Join us as we celebrate Black owned businesses in Hartford! Hear what business owners have to say about their establishments and the role Black literature has played in their journey. Tune in to hear their stories and learn about businesses in your neighborhood.

Each Friday starting August 14 we'll be releasing a new video on Facebook featuring a local business owner.

August 2020 Youth Programs
"Summer Adventures with HPL" continues through August 21. This month, we are partnering with the Connecticut Children's Museum on a series of virtual programs called "Families Learn Together." Our children's librarians working with the museum to meet a bunch of different live animals over Zoom. Click here to read more about our Summer Adventures program.
We excited to begin offering Saturday service at our Downtown Library, starting August 8. The library will be open from 9 am to 5 pm.

We will continue to offer contact-free pick up service for borrowed materials from 10 am to 12 pm and from 2 pm to 3 pm.

Computer usage, copying, FAX, and scanning will also be available.

Krystal and her son Grayson
T he combination of the stress of being a social worker and the challenge of being a single mom forced Krystal Failey to come up with new ideas for relief.

“I like to say that yoga kind of found me,” she said.

Failey will be offering free virtual yoga classes on Facebook as part of HPL’s Wellness Wednesdays series . Our next offering will take place on Wednesday, August 12.

This past weekend, Hartford Public Library CEO & President Bridget Quinn-Carey joined Rainer Muhlbauer, Director of BL Companies , and Sam Gray, President & CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Hartford, CT on MetroHartford Alliance’s weekly radio program Pulse of the Region to discuss community development and new construction in Hartford.

Listen HERE:
Historic Swift Factory tour to take place August 6
The renovation to the historic Swift Factory is nearing completion, and it will be open for a live virtual tour on August 6 at 3pm ET. The tour will explore the historical and architectural significance of the site. Viewers will also hear from some of the small business owners and entrepreneurs who will be using the space to bring jobs, opportunity and vibrancy to the North Hartford neighborhood. Register here! 

These are the lives we recognize this week in our Hartford Changemakers series.

Our Hartford Changemakers mural project continues to move forward. We were just profiled on WNPR. Read more here.
(1944 -2013) 
Business Executive
(1918- 2006)
Politician, Civic Leader
Photographer, Journalist, Teacher, Artist
“Your library is a reflection of your ideal self”
―  Guy Campion Charlton