Look out for the Library on Wheels

Our Library on Wheels attends community events by request and is open to partnerships with community organizations for weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly visits. We just had a great visit at the  South End Wellness Senior Center where residents borrowed books, signed up for library cards and learned more about our many programs like our free passes to Hartford Stage.

For more information or to request a visit by the Library on Wheels click HERE.

Enjoy great live music

Alden Hellmuth Quintet

Alden Hellmuth is a saxophonist and composer originally from Hartford and based in New York City. She has performed, as both a leader and sideman, at venues and festivals all over the Northeast. Learn more about Alden HERE.

Sunday, January 29th, 3 pm

Center Church

675 Main St., Hartford, CT 06103


Seating will be first come, first seated, starting at 2 pm each Sunday. No registration is required. Concerts will continue to be streamed on Hartford Public Library's Facebook page and YouTube channel. Learn more HERE.

We all need to laugh (and cry) and read about wild vermin

Furiously Happy

Jenny Lawson

No. 1 New York Times Best Seller

Jenny shares her journey with depression and anxiety and at the same time this memoir is about joy. Deep joy.

“[Lawson] writes with a rambling irreverence that makes you wish she were your best friend." — Entertainment Weekly

"[It] will make you spurt Diet Coke through your nose." — Parade

The Portable Veblen

Elizabeth Mckenzie

Longlisted 2016 National Book Award for Fiction

A laugh out loud romantic comedy of a book that includes dysfunctional families, big pharma and a squirrel.

"A funny and well-written novel about family, love and the perils of misplaced ambition.” BookPage

"A novel of such festive originality that it would be a shame to miss.” — The New York Times

Boundless Library @ Rawson is open

Welcome back!

Boundless Library at Rawson is open! The library, colocated with Rawson School at 260 Holcomb St., is open for public service from 3:30-5 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Boundless is our innovative education partnership with Hartford Public Schools that empowers and enables youth to pursue their own interests and create their own future. Learn more about this fantastic program HERE.

The Year of the Rabbit

Welcome in the new Lunar New Year with a fun craft project.

Make a rabbit puppet it will bring you good luck all year!

Friday, January 27th

3:30-5 pm

Albany Library

1250 Albany Ave.

Teen Tuesdays: Bracelet making

Create your own bracelet

Tuesday, January 31st

3:30-5 pm

Albany Library

1250 Albany Ave.

Ages 13-19

Warm hands

We will distribute gently used/new coats, gloves and socks for all. Join us and also enjoy a warm cup of hot cocoa.

Thursday, January 26th

1-3 pm

Dwight Library

7 New Park Ave.

Foodshare distribution

Come for a free bag of groceries and helpful information shared by various organizations.

Thursday, January 26th

3-4 pm

Barbour Library

261 Barbour St.

Opportunities for you

Security Officer Training

Successful completion of our one-day program qualifies candidates to apply for a Security Officer ID card, issued by the State of Connecticut.

Next class: Feb. 8th

(Register by Feb. 1st)

More info and registration HERE.

Join Our Team

We've got some great opportunities in lots of departments to include public service, security, education and more.

Join a great group of colleagues and make a difference in your community!

Check out our many openings HERE.

COVID-19 vaccine clinics, testing and masks for you

This week's vaccine clinic:

Thursday, January 27th, 1-4:30 pm

Camp Field Library

30 Campfield Ave.

Ages 12 and up (no appointment needed)

COVID-19 tests, masks

The City of Hartford will be distributing N95 masks, thermometers and at-home COVID-19 testing kits to Hartford residents. Supplies are available at any HPL branch. For locations and hours click HERE.

“Normal is boring. Weird is better. Goats are awesome, but only in small quantities.”

― Jenny Lawson, Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things

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