Celebrating Hartford Changemakers
Join us alongside local artists to create murals, photos, stories and food that celebrate Hartford's Black, Latino/a and Indigenous historical changemakers as well as our own neighborhood stories that shape the history of Hartford.

Workshops will take place one day a week from July 11 to August 19 and are open to Hartford residents ages 13 and older. They will include:

  • Storytelling
  • Documentary photography
  • Mural design
  • Urban farming

Mural reveal celebrations, which will also showcase the work created by workshop participants, will take place in late August.

Learn more and apply HERE.
Take me to your reader
Hartford Summer Space Mission!

Stay with us all summer long for reading challenges, STEM activities, raffle prizes and so much more on our Summer Learning adventure.

Check out the full schedule of programming HERE.

Ghazi Omair:
Featured artist on The Beat
Ghazi Omair is a hip-hop lyricist/poet from Hartford. He has performed at venues throughout the tri-state area and focuses on the musical space between hip-hop and jazz. You can stream his latest album, Lavender on The Beat, HPL's new digital music platform.

Check out Ghazi Omair's music and more HERE.

P.S. If you’re a local artist you can get paid to let us share your music on The Beat. We are accepting submissions now through July 5. Join other talented artists including: Jonathan Barber, The Lost Tribe, Ghazi Omair, Black Phonze and Lee Mixashawn Rozie.

Find the perfect dish for your next summer party
America's Test Kitchen

Whipped Feta Dip (Serves 8)

1 1/2 tsp lemon juice
1/4 tsp minced garlic
8 oz cow's-milk feta cheese
3 tbs milk
2 tbs plus 2 tsp extra-virgin olive oil, divided
2 tsp minced fresh oregano

1. Combine lemon juice and garlic in small bowl and set aside. Break feta into rough 1/2-inch pieces and place in medium bowl. Add water to cover, then swish briefly to rinse. Transfer to fine-mesh strainer and drain well.

2. Transfer feta to food processor. Add milk and reserved lemon juice mixture and process until feta mixture resembles ricotta cheese, about 15 seconds. With processor running, slowly drizzle in 2 tablespoons of oil. Continue to process until mixture has Greek yogurt-like consistency (some small lumps will remain), 1 1/2 to 2 minutes, stopping once to scrape down bottom and sides of bowl. Add oregano and pulse to combine. Transfer dip to bowl. Drizzle with remaining 2 teaspoons oil and serve.
How To Grill Everything
Mark Bittman

Strawberries Romanoff (Serves 4)

1 lb strawberries, hulled
1/4 cup sugar
2 tbs Grand Marnier
1 pint vanilla ice cream

1. If using a gas grill, heat it for medium direct cooking. If using a charcoal grill, after taking dinner off, add more coals if necessary and close the lid until you're ready to cook. In either case, clean the grates.

2. Gently toss the strawberries with the sugar to coat. Put them on the grill directly over the fire. Close the lid and cook, rolling them around once, until heated through, about 5 minutes total.

3. Transfer the strawberries to a bowl. Cut them in halves or quarters, depending on their size, and toss with the Grand Marnier. Let them macerate while you spoon out the ice cream, then divide between the bowls and serve, pouring any liquid from the bowl over the top.
Bats and barbecues

Follow along as the trailblazers on the U.S. women's national baseball team chase their dream of winning a gold medal at the Women's Baseball World Cup and create opportunities for the girls coming up behind them. This is their quest to prove that women and girls belong on the baseball diamond and have a place in America's pastime.

"Excellent! Very well done." Francis Ford Coppola

Watch this movie and more with your library card on Kanopy.
The Hit Crew

What's a summer party without some of your favorite tunes?

Summer BBQ Favorites is a cover album by The Hit Crew that features classics like Summer Breeze, Born in the U.S.A. and Brown Eyed Girl. Put it on at your barbecue and we guarantee guests will be singing along!

Stream these songs and countless others at Freegal, with just your library card.
Summertime social hour for seniors
Stop by the Dwight Library this month for our Silver Social Hour and join other older adults in the community to participate in crafts and other fun activities that reflect the wide interests of today's seniors.

Tuesdays: July 12, 19, 26
11 a.m. to noon
Dwight Library
7 New Park Ave.

I can see clearly now...
Many thanks to our partners at Vision to Learn who recently visited the Albany Library and the Park Street Library @ the Lyric to provide eye exams and glasses free of charge to dozens of Hartford youths.

You can read more about Vision to Learn and their work in Connecticut HERE.
Jobs and resources to keep you safe
Join our team!

Make a difference in our community while building your career.

Join an excellent group of colleagues and help us grow our collections, provide much-needed services for our neighbors and strengthen and celebrate our diverse community.

We've got openings in multiple departments.

Learn more about our current employment opportunities HERE.
FREE COVID-19 vaccines and supplies

Need your COVID-19 booster shot, at-home test kit or a high-quality mask? We've got you covered.

This week's vaccine clinic:

Thursday, July 7
Campfield Library
30 Campfield Ave.
2-5 p.m.
Ages 12 and up

Tests and mask are available at all library locations, just ask at the library front desk during regular business hours. (Proof of Hartford residency required).
Don't forget: Library branches are now open five days!
As of July 5, all of our open branches (Albany, Barbour, Camp Field, Dwight and the Park Street Library @ the Lyric) will be open Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Downtown Library is also open on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Ropkins Library is expected to reopen in the fall after undergoing renovations.
“Summer is the time when it is too hot to do the job that it was too cold to do last winter.” ― Mark Twain