Thursday, March 11th: 6:30- 8:00 pm
A series presented by the Hartford History Center at Hartford Public Library

Led by Revolutionary Latinas: The History of Bilingual Education in Hartford 
A conversation with Edna Negron & Glaisma Perez-Silva
Hear Negron and Perez-Silva recount their experiences around the fight for and implementation of bilingual education in Hartford in the 1970s, 80s, and 90s.

Julia Álvarez believes in the power of stories to change the world. "In the Time of the Butterflies" is one of those stories.

"In all the emotion around the political and social gifts of this novel, there is one reason for its impact and one reason only, and that reason is artistic: it is first and foremost a great story, richly, gracefully told," said the New York Journal of Books.

This Week's Highlights in the NEA Big Read
Big Read Musical Journeys
Tuesday, March 9th: 4:00-4:45pm: Public Event
Join us for a reading of If Dominican Were A Color and a virtual live musical performance from Sirius Coyote of music from Latin America! 

“Digital Graffiti” Workshop
Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays in March
Create digital manifestos in 3D paint and animated digital art, and use different Hartford buildings and landmarks as your canvas! Register here.

La Cocina Dominicana
Fridays, March 5, 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 Dominican dishes.
Women's Empowerment Group
Virtual, Zoom
Thursday, March 11, 18 & 25: 4:30pm 
The Women’s Empowerment Group at the Park Branch, in collaboration with the Hispanic Health council, is recruiting new participants, and forming committees, including in art, education and childcare, projects, and recruitment. Learn how to be civically engaged, and connected to others in your community. To register, email [email protected].
Painting Butterflies 
Virtual, Facebook & YouTube
Wednesday, March 10th
Join us for an art workshop on butterfly painting on canvas, a symbol of the Mirabal sisters. Participants need to reserve and pick up painting kits, and send pictures of the final project. 
Register here

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

Influenced by jazz and folk music, the Dan Liparini Quartet, an ensemble with roots at the Hartt School of Music, brings their uniquely collaborative sound to the Baby Grand Jazz series this week.

Sunday, March 1 at 3 pm on Facebook and YouTube.
Spring Celebration at Barbour Library
"My favorite weather is bird chirping weather.”
Thursday, March 11, 2021, 3:00-4:00 p.m.
Outside Barbour
Celebrate the coming of spring by making a bird seed treat shaped in one of many spring symbols to hang for the return of migratory birds. Walk away with a poem from the distinguished ornithologist, Drew Lanham. Please e-mail Irene, [email protected] to register.
Women's History Month Book and Movie Suggestions
The Secret History of Wonder Woman
by Jill Lepore
Within the origin of one of the world’s most iconic superheroes hides a fascinating family story—and a crucial history of feminism in the twentieth-century.
Writer and director Marjane Satrapi draws a poignant story about a young girl in Iran during the Islamic Revolution, when people's hopes were dashed as fundamentalists took power.
Galaxy Girls by Libby Jackson
Filled with beautiful full-color illustrations, this book for children honors the amazing true stories of fifty inspirational women who helped fuel some of the greatest achievements in space exploration from the nineteenth century to today
Last week, Baby Grand Jazz took on a new twist, featuring poetry, dance, and readings from "In the Time of the Butterflies" in addition to a stellar performance by the Ray González Latin Jazz Quintet.

March Program Calendars
“In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer. And that makes me happy. For it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me, there’s something stronger – something better, pushing right back.”

― Albert Camus