YOUmedia Albany Ribbon Cutting  
April 10 at Albany Branch Library
YOUmedia Albany Ribbon Cutting with Rep. Joshua Hall, Steve Harris, HPL Board Member, Senator Douglas McCrory, Elizabeth Lane, Albany Branch Manager, Mayor Luke Bronin, Bridget Quinn-Carey, HPL CEO, Joyce Mandell, and YOUmedia teens
Building a sense of community for teens is the goal of the new YOUmedia Albany — a next-generation digital learning and creative space. And on April 10, with a snip of the ceremonial scissors, leaders with the Hartford Public Library, students, and elected officials thanked the Mandell-Braunstein Families for their generous donation to make this creative centerpiece of the Library’s Albany Branch a reality. We'd also like to thank the Weaver Class of 1967 for their generous support.
Thursday, April 26, 5-8 pm
Downtown Library

Join us for an evening with Claudia Rankine, author of Hartford Public Library’s Big Read book for 2018, "Citizen: An American Lyric."

Please register for the event here.

EventBrite registration is for RSVP only. Tickets do not guarantee a seat. Guests are not required to bring a ticket. Attendees should plan on coming early, as event is first-come/first-served basis. Doors open to the public at 6:00 p.m. and seating is available until the Library's Center for Contemporary Culture room reaches capacity.

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.
The Big Read: Walk About
Thursday, April 19, 5:30 pm
Albany Branch Library

Can you tell how someone thinks by looking at the way they walk? Does body language reveal what you think about yourself? Can it tell you something about others? Improvisational movement can give you a glimpse into what it’s like to be someone else’s shoes. Everyone is invited to an action packed, rhythmic, improvisational experience, guaranteed to get you thinking about how movement can bring us to a deeper understanding of our place as Citizens. 

Workshop run by Victoria Christgau, pictured, Executive Director of the CT Center for Nonviolence, and Warren Hardy, founder of HYPE.

"The Big Read" is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.
Intimate Partner Relationships Workshop: Sexual/Physical Abuse
Thursday, April 19
Dwight Branch Library

The Dwight Branch has partnered with the Hispanic Health Council to present workshops centered on healthy relationships. This workshop will discuss sexual and physical abuse.
Baby Grand Jazz Series:
The Bossa Nova Project
Sunday, April 15, 3 pm
Center for Contemporary Culture

The Bossa Nova Project was founded by Brazilian singer-songwriter/pianist, Isabella Mendes. The project was in­spired by the original Bossa Nova movement which took place during the Brazilian “Golden Era” in the ‘60s, when Brazil was booming culturally, socially and economically. The goal of the Bossa Nova Project is to replicate that original intent: to share beautiful music with others, to bring people together and to bring happiness to the world.

Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors open at 2:00 pm. 

Hartford Public Library now offers new overflow accommodations within the Library where you can view the livestream of every Baby Grand Jazz performance. Come to rooms 140 and 141 to watch. They will be available until filled to capacity.

HPL will livestream all concerts and post them for later viewing on its website. Visit for more details.

This series is made possible by the  Kaman Foundation.
A special thanks to all of our donors and sponsors who help make these programs possible.
College Counseling

Saturday, April 14, 11 am-1 pm
Are you interested in going to college? Come get your questions about the college process and financial aid answered by a college counselor at the Albany Branch!
Cinderella Marionette Puppet Show

Monday, April 16, 3:45-5:45 pm
Come watch the story of Cinderella, a fairy tale told around the world, on a stage acted out by marionettes puppets.
Brown Girl Dreaming Poe-Trees

PARK BRANCH : April 16, 4-5 pm
R OPKINS BRANCH : April 18, 3:30-4:30 pm
BARBOUR BRANCH : April 19, 4-5 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).
Citizen Book Discussion

Thursday, April 19, 6:30-7:30 pm
Join us for a book discussion on Citizen. Share your experiences and reaction to the book, in person, and on our "Big Read Bulletin," a large community board where we want to hear from you!
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