Hartford Stage Tickets for
"Age of Innocence" now available!  
April 5 – May 6, 2018
Adapted for the stage by Douglas McGrath
Directed by Doug Hughes

The Gilded Age of the 1870s: New York City society at its most cultivated, wealthy and rigid—an elite class of people who dreaded scandal more than disease. In her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, Edith Wharton introduces us to the courtly young gentleman lawyer Newland Archer; his traditional and demure fiancée May; and the free-spirited Countess Olenska, who has come home from Europe, tainted by scandal. From the moment Newland meets the Countess, he is torn between virtue and desire, and all three are forced to make the agonizing choice, ever old and ever new, between love and honor.

Each of the seven branches of Hartford Public Library will have a two-ticket pass per eligible show. Hartford residents who are Hartford Public Library cardholders can check online to see where passes are available, but they must ask for them in person at any of the seven Library locations. 

Once you have reserved the tickets at a Library branch, you must confirm the seats by calling the box office at Hartford Stage, 860-527-5151.
Monday, April 9, 6 PM
Park Branch

Learn about the history of "Bomba y Plena" - A Puerto Rican dance with African origins, as we learn about the African influence on the Puerto Rican culture. Program presernted in partnership with Cultura Mosaica. 
Poets on Poetry: Claudia Rankine
Saturday, March 31, 10:15 am-12:15 pm
Downtown Library, Classroom 139
Claudia Rankine's Citizen: An American Lyric is Hartford Public Library's "Big Read" choice for 2018. Poet Kate Rushin will lead the discussion of the Yale professor's book which is written in prose, poems and essays. Her subject is race and the daily microagressions experienced by black people in America.

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. 
Women's Gathering & Artist Talk
with Marilyn Parkinson Thrall
Thursday, April 12, 5:30 pm
ArtWalk, Downtown Library

RSVP to Gilda Roncari by April 5: or (860) 695-6296

Hosted by Amy Barron, HPL Board Member,
and Cate Grady Benson, HPL Corporator.

Light refreshments will be served.
A special thanks to all of our donors and sponsors who help make these programs possible.
Special Notices
Passport Services Fees to Increase April 1

Please note: On April 1 passport execution fees for the library will increase from $25 to $35 and photo fees will increase from $10 to $15.

Click here to learn more about passport services at HPL.
Holiday Closings

All library branches will be closed:
  • Friday, March 30
  • Sunday, April 1

*Note: There will no Baby Grand Jazz Concert this Sunday due to Easter.
Rock Painting

Tuesday, April 3, 11:45-12:45 pm
Ease your mind and exercise your creativity while painting little minions, cats, or frogs on rocks. Rocks and paint supplies are provided for this surprisingly enjoyable adult program.
Torque Tops: A Spinning Top Workshop

Tuesday, April 3, 4-5 pm
Join us at the library for a fun DIY toy workshop. Participants will explore the physics behind spinning tops and then use Perler Beads to produce spinning to produce spinning tops of their own design.
Mindful Moments

Wednesday, April 4, 4-5 pm
Ease your mind and exercise your creativity while painting little minions, cats, or frogs on rocks. Rocks and paint supplies are provided for this surprisingly enjoyable adult program.
Yoga Time

Thursday, April 5, 3:30-4:30 pm
Yoga is great for keeping your body healthy and your mind relaxed. Come learn some fun poses, no special mat or experience needed!
Can You Find Beekle?

Week of April 2
The characters from some of our favorite picture books have jumped out of their stories and hid in the library! Join us for a fun romp through stories and your branch library to find these sneaky creatures.
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