Hartford Springs Into Summer: an online exhibit presented by Hartford History Center at Hartford Public Library
Virtual Exhibit Program: Monday, May 17 @ 12pm EST

“Hartford Springs into Summer” is a photographic history of the city’s parks, primarily in the first half of the 20th century. Subjects on view include preparing for summer crowds, Hartford residents at play, and changes to the landscape. A special section highlights Batterson Park.

Hartford History Center's Historical Research Specialist Maureen Heher will share information about how the photographs were selected. HHC's Archivist Jennifer Sharp will discuss newly available archival material from the Hartford City Parks Collection, and how it is a great starting point for research about the City of Hartford, both in and out of the parks.

Upcoming Vaccination Clinics
Free vaccines will be offered at the Dwight and Albany libraries next week for Hartford residents.

Second doses of Moderna and single shots of Johnson and Johnson vaccines will be available the following days and locations:

Dwight Library
7 New Park Avenue
May 18-19, 11 am to 5 pm

Albany Library
1250 Albany Avenue
May 20, 11 am to 5 pm
May 21, 10 am to 4 pm

No insurance, appointment, or ID required.
The Park Library branch will cease operations at its current location on Friday, May 21 after 46 years of service to the Frog Hollow neighborhood, paving the way for the opening of a new library just down the street later this summer.

“This library has a long and rich history in Hartford. It has served several generations of neighborhood residents. While this is the end of a chapter in our cozy current home, the new Park Street Library @ the Lyric will allow us to help the community in ways they could’ve only dreamed of in the late 1920s,” said HPL President and CEO Bridget Quinn.

HPL Summer Rainbow Party!
Saturday, June 5th: 1:00-3:00pm
Downtown Library Front Terrace
We’re back! Hartford Public Library is kicking off outdoor programming with a Summer Rainbow Party! Join the fun as we celebrate the book The Boy and the Bindi by Vivak Shraya for LGBTQ Pride month. Featuring drag queen storytime, entertainment, crafts, henna, ice cream, and free LGBTQ books while supplies last.

All ages are welcome.
No human being is illegal. When Dartmouth College students challenged anti-immigrant language in the Library of Congress, their activism sparked a movement--and a cataloging term became a flashpoint in the immigration debate on Capitol Hill. The documentary has been screened at over one hundred universities and libraries in the United States and around the world, and has inspired library workers to address the ways that systemic racism continues to pervade institutions, particularly in controlled vocabularies.
Dates: Tuesday May 25th
Time: 7:00 pm
Virtual, Zoom 
To register, click here
National Mental Health Awareness Month Book Suggestions
Over the course of Mental Health Awareness Month, we’ll be sharing suggestions from the HPL leadership team of books and podcasts that have inspired them, given them peace, and offered a new perspective on how to be in the world.

This week Homa Naficy, executive director of The American Place, shares her suggestions. "I usually hit the hay between 8 and 9 pm and listen to a recorded book with the timer set for 1 or 2 hours. With the right book and narrator, one can completely disconnect from one’s devices, work and worries. Here are a few titles that have kept me grounded in one way or the other..."
Station Eleven
by Hilary St. John Mandel
An audacious, darkly glittering novel set in the eerie days of civilization’s collapse, Station Eleven tells the spellbinding story of a Hollywood star, his would-be savior, and a nomadic group of actors roaming the scattered outposts of the Great Lakes region, risking everything for art and humanity. "Station Eleven illustrated that no pandemic will destroy the arts and humanities," Naficy said.
Squeeze Me
By Carl Hiaasen
At the height of Palm Beach’s charity ball season, Kiki Pew Fitzsimmons, a prominent member of geriatric high society, suddenly vanishes during a swank gala. Irreverent, ingenious, and uproariously entertaining, Squeeze Me perfectly captures the absurdity of our times. "Squeeze Me made me laugh out loud, the best medicine of all! " Naficy said.
Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month Book Recommendations
May is Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month – a celebration of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States.
All You Can Ever Know
By Nicole Chung
Nicole Chung was born severely premature, placed for adoption by her Korean parents, and raised by a white family in a sheltered Oregon town. But as Nicole grew up she became curious about where she came from—she wondered if the story she’d been told was the whole truth. "All You Can Ever Know" is a profound, moving chronicle of surprising connections and the repercussions of unearthing painful family secrets.
My Year Abroad
By Chang-Rae Lee
From the award-winning author of Native Speaker and On Such a Full Sea, an exuberant, provocative story about a young American life transformed by an unusual Asian adventure – and about the human capacities for pleasure, pain, and connection.  
Tinged at once with humor and darkness, electric with its accumulating surprises and suspense, My Year Abroad is a novel that will be read and discussed for years to come.
HPL CEO Bridget Quinn Speaks About Libraries
HPL President and CEO Bridget Quinn joins host Mark Oppenheim of the "Nonprofit Report" and panelists Tracie Hall, Executive Director of the American Library Association, and David Leonard, President of the Boston Public Library, to discuss the importance of libraries in our communities.

NONPROFIT REPORT is a weekly webinar on nonprofit organizations, issues and leaders.

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.
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