A Chance To See The Yard Goats
Let us take you out to the ball game! 

Thursday, August 31, 7:05 pm

The Hartford Yard Goats play the Portland Sea Dogs at Dunkin’ Donuts Park on August 31. Hartford Public Library has 799 seats for the game.

You can be there if you complete your goals for Summer Learning.

The Library had 787 people register and commit to its Build a Better World Summer Learning Program through Beanstack online. We look forward to seeing everyone at the game.  Finish your goals and pick up your ticket at any branch!

Watch the Solar Eclipse Safely
Pick Up Your NASA Glasses At  HPL Branches
A solar eclipse is happening Monday, August 21. It will be visible as a partial eclipse in Hartford, beginning at 1:25 pm, hitting its peak at 2:45 pm and ending at 3:59 pm.  
NASA has distributed glasses for safe viewing. Pick them up at any Hartford Public Library Branch.   NASA is also live streaming the eclipse from noon to 4 pm EST..
Hartford residents with valid ID can pick up free passes to the Connecticut Science Center during August. The center is holding  Solar Eclipse events. 

Cigna Health Fair Returns August 22
Check Your Numbers
Tuesday, August 22, 10 am-4 pm
Rooms 140,141, Main Floor

The Cigna Foundation Health Improvement Tour returns to the Downtown Library.No appointment is necessary. Health screening is free. You do not need to be a Cigna customer.

Biometric screenings: Quest Diagnostics will help you learn your four critical health numbers: blood pressure; cholesterol; blood sugar; and Body Mass Index. No fasting required.

Health coaches can to talk about your results and answer health-related questions.

Branch Restructuring
New Service Hours Begin September 5

Hartford Public Library will launch expanded hours and days of service on Tuesday, September 5.

The Albany Avenue and Park Street Branch libraries will be open 17 more hours per week, including Saturdays. The Camp Field, Dwight and Barbour Branch libraries will be open an additional 10 hours per week. The Downtown Library will open at 9:30 each morning, resulting in three additional hours per week.


Blue Hills, Mark Twain, and Goodwin Branches will be open fewer hours through Dec. 31. 

At least three library locations will be open each week night until 8 pm. We will have robust staffing at each location and be able to enhance outreach, programming and mobile services. We look forward to continuing our dialog with the community about the future of library services, particularly in those neighborhoods where service has been impacted.

Suggest A Book, CD, DVD
We Are Listening

Do you have a book, CD or DVD, that you would like us to consider adding to our collection?
Let us know.
Programs & Exhibits
Poster Contest

Submissions due August 31

Create an original design for a poster that will inspire others to visit HPL and sign up for a library card. Direct the viewer to a specific activity that can be accomplished by visiting the Library.

Bring your finished poster to any Hartford Public Library branch by August 31.

Career Exploration Day

Saturday, September 16, 10 am-1 pm

Join Nutmeg Big Brothers Big Sisters and Hartford Public Library in a program for mentors and mentees that explores career options.
Yoga Saturdays

Saturday, August 12 & Saturday, August 19, 9:30-11 am

Learn basic poses, relaxation breathing, and mindful meditation. Call 860.695.7400 to sign up; drop-ins welcome. 
Time To Try Tied Weaves: Hartford Artisans Weaving Center Exhibition

July 10-September 30

Every year the Hartford Artisans Weaving Center challenges its members to learn a new structure or technique. Tied weaves produce intricate patterns and textured looks. The artisans often used two or more shuttles carrying different wefts. All the weft threads are “tied” to the warp at regular intervals to produce a stable and durable fabric.
ArtWalk 2018-19 submissions now open

Submissions due November 1

The ArtWalk puts on four exhibitions each year between August 1 and November 1. Artists in all media are invited to submit a body of work. .  

Artists living and/or working in the MetroHartford area will be given priority. Students, emerging, or established artists are all eligible. 

Youth & Family Services

Science Tellers: Dragons and Dreams

In a faraway world, two brave villagers take a daring journey  to save the entire kingdom from an Evil Ice Sorceress! Join us  as we learn about dry ice and the changing states of matter  through interactive and explosive experiments with fog,  bubbles, flying rockets and more.


Monday, August 14, 2-3 pm


Tuesday, August 15, 10-11 am


Tuesday, August 15, 2-3 pm


Show your home team pride with some DIY Yard Goats swag and prepare for the big game on August 31!


Tuesday, August 15, 1:30-2:30 pm


Thursday, August 24, 2-3 pm

Index Card Tower Challenge
Work in teams this summer at the library to engineer a free-standing tower using only index cards and tape.

Wednesday, August 16, 2-3 pm

Make Soap
Come cool off at the library and make your very own bar of soap to beat the heat and feel fresh on even the hottest days.

Wednesday, August 16, 1:30-2:30 pm  
Children's Book of the Week
Noisy Night
Mac Barnett, art by Brian Biggs

Mac Barnett's amusing story is set at night in a city building.The residents on each floor can hear their neighbors above them. They are all wondering who is singing, dancing, cheering and cooing.
Where is the noise coming from that is keeping a grumpy old man awake?

YOUmedia Summer Hours

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Noon-8:00 pm
Fridays, Noon-5 pm
Saturdays, 10 am-5 pm
New Hours For The Kitchen
New Hours, New Look
The Kitchen at Hartford Public Library has a new look and new hours.
Starting the week of August 28, the Kitchen will be open from 8 am to 8 pm Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Hours on Mondays and Fridays remain 8 am to 4 pm.
The Kitchen was closed August 7-11 for remodeling. It reopens Monday, August 14.
Amazon Smile
Support The Library 
With Your Amazon Purchases
Shopping online for back-to-school supplies? Support Hartford Public Library by using Amazon Smile and selecting us as your charity beneficiary.
Go to Smile.Amazon.com  and search for Hartford Public Library in the available charities to support. Purchase your items through Amazon as you normally would and HPL will receive a portion of the sales (at no cost to you). 

Get your passport at the Library

If your plans include travels out of the country, you can apply for a U.S. passport at the Downtown Library The passport office is on the second floor near The American Place.

Monday–Thursday, 3:30 pm–7 pm
Saturday, 10 am–3 pm

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