Words in Clay, Words on Paper
ArtWalk opening this Friday
Friday, March 11th
5:30-7:30 pm
Downtown Library
500 Main St.

Join us for the opening of Words in Clay, Words on Paper, an exquisite exhibition featuring clay works by Michelle Cotugno and a selection of fine letterpress poetry broadsides selected by the poet James Finnegan.

Michelle Cotugno creates the physical object from clay on which she prints, letter by letter, words of poets and writers that speak to her.

James Finnegan has selected the broadsides that will accompany Cotugno’s artwork. He called upon many letterpress printers throughout New England to contribute their broadsides, with attention to works by Connecticut poets.

The exhibit will be on display through April 23rd.

You can learn more about James Finnegan and Michelle Cotugno HERE.
I'm every woman it's all in me 🎶
Celebrating books, movies and music created by women all month long.
Dorothy Wickenden
Los Angeles Times Best Book of the Year

A riveting, provocative and revelatory history of abolition and women’s rights, told through the story of three women — Harriet Tubman, Frances Seward and Martha Wright — in the years before, during and after the Civil War.

"An epic and intimate history. ... The Agitators is a masterpiece. New York Times Book Review

"This is history at its best: personal, powerful, and inspiring.”  New York Journal of Books
Misty Copeland
New York Times Bestseller

Life in Motion tells the story of Misty Copeland's journey to the world-class American Ballet Theatre — and delves into the harrowing family conflicts that nearly drove her away from ballet as a 13-year-old prodigy.

"A raw, honest tale. ... Her memoir is filled with passion, pain, success, and ... pure joy." Ebony.com

'A page-turner ... fascinating and emotional.' The Philadelphia Enquirer

This is a story of everyday love between two people living in the shadow of grief, facing an uncertain future, both together and apart.

Stream this uplifting film HERE and many more for free with just your library card at Kanopy.

You can watch the trailer HERE.

"There’s nothing ordinary about this deeply moving, frequently funny and piercingly insightful drama." 
The Guardian
Who runs the world?

Freegal's created an empowering playlist in honor of Women's History Month.

Check it out HERE.

Listen to this and so much more through Freegal, a free streaming service available to you with just your library card.

"Be brave and fearless to know that even if you do make a wrong decision, you're making it for good reason."
Baby Grand Jazz this Sunday, 3 pm
Carl Testa's Sway
Carl Testa is a bassist, electronicist and composer. He is currently working on Sway, an interactive live processing environment for any number of musicians.

Learn more about Carl and his music HERE.

"A phenomenal upright bass player and composer" Scott Schulz, Words on Sounds

"With Sway, Testa has created a musical system with rare depth. Add an array of absurdly talented musicians, and you have one of the most interesting recordings of 2019." Keith Prosk, free jazz blog

Register for Sunday's concert HERE.

Or tune in on Hartford Public Library's Facebook page and YouTube channel.
Our History Matters
Researching Hartford's Early Black and Native Communities
In partnership with the Ancient Burying Ground Association

Historian Dr. Kathy Hermes will demonstrate how to use new research that has uncovered information on more than 500 African, African American and Native Americans buried in Hartford’s Ancient Burying Ground between 1640 and 1815.
Anyone interested in history will love this. This program is funded by the ABGA and CT Humanities.

Thursday, March 10, 6-7:30 pm
Zoom program. Register HERE.

Registrants are invited to send questions in advance to Jasmin Agosto.
The Road That Killed A City

“I think I went out to make a podcast that was solely about bad city planning, a botched city planning job, I didn’t know how much race would be tied into it,” — Jim Krueger

The constriction of the I-84 viaduct and further downtown urban redevelopment changed Hartford’s look drastically. Jim Krueger created a podcast about the construction of I-84 and how it transformed the city, relying heavily on research he conducted at the Hartford History Center at Hartford Public Library.

You can learn more about Jim HERE.

And you can check out his podcast HERE.
March is National Reading Month!
Will you accept the United We Read challenge?
The United Way and our partners through the Hartford Campaign for Grade-Level Reading are asking children and families to pledge to read for at least 20 minutes every day throughout the month of March!
Make your pledge today for a chance to win exciting prizes, including free books and gift cards! Register HERE. We know you can do it!
Opportunities For You
Come join our team!

We're looking for a few good women (and men too).

We've got many great opportunities in various different departments.

Check out our openings HERE.
Make art with Hartford artists Lindaluz Carrillo & Deka Henry.

Supplies included
No registration necessary
All ages welcome!
(You're never too old to discover you talents).

Sundays 1-4 pm
Through April 3rd
Downtown Library  Café
500 Main St.
“Know that you can start late, look different, be uncertain and still succeed.” ― Misty Copeland