After years of struggle, in August 1920, with the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment, women were eligible to vote for the first time in the upcoming Presidential election. That October, thousands of Hartford women, whether single, married, or widowed; black or white; Jewish or Christian; housewives, stenographers, undertakers; native born or foreign born, queued up at City Hall to register to exercise their newly acquired right.

Hartford History Center online exhibit entitled “October 1920” will introduce the women and their stories. At the same time, the exhibit seeks to provide a glimpse of life in Hartford in 1920, through photographs, advertisements, newspaper articles, and other data.

The exhibit will go live September 14.

Free tickets available to Connecticut Forum conversation on immigration
Ten free tickets are available to HPL cardholders for Connecticut Forum's upcoming event!

The Debating Immigration Forum, previously scheduled for March, will be presented live, online via live stream on Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at 7:30pm.The Forum will feature former White House Chief of Staff General John Kelly, former Attorney General Loretta Lynch, journalist and author Jose Antonio Vargas, and moderator Evan Osnos. The deadline to get tickets is September 15.

Free tickets are available at our Museum Passes page.
Live GED Tests Starting September 14
The American Place will begin offering live GED tests September 14.

There will be two sessions each Monday, with four spots per session.

Students must register to take the exam at or by calling 1-877-EXAM-GED.

For GED Preparation resources, call 860-695-6337 or e-mail 
The American Job Center at HPL has reopened. All employment assistance will be by appointment. Job seekers should call 860 406-3374 and choose prompt 2 to arrange an appointment onsite. There will be continuous updates available on the TAP website 
Registration begins for ESL classes
Anyone who wants to register for the ESL Classes can call 860-695-6337 and leave us a message or e-mail and we will follow up. We are registering individuals over the phone and making in-person appointments for testing and orientation.
Security Guard Training Program Runs Sept. 23 through Dec. 15
Hartford Public Library will be offering a Security Officer Training Program twice a month at our Sands/Ropkins Library location at 1750 Main Street, Hartford. Classes are limited to 10 participants per session. All participants are required to wear masks at all times in the facility and should practice social distancing.

The program is approved by the State of Connecticut and conducted by a certified instructor. The successful completion of this one-day program will qualify candidates to apply for a Security Officer ID card, issued by the State of Connecticut Department of Emergency Services & Public Protection.

HPL librarians will be on hand to offer assistance filling out the 2020 Census mobile questionnaire and voter registration forms. There will be free books and treats from Ice Cream for A Dream available at each event!
The events will take place the following dates:
  • September 14, Dwight Library, 3-5 pm, 7 New Park Avenue
  • September 15, Camp Field Library, 3-5 pm, 30 Campfield Avenue
  • September 16, Park Library, 10 am - 12 pm, 744 Park Street (Art Box across the Street from the branch)
  • September 18, Downtown Library, 12-2 pm, 500 Main Street
  • September 23, Park Library, 1:00-3:00 pm, 744 Park Street 
Hartford's L.I.T. (Literary Integrated Trailblazers) virtual programming will be offering a full day literary event entitled, “All Things Lit Live!”; September 19, 2020, from 10 am until 5 pm streaming on Hartford Public Library’s Facebook page.
Register free on Eventbrite

HLIT’s virtual programming is a celebration of the literary community, the craft of writing, the business of books and the beauty of literature. This event will contain workshops, literary talks and readings, and panel discussions.
Contact-free printing now available
HPL is now offering contact-free printing. Just send us your files through our easy to use online form and we'll print out up to five pages for free.

Pick up is done by appointment using our Contact-Free Pickup service.

For more information click here:
September Adult and Youth 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, "Still Me"