2021 Baby Grand Jazz Series a Success
HPL's Baby Grand Jazz series, which went virtual for the time first time, drew over 14,000 views. Learn more how the 2021 Baby Grand Jazz series came together (and sample a reading list of books on jazz.)

Vaccines Available to Hartford Residents May 2
The City of Hartford is facilitating vaccine appointments for Hartford residents, and residents can sign up for appointments this Thursday and Sunday – please use link below, which leads to a quick, easy sign up form. 

Please do not share the appointment link on social media, or with non-Hartford residents. Feel free to make appointments for friends and family – but only Hartford residents. Appointments for non-residents will be cancelled.

Hartford HealthCare – Xfinity Theatre
Link to schedule appointments for Hartford residents: https://bit.ly/3npGWLZ
Date: Sunday, May 2, 2021
Time: 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM 
Clinic Location: Xfinity Theatre, 61 Savitt Way, Hartford
Eligibility: Hartford residents 16+
NOTE: This link will close when appointments are filled.

Students who are 16 and 17 can make appointments, but they need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Please bring some form of ID to your appointment to prove Hartford residency, which can include a piece of mail. 

If you have any questions, please call Hartford 311. You can dial 311 from a landline and some mobile phones. All others please dial (860) 757-9311.
Hartford Public Library’s Hartford History Center has been named to the Internet Archive’s first class of its Community Webs Program, a program to help public libraries create online community history archives.

The Internet Archive’s Community Webs Program provides training and education, infrastructure and services, and professional community cultivation for public librarians across the country to document their local history and the lives of their patrons.

StoryWalk in Colt Park
New amenity in Colt Park by the playscape and basketball courts! Come see the Little Free Library and a StoryWalk on loan from the Hartford Public Library. Take a book, leave a book.
Children's Book Lists
HPL's Youth Services librarians curate a consistently updated list of great books for children about a variety of important topics. Looking for a book to introduce your child to the magic of spring, the fun of Earth Day or the importance of social justice, we can make a recommendation!

Curated Book Collections Available at Downtown Library
Our stacks might be closed, but HPL's librarians have assembled collections of selected titles on a variety of popular topics, including gardening, crafts, home improvement, activism, health and wellness, history, music, spirituality, job searching, cookbooks, and more.

Check it out at the Downtown Library.
Join the Camp Field Library in an art workshop inspired by the popular springtime phrase, "April Showers Bring May Flowers." Explore the concept of radial symmetry in flowers to create a piece of artwork. Supplies will be provided. Registration is required. For more information, please contact pknapp@hplct.org.
Date: Friday, May 7th
Time: 2:00 pm
Virtual, Zoom 
To register, click here
The Zoo in Forest Park & Education Center in Springfield, MA has been added to HPL's list of museum passes. The printable pass admits up to five people for free. After you reserve the pass, visit the zoo's website to reserve a timed ticket for entry.

Affleck Garden Cleanup
The Women Empowerment Group will join gardeners from the Affleck Street Community Garden for rock painting, garden bed assembly, and bench painting.
Date: Friday, April 30
Time: 1:00 -3:00PM
Park Library
To register: call or email Graciela Rivera at 860-500-8492 or grivera@hplct.org.
National Poetry Month Book Suggestions
Four Reincarnations
by Max Ritvo
Irreverent and profane, entertaining and bruising, Four Reincarnations is a debut collection of poems that introduces an exciting new voice in American letters. When Max Ritvo was diagnosed with cancer at age sixteen, he became the chief war correspondent for his body.
Where the Sidewalk Ends
By Shel Silverstein
Shel Silverstein, the New York Times bestselling author, has created a poetry collection that is outrageously funny and deeply profound. The Unicorn and the Bloath live there, and so does Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout who will not take the garbage out. For ages 6-8.
We've added a Vaccine Information page to our comprehensive collection of Covid-19 related materials. Learn the facts about the virus and how to protect yourself and your family. There is also information available about housing assistance, financial help and the latest from the Hartford Public Schools.
May Program Calendars
“Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him.”
― Maya Angelou