Hartford Public Library will be holding a series of events near each of our community locations to help anyone seeking to fill out the 2020 Census or register to vote.

Librarians will be on hand to offer assistance filling out the 2020 Census mobile questionnaire and voter registration forms. There will be free books and ice cream available at each event.

“Voting and completing the Census are two of the most fundamental – and easy – things a citizen can do to help their communities. It is our goal at HPL to encourage as many people as we can to participate in the civic process,” said Bridget Quinn-Carey, HPL’s president and CEO.

HPL will be hosting virtual School Choice Information Sessions on Wednesday, September 16 and Tuesday, September 29.

Representatives from the School Choice program will be on hand to answer questions about enrollment for the 2021-22 school year.

Both sessions will take place from 4:30 to 5:30 pm. To register for the event, e-mail schoolchoiceoffice@hplct.org,
click here, or call 860-306-9757 or 860-969-9148.

Participants will be eligible to enter a raffle to win backpacks filled with school supplies and family pizza dinner certificates.

Re-Imagining Main Street
The City of Hartford wants to hear from you! Help to re-imagine Main Street downtown by participating in their virtual design workshop on September 1, 2, and 3. The design team will be working diligently each day on the design and from 5 to 6:30 each evening will hold a virtual pin up session where you can review and comment on the design as it develops. The attached flyer has more details. Attendees must register in order to attend, for registration go to https://linktr.ee/hartford

To find out more about the project, visit the project website: https://www.reimaginingmainstreet.com/
Thurs, September 24, 6:30-8:30pm

Zoom Event hosted by the Hartford History Center at Hartford Public Library

Join us for a discussion on the impact of the woman’s vote on contemporary politics, and it’s relevancy throughout the 20th century. There will be small group discussions based on short readings provided in advance and an opportunity to view the online Hartford History Center exhibition October 1920, which features Hartford women who registered to vote for the very first time.
The first Hartford Changemakers mural, located at Melanin, at the intersection of Albany Ave and Blue Hills, will be revealed Saturday, August 29, from 3-5 pm. The event will be livestreamed on HPL's Facebook page.

1927- 2013
Politician, Civic Leader
First Black Woman Graduate of Hartford Seminary's School of Religious Education
Civic Leader, Founder of the Urban League
Minister, Abolitionist, Author
Board Member Bootcamp

Presenter: Mae Maloney, Leadership Greater Hartford

Wednesday, September 16
2:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Format: Webinar

Newly appointed nonprofit board members or serving board members that have never received formal board training will learn about the ten 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. PowerPoint presentation and other handouts will be emailed to participants.
Please come prepared with questions to be answered at the end of the session. 

PARTICIPANTS MUST REGISTER IN ADVANCE: email your name, organization name, and email address to nonprofitslearn@hplct.orgAccess link will be emailed to you upon registration.
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