New service hours begin September 5

Hartford Public Library will launch expanded hours and days of service on Tuesday, September 5.

The Albany Avenue and Park Street Branch libraries will be open 17 more hours per week, including Saturdays. The Camp Field, Dwight and Barbour Branch libraries will be open an additional 10 hours per week. The Downtown Library will open at 9:30 each morning, resulting in three additional hours per week.


Blue Hills, Mark Twain, and Goodwin Branches will be open fewer hours through Dec. 31. 

At least three library locations will be open each week night until 8 pm. We will have robust staffing at each location and be able to enhance outreach, programming and mobile services. We look forward to continuing our dialog with the community about the future of library services, particularly in those neighborhoods where service has been impacted.

Library Announces Transition Plan for Blue Hills, Goodwin, Mark Twain Branches

Hartford Public Library will continue to offer some hours of services, collections and programming at the three branches impacted by the new operational plan.

"Together we can continue to have this be a dynamic community space for learning, literacy and all of the things important to you," said Bridget Quinn-Carey, CEO of the Library at an August 2 public meeting about branch restructuring at the Goodwin Branch. She asked residents to participate in the transition through hands-on help and to work with a facilitator/monitor at community meetings to develop a new service plan that can be implemented when the branches close.

The Goodwin, Blue Hills and Mark Twain branches will have limited hours and services beginning in September through Dec. 31. A selection of books and other materials will remain in the branches, computers, printers and copiers will remain and customers can continue to borrow and return materials to those sites.

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Kitchen on break

The Kitchen at Hartford Public Library, 500 Main Street, will be closed Monday through Friday, August 7-11.

Regular hours, 8 am to 4 pm, resume on Monday, August 14.
Programs & Exhibits
World of Sounds
Nzinga's Daughters
Thursday, August 10, Noon-1 pm

Downtown Terrace

Music of the African Diaspora entertains, educates and builds awareness through multiculturalism and music.  The music is rooted in African influences and represents the musical styles of Africa, Brazil, Afro Latin and West Indies.  The audience will enjoy a rich blend of traditional and contemporary Gospel, R&B, Nostalgia, Pop, and Funk through songs with positive messages. 

Photo by Shana Sureck 


ArtWalk Submissions Open August 1
For October 2018-June 2019

ArtWalk at Hartford Public Library offers one of the largest and most stunning exhibition spaces in metropolitan Hartford and the opportunity for Hartford residents and others to view art in a magnificent setting in our city. Exhibitions on the ArtWalk offer an array of art experiences that reflect a variety of media, styles, and cultures in the art world, provide diverse viewing experiences, and allow for many tastes.
Situated on the third floor of the Downtown Library in a space that looks down onto historic Main Street, the gallery offers unique visibility and exposure, adding to the increasing vibrancy of Downtown Hartford. The ArtWalk hanging system’s movable hanging panels allow maximum flexibility for each show.
The stunning state-of-the art gallery was made possible through the generosity of donors, especially the Beatrice Fox Auerbach Foundation at Hartford Foundation for Public Giving.

Special thanks to the Edward C. & Ann T. Roberts Foundation for its support of our 2017-2018 ArtWalk season.
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Who Is This News Boy?
Hartford Times: The Newspaper & The City
ArtWalk, Downtown, Third Floor
Through September 30

  Help us identify this boy who was used in a promotional ad for The Hartford Times.
The current exhibition draws on photographs and artifacts from the Hartford Times Collection. It shows photographs from the Hartford Times collection in the Hartford History Center and  celebrates the re-opening of the Hartford Times Building as the centerpiece of the University of Connecticut’s new downtown campus. 
If you know the  name of the boy in pictured send an email:
Thanks to Susan Dunne from The Hartford Courant for her story about the exhibition.
Meet The Weavers
Tour the New Weaving Show
Monday, August 7, 11 am
Exhibition Hall, Third Floor, Downtown
Join us in a  tour of Time to Try Tied Weaves exhibit with the artisans who wove the pieces. 

The Hartford Artisans Weaving Center teaches the ancient craft of hand-weaving, and runs a special program for the blind, and anyone over 55. Each piece in the exhibit was woven by one of those artisans. Join us to meet the artisans, enjoy their beautiful creations, and learn more about the therapeutic benefits of weaving.
All pieces are for sale.

Youth & Family Services


Surcari will have you moving and grooving to irresistible Latin beats. Kids can sing, clap, dance and play Instruments with the band. Learn all about Latin culture through music.


Friday August 11, 11 am - Noon


Friday August 11, 2-3 pm

Poster Workshops

Josh Michtom will run poster-making workshops to help budding graphic artists prepare for a poster contest to help celebrate our system-wide Open House day on September 15.


Friday, August 4, 3-4:30 pm


Wednesday, August 9, 6-7:30 pm

Friday, August 11, 3-4:30 pm

Henna Workshop

Learn about the ancient art of Henna (or Mehndi) and create your own beautiful henna tattoo design.


Tuesday, August 8, 1:30-2:30 pm


Show your home team pride with some DIY Yard Goats swag and prepare for the big game on August 31!


Wednesday, August 9, 1:30-2:30 pm


Wednesday, August 9, 1:30-2:30 pm


Tuesday, August 15, 1:30-2:30 pm


Thursday, August 24, 2-3 pm

Build a Rube Goldberg Machine!

Artist/educator Jay Mankita guides and inspires kids to construct delightfully complicated contraptions that accomplish simple tasks  using  dominoes, Popsicle sticks, magnets, rubber bands, string, balls and marbles. Goofy fun, and real engineering, with a bit of Rube Goldberg history. 


Monday August 7, 2-4 pm

Children's Book of the Week
Who was Harriet Beecher Stowe?
Dana Meachen Rau, art by Gregory Copeland

Harriet Beecher Stowe is the author of Uncle Tom's Cabin, published in 1852. It described the harsh life of slaves and is credited with helping to end slavery in the United States.  This short biography describes her life.  She was born in Connecticut, lived in Ohio and Florida, and for her final 23 years lived in her house on Farmington Ave., next door to Mark Twain.
YOUmedia Summer Hours

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Noon-8:00 pm
Fridays, Noon-5 pm
Saturdays, 10 am-5 pm
Get Your Passport At The Library
Travel Necessities
If your plans include travels out of the country, you can apply for a U.S. passport at the Downtown Library, 500 Main St.
The passport office is on the second floor near The American Place.
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 3:30 pm to 7 pm
Saturday, 10 am to 3 pm.
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