ArtWalk Opening This Friday

“There would be no life without water. It is the essence of everything.” Barbara Hocker

Ebb & Flow

Barbara Hocker

Opening Friday, December 2nd, 5:30-7:30 pm

ArtWalk Gallery, 3rd Floor, Downtown Library

Trained as a fiber artist, Barbara Hocker weaves and layers photos, prints and paintings together, creating works on paper, panels and books. These are her visual expression of skies, waterfalls, streams, rivers, lakes and the sea.

Learn more about this exhibition and Barbara HERE.

Reading is good for the soul

Olga Dies Dreaming

Xochitl Gonzalez

International Latino Book Award Finalist


An engaging story of a brother and a sister and their desire to live the American dream while dealing with family secrets.

"The sharpest and best written social comedy in a while." — The Los Angeles Times

"A beautiful force — completely unique in its intricacies yet universal in the characters’ desires to be loved and understood." — Associated Press

Dead-End Memories

Banana Yoshimoto

New York Times Notable Book

A short story collection about women

seeking peace, healing, and happiness within the everyday moments of life.

"A master storyteller. ... The sensuality is subtle, masked and extraordinarily powerful." — Chicago Tribune

"This is a supremely hopeful book, one that feels important because it shows that happiness, while not always easy, is still a subject worthy of art." — The New York Times Book Review

Computer basics training

Computer first steps Internet basics Using email Creating a resume Google Microsoft Office and more!

Do you or someone in your life want to brush up on basic computer skills? Hartford Public Library is offering this important training at all of its branches. Registration is recommended but walk-ins are welcome.

This week's class:

Thursday, December 1st (and the first Thursday of each month to follow)

11 a.m.

Camp Field Library

30 Campfield Ave.

Beyond Words


Have fun while supporting your library

Join us for a special evening celebrating the library’s diverse and transformative programs and services for our community with a special focus on how Hartford Public Library fosters creativity.

Get your tickets HERE.

School choice assistance available

We've got a lot of great events coming up with fun activities for children and families and important information about school choice in the Hartford area.

Family Paint Fun

Tuesday, December 6th, 4 pm

Downtown Library, Youth Program Room, third floor

500 Main St.

Pajama Storytime

Monday, December 12th, 3:30 pm

Park Street Library at the Lyric

603 Park St.

Family Paint Fun

Tuesday, December 13th, 4 pm

Camp Field Library

30 Campfield Ave.

Magic Show

Monday, December 19th, 4 pm

Park Street Library at the Lyric

603 Park St.

Questions? Contact the library's School Choice Office at 860-695-6350.

Save the date: Holiday programming coming your way

Holiday Concert

Wednesday, December 14

11 am-noon

Downtown Library

500 Main St.

Come feel the magic of the holiday season with the Sam Pasco Band.

Kwanzaa Festival

Thursday, December 29th


Downtown Library

Music. Art. Food. A unique celebration of family, community and culture.

Too many options on Netflix? Let us pick a movie for you

Stream movies for free with your library card!

Kanopy has some incredible offerings like Captain Fantastic, a Critic Choice's Award-winning movie about an unusual dad raising his kids in the forest and completely off the grid. (if you love Viggo Mortensen this one is for you.)

Take advantage of this library service today!

Reminder: HPL offers U.S. passport services

We can make planning for your fun getaway a lot easier.

Get your passport renewed or get a new one at Hartford Public Library. Learn how HERE.

Analeh's 13th Annual Toy Drive

Help bring joy to children in our community

Saturday, December 3rd, 12-4 pm

Sunday, December 4th, 12-4pm

Hispanic Health Council

175 Main St.

Enjoy holiday music, youth musical groups and meet Santa Claus.

Suggested Donation:

A gift card for teenagers or an unwrapped toy for children ages 5 -12 years.

For more information email [email protected] or call 860-881-6088

P.S. learn more about Hartford Public Library board member Ana Alfaro, the force behind the toy drive, HERE.

Free COVID-19 vaccine clinic & flu shot vouchers

Together we can keep our community healthy and strong

Thursday, December 1st

2-5:30 pm

Albany Library

1250 Albany Ave.

Ages 12 and up

Flu shot vouchers


Thanks to Bank of America and CVS Health we will be providing vouchers at all of our libraries for free flu shots at any CVS Pharmacy. Can't make it to the library? Just email us and we will send you a digital voucher.

"Well, all I'm saying is, it's okay to choose yourself.”

― Xóchitl González, Olga Dies Dreaming

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