It's Open House Day! Visit your neighborhood branch
for music, food, and activities all day long
The Changeling author Victor LaValle is this year's featured speaker at BEYOND WORDS

Victor LaValle  is the author of six previous works of fiction: three novels, two novellas, and a collection of short stories. His novels have been included in best-of-the-year lists by  The New York Times Book Review,   Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, The Nation,  and  Publishers Weekly,  among others. He has been the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, an American Book Award, the Shirley Jackson Award, and the Key to Southeast Queens. He lives in New York City with his wife and kids and teaches at Columbia University.
“I was frequently startled by  The Changeling ’s piercingly beautiful insights into parenthood, childhood, [and] adulthood. . . . By turns enchanting, infuriating, horrifying, and heartbreaking,  The Changeling  is never less than completely engaging. . . . It’s a book that makes me want to seek people out to talk about it, to share together our own stories of reading it.” —NPR

“Victor LaValle’s fabulist ode to fatherhood and fairy tales offers a new take on themes as old as time.” O: The Oprah  Magazine
The legacy of Sharon O’Meara , former Director of Community Investment at Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, will be honored with the Caroline M. Hewins Medal .

Wednesday, November 29
Hartford Marriott Downtown
200 Columbus Boulevard, Hartford.
For more information contact:
Gilda Roncari, 860.695.6296


Starting Friday, September 15 at our Library Open House, each Hartford Public Library branch will have a set of dominoes and a table available for use! 

Ask a Librarian for more details and to learn how to set up a game at your neighborhood branch.
Hispanic Heritage Month

Children and families can celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with a Hispanic Health Council Healthy Eating Puppet show, a coloring book activity highlighting Latin American culture and leaders; and the yarn art of Mexico, inspired by the Huichol Indians.

Divedco posters: See reproductions of silkscreen posters created by talented graphic designers in Puerto Rico. The posters made a connection between art and politics and promote public health, education and development.

SEP 16: Encounters: Voting Rights Act
600 Main Street
10 am-1 pm
Join us for a dialogue about the Voting Rights Act and the power of the individual vote. We'll talk in the galleries surrounded by the "30 for 30" exhibition. This is the second season of Encounters, a partnership with the Hartford History Center at HPL, Amistad, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, and University of Connecticut's Humanities Institute.

Douglas M. Spencer, UConn Professor of Law and Public Policy, is featured.

Image: Fred Hampton, a member of the Black Panther Party, was murdered in his sleep in 1969. Emory Douglas work "Black Panther Party: I am a Revolutionary" is in the "30 for 30" exhibit at the Amistad Center for Art & Culture.
Hartford Open Mic Event

Wednesdays, 6:00-7:30 pm

A weekly open mic with a focus on poetry, promoting literacy, writing, community engagement, and ownership over words and experience both collective and individual. Open to all. Bring your best 3-5 minutes of material. Hosted by performing poet and artist Zulynette Morales.

This program is a partnership between Hartford Public Library, UConn Library, and Zulynette Morales
Get With The Times! Reception

Wednesday, September 27, 5:30-7 pm

Did you or someone you know work at The Hartford Times? Hartford Public Library is sponsoring a Hartford Times Reunion at its closing reception of our “Get with The Times: The Newspaper and the City” exhibit.

We will commemorate the event with a group photo of all former employees on the portico of the newly-renovated Hartford Times building, the centerpiece of the new UConn Downtown Campus.

The exhibit has inspired many who worked at the Times to reach out with fond memories. Papergirls and boys, writers, editors, photographers, and the family of the publisher have shared their thoughts. We have heard from a family who thinks they know the identity of the news carrier in the photo above. Please help us spread the word to anyone you know who worked at Hartford Times.

RSVP: Gilda Roncari,  or 860 695-6296. If you were a Hartford Times employee, please let us know when you respond. Light refreshments will be served.
Classes and Workshops
Board Member Bootcamp Nonprofit Workshop

Wednesday, September 20, 9-11:30 am
OR Wednesday, December 6, 5-7:30 pm* 

Presenter: Mae Maloney, Leadership Greater Hartford
Newly appointed nonprofit board members or serving board members that have never received formal board training will learn about the 10 basic responsibilities of nonprofit boards as well as the duties of individual board members, relationship between board and staff, and common issues facing nonprofit boards.
*(Light dinner provided for December 6 session.)

Register: Email your name and email address to
The American Place

Register for Fall Classes

  • Citizenship Preparation and Application Support
  • English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) 
  • GED Preparation
  • Immigrant Career Pathways: Servsafe and Food Handler Trainings
  • Immigrant Youth Enrichment
  • Spanish Language Classes

Learn more here. Contact us:  860-695-6357 or
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