Join Us At Library Open House
Friday, September 15

September is Library Card Sign-up Month. Visit any HPL branch during our city-wide Open House event for music, activities, and snacks. We'll also be kicking off Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15-October 15), with themed activities and Dividco Posters, and and Welcoming Week (September 15-25) with board games played around the world.

HIGHLIGHTS: Mexican Yarn Painting, salsa dancing, empanadas, puppets, folk tales, mini piñatas, Hartford History Makers, hot chocolate s'mores, and papel picado. Also, poster contest winners announced, opening of Hartford History Center's photo exhibition, "When Hartford's Melting Pot Turned Brown: The Puerto Ricanization of Frog Hollow."
MUSIC: Bomba y Plena, Josh Michtom & Khaiim “Self Suffice” Kelly, Bobby Turrigiano, Dave Giardina.
Photo of MOMIX by Moses Pendleton
SEP 11: The Healing Power of Dance
6-7:30 pm
Judy Dworin, founder of the Judy Dworin Performance Project, will commemorate the 9/11 anniversary talking about the importance of dance and the arts in the world as a healing force. Dancers from the Ballet Theatre company in West Hartford will perform a duet with a theme of memory of love, loss and recovery. Dancers from the Hartt School will also perform.

Connecticut Dances: A Visual History, Through Sept. 26
This photographic exhibition celebrates dance and spotlights the pioneers, innovators, teachers, performers, creative artists and important historical dance events that have transformed the cultural landscape of Connecticut.
Connecticut Dance Alliance began the project in 2014, which has resulted in a touring exhibition of over 200 photographs with explanatory text on large panels. An accompanying 450-page book includes photos and essays from the dance world.
SEP 13: Hartford Open Mic Event

6:00-7:30 pm
Writing workshop 6-6:20 pm

A weekly open mic with a focus on poetry, promoting literacy, writing, community engagement, and ownership over words and experience both collective and individual. Open to all. Bring your best 3-5 minutes of material. Hosted by performing poet and artist Zulynette Morales.
This program is a partnership between Hartford Public Library, UConn Library, and Zulynette Morales
SEP 14: People of Goodwill
Downtown Terrace

People of Goodwill pays homage to Afrika, with drum-based music and power of rhythm. Their repertoire includes Jazz, Reggae and Afro-Cuban music.
SEP 16: Encounters: Voting Rights Act
600 Main Street
10 am-1 pm
Join us for a dialogue about the Voting Rights Act and the power of the individual vote. We'll talk in the galleries surrounded by the "30 for 30" exhibition. This is the second season of Encounters, a partnership with the Hartford History Center at HPL, Amistad, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, and University of Connecticut's Humanities Institute.

Douglas M. Spencer, UConn Professor of Law and Public Policy, is featured.

Image: Fred Hampton, a member of the Black Panther Party, was murdered in his sleep in 1969. Emory Douglas work "Black Panther Party: I am a Revolutionary" is in the "30 for 30" exhibit at the Amistad Center for Art & Culture.
Get With The Times Reception
SEP 27: ArtWalk
Downtown 3rd Floor

Did you or someone you know work at The Hartford Times?

Hartford Public Library is sponsoring a Hartford Times Reunion at its closing reception of our “Get with The Times: The Newspaper and the City” exhibit. Join us Wednesday, September 27, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on the ArtWalk,  on the third floor of the Downtown library, 500 Main Street.

We will commemorate the event with a group photo of all former employees on the portico of the newly-renovated Hartford Times building, the centerpiece of the new UConn Downtown Campus.

The exhibit has inspired many who worked at the Times to reach out with fond memories. Papergirls and boys, writers, editors, photographers, and the family of the publisher have shared their thoughts. We have heard from a family who thinks they know the identity of the news carrier in the photo above.
Please help us spread the word to anyone you know who worked at Hartford Times.

RSVP: Gilda Roncari,  or 860 695-6296. If you were a Hartford Times employee, please let us know when you respond.
Light refreshments will be served.
Hispanic Heritage Programs
Hispanic Heritage Month Activities
Children and families can celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with a Hispanic Health Council Healthy Eating Puppet show, a coloring book activity highlighting Latin American culture and leaders; and the yarn art of Mexico, inspired by the Huichol Indians.
Divedco posters: See reproductions of silkscreen posters created by talented graphic designers in Puerto Rico. The posters made a connection between art and politics and promote public health, education and development.
Downtown, Second Floor
Ages 13-19

YouMedia has resumed its regular hours, Saturday, 10 am-5 pm; Tuesday-Thursday, 3-8 pm; Friday, 3-5 pm.

Download Books, Audio, Magazines
Hartford residents who are Hartford Public Library cardholders can access e-books through the HPL website or through apps on your Smartphone or tablet.
Overdrive eBooks on Overdrive are accessible through its new Libby app. Start on the HPL page and follow the guide to the download process.

RB Digital eBooks, eAudiobooks, and magazines can be downloaded to your Kindle app.

A Wrinkle In Time by Madeline L’Engle, The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, and The Ice Dragon by George R.R. Martin, are now in our digital collection.
Adult Classes
Register for Fall Classes
  • Citizenship Preparation and Application Support
  • English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) 
  • GED Preparation
  • Immigrant Career Pathways: Servsafe and Food Handler Trainings
  • Immigrant Youth Enrichment
  • Spanish Language Classes

Contact us:  860-695-6357 or
Passport Services
Downtown, Second Floor
Monday-Thursday, 3:30-7 pm
Saturday, 10 am-3 pm

Did you know you can apply for a U.S. passport at Hartford Public Library? Bring proof of U.S. Citizenship, photo ID, recent color photo ($10 on site). Applicants ages 15 and younger must have parental permission.
Fees apply.
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