Construction on the Park Street Library continues throughout the summer. Click here to see photos of our progress. The library is scheduled to open Spring 2021.
September is Library Card Sign-Up Month! Get your own library card today. Learn how to sign-up for a Hartford Public Library card by visiting our website HERE:

HPL Announces Outdoor Concerts in September
People of Goodwill will be performing on the Downtown Libray terrace on Tuesday, September 8th and Friday September 18th from 11:30am-1:30pm.

This band has played on the HPL terrace each year for many years, and has been a long standing Hartford musical presence playing a mixture of music from the African Diaspora. 
Books on anti-racism make up the bulk of HPL's top 10 e-books in August. However, the newest novel in the Twilight series, Brit Bennett's tale about twin sisters, and H.G. Wells 'classic The War of the Worlds, are among the newcomers to the most read e-books in August.

Hartford Public Library is accepting submissions for in our Baby Grand Jazz series, which runs 16 Sundays from January through April.

Ensembles must include a pianist who will play the Library’s grand piano. HPL will livestream the concerts on HPL's Facebook and YouTube channel. These will be virtual performances, not with an in-person audience.

The library is accepting rolling submissions; deadline for the 2021 series is October 16th 2020. Videos may be submitted through this link:
Jose Santiago
Jose Santiago had only been in Hartford for a couple of weeks when he made the connection that would change his life.

He saw a job opportunity that caught his attention – a position at Hartford Public Library’s Ropkins branch. Santiago had loved libraries since childhood, so he thought he would give it a shot.

Thirty-six years later, Santiago retired from Hartford Public Library in August.

“His kindness and thoughtfulness show through in all he does – for other coworkers and especially with our customers. He is patient, attentive and makes sure everyone gets the help they need. He is an amazing model of exemplary service, even when faced with challenging people and situations,” said HPL president and CEO Bridget Quinn-Carey.

September Adult and Youth Program Calendars
The Awakening Book Club will start September 10 at 6 pm with Robin Diangelo's book "White Fragility."

The club is targeted for young adults ages 13 to 25. Click here to sign up:

The club hopes to create a safe and open space for young adults to connect around a good book. The biweekly discussion series will center on a book of the month that prompts much needed conversation about past and present racial injustices. Not an avid reader?

Come and hear what others have to say about this important dialogue.
The first Hartford Changemakers mural, located at the intersection of Albany Ave and Blue Hills, was revealed this past Saturday. Watch the unveiling on HPL's Facebook page. The next mural unveiling will take place on September 17 from 5:30-7:30 pm at Art Box, 777 Park Street. 

c. 1823 - ?
First Black Woman to Publish Book of Essays in the Nation
Poet, Essayist, Teacher
Visual Artist, known for still life paintings
Hartford's First Lady of Jazz, Civic Leader
Board Member Bootcamp

Presenter: Mae Maloney, Leadership Greater Hartford

Wednesday, September 16
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Format: Webinar

Newly appointed nonprofit board members or serving board members that have never received formal board training will learn about the ten basic responsibilities of nonprofit boards as well as the duties of individual board members, relationship between board and staff, and common issues facing nonprofit boards. PowerPoint presentation and other handouts will be emailed to participants.
Please come prepared with questions to be answered at the end of the session. 

PARTICIPANTS MUST REGISTER IN ADVANCE: email your name, organization name, and email address to [email protected]Access link will be emailed to you upon registration.
“All the things that are wrong in the world seem conquered by a library’s simple unspoken promise: Here I am, please tell me your story; here is my story, please listen.”
― Susan Orlean, The Library Book