Who can submit? Open to all Hartford residents, any age
What do I submit? Submit a digital image of artwork you’ve created to celebrate someone in Hartford that you believe represents the qualities of a revolutionary Latina & tell us why. Art will be part of an online exhibit launched on March 23 and part of the new Park Library opening.

Honoring Revolutionary Latinas in Hartford: A Virtual Performance
Thursday, March 18th: 6:30- 8:00 pm

Join us in celebrating revolutionary Latinas in Hartford's history and the vision for the city's future featuring poets Glaisma Perez-Silva, Zulynette, and Cin Martinez; choreographers Addys Castillo and Luzy Rivera; and percussionists I-SHEA and Victor Sterling.
An Evening with Author Julia Alvarez 
Thursday, March 25th - 6:00pm
Join us for our keynote event, an evening with Julia Alvarez in conversation with Connecticut writer and poet Sarahí Almonte Caraballo. Featuring Dominican music from Connecticut’s own Rey Kellys Band. This event will not be available for re-watch, so please join us live!

Virtual Read Aloud Adventure with Ms. Lina: Destination, Dominican Republic 
Virtual, Zoom & Google Meets
Thursday, March 18 & 25: 3:30pm
Ages 8-12
Let's celebrate Dominican culture, identity, and family with a fun weekly read-aloud of "How Tia Lola Came to Visit Stay" by Julia Alvarez. 
Register here 

Learn about Idelisa Bonnelly 
Virtual: Facebook and YouTube
Wednesday, March 17th
Ages 6-18
Learn about Idelisa Bonnelly, known as the “mother of marine conservation in the Caribbean” and learn about the importance of conservation. There will be an activity pack available for pick up at the library. 

La Cocina Dominicana
Fridays, March 12, 19, 26: 3:00pm
Virtual series: Facebook and YouTube
Join the chefs from Caribe, Hartford’s own loved Dominican restaurant on Park Street, as they teach us how to make traditional dishes.
Dominican Cuisine Event
Wednesday, March 17th at 4:00 pm
Join us for a Dominican culinary workshop, where participants will learn to make a traditional Dominican dish via Zoom with special guest Claudia from Bodega Blush.
D.I.Y. Puzzle Necklace and Book Discussion
Downtown Library, Center for Contemporary Culture
Wednesday, March 17th: 11:00- 12:30pm
Learn how to make a puzzle piece necklace, symbolizing the bond and interconnection of friendship, sisterhood, and womanhood. All participants will receive a free copy of Julia Alvarez’s "In the Time of the Butterflies." To register, please call Irene at 860-695-7401or email iblean@hplct.org

Join the Hartford Public Library team! We are looking for passionate and skilled people to join us.

Kyoko Oyobe
Name the best NYC jazz venues and the Kyoko Oyobe Quartet has graced their stages: Smalls Jazz Club, Fat Cat, Blue Note, Mezzrow, Jazz at Kitano, Garage, 55 Bar - the list goes on. Kyoko borrows everything from be-bop and Brazilian to Free Jazz and French-Impressionist to create a style that is all her own.
Sunday, March 14 at 3 pm on Facebook and YouTube.
Albany Library manager and filmmaker Christopher T. Brown
Hartford Public Library announces a new virtual dramatic writing workshop that will give content creators the advice they need to develop their own projects and tell their own stories.

The program, called "Talkin’ Drama," will be moderated by Christopher T. Brown, a filmmaker and manager of the Albany Library.

The program will take place on the last Thursday of every month. Each workshop will feature a guest speaker or panel made up of industry professionals.

The first workshop, featuring cinematographer Jeremy Royce, is scheduled for Thursday, March 25, 2021 from Noon – 1 pm on Zoom.

Carol Pugh, an HPL library assistant, has found another way for deaccessioned books to find a good home.

Pugh, a HPL staff member since 2019, has been taking deaccessioned books from the collections and sending them through the Connecticut Prison Book Connection, to people who are incarcerated.

“It’s a great feeling. I absolutely love doing it,” Pugh said.

Women's History Month Book and Movie Suggestions
The Radical Element: 12 Stories of Daredevils, Debutants, and other Dauntless Girls
Edited by Jessica Spotswood
In an anthology of revolution and resistance, a sisterhood of YA writers shines a light on a century and a half of heroines on the margins and in the intersections.
On the Basis of Sex
The true story of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, her struggles for equal rights, and the early cases of a historic career that lead to her nomination and confirmation as U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice.
Radium Girls by Kate Moore
The incredible true story of the women heroes who were exposed to radium in factories across the U.S. in the early 20th century, and their brave and groundbreaking battle to strengthen workers' rights, even as the fatal poison claimed their own lives.
An audience member last week followed up two and a half hours of yoga with the sweet sounds of the Dan Liparini Quartet. "Love Love Sundays at 3!!," said another happy Facebook viewer.
Join the Connecticut Forum virtually on Thursday, March 25, 2021 at 7:30 pm for the second Forum of the 2021 Season—Favorite Authors! A night of storytelling, creativity, and inspiration. The panel features National Book Award-winning Author Jacqueline Woodson, National Book Award-finalist and Bestselling Author Lauren Groff, Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author Colson Whitehead and moderator Alison Stewart

March Program Calendars
“The aim of life is to live and to live means to be aware, joyously, drunkenly, serenely, divinely aware."

― Henry Miller