The 2021 Kaman Foundation Baby Grand Jazz series offers a wide array of jazz expression. From covers to jazz classics to innovative fusions of styles and instrumentation, the Baby Grand Jazz series has something for everyone. The new season kicks off Sunday, January 3 at 3 pm.

Hartford native Orice Jenkins, one of our past Baby Grand Jazz performers, is a vocalist who, in addition to creating his own orchestral soul songs, has re-envisioned the songs of Nat King Cole, Drake and Rihanna.

Here, Orice kicks off 2020 Beyond Words with a moving rendition of Cole's song "Smile"

Celebrate National Cupcake Day
Join a virtual celebration of National Cupcake Day! Learn some brief history and fun facts about this popular dessert, along with some decorating tips for making your own creations. Pick up cupcake decorating supplies by appointment. Registration required, class size is limited.
Date: Tuesday, December 15th
Time: 2:00 pm
Virtual: Via Zoom
To register,
DIY Holiday Simmering Potpourri Gift, Tuesday, December 15, 2020, 2:00-3:00 pm

Stop by the Barbour Library, 261 Barbour Street, for 5 minutes to make a simmering potpourri mix to make your home smell like the holidays or give it as a gift to someone you love. Hot chocolate will be served with holiday music.

Please call to register 860-695-7401 or email Irene Blean at 
Learn how to make traditional coquito in time for the holiday. This virtual event will take place in Spanish on Zoom December 18 from 3 to 4 pm.

To register, e-mail
As a covered employee in the State of Connecticut, the Connecticut Paid Leave (CTPL) program presents the opportunity for you to take time to take care of yourself and your family’s health needs without worrying about lost income while you are away from work.

Join this webinar on Monday, Dec. 5 at 5 pm to learn about who is eligible, what are considered qualifying circumstances as well as how much you'll be contributing and how much you get paid.

Streaming On Demand
December 1 — 31
Connecticut’s twisted holiday tradition returns! Your favorite kids from Christmas stories—all grown up, shaken, stirred and served with a twist. 
Join them as they pour out their Christmas woes in this delightful parody.

For help with streaming, call 860-527-7838 between 10 am and 4 pm Monday through Friday. 
Hartford Public Library has something for everyone! Check out everything you need to know to join.

December Program Calendars
“Books are what teach you about life. Books teach you about empathy. But you can't buy books if you can't even afford to make rent. That's why libraries are a vital resource. You shut a library, you don't just shut down a building. You shut down hope.”
― Jojo Moyes