Poetry Meetup at Albany  
April 10, 17, & 24, 6-7:30 pm
Albany Branch

“Memory is a tough place. You were there.” - Claudia Rankine

April is Poetry Month! Join us as we share favorite poems and explore the world of poetry. Bring a poem of your choosing or just show up. 

This program coincides with Hartford Public Library's 2018 "Big Read" book: Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine. Ask us for details and read the book.

For a list of all Big Read events, click here

The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. 
Tuesday, April 10, 6-7 pm
Camp Field Branch

Learn the tools of creative writing through workshops designed to foster self-esteem, community, and expression. Writing supplies and snack provided.

Please call to register, 860-695-7440.
Standing Up to the Politics of Fear:
A Conversation with Shirley Sherrod
As part of the 2018 Butch Lewis Community Conversation Series
Tuesday, April 10, 5:30 pm refreshments, 6 pm program
Center for Contemporary Culture, Downtown Library
Shirley Sherrod is a lifelong civil rights activist who served as Georgia's first African American Director of Rural Development for the USDA.

Following her talk, Ms. Sherrod will be interviewed by Hartford resident, civic leader, and Hartford Public Library board member, Andrea Comer. Copies of her book, The Courage To Hope, will be available for sale and signing.

The series is presented by the Hartford Community Loan Fund, Voices of Women of Color LLC, and the family and friends of Butch Lewis in partnership with the Hartford History Center at Hartford Public Library.
Citizen Demos: Revisiting Democracy
Thursday, April 12, 5:30-7:30 pm
Center for Contemporary Culture, Downtown Library
International critical thinker, speaker, and conflict resolution expert Ashok Panikkar will join community and civic leaders, students, educators, and humanities scholars in a conversation about the culture and values of democracy, the challenges it faces, and our roles as "citizens" in strengthening it.
Registration required, click here to register.
Sponsored by Everyday Democracy, CT Humanities, Connecticut Civic Ambassadors, and HPL.
A special thanks to all of our donors and sponsors who help make these programs possible.
Special Notices
Niche Academy now available at HPL!

Niche Academy provides video tutorials on how to use many of Hartford Public Library's electronic resources.
When you visit Hartford Public Library's website, see the small green tab on the right hand side of every page that says “Learn.” Click on it and explore all of our tutorials! 
Brown Girl Dreaming Poe-Trees

Tuesday, April 10, 4:30-5:30 pm
Discuss our youth Big Read selection Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson and then create your own special poem in a form we like to call Poe-Trees. Get a free copy of the book (while supplies last).
Every Child Ready to Read Story Time

Wednesday, April 11, 11:30 am - 12 pm
The five practices of the Every Child Ready to Read initiative are talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing. Listen to stories, learn finger plays, and sing songs. 
Tots & Tunes

Wednesday, April 11, 11:30 am - 12 pm
A group for little ones to come together and experience movement and music with songs, finger plays, musical instruments and more.
D.E.A.R - Drop Everything and Read

Thursday, April 12, 3:30-4:30 pm
Celebrate National Library Week with your favorite
librarians! We’ll make “Drop Everything And Read”
buttons, color, enjoy a read-aloud, and have a short
awards ceremony for all participants! 
Out of Wonder: Celebration Poetry

Thursday, April 12, 3:30-4:30 pm
Golden Shovel poetry—Come listen and perform poems from the book Out of Wonder by Kwame Alexander, and then write a poem yourself. If you already have a favorite poem please bring it to share!
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