New Strategic Plan
New Branch Lineup Begins In September
The Hartford Public Library Board of Directors announced a plan on July 3rd that will ensure more hours and days of service at six library locations, and will ensure sustainability of the library system into the foreseeable future. The plan does include consolidation of branches.
The Downtown Library and the Albany, Park, Dwight, Barbour, and Camp Field locations will see additional hours and days of service, including Saturdays.  Ropkins will operate during the after-school hours, Monday-Friday. The Goodwin, Mark Twain, and Blue Hills branches will be closed and their staff will be redeployed throughout the system. Additional mobile services will offered. Service changes are scheduled to take place in early September. 
Read a letter from HPL's CEO Bridget Quinn-Carey, FAQs and a press release.
Smokin' Mirrors Concert
World of Sounds
Thursday July 13, Noon-1 pm
Clarinetist and tenor saxophone player Maxine Martine, right, will perform with drummer Abu Alvin Carter Sr., keyboardist Cori Lovejoy, and guitarist Jim Mercik. The combo plays jazz, blues, rhythm & blues, and pop.

World of Sounds is sponsored by the Evelyn W. Preston Memorial Trust Fund
Youth & Family Programs
Cartooning With Joe Young
Hartford filmmaker and cartoonist Joe Young will run a series of workshops showing the basics of cartooning. Join us and take home your own cartoon. Each class runs from 1:45 to 2:45 pm.
Schedule: Barbour Branch, Monday, July 10,; Park Branch, Tuesday, July 11; Blue Hills Branch, Wednesday, July 12; Camp Field Branch, Tuesday, July 13; Albany Branch, Friday, July 14; Downtown Library, Monday, July 24; Goodwin Branch, Tuesday, July 25th; Dwight Branch, 

Wednesday, July 26th.

Children's Book of the Week
Joe Young
Scruples, the Legend Begins
This graphic novel is based on the cartoon Scruples, created by Joe Young. he runs the nonprofit Hartford Animation Institute and in 1999 held the Guinness World Record for the longest cartoon strip, based on the Scruples characters. it was eight feet tall and 100  yards long.
Is Your Mama a Llama?
 Country Quilt Llama farm owner Debbie Labbe brings a llama to the library and reads Is Your Mama a Llama to the children. Lloyd, a llama, asks that question to his friends, and they all respond in rhyme.
Schedule: Downtown Library, Monday, July 10, 2-3 pm' Goodwin Branch, Monday, July 10, 3:30-4:30 pm; Ropkins Branch, Wednesday, Aug.16, 2-3 pm
Albany, Wednesday, Aug. 16, 3:30-4:30 pm
Sirius Coyote
Friday, July 7, 11 am to 12:30 pm
Downtown Library, Third Floor
Albany Branch, Friday July 7, 2-3 pm
Goodwin Branch, Mon. July 31, 11 am-Noon 
Blue Hills Branch, Monday, July 31, 2-3 pm
Sirius Coyote takes children on a journey through MesoAmerica, the Caribbean, the Plains states, and the woodlands of the Northeast. Audiences are encouraged to sing, clap and dance.
National Summer Learning Day
Celebrate Learning Day
Hartford Public Library celebrations National Summer Learning Day on Thursday, July 13, with these events:
Family Book Voyager Discussion Series Ages 6-10. Downtown, 2:30-3:30,
Index Card Tower Challenge, a  team event, Albany Branch, 2:30-3:30 pm
Mikata, a Salsa band from New Haven, performs, Barbour Branch, 11-Noon, Blue Hills Branch, 2-3 pm.
Henna workshop, 1:30-2:30 pm, Dwight Branch
Virtual Reality Vacation, Goodwin Branch, 2-3 pm
Beginner's Yoga, Park Branch, 2-3 pm
Legos in the Library, Ropkins Branch, 2-3
Author's Table
R.C. Goodwin
The Stephen Hawking Death Row Fan Club
Friday, July 7, 2-5 pm
Downtown Library, Main Floor
How do people wind up in prison? Once there, can they change? What's the aftermath of a violent assault on victims and their families? What kind of a toll do jails and prisons take on those who work there?
The stories illuminate some of society's darkest corners. R.C. Goodwin's experience practicing psychiatry in correctional settings for more than 20 years adds depth and authenticity to them. His stories offer unexpected turns and endings, as well as surprising doses of gallows humor.

Teens & Leadership Workshops

DWIGHT BRANCH, Tuesday, July 11, 1:30 pm

DOWNTOWN, Monday, July 31, 2:30 pm

ROPKINS BRANCH, Tuesday, August 15, 4:00 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. 
Get free tickets to the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival at Hill-Stead Museum

Hill-Stead Museum in Farmington has donated 200 free tickets to the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival on Sunday, July 9. Tickets are available at all branches of Hartford Public Library.

The Poetry of Our World features poet Ladan Osman at 6:00 pm, local musicians Tang Sauce and DJ Stealth at 6:30 pm, and poet Jericho Brown at 7:15 pm.

At 4:30 pm in the Makeshift Theater, poet and writer Kate Rushin, Tang Sauce, Summer Tate, and DJ Stealth, will present Roots of Spoken Word Read more 

Images: Ladan Osman, top, and Jericho Brown, bottom
Security Officer Training

Hartford Public Library will be offering a new program for training security officers. All Contract Security Officers and Proprietary Uniformed Security Officers are required to take an 8-hour training program in order to become a Certified Security Officer in the State of Connecticut as mandated by state statute

Hartford Public Library’s Security Officer Training program, approved by the State of Connecticut, will be conducted by Charles Barberi, HPL’s Head of Security. The successful completion of this program will qualify candidates to apply for a Security Officers Identification Card, issued by the Connecticut Department of Emergency Services & Public Protection.

Hartford Public Library will be offering this training once a month at our Downtown Branch starting in the summer of 2017 for a fee. For more information, please contact Charles Barberi at 860-695-6356 or at


Adult Learning
Immigrant Career Pathways
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,  through July 21
Take classes in writing and math to prepare you for the GED test. Open enrollment. Registration forms are available at the The American Place at the Downtown Library and at the Barbour Branch.  Photo ID and validation of address is required.  Register: 860.695.6349 or 860.695.7400.  

Citizenship Prep
DOWNTOWN, Saturdays, 1-3 pm
DOWNTOWN, Saturdays, 3-5 pm (español)
ALBANY BRANCH, Saturdays, 10 am-12 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. I nformation: 860.695.6316 and

Grants Announced
Hartford Public Library thanks the Travelers Foundation and Brown Rudnick Charitable Foundation for their continuing support.  Travelers gave a $75,000 grant for three Library initiatives, the Boundless partnership with Hartford Public Schools, a Coding for Teens program, and STEM Lab on the Go. Read more details about this generous grant.
Brown Rudnick's continuing relationship grant of $10,000 funds the third phase of a training program for HPL's Leap Into Learning initiative and home-based child care providers. Read more.
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