Know Your U.S. Constitution
Encounters: Bill of Rights
Saturday, March 4, Noon-2 pm
Hartford History Center

Join the conversation as we discuss the Bill of Rights, the first 10 amendments to the United States Constitution. The amendments include the right of free speech, protections against unreasonable search and seizure, and a speedy and public jury trial.  Read the Bill of Rights

Lunch will be served; participants must register in advance. RSVP:860-695-6367 or by email to

The Library Is A Place For All

Read About Your Legal Protections
Hartford Public Library Serves Everyone

All community members of  every religion and ethnicity, whether citizens or immigrants, are welcome at the Library.
Stay informed and connected.

E-Book Checkout Workshops
Albany, Monday March 6, 4:30-5:30 pm
Goodwin, Thursday March 9, 4-5:45
 Reading an E-Book is the perfect way to take a library book on the go, whether you’re on vacation or just don’t have room for another book in your bag. Did you know that you can use your library card to check them out? Come find out how in this super simple workshop. Learn more here.

Chamber Music Concert
Friday, March 3
Main Floor, Downtown, 2 pm
A reed trio from the Hartford Independent Chamber Orchestra performs works from Gordon Jacob, Jindřich Feld, Henri Tomasi, Francis Poulenc, and Jean Françaix.
Performing will be Charles Huang on oboe, Alex Collias on clarinet, and Kristen Powell on bassoon.

Baby Grand Jazz Series:
Atla and Matt DeChamplain
Sunday, March 5, 3 pm
Center for Contemporary Culture

Pianist Matt DeChamplain and vocalist Atla DeChamplain are local musicians educated at the Greater Hartfford Academy of the Arts, where they met.  They formed a trio as students at the Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz at the Hartt School.

Their Baby Grand Jazz concert is a tribute to the legendary jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald. As performers and educators, Atla and Matt tell anecdotes about the music, composers and American history, to add an educational aspect to their concerts.

Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors open at 1 pm. 

Information about Baby Grand Jazz.

We're Looking For Bands
For 2018 Baby Grand Jazz

Hartford Public Library has opened submissions for the 2018 season of Baby Grand Jazz, which runs 16 Sundays from January through April. These popular free concerts have been a staple of Hartford Public Library since 2004, thanks to support from the Charles H. Kaman Charitable Foundation. Concerts run from 3 to 4 pm. The Library live streams all performances on its website. Ensembles must include a pianist who will play the Library’s grand piano. Applications should include music samples (video encouraged), a list of ensemble members and their instruments, and high resolution images for publicity. Submit here

Rafael Oses and Michael Sweeney
Opening Reception
Friday March 17, 5:30 to 7:30 pm
3rd Floor, Downtown
Show Runs through April 30

Rafael Oses creates small wooden paintings using everyday and esoteric words and phrases displayed in geometric shapes. Their minute size and concentrated color play with scale and intimacy in the airy ArtWalk gall ery.

Michael Sweeney's exhibition is  titled  the books of things we do not know.  These wooden sculptures  are stacked and shelved enticingly, but are not meant to be handled by viewers. The books are made from found wood or wood provided to him to commemorate “family trees” felled in storms or from necessity.
“I try to make them as enticing as possible," Sweeney said in an online  story in Zip06 about his work at Old Saybrook's Acton Library. " It’s a reminder of how much there is to learn and what we still don’t know.” 
Draw a Hartford History-Maker:
A Black History Community Project

On Display Through March 31
Glass Cases Near  Hartford History Center
Downtown, 3rd Floor

The Draw a Hartford History Maker exhibition kicked off Feb. 2 with a reception honoring the artists who created portraits from photos and biograp hies featured online in 2016's More than A Month series honoring African Americans who made significant contributions to Hartford.  
Read the biographies illustrated with new portraits on the Hartford History Center's Facebook page

Edythe Taylor portrait by Lindaluz Carrillo
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Diana Ross McCain:
Thy Children's Children

Sunday, March 5, 2-5 pm
Main Floor, Downtown Library

Thy Children’s Children is historical fiction based on five generations of a local family.   Lyman Orchards in Middlefield evolved from a small family farm in 1741 to an 1,100-acre agricultural/entertainment complex operated by eighth- and ninth-generation descendants of the founders. McCain worked at the Connecticut Historical Society, was a reference librarian  at the Godfrey Memorial Library in Middletown, and now runs a genealogy service. She will have books for sale.

Book of the Week
The Frank Einstein Series by Jon Scieszka
Frank Einstein loves figuring out how the world works by creating household contraptions that are part science, part imagination, and definitely unusual. After an uneventful experiment in his lab, a lightning storm and flash of electricity bring Frank’s robots, Klink and Klank, to life. Follow their adventures in this series of books.
Celebrate Birthday of Dr. Seuss

Downtown, Saturday, March 11, 2:30-3:30 pm

Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, was born in Springfield Mass., on March 2, 1904. His wonderful legacy of rhyming children's books is the inspiration for this year's Help Celebrate Read Across America Day. Join us to hear The Cat In the Hat and other Seuss favorites, and to play games based on his books.
Programs From Birth to 5
First Friends Play Group
Share toys, books, and music while your child meets other children.
Monday, March 6, 11-Noon

Sensational Sensory Wednesdays
 Each week children will enjoy a new and exciting sensory, hands-on learning activity. 
Downtown Children’s Room,  11-Noon

Leo Lionni's Animal Friends  
Celebrate the art and stories of author/illustrator Leo Lionni with stories and activities.
Campfield, Wednesday, March 8, 10-11am

Born to Read Storytime and Play Group
Inspire, stimulate and create a love of reading in your child by visiting the library for developmentally appropriate stories, songs and finger plays. There will be bubbles and parachute games with time for socialization and play time afterwards. No registration is required.
Albany, Wednesday, March 8, 11:30-Noon

The Wind Blew Story Hour
Enjoy a windy story with a craft.
Ropkins, Wednesday, March 8, 10 -10:30 and 10:30-11 am

Learn to Learn With Charles Teale
Mark Twain Branch
West Middle Community School
927 Asylum Ave.
Classes Begin March 7

Join us at the new Mark Twain Branch of Hartford Public Library. Chief Teale’s Tools of Learning classes will run on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5 to 6 pm, from March 7th through April 13th. Tutorials are offered Wednesdays from 5 to 6 pm during the eight-week period. Teale, former Chief of the Hartford Fire Dept., developed this successful program that teaches students how to learn. Register: jeagosto@hplct,org or 860-695-6367.

Build Your Nonprofit
So, You’ve Decided To Build a Nonprofit. Now What?
W ednesday, March 15, 9 am to Noon
Downtown, Youth Program Room, 3rd Floor
Martey Rhine, owner of Management Solutions & Resources, will cover the basics of building a board, budgeting, operational planning, marketing, and fundraising.  Tools, templates, and references for taking the steps to effectively structure your nonprofit organization will be provided.  


Put On Your Game Face

Ropkins Branch
Tuesdays, 4:45 to 5:45 pm

The popularity of tabletop games is trending. There are thousands of versions, such as Forbidden Desert, where players crash land in a barren space and search for a lost civilization, or Flash Point, where you must rescue people from a burning building.
Bring your friends and your favorite games and set up a match.
Writing Workshops At Barbour
Thursdays, 3 to 6 pm
Barbour Branch
Learn the basics of expressing yourself through the written word. .
Our intern, Tinasia, will run the workshops.

Makerspace Mayhem

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4 pm
Downtown Library, 2nd floor

Come to YOUmedia for the twice-weekly Makerspace challenge.

Anime Character Creation

Wednesdays 3-5 pm
Downtown Library, 2nd floor

Animefy yourself and your friends at YOUmedia - or create a new unique character of your own.


Learn Debate Basics
Great Debates
Thursdays, 6-8 PM
Downtown Library, 2nd Floor

Share your opinions on topics that matter while learning about another perspective from the other debater. 

3D Sculpting and Design

Thursdays, 6-8 pm
Downtown Library, 2nd Floor 

Learn how to design cool characters and objects to use in animations, video games, graphic design, and more.

Drawing With Kahairi
Mondays and Wednesdays, 1 to 6 pm
Downtown Library, 3rd Floor

Let's talk about anime, pop culture and video games while we draw.
Lawyer At Your Library
First Tuesday of Each Month, 11 am-1 pm
Upcoming: March 7 
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 fo former offenders. Visitors are seen on a first-come, first-served basis. 

U.S. Citizenship Classes

Class cycles  range from 12-to-14 weeks and repeat. Legal assistance with application completion and submission included.

Passport Services
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 now located on the second floor.

Online Learning

Accessible through the library website in the Online Education & Research Section. All free with your library card. Log in with your card number and create a user name and password.

  • Learn a New Language: Learn or practice more than 100+ languages using the online learning program Transparent Language.
  • LearningExpress Library™: Build your academic skills in reading, writing, math, and science; prepare for standardized tests, college admissions tests, and professional licensing and certification.
  • Universal Class: Select from over 500 courses in a wide variety of subjects through a program called Universal Class. Learn a new hobby, improve your computer skills, or expand your job or career options. 
  • Career Online High School (COHS)Earn your high school diploma online, must be 24 or older.

American Job Center

Monday-Thursday, 10 am-6 pm
Fridays, 10 am-5 pm,
2nd 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.

The Job Center is in temporary space in the Learning Lab on the 2nd floor to accommodate UConn construction.

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