Beyond Words
Sharon O'Meara To Be Remembered
With Caroline Hewins Award
Hartford Marriott, Nov. 29
Sharon O'Meara's legacy of philanthropy and community commitment will be honored and celebrated at the HPL’s signature event. The Caroline M. Hewins Medal, named for the long-serving first head librarian of HPL, recognizes an individual who embraces the City of Hartford and its people, who breaks the mold and provides service of a revolutionary kind, who stretches the boundaries of a social or cultural institution with a humanistic approach to public service, and who shows strong guardianship of and advocacy for the basic right of equal access to information and opportunity.
Sharon was Director of Community Investments at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving until her death in March, 2017.

Book Museum Passes Online With New Reservation System

Your Hartford Public Library Card allows you to reserve online and print a pass to area attractions such as Bushnell Park Carousel, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, and Harriet Beecher Stowe Center. Others offer discounts and seasonal passes. Customers from towns outside Hartford can borrow a pass for same day use from some attractions at any library location in person.
Photo: Morgan Great Hall, Wadsworth Atheneum

Many visitors to our Open House on September 15 tried our new dominoes stations. Here's a game in progress at the Dwight branch. Check with your librarian to set up a game. Or ask for other games such as checkers or chess.
Prince Oleomargarine Parade
Tuesday, Sept 26
11:45 am-1 pm
City Hall To Downtown Terrace
Join us in celebrating "The Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine," a new worked based on a story Mark Twain told to his daughters. Author Philip Stead and illustrator Erin Stead have created a book based on Twain's notes found in an archive at the University of California.
Bridget Quinn-Carey, CEO of the Library, and Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin, are among the speakers. The Funky Dawgz Brass Band will perform.
National Voter Registration Day

Tuesday, September 26

National Voter Registration Day is a celebration of our democracy. Every year millions of Americans find themselves unable to vote because they miss a registration deadline, don’t update their registration, or aren’t sure how to register. 
Volunteers will be available from 10 am to 2 pm to provide assistance and information about voter registration.
Get With The Times! Reception

Wednesday, September 27, 5:30-7 pm

Did you or someone you know work at The Hartford Times? For more information or to RSVP, contact Gilda Roncari,  or 860-695-6296. If you were a Hartford Times employee, please let us know when you respond. We'll be taking a group photo on the steps of the Hartford Times building, now part of the University of Connecticut Hartford Campus.
Salsa Social

Thursday, September 28, 6:00 pm

Take out your dancing shoes and save the date: HPL Salsa Social returns for ONE NIGHT ONLY! Rey and Glendaly Bermudez will be teaching "The Fundamentals & Essentials of Latin Dance.” Guests will learn the top three Latin social dances Merengue, Salsa, and Bachata. Join us in our newly- renovated Atrium, in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.
Poets on Poetry: Lorine Niedecker

Saturday,September 30, 10:15 am
Jim Finnegan, Presenter

Lorine Niedecker (1903-1970) was a twentieth-century, second-wave, Modern American poet, often identified with the Objectivists. She is admired for the subtlety of her tightly crafted, nuanced and deliciously ironic poems. She described her work as "condensery."
Jim Finnegan is a former poet laureate of West Hartford.
Banned Books Week
September 25-30
Main Floor
Banned Books Week, September 24-30, is an annual event that celebrates the freedom to read. This year we will have a display of Banned Books, including "The Kill a Mockingbird," "Rabbit Run," and "The Color Purple," near the Welcome sign on the main floor of the Downtown Location.
Albany, Camp Field
Wednesday, September 27, 4-5 pm
Learn about different books that have been banned from schools and libraries over the years and celebrate your right to read by playing an informative game of Banned Book Bingo. 
Hispanic Heritage Month
Park Branch
Week of September 25
Learn about Latin American history and culture through stories and a coloring book that includes Latin American leaders.
Camp Field
Wednesday,September 27, 10-11 am
Celebrate with stories from books by award-winning authors and illustrators.
Week of September 25
We have Legos and a challenge for you. What will you create? Do you have what it takes to be a master builder? 
Thursday, September 28, 3:30-4:30 pm
Tinker Around with Gears and Pulleys. Come play around with our tools and gears to see what creation you can build.
Classes and Workshops
The American Place

Register for Fall Classes

  • Citizenship Preparation and Application Support
  • English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) 
  • GED Preparation
  • Immigrant Career Pathways: Servsafe and Food Handler Trainings
  • Immigrant Youth Enrichment
  • Spanish Language Classes

Learn more here. Contact us:  860-695-6357 or
Get Your Passport
Downtown, Second Floor
Monday-Thursday, 3:30-7 pm
Saturday, 10 am-3 pm
Did you know you can apply for a U.S. passport at Hartford Public Library? Bring proof of U.S. Citizenship, photo ID, recent color photo ($10 on site). Applicants ages 15 and younger must have parental permission.
Fees apply.
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