U.S. Citizenship Classes

“Everywhere immigrants have enriched and strengthened the fabric of American life.” President John F. Kennedy

Free six week class covers the information you need to know to pass the Naturalization Interview and Civics Test. A basic ability to read, write, and speak in English is required. (Some applicants may be eligible to waive the literacy/language requirement.)

May 24 - June 28

Wednesdays & Fridays

Albany Library

1250 Albany Ave.

9:30 am – 12:00 pm

Register in-person on the first day of class on Wednesday, May 24. Please bring your Green Card (even If expired).

Learn about The American Place where we support adult education, careers, and immigration services HERE

Celebrating Asian American &

Pacific Islander Heritage Month


Min Jin Lee

New York Times Top Ten

Book of the Year 2018

An epic novel about four generations of a Korean immigrant family. This is a story about love, sacrifice, ambition, and loyalty.

"An old-fashioned epic whose simple, captivating storytelling delivers both wisdom and truth."—Kirkus (Starred Review)

"An exquisite meditation on the generational nature of truly forging a home."—Publishers Weekly

All You Can Ever Know

Nicole Chung

 National Bestseller

A beautiful memoir that tells the story of a Korean women adopted by a white family and her search for her biological family and her identity.

"Deeply thoughtful and moving, the book is a fiercely compelling page-turner... " ―The Boston Globe

"Honors the grand complexity of love, family, and identity, while showing us how these things can save us and break us with devastating clarity and beauty." ―Today

Hartford Public Library Presents:

Stride Piano - Be Bop

Jazz 101 is an interactive six-week series with audience discussion and instrumental demonstration. Discover why Jazz is our most enduring art form.

Matt CeChamplain

Stride Piano - Be Bop

May 22

6:00 - 8:00 pm

Pianist Matt DeChamplain attended the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts studying under Jimmy Greene and Dave Santoro and obtained his bachelors degree from the Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz at the Hartt School in 2010 and graduated with his masters from the University of Toledo in Ohio in 2012. Learn more about Matt HERE

Free! Register HERE

We're getting ready to blast off in 3..2..1..

We are gearing up for our Summer Learning programs at all our branches! We have lots in store for all ages, including our summer reading challenge and more. Visit your favorite branch to register.

Save the Date!

Summer Learning Kick Off

Saturday, June 10

12:00 - 3:00 pm

Ropkins Library

1750 Main Street

Stay tuned for more details!

Learn more/register HERE

Virtual book discussion with author

"Don't Bite The Apple, Eve is a book of prose, poetry, musings, statements of my beliefs, hopes and experiences. It shares a delicate combination of past darkness and future light through stories of self, family, love and faith." Author Kimolee Eryn

Don't Bite the Apple, Eve Book Discussion

Sunday, May 28

2:00 - 3:00 pm

Register HERE

Author Kimolee Eryn will be joining the discussion

Kindness Rocks.


Paint your own kindness rock with inspiring words or phrases to bring home, share or leave around the community and brighten someone's day.

Thursday, May 18

4:00 - 5:00 pm

Barbour Library

261 Barbour St.

Ages 13-19

Want to get away?

We've got you covered

Passport Services Reopen at HPL

Passport services are available by appointment only at the following locations:

  • Mondays 9:00 am-12:00 pm Albany Library - 1250 Albany Ave 
  • Tuesdays 10:00 am-12:00 pm Dwight Library - 7 New Park Ave
  • Thursdays 2:00 - 4:00 pm Dwight Library - 7 New Park Ave 

Learn more about the requirements needed HERE

Call today to schedule an appointment with the Passport Office Coordinator.

Trash Talkin'

Department of Public Works

Q & A

Bring all your waste questions and concerns

  • Garbage/Recycling bin replacement
  • What's considered Bulk Waste
  • Transfer Station passes
  • And any concerns/questions you may have!

Friday, May 26

2:00 - 3:00 pm

Dwight Library

7 New Park Ave

(refreshments provided)

Hartford Stage Tickets for HPL CardHolders

Trouble in Mind May 25 – June 18, 2023

A 1950s landmark play that still rings true today. 

Tickets are available beginning this Thursday, May 18, through our HPL museum pass program. Get your tickets (beginning this Thursday) HERE

Learn more about Trouble in Mind.

P.S. We have lots of cool passes available- check them all out HERE

Channel 3 Eyewitness News features Downtown Library

Many Thanks to Ayah Galal, Channel 3 Hartford Bureau Chief, for presenting a story about our downtown branch, featuring Bridget Quinn, HPL'S President and CEO, and Ada Roman, Senior Library Assistant. You can check out the story HERE 

While our downtown location is closed, we encourage you to visit one of our neighborhood branches and enjoy a full range of programs, resources, and services. Visit our WEBSITE to learn more about our programing.


For additional updates on the Downtown Library, please visit the HPL Restore and Renew update page.

Learn everything. Fill your mind with knowledge—it’s the only kind of power no one can take away from you.”― Min Jin Lee, Pachinko

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