Together we can Restore & Renew

The Hartford History Center suffered extensive water damage but its historical collections were unharmed.

We appreciate everyone who has reached out asking how they can support Hartford Public Library after the Downtown Library suffered significant water damage due to a burst pipe on Christmas Eve. We are pleased to announce the launch of the HPL Restore & Renew campaign to help cover the cost of any repairs or restorations to the Downtown Library that may not covered by insurance.

We are grateful to all of our community partners who have jumped in to help and to each of you for your support. Thank you!

Learn more or make a donation HERE.

Check out our FAQ document that will be regularly updated with the latest information on our Downtown Library and how we are adjusting operations.

Baby Grand Jazz:

Sunday, January 15th

The Michelle Tucker Quintet

Michelle Tucker is a Boston-based percussionist and music educator trained in jazz, orchestral and rock/pop styles. Check out a preview HERE.

Sunday, January 15th, 3 pm

Center Church

675 Main St., Hartford, CT 06103


Seating will be first come, first seated, starting at 2 pm each Sunday. No registration is required. Concerts will continue to be streamed on Hartford Public Library's Facebook page and YouTube channel. Learn more HERE.

Give us a good book to read and we're happy

All This Could Be Different

Sarah Thankam Matthews

2022 National Book Award Finalist

It's an immigrant story and a love story - and the joy that comes with finding your family of friends.

“One of the buzziest, most human novels of the year … breathless, dizzying and completely beautiful.” —Vogue

"Simultaneously hilarious, tender and meaningful.” Los Angeles Times, “5 Best Fiction Books of 2022”

Calling for a Blanket Dance

Oscar Hokeah

Must-Read Book of 2022, TIME

An incredible debut novel. Honest, heartbreaking and uplifting.

“Told from a variety of voices, this story is one of love, loss, growth, tradition and evolution. Not to be missed.”— Ms. Magazine


“A masterwork of peripheral narration.”

Kirkus Reviews, "Best of 2022: A Year of the 'Fully Booked' Podcast"

Grab the soundtrack from the new Whitney Houston film

Freegal is a free music service provided by HPL and give you access to about 15 million songs, including Sony Music's catalog of legendary artists, and more than 40,000 music videos. With this soundtrack, reacquaint yourself with the greatest hits of one of the most powerful voices of our time.

Hartford Stage Tickets available

Espejos: Clean

January 12 – February 5

(Told entirely in English and Spanish — with respective supertitles)

Free tickets to this "groundbreaking bilingual tour de force" are available now for HPL cardholders while they last.

You can pick up passes at your favorite branch or reserve them online HERE.

YOUmedia hosting programs at Albany Library

While the Downtown Library is closed, you can join your fellow creative teens and explore various disciplines including photography, videography, virtual reality and more at the Albany Library.

Follow YOUmedia on Instagram to get info on the latest classes and programs.

School choice: We're here to help

Join staff from our School Choice Assistance Office at one of our branches to learn more about school choice and your options. Applications are due February 28th. Learn more HERE.

Wednesday, January 11th, 2 pm

Henna Party

Camp Field Library

30 Campfield Ave.

Friday, January 13th, 2 pm

Pizza Party

Barbour Library

261 Barbour St.

Wednesday, January 18th, 4 pm

Pizza Party

Albany Library

1250 Albany Ave.

The School Choice Office at the Downtown Library is temporarily closed for in-person visits but you can reach our staff by phone, email or Zoom (Monday-Saturday, 12-5)

Resources for you

Connecticut Foodshare Distribution

Thursday, January 12th, 3-4 pm

Barbour Library

261 Barbour St.

Computer Basics for Adults

Thursday, January 12th, 11 a.m.

Camp Field Library

30 Campfeild Ave.

Popcorn & PJs with Read To Grow

Leap into Learning's Funday Friday! 

Slip into your favorite cozy PJs and pop open the gift box filled with our featured book, crayons, sketch pad and popcorn.

Author Gaia Cornwall will read her book The Best Bed For Me. Popcorn and PJs is brought to you by Read to Grow and made possible by generous supporters. 

Friday, January 27th at 7 pm

Register HERE by: Friday, January 20th

Space is limited. First come, first served.

Crochet all day

New to crochet? Learn the basics and make a headband with a twist.

Two sessions:

Thursday, Jan. 19, 11 a.m.

Thursday, Feb. 2, 11 a.m.

Dwight Library

7 New Park Ave.

Supplies provided. Registration suggested, space is limited. Call 860-695-7460 or visit

Good News

Thank you to FOX 61’s Keith McGilvery for highlighting three of our fantastic branches during one of his Good News segments this week. Viewers learned about some exciting changes to the Ropkins Library, which will soon reopen after extensive renovations, all of the great teen activities at the Albany Library and how the Park Street Library @ the Lyric partners with community groups to meet the needs of Frog Hollow residents. Check out the highlights HERE

All HPL locations closed on Monday, January 16th

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day all HPL branches will be be closed on Monday, January 16th.

We invite teens to join us 3:30 pm on Tuesday, January 17th at our Albany Library to create a MLK collage.

“We danced, the way Kiowas danced, when called by our people, by our ancestors, to help each other heal.”

― Oscar Hokeah, Calling for a Blanket Dance

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