustrations by Lee Ferguson

Wonder Woman is getting lots of attention with the June 2 release of a feature movie based on the DC Comics heroine, created by William Moulton Marston in 1941.
Before she became Wonder Woman, Diana lived as a princess and a warrior on a secret, faraway island. Discover how she trained to become an Amazon warrior and one of the world's greatest heroes.
Younger readers can learn about Wonder Woman’s story.
Pay Your Fines Online
Use a Credit Card
You can now pay your overdue book fees online using a credit card.
Log into your account at If the fine you owe is greater than $1, you can process payments on line using a credit card or Paypal.  If the fine is $1 or less, please pay in person. As always, you can pay fines more than $1 in person using a credit card.
Once you have checked into your account, the system will guide you through the process. The Library will not store your credit card information.
Be An Inspirational Leader
Here is an inspirational young leader. When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education. On October 9, 2012, she  was shot in the head at point-blank range while riding the bus home from school.
I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World is her story.
Teens and Leadership Workshops
Park Branch, Thursday, June 15, 2:30 pm
Goodwin Branch, Tuesday, June 20, 2 pm
Dwight Branch Tuesday, July 11, 1:30 pm
Downtown, Monday, July 31, 2:30 pm,
Ropkins Branch, Tuesday, Aug. 15, 4 pm

These one-hour sessions will help teens learn about five qualities of a leader, participate in brainstorming sessions, and identify strong role models. 
Participants will also find resources for more information about critical thinking, communication skills, and responsibility. 
Meet the Local Filmmakers
Made It!
Interactive Multimedia Presentation

Tuesday, June 20, 6 pm
Center for Contemporary Culture
Downtown, Main Floor
MADE IT!  tells the story of Joe and Kyle Young, a local father and son team, who made a Hollywood movie despite the odds. This program will include a screening of the film  Diamond Ruff and a discussion about this journey to write, produce and obtain major distribution for Hartford’s first major homegrown film.

Be Smarter About Art

Art Appreciation 101

Lauren Cross
Saturdays, 2-4 pm
June 24 through July 29
Downtown Library

Want to know more about art?  Lauren Cross, of the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, will help you see art with a deeper understanding. Each of the six sessions includes a hands-on art-making lessons. All supplies will be provided.
The class includes walking field trips to observe some of  Hartford's artistic treasures.
Adults 55 and older, and Hartford residents are given priority for admission.
This Lifelong Learning class is supported by the Ensworth Charitable Foundation, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee.
Sign up by contacting Sarah Pelletier, 860-695-6320 or
June Is Audio Book Month
Listen To Your Next Book
Hartford Public Library has many ways to listen to your favorites.  Check out books on CD. In stock is Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s “My Own Words,” a selection of her writings and speech, and “Diary of a Wimpy Kid”. Coming soon is Jacqueline Woodson’s “Another Brooklyn,” Ta-Nehisi Coates’ “Between the World and Me,” and  “The Inexplicable Universe” by Neil deGrasse Tyson.
Or you can download the entire “Harry Potter” series as e-audio books on One Click Digital. See our download apps.

Meet The Author
Kathryn Orzech
Asylum: a Dark Suspense Saga
Wednesday, June 21
Downtown, Main Floor
The novel begins in 1899 when 12-year-old Maggie Delito sees something she shouldn't. She is dragged away and locked in an asylum.  Fast forward 75 years when Laura Delito tries to figure out what happened to her ancestor.
Meet the author who will have books available for sale.
Graphic Novels, Comic Books
Comics Plus: Library Edition brings thousands of digital graphic novels and comics to HPL patrons with any web-connected device.
You can view titles through your web browser, computer, tablet or smartphone, through the Internet.
Start here.
Gardening At Barbour
Community Growing Project
Barbour Branch, Tuesdays, Thursday, 3-6 pm
Families at the Barbour Branch turned out May 20 to plant seeds in the Mount Moriah Community Garden run by KNOX.
To prepare, Branch Manager Anwar Ahmad had youngsters read  The Greening Book: Being A Friend To Planet Earth in April, listen to E. Diann Cook talk about nutrition, and learn about the Earth through word games, recycling activities and writing.Students placed seeds in soil, and took pods home.  
Students and families were helped by Senita Brown when planting their gardens. The Barbour Gardening Group will continue reading about plants and tend the garden throughout the growing season.
Muncipal ID Program
Apply at the Library, City Hall
Downtown, Mondays & Wednesday, 5-7 pm
Albany, Mondays & Wednesdays, 11 am-2 pm
Hartford City ID is a new municipal photo identification card program available to all city residents. Applicants must provide proof of residency.  The cost is $10 for ages 17 and younger, and 65 and older; and $15 for adults 18 to 64.  Apply at Hartford Public Library, 500 Main St., Mondays and Wednesdays, 5 to 7 pm, and Saturdays, 11 am to 4 pm. The City's Office of Town & City Clerk in Room 104 at 550 Main St. is also accepting applications from 2 to 4 pm, Tuesdays and Thursdays.
World Refugee Day
June 20, 2017
World Refugee Day, commemorated around the world on June 20, offers an occasion to raise awareness of the millions of people displaced from their homes each year because of war and fear of persecution. In recognition of this day, and to remind us of the civic values we all share, whether immigrant, refugee, or native born, Hartford Public Library is hosting a series of public events that we invite you to attend. 

Tuesday, June 20, beginning promptly at 11 a.m. in the Center for Contemporary Culture, Downtown Library, we will host a Naturalization Ceremony in collaboration with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, U.S. Department of Justice, and Hartford Public Schools.  The Honorable Donna F. Martinez, U.S. Magistrate Judge for the District of Connecticut, will administer the Oath of Allegiance to America's newest citizens.  Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman will provide opening remarks along with other speakers, Scott Jackson, Commissioner of CT Department of Labor; Dr. Leslie Torres-Rodriguez, Superintendent of Hartford Public Schools; and Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin, who will lead the audience in an American folk song.  

Learn more
Pablo Delano
Hartford Views
Exhibition Runs Through July 1
ArtWalk, Downtown, 3rd Floor
Pablo Delano, a painter-turned-photographer, documents the city of Hartford in flux. His large- format photographs focus on the built environment of this small metropolis. The photographs, spanning eight years, highlight the nuances and contradictions inherent in a city with a layered history, and record what has been lost over time. They are not sociological statements, despite their subject matter. Delano’s love of visual form, design, composition, and color elevate the images to works of art. 

Learn To Play Chess
DIG Chess Lessons

Downtown, YOUmedia, 2nd Floor
Thursdays, June 15, June 29, 6-8 pm
Albany Branch, Thursday, June  22, 4-6 pm

DIG Chess tutors will help you learn. DIG (Determination, Integrity, Growth) was started in 2013 by Dan Pelletier, as a soccer coaching enterprise. The following year he started teaching his players chess, and last year he decided to teach others. 

Children's Programs
Hartford Public Library offers programs for children and their families and caregivers from birth to middle school Downtown and in our branches.
Here are highlights through June 16:
Turn milk into plastic Friday, June 9, 3:30-4:30 pm at the Dwight Branch, 7 New Park Ave.
Celebrate Scratch Day by learning about computer coding Monday, June 11, 3:30-4:30 pm at Camp Field Branch, 30 Camp Field Ave.
Learn about American Sign Language, Tuesday, June 13, 4-5 pm at Park Branch, 744 Park St.

Teen Programs
YOUmedia, Branches
The Downtown Library offers YOUmedia, a space for visitors ages 13-19, to hang around, mess around, and geek out.  
Teen specific programs are also held in our branches.
Ongoing YOUmedia activities include 3D sculpting and and design, and anime character creation, Thursdays, 6-8 pm; anime character creation; and drawing on Mondays and Wednesday, 1 to 6 pm; and Open Mic Wednesdays, 6 -8 pm.
Or play tabletop games Tuesdays, 4:45-5:45 pm at Ropkins and try poetry workshops, 3 to 6 pm at Barbour.

Thank You For Your Support
We Love Your Help
The Hartford Public Library needs your support throughout the year. Please consider making a pledge or donation to help us continue to offer a place that cultivates opportunities, empowers and inspires individuals, and fuels a more prosperous future.
We thank the leaders of Aetna, Travelers, and The Hartford, for their generous support.

Adult Classes 
Immigrant Career Pathways 
Runs Through June 30
The American Place, 2nd Floor, Downtown
The Immigrant Career Pathways Program, sponsored by the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, serves as a pipeline to jobs in the food service industry for English-language learners in the Hartford area. Eligible students may enroll for free in either one of two classes: the ESL and Food Service Training class or the ServSafe Manager Certification class. All classes are held in the morning. Information: 860-695-6292 or email
Study For Your GED

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 9:30-11:30 am
Classes run through July 27
Barbour Branch, 261 Barbour St.

Take classes in writing and math to prepare you for the GED test. Open enrollment.
Register: 860-695-6349 or 860-695-7400.  
Classes at Mark Twain Branch
Adult Learning
Wednesdays, 6-7:30 pm
Runs through June 21
Mark Twain Branch, West Middle School
927 Asylum St.

Ongoing classes include: Spanish For Beginners, Wednesdays, 6-7:30 pm through June 21; Citizenship Test Prep Class, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6-7:30 pm; and Read to Succeed, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, 2-7:45 pm, and Thursdays, 2-5 pm.
Information: 860-695-6316 and
Citizenship Prep
Prep for the Test
Downtown, Saturdays, 1-3
Downtown, Saturdays, 3-5, Spanish language
Albany, 1250 Albany Ave., Saturdays, 10-Noon

Each class will focus on many of the 100 citizenship test civics questions. We encourage the community to join us for these lively interactive activities and discussions. The classes are open for U.S. citizens who want to improve their own knowledge of U.S. Civics or enhance their skills to tutor new arrivals on their paths to citizenship. 
Information: 860-695-6316 and 
Legal Services
Lawyer At Your Library
First Tuesday of Each Month, 11 am-1 pm
Upcoming: June 6
Downtown Library, The American Place 

Meet privately with an attorney from Greater Hartford Legal Aid concerning questions about rights in the workplace. No appointment necessary. Topics include unlawful discrimination, wages and overtime, and rights of former offenders. Visitors are seen on a first-come, first-served basis. 
Passport Office
You can apply for a passport at Hartford Public Library. Hours are Monday though Thursday, 3:30 to 7 pm; Saturday, 10 am to 3 pm.  No appointment is needed and photos can be taken on site.

The Passport office is located on the second floor in The American Place.

American Job Center

Monday-Thursday, 10 am-6 pm
Fridays, 10 am-5 pm,
Main Floor, Downtown

 Looking for a job? Feeling a bit rusty on your interview skills or bewildered by all the new technology a successful job search demands? We can help! CTWorks Capital Workforce Partners and HPL Library have partnered to bring a CTWorks "American Job Center" to the Downtown Library.

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