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One Big Starry Summer Night


One Big Starry Summer Night Auction Site Now Live!

Preview the auction items for the upcoming One Big Starry Summer Night event on Thursday, June 11.

Live Auction Website
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Bid early and bid often on one or more of these amazing packages:

Hartford: "Top to Bottom" Outfit (His or Hers) - hand crafted shoes, jeans, tshirt and designer sunglasses

For the Health of It - Copper Beech Institute, Norwich Inn & Spa, massage, books and a juice cleanse

Grown Up Party in YOUmedia - Dine, delight and go digital during a YOUmedia party for grownups.

On the Ball - includes tickets to UConn Basketball, Golf at Wampanoug and Hartford Gold Club, and tickets and hospitality for the Travelers Championship

Get Jazzed - Baby Grand Jazz, Infinity Hall tickets and dinner at Costa Del Sol

Big Apple Extravanga - Stay at The Library Hotel and tickets to "An American in Paris"

Bidding is open until Noon on June 11, 2015.



Large and Small: The Sculptures of David Hayes

On display June 5 August 7
ArtWalk, Downtown Library

In a career that spanned six decades, Connecticut modern master sculptor David Hayes worked with cutting torches and arc welders to create art that has been exhibited all over the world. HPL is home to Hayes' six ton, seventeen foot "Large Vertical Motif" steel and paint structure that stands prominently on Main Street. His son, David A. Hayes, presents his father's artistic legacy with select works of a smaller scale during this exhibit.


Summer Program



Kick Off Party

Saturday, June 6, 2015, 12:30 p.m.
Downtown Library

Fun for everyone! Games, book reads, prizes and more. Plus, you can download a free bus pass from the Summer@HPL website. Programming and activities are happening throughout the summer at all 10 branches of the Hartford Public Library. Kids can earn prizes for reading books and attending activities. Adults can get in on the fun too by recording books read and entering to win an invitation for a grand prize finale event.


World of Sounds

World of Sounds Series

Experience international music at three Library locations during the fifth annual World of Sounds summer series. The series is funded by The Evelyn W. Preston Memorial Trust Fund.

Kickoff Concert
Saturday, June 20, 3:00 p.m.
Downtown Library

Performance by Brazilian band, Sambeleza, has been performing Brazilian jazz since 2009. This trio promotes the warm sounds of bossa nova, samba, baião and lovely ballads.

Albany Branch Concerts
Thursday, July 9, 6:00 p.m.
Nzinga's Daughters

Tuesday, August 4, 6:00 p.m.
Anthem Reggae Band
This performance is part of the Upper Albany neighborhood calendar for the 2015 Annual National Nigh Out, a unique crime/drug prevention event.

Thursday, August 20, 6:00 p.m.
Smoke and Mirrors Trio

Dwight Branch Concerts
Wednesday, July 29, 6:00 p.m.

Goza Latina Band

Wednesday, August 5, 6:00 p.m.
Negrura Peruana


Yellow Flower

Hartford Symphony Orchestra and Hartford Public Library Present Musical Dialogues Performance

June 9, 2015
12:00 p.m. -1:00 p.m.
Downtown Atrium

Musical Dialogues is a unique series of free concerts which present music performed by Hartford Symphony Orchestra musicians, and provides audience members an opportunity to engage in dialogue with the musicians. The Piacere String Quartet featuring Jarek Lis, Karin Fagerburg, Michael Wheeler and Eric Dahlin will perform the music of Antonio Vivaldi, Astor Piazzolla, Franz Joseph Haydn and others. This concert also features guest singer Janelle Robinson performing vocal arrangements for string quartet of such popular songs as “To Make You Feel My Love” and “Happy.”

Sponsored by Travelers.


Weavers Exhibit

Weaving with Hand-Dyed Fiber

On display through August 10
Downtown Library, 3rd Floor

The Hartford Artisans Weaving Center has assembled another stunning display of hand-dyed fiber art. The Weaving Center encourages people with low or no vision and those 55 and older to develop their skills and interest in weaving original and beautiful handwoven items. Scarves, throws, wall hangings and other original pieces are for sale and the proceeds help to support the operations of the Center.

Visit for more information on the Hartford Artisans Weaving Center.


Yellow Flower

Garden Club of Hartford/Keney Park Design Contest Exhibit

On display through August 15
Downtown Library

The Garden Club of Hartford, in partnership with the City of Hartford, recently issued a design challenge to area landscape architecture and design students to create more beautiful and welcoming entrances to Hartford’s Keney Park. The results are now in and the prizewinning entries will be on display at the Downtown Library from May 1st until August 15th in the Hartford History Center, 3rd floor.



Classes through June 9
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Downtown Library, Study Room 8, 2nd Floor

A new FREE class specializing in math to obtain your GED. Ongoing enrollment! Start Now! Online self-paced options also available.

Presented in partnership with the Hartford Adult Education Center. 


GED online course GED Support

Wednesdays, 12:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.
The American Place, Downtown Library

Learn about our free GED online course and other prep tools. After registration, the program can be accessed anytime at home or the Library. Library Card required. Call 860-695-6337 for more information.


Free Online Classes Access More Than 500 Online Classes - Free!

Your HPL library card can unlock a world of learning, wherever you are, for free! Universal Class offers more than 500 online classes in a variety of subjects, from accounting to photography, financial management to psychology, algebra to computer programming, and more. Learn at your own pace, on your schedule. Click here and enter your library card barcode to begin! 




ESL Classes ESL Classes

Downtown Library: Saturdays, 9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., and Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Dwight Branch: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Park Branch: Mondays, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Free English language classes for speakers of other languages are offered twice a year for beginning levels only. Open to students ages 17 and older. Click here for more information.

Presented in partnership with the Hartford Adult Education Center. 



For a full listing of all Youth Department events happening at our branches and Downtown Library, check out our Youth Program Flyer here!


Apply for Passport Apply for your Passport at HPL!

Monday - Thursday, 3:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.; Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
American Place, Downtown Library, 1st Floor

Did you know? You can apply for your passport right here at the Library! A staff member is available to assist with the application, requirements, photo, and submission.
Click here for more information.


Stream Music FREE streaming music and movies with your HPL card!

Your HPL card gives you access to free movies AND music with Freegal! Click here to learn more.



Kids Support Your Public Library, Become a Monthly Giver!

Hartford Public Library depends on your support to help us serve our community by providing free resources to inspire reading, guide learning and encourage individual exploration. Become a monthly giver today, and your automatic donation will continue to sustain our work, hassle-free! Find out how.



Suspended Coffee Logo The Kitchen at HPL Joins the Suspended Coffee Movement!

The Kitchen, HPL, Downtown Location

Instead of buying just one cup of coffee, you can buy two or more and "suspend" your purchase until someone else can benefit from your generosity. It's about more than the coffee. Read more about the international suspended coffee movement and how you can participate. Learn more. (



Discount for employees Discounts!

Bear's BBQ, 89 Arch Street, Hartford Use your HPL card on Monday and enjoy a 10% discount off of your order.

The Kitchen, HPL, Downtown Location Enjoy a 10% discount when you use your HPL library card anytime at The Kitchen!



Worldcrunch News Worldcrunch News Now Available!

Worldcrunch newspaper database offers unlimited access to English-translated news from leading global media outlets in Europe, Asia, Africa, South America and the Middle East. Articles are available in English or the original language and are easily viewed on any internet-enabled device. A Hartford Public Library card is required. To log in, visit

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Just Kids from the bronx

Just Kids from the Bronx: Telling It the Way It Was: An Oral History

(Author: Arlene Alda)

Each week, Hartford Courant columnist Carole Goldberg reviews books in our collection. Alda’s latest book is about childhood but is for adults. It is a collection of oral histories about growing up in the famous borough of New York City, a book in which well-known people in the arts, business, science and more share their memories of how its culture affected them then and now. Their stories recall life there from the 1920s to 1990s, and among the 60 men and women sharing them are scientist Neil deGrasse Tyson; Millard “Mickey” Dressler, CEO of J. Crew; rock singer Dion DiMucci of Dion and the Belmonts; hip-hop Grandmaster Melle Mel, Al Pacino, Carl Reiner, Colin Powell and Mary Higgins Clark. Nuns, cops, athletes and artists, entrepreneurs and more look back with affection and pride at their youth and the unique place that encouraged them to pursue and often realize their dreams. Read more!


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Hartford Public Schools Wellness Policy

The Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004 (Public Law 108-265) required that schools participating in the U.S. Department of Agriculture 
(USDA) Child Nutrition Programs (National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, After-School Snack Program and Special Milk Program) establish a school wellness policy by the 2006-2007 school year. The Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) conducted a review of school wellness policies in Connecticut schools using a school wellness policy assessment tool developed in partnership with the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at Yale University.
For additional information on Hartford Public Schools Wellness Committee or to express an interest in becoming a member of the committee, please contact the Operations Department at 860-695-8726.
2014-2015 Committee Members:
  • Kevin McCaskill, Chairperson, Director of Operations, Athletics & Special Projects
  • Lonnie Burt, Senior Director of Food & Child Nutrition Services
  • Brunella Ibarrola, Assistant Director of Nutrition
  • Dave Anderson, María C. Colón Sanchez School, Dean of Students
  • Deidre Tavera, Chief of Engagement & Partnerships
  • Deborah Chameides, Coordinator of Health Services
  • Winston Johnson, Director of Prevention & Intervention
  • Karla Cruz, Manager of Community & Family Engagement
  • Donald Slater, Chief of Operations
  • Dawn Crayco, Public Representative, End Hunger CT, 
  • Student Representative, Nursing Academy Hartford Public High School
To view the requirements of a Wellness Policy, or for additional information:

Política de Bienestar de los Estudiantes de las Escuelas Publicas de Hartford

La Ley de Nutrición Infantil y de Reautorización WIC de 2004 (Ley Pública 108-265) requiere que las escuelas que participan en los Programas de Nutrición Infantil del Departamento de Agricultura (USDA, por sus en inglés)  (Programa Nacional de Almuerzo en las Escuelas, Programa de Desayuno Escolar, Programa de Merienda Después de la Escuela y Programa Especial de Leche) hayan establecido una política de bienestar escolar para el año escolar de 2006-2007. El Departamento de Educación del Estado de Connecticut (CSDE, por sus siglas en inglés) revisó las políticas de bienestar escolar en las escuelas de Connecticut con un método de evaluación de las políticas de bienestar escolar desarrollado en colaboración con el Centro Rudd para Políticas Alimentarias y de Obesidad de la Universidad de Yale.
Para obtener información adicional acerca Comité de Bienestar de las Escuelas Públicas de Hartford o para expresar su interés en convertirse en un miembro de la comisión, por favor póngase en contacto con el Departamento de Operaciones llamando al (860) 695-8726.
Miembros del Comité de 2014-2015:
  • Kevin McCaskill, Chairperson, Director of Operations, Athletics & Special Projects
  • Lonnie Burt, Senior Director of Food & Child Nutrition Services
  • Brunella Ibarrola, Assistant Director of Nutrition
  • Dave Anderson, María C. Colón Sanchez School, Dean of Students
  • Deidre Tavera, Chief of Engagement & Partnerships
  • Deborah Chameides, Coordinator of Health Services
  • Winston Johnson, Director of Prevention & Intervention
  • Karla Cruz, Manager of Community & Family Engagement
  • Donald Slater, Chief of Operations
  • Dawn Crayco, Public Representative, End Hunger CT, 
  • Student Representative, Nursing Academy Hartford Public High School
Para ver los requisitos de una política de bienestar o para obtener información adicional:


Occupational & Physical Therapy



What is school-based Occupational and Physical Therapy?

School-based physical and occupational therapists work with other professionals to assist children with disabilities with accessing their education.  For physical therapists, this includes assisting students with physically accessing activities that are required during a typical school day (ie. moving through school grounds, sitting, standing in line or at the board, moving in class and throughout the building).  For occupational therapists, this includes aiding students with participating in self-care skills (ie. feeding, dressing), fine motor skills (ie. handwriting) and sensory processing skills (ie. self regulating and attention).School-based physical and occupational therapists may make adaptations to the school environments, may work with a student on their sensory-motor skills, may provide special equipment, and may consult with school staff regarding the child’s needs. Both occupational and physical therapists may utilize assistive technology in order to maximize student school performance.
 A child’s eligibility is determined by a multidisciplinary team that includes parents, educators, and special service providers. A student qualifies for occupational or physical therapy services, if the team finds the service necessary in order for the student to access his or her educational program. This determination is made with a formal screening and evaluating process. Both observation, standardized testing and care giver interview are utilized to help the educational team make this decision. Once recommended, occupational and/or physical therapy should be included in the student's 504 plan or in his or her Individualized Educational Plan.    
 If a student qualifies for occupational and/or physical therapy services, the services will be listed as direct, consultation, or both on the Individualized Education Plan or 504 plan. 
Direct services include interventions by the physical or occupational therapist that are used when the child needs support from specialized therapy techniques that cannot be safely or easily be carried out by others.  The ideal setting for this is in the classroom, although sometimes it is necessary to provide therapy in another special location (stairway, hallway, therapy room, and/or gym). 
Consultation services involve collaboration between the therapist and staff members who work with the child as well as with the parents; the therapist plans the appropriate intervention, provides training to staff along with assistance monitoring student progress, and ensures the appropriate equipment is in place.  Some direct contact with the student will occur in order to monitor progress and ensure the intervention is being carried out safely and effectively.
For more information about the Occupational and Physical Therapy Department please contact:
Anne Koba, OTPT Supervisor


About the 2014-2015 Climate & Connectedness Survey

Parents, staff members and students will have an opportunity this month to express their level of satisfaction with Hartford Public Schools when they respond to the confidential 2015 School Climate and Connectedness Survey.
The goal of the annual survey is to measure the environment and approval of the school system in areas, such as high expectations, school safety, school leadership, student involvement, respectful climate, caring adults, parent and community involvement, student behavior and learning.
Survey results are confidential and intended to help guide the district in improving every aspect of educating its students.
School administrators will begin to send paper versions of the parent survey in English and Spanish home with students during the week of March 9. Parents can also obtain copies of the survey in Nepalese, Arabic, Bosnian, Somali, Karen, Mandarin and Creole/French by calling or visiting their child’s school.
Staff members and students from third grade through 12th grade will be completing their versions of the survey online at designated times throughout the month of March and April.
Once the results are collected and analyzed, the results will be shared with principals.  In addition, results will be posted on the Hartford Public Schools website.