VITA Tax Services at Hartford Public Library
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VITA tax services begin at the Hartford Public Library on January 16. If your household income is $54,000 or less, make an appointment online at or call 211. Appointments will be held in Study Rooms on the Second Floor of the Downtown location, 500 Main St.

Super Saturday, when walk-ins are welcome, is February 24.
Robert Charles Hudson
The Door Of No Return
January 12 - February 25, 2018
Opening reception: Friday, January 12, 5:30 pm

The Library’s ArtWalk, a premier gallery space on the third floor of the downtown library, will host Robert Charles Hudson’s The Door of No Return .

Jazz musicians Doug Wimbish and Ed Fast will be performing at the opening. Poet Kate Rushin will also be sharing an original poem inspired by the exhibit.

Special thanks to the Edward C. & Ann T. Roberts Foundation for its support of our 2017-2018 ArtWalk season.
Workshop Series: Healthy Relationships

January 18, 2018, 2:00 - 3:00 pm
Workshop II. Financial/Technological Abuse
January 25, 2018, 2:00 - 3:00 pm
Workshop III. Sexual/Physical Abuse

The Hartford Public Library Park Branch has partnered with the Hispanic Health Council to bring to the general public these workshops centered on healthy relationships, where different topics will be discussed on the complexities of relationships and how to foster positive ones.
Baby Grand Jazz Series: Metro Jazz Band
Sunday, January 14, 3:00 pm
Center for Contemporary Culture

Kathy Bonaccorsi’s smooth, melodic singing style captures the vocal nuance of the New York jazz club singers of the 50s and 60s, where the genre Cool Jazz originated. Her ensemble’s repertoire includes American Songbook music made famous by Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan to contemporary interpreters such as Diana Krall, Natalie Cole, and Norah Jones.

Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors open at 2:00 pm. 

HPL will livestream all concerts and post them for later viewing on its website. Visit for more details.

This series is made possible by the Kaman Foundation.
Film Screening and Conversation: Life on Parole
Wednesday, January 17, 6:00 – 7:45 pm
Downtown Branch
Light refreshments will be served at 5:30pm
With unique access, go inside an effort in Connecticut to change the way parole works and reduce the number of people returning to prison. In collaboration with the New York Times, this film follows four former prisoners as they navigate the challenges of their first year on parole. Following the documentary, meet the producer and engage in conversation with former parolees and current criminal justice professionals. Bob Gillis, former director of the Parole and Community Services Division of the CT Dept. of Corrections will moderate the discussion.
Bridging Cultures Nicaragua Reading Group
ROOM 141, Downtown Branch
Wednesday January 17, 12:30-1:30 PM
Join us for a discussion of seven Nicaraguan short stories from the period 1969 to 1986 by seven Nicaraguan authors, among them Sergio Ramirez (pictured) and Pablo Antonio Cuadra. Dealing with a wide range of topics such as poverty, the Somozan dictatorship, and cattle-ranch culture, these stories are from an often overlooked heritage of Nicaraguan fiction

ArtWalk Book Club
Tuesday, January 30, 5:30-7:00 pm
Hartford History Center

Hartford Public Library is forming a quarterly Book Club that will explore a book thematically connected to the current ArtWalk exhibition. 

Opening on January 12 is Robert Charles Hudson’s  The Door Of No Return.  The exhibition focuses on the horrific journey of enslaved people forced to leave their homeland. Hudson says of his work: “The story of this journey is a story of faith. If our collective memory teaches us anything, it is that history repeats itself. “

Our first selection will be  Homegoing  by Yaa Gyasi.  Homegoing  is a book that is able to show how issues that still plague us today are routed in evil from long ago. Yaa Gyasi does an incredible job weaving her story through generations.
RSVP to  Mackenzie Callahan  by January 22.
A special thanks to all of our donors and sponsors who help make these programs possible.
SPECIAL NOTICES: Library Closings
All library locations will be closed on Monday, January 15 i n observance of Martin Luther King Day.
Gingerbread Houses

Thursday, January 18, 3:30–4:30 pm
Gingerbread house contest participants will be placed in groups and given 60 minutes to build a gingerbread masterpiece. Participants should be as creative as possible. Pictures will be taken.
Dinner and a Story

Monday, January 22, 6:00-7:00 pm
Please have your family join us once a month at the Library. We will have a community guest teaching us about nutritional meals. Join us for songs, activities, stories, and dinner. Sign up is required at front desk.
Hartford Creates: Printmaking in 2017 Exhibition  
January 23 - March 2
Opening: Tuesday, January 23, 6:00 - 8:00 pm
 Please join us for the opening reception of our new exhibition  Hartford Creates: Printmaking in 2017 . Artists and artist instructor Robert Charles Hudson will be on hand to discuss their work and the process. Refreshments will be served.
HPL Graphic Novel Studio

Wednesday, January 24, 3:30–4:30 pm
Join us as we go on a virtual visit to the art studio of Jarrett Krosoczka, author/illustrator of the Lunch Lady series. Learn techniques to create and illustrate your own graphic novel!
Nutrition 101

Thursday, January 25, 11:30 am–12:30 pm
Food Preparation & Tasting Series with a UCONN Nutrition Educator: Learn how to shop for and make nutritious meals and snacks, all for better health and
quality of life.
Poets on Poetry: Gertrude Stein

Saturday, January 27, 10:15 am
The Connecticut Poetry Society's monthly poetry book discussion is free and open to the public.
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