Hartford Public Library Summer Learning Program

 “On Your Mark, Get Set, Read!” 2016 is the Summer of Fitness and Hartford Public Library will offer programs to exercise readers mentally and physically.  The Summer Learning Program has three levels:

·         Parents and children age 0-5,

·         Youth age 6-12, and

·         Teens age 13-19.

·         HPL also offers special reading programs for daycares and summer camps.

The program kickoff event is on June 4th . Registration begins May 14th at any HPL branch or online at  The program runs June 4 through August 20.

HPS is working with HPL to provide information and registration at schools. Children, youths and teens keep track of their reading and the programs they attend at the library by logging into HPL’s online Summer Learning Program website. Link will be on the HPL website: Students register and use their HPS student ID number/lunch number as their username and password for the online reading log.

If students are not able to log their reading on the computer every day, HPL has paper logs they can use to keep track. Then they go into the library and HPL will help them log the books into the system. Students can earn prizes and books by completing certain levels. Read at least 10 books and they will be entered to win one of 10 grand prizes (still TBD)

The school that has the highest percentage of participation will be awarded the “Mega Summer Learning Cup” trophy sponsored by Mega Education.

Attend the HPL kick-off on Saturday June 4th from 12:30-4:00—sign up for the program, enjoy the sounds of the Hartford Steel Symphony, get face painted, meet the Yard Goats’ mascot, romp on the Tumble Bus, dance along with Mr. Gym, and more!

Starting this summer of 2016, in order to access city pools, recreation/community centers and city grant funded summer/afterschool programs, Hartford youth 8 - 15 years old must show a Hartford Public Library card. Those 16 years of age and older must present a valid State of Connecticut Motor Vehicle Operator’s License or Connecticut non-drivers photo ID card which indicates their Hartford address.  Need a library card? Complete the attached Youth Registration form and bring it to your local Hartford Public Library branch for a public library card.

Studies show that children from low-income families lose two to three months of reading proficiency every summer. However, studies also show that if kids self-select books they will voluntarily read, that tide can be stemmed. Where better to find lots of books to choose from than your local library!

Click here for library card registration form.

Conversations in Education with Superintendent Narvaez

With special thanks to Hartford Public Access Television and their wonderful staff, we bring you conversations about education in Hartford, moderated by Superintendent Beth Schiavino-Narvaez.

Episode 2:  College Access


HPS students Tonya Gray, Joselyn Arroyo, Jazmine Brown and Shamar Richards share their experiences and wisdom about college access and affordability with Dr. Narvaez.

Episode 1:  Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin


Dr. Narvaez and new Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin share ideas on education.





The School Climate and Connectedness Survey Window Now Open

For the last 5 years Hartford Public Schools has been administering the “School Climate and Connectedness Survey” to our students in grades 3-12 as well as our families and our staff.  Grades 3-4 students are given a different survey than students in grades 5-12.  The purpose of the surveys is to collect data as a district and at our individual schools that can gauge how our students, families, and staff feel about safety, school climate, bullying, being connected, family friendliness, and other areas that are important to provide a nurturing learning environment for all of our students.  The data is then used by schools and the district to guide our supports for our students, families, and staff. 


The survey administration window is from February 1, 2016 through March 24, 2016.  



En los últimos 5 años las Escuelas Públicas de Hartford han estado suministrando a nuestros estudiantes de grados 3 al 12, así como a nuestras familias y a nuestro personal, la encuesta de Ambiente y Conectividad Escolar.


A los estudiantes de grados 3 y 4 se les da una encuesta diferente a la de los estudiantes de grados 5 al 12.


El objeto de esta encuesta es recabar o coleccionar información en nuestro distrito y en cada una de las escuelas, que nos dé una idea de lo que piensan nuestros estudiantes, familias y nuestro personal acerca del ambiente escolar, matoneo, relación interpersonal, amistad familiar y otras áreas que son importantes para proveer un ambiente de aprendizaje educacional a todos nuestros estudiantes.


La información será después usada por las escuelas y el distrito para guiar nuestro apoyo a nuestros estudiantes, familias y personal.


El plazo para completar la encuesta es desde Febrero 1 a Marzo 24 del 2016.

Materials Related to the Conversation on Race, Racism and Equity

Saturday, March 19, 2016


Presentations and suggested reading materials by Dr. Phil Lee

Articles and Presentations

Main Topics

Presentation by Dr. Phil Lee on March 19th

Race, Law, and Educational Access

From Jim Crow to Affirmative Action and Back Again: A Critical Race Discussion of Racialized Rationales and access to Higher Education (Yosso et al.)

Critical Race Theory


Brown v. Board of Education and the Interest-Convergence Dilemma (Bell)

Interest Convergence Theory


From Racial Liberalism to Racial Literacy: Brown v. Board of Education and the Interest-Divergence Dilemma (Guinier)

Interest Divergence Theory


Landing on the Wrong Note: The Price We Paid for Brown (Ladson-Billings)


Understanding the impact and limitations of Brown, including ideas for who we move forward


Presentations and suggested reading materials by Dr. Raygine DiAquoi

Articles and Presentations

Main Topics

Presentation by Dr. Raygine DiAquoi on March 19th

Race, Racism, Whiteness, Domains of Power, Equity, Equality

Another Kind of Public Education (Hill Collins)

Race, Schools, Color Blind Racism, Domains of Power

“I don’t think I am a Racist:” Critical Race Theory, Teacher Attitudes, and Structural Racism (Vaught, Castano)

Critical Race Theory, Structural Racism


White Supremacy and Racism in the Post-Civil Rights Era (Bonilla-Silva)

Racism, White Supremacy


The Unexamined Whiteness of Teaching: How White Teachers Maintain and Enact Dominant Racial Ideologies (Picower)

Race, Ethnicity, Education


Color Blindness the New Racism?

Color Blindness