It's National Take A Hike Day! Will you get outside?
Get your manuscript publication-ready with Pressbooks!

Are you participating in National Novel Writing Month ?

Pressbooks is easy-to-use book writing software that lets you format your manuscript professionally and create print-ready and e-book files ready for publication.

You can access Pressbooks free through Hartford Public Library.
Choose from a variety of themes to quickly change the look of your publication.
Have you checked out our collection of museum passes ?

We just started offering an additional pass that allows admission for four people for free to the complex of 5 Springfield Museums , which includes The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss !

All Library locations will close at 5:00 pm next Wednesday, November 22. The Library will also be closed on Thursday, November 23 in honor of Thanksgiving. We will reopen with regular hours on Friday, November 24.
The Changeling, Victor LaValle’s latest novel, is the perfect choice for a library event. It’s a classic fairy tale with ancient and modern elements: Scandinavian legends, Smartphone technology, and the hopes and fears of new parents.

The hero, Apollo Kagwa, is married to Emma, a children’s librarian in a busy branch in Queens. Apollo is a “book man,” dealing in the second-hand market, always looking for a rare and valuable find among estate and library sales.

LaValle was also in that business for a couple of years. “When I was a kid the library was one of the sacred places of my childhood,” says LaValle, who, like Apollo, was raised by a Ugandan mother. He and his friends would go to the Flushing Public Library, because their parents worked and it was a safe place to hang out with each other.

LaValle and Emily Raboteau, an author of fiction essays and professor at City College of New York, are raising a son and daughter.

The Changeling, published on June 13, is in development as a television series through Annapurna Television. LaValle’s novel The Ballad of Black Tom, about a jazz street musician in New York City, is the basis for a 2018 series on AMC network. LaValle is an executive producer on both projects.
For more information, please contact Gilda Roncari, Director of Donor Relations, at 860.695.6296 or
Glow Germs All Around

Friday, November 17, 4:00-5:00 pm
Put your hand washing skills to the test with our cool “glow germs” and learn what you can do to stop those germs from making you sick. 
Encountering the 1%

Saturday, November 18, 10:00 am-1:00 pm
Join us in reading one of the great texts of America's Gilded Age and discuss the relationship between private wealth and public good. Please read  The Gospel of Wealth  by Andrew Carnegie prior to the event. To register please email:   
Pack a Punch Garbanzo Bean Spread

Monday, November 20 & Tuesday, November 21, 4:00-5:00 pm
Hands on, healthy snack prep practice for you at the library brings no- cook, nutritious and tasty veggie and bean snacks to make and to eat.
Healthy Eating with the Very Hungry Caterpillar

Wednesday, November 22, 11:30 am-12:30 pm
"But he was still hungry!" Munch your way through The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle as we read the story and try out some foods that are good for us.
Dinner and a Story

Monday, November 27, 6:00 pm
Have your entire family join us for dinner and a story. Please sign up at the children’s department front desk if you will be attending. 
Sounds All Around

Wednesday, November 29th, 10:00-11:00 am
Sounds help tell the story of where you are at home, in the community or at school. Join us for a quiet and noisy exploration into the story of sounds!
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