UConn Campus Opens, Students Arrive August 28
The University of Connecticut Downtown Campus officially opened Wednesday, August 23, in ceremonies on the portico of the former Hartford Times building, where four former U.S. presidents once spoke.

Students begin the fall semester on Monday, August 28. Hartford Public Library welcomes students to UConn classrooms on the main and ground floors in the Downtown location. Staff from the library, the campus’ library collection, and study spaces will be part of the downtown experience at HPL.

Welcome back to school to our college students and City of Hartford school students.
New hours for The Kitchen

Starting the week of August 28, The Kitchen will be open from 8 am to 8 pm Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Hours on Mondays and Fridays remain 8 am to 4 pm.
AUG 31: Let us take you out to the ball game! 

Thursday, August 31, 7:05 pm

Complete your Summer Learning goals for a ticket to see the Hartford Yard Goats play the Portland Sea Dogs. There will be fireworks and a concert by Kurtis Blow after the game.
AUG 31: Poster Contest submissions due

Share with us why you love the Library and all the benefits of having an HPL library card.

SEP 6: Hartford Open Mic Event

6:00-7:30 pm
Writing workshop 6-6:20 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
SEP 15: Open House

September is Library Card Sign-up Month. Visit Downtown, Albany, Barbour, Camp Field, Dwight, Park and Ropkins locations during our city-wide Open House. We'll have music, activities, and snacks. We'll also be kicking off Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15-October 15); and Welcoming Week (September 15-25) with board games played around the world.
Closes Week of August 28
Reopens Tuesday, September 5

Our YOUmedia staff is taking time to plan great programs for the new school year. All teens, 13-19, are welcome to visit YOUmedia on the second floor in the Downtown Library when it reopens Tuesday, September 5..
Youth & Family Services
Children’s Book of the Week

Do you know there’s another Spider Man who is not Peter Parker? Miles Morales has been Spidey in another timeline. Miles is a teenager in high school and author Jason Reynolds’ character celebrates his black and Puerto Rican heritage.

Kadir Nelson created the cover art for the book, which came out August 1.
Download Books, Audio, Magazines
Hartford residents who are Hartford Public Library cardholders can access e-books through the HPL website or through apps on your Smartphone or tablet.
Overdrive eBooks on Overdrive are accessible through its new Libby app. Start on the HPL page and follow the guide to the download process.
RB Digital eBooks, eAudiobooks,and magazines can be downloaded to your Kindle app.
“A Wrinkle In Time” by Madeline L’Engle, “The Handmaid’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood, and “The Ice Dragon” by George R.R. Martin, are now in our digital collection.
Adult Classes
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
Contact us:  860-695-6357 or

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Go to and search for Hartford Public Library in the available charities to support. Purchase your items through Amazon as you normally would and HPL will receive a portion of the sales (at no cost to you). 
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