Hartford Public Library Happenings

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Mon – Thurs
10 am – 8 pm
Fri & Sat
10 am – 5 pm
Sun (Nov – Apr)
1 pm – 5 pm


Date: Opening Reception: Friday, December 13, 6:00 p.m.

Location: Downtown Library, 3rd floor

Hartford Public Library's ARTWalk is in full swing this winter, beginning with Hartford artist David Borawski's exhibition, "at the start of the end of the history," examining connections, similarities, oddities and mysteries in a hypnotizing society of democracy and celebrity.  
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Global Lens Film Series 2013:
SOUTHWEST (Sudoeste) – Brazil
Date: Sunday, December 15, 2013, 2:00 p.m.

Location: Center for Contemporary Culture, Downtown Library


In this gorgeously dreamlike and mysterious tale, a young woman named Clarice gives birth on her deathbed to a baby girl also christened Clarice by the bruxa (or witch) attending the nearly simultaneous moments of death and birth. Spirited away to a remote lakeside village, baby Clarice lives her whole life in the span of twenty-four hours, and yet (as the film's vast, black-and-white panoramas suggest) even so compressed a lifetime remains impossible to fully grasp or contain.  

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Inspirations by Carolann Speziale on display!


The watercolor and acrylic landscapes by Connecticut artist Carolann Speziale are on display on the 2nd floor, Downtown Library through January 5, 2014. A portion of all sales will benefit Hartford Public Library.  

Baby Grand Jazz Series is Back!  

Date: Sundays, January – April, 3:00 p.m.

Location: Downtown Library

Our most popular music series returns for an 11th season with a lineup of sixteen fantastic performers, including Ray Gonzalez, Jeff Weisselberg, and leading off with violin virtuoso and prolific composer Meg Okura. See the full lineup here.
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Linda Martin Quilts 

Date: On display till January 6, 2013

Location: Hartford History Center at Hartford Public Library

Over 30 unique creations are on view and available for purchase on the 3rd floor. A portion of all sales will benefit Hartford Public Library.

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Share our Video and HPL Gets $5 per Share


Help spread our impact video and raise critical funds!
1.   Visit http://www.givinglibrary.org/organizations/hartford-public-library watch the video and then 

2.   Click the "Share Now" button. 

3.   Create an account if you don't already have one. 

4.   Click "Share on Facebook" or "Share on Twitter." 

5.   Share either the default message or a message of your choice. 

6.   Hartford Public Library will receive $5 per share.



Community Conversation: How Do Our Surroundings Shape Us?

Date: Saturday, December 14, 1:00 PM

Location: Real Art Ways, 56 Arbor Street  
Real Art Ways and HPL invite you to engage in a Community Conversation about how the physical characteristics of our neighborhoods effect our community experiences. Hartford Courant Editor and Place Columnist Tom Condon will moderate an intriguing discussion with artist Lourdes Correa-Carlo, who will discuss her exhibition "Systemic Relation," depicting architectural features found in Hartford neighborhoods. Community respondents Toni Gold, Carlos Hernandez-Chavez, and Jamil Ragland will help us look further into the power of urban planning to unite, define, or fracture our neighborhoods. Light lunch will be available at 12:30. Registration is encouraged, but not required. For more information, call 860-695-6365.

Hartford North Park Master Plan Presentation

Date: Wednesday December 11, 2013, 6:00 p.m.

Location: Downtown Library
The vision for the future of Downtown is revealed at a final presentation on the Hartford North Park Master Plan. This program is presented by the City of Hartford.


The Art of Affordable Health Care  

Date: Thursday, December 12, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm 

Location: MCC on Main, 903 Main St, Manchester


HPL's Health Assisters will be onsite to answer your questions at these interactive, user-friendly workshops. Learn the facts about what the Affordable Care Act and Connecticut's new insurance marketplace means for individuals and small businesses, including artists, small organizations and creative businesses. Presented by the Greater Hartford Arts Council with help from the Universal Health Care Foundation of CT and Assistors from Access Health CT and the Hartford Public Library.

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Try out an E-Reader, iPad, Microsoft Surface and more! 

Date: 2nd Wednesday of each month, 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Location: The American Place, Downtown Library
Drop by The American Place and experience a technology Petting Zoo. Staff will be on hand to answer questions about: Samsung Galaxy tablets, iPads, Microsoft Surface, E-Readers(Sony & Nook) and more. Also, learn how to make smart purchases using Consumer Reports Online. 

Access Over 500 Online Classes – Free!


Your library card can unlock a world of learning, wherever you are, for free! Universal Class offers over 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! 

Your Future in Healthcare 

Date: 1st Wednesday of every month, 2:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m.

Location: CTWORKS@HPL, Downtown Library


Interested in a career the healthcare field, but not sure exactly what you'd like to do, or what type of education or credentials you'll need? Join this orientation session to explore the wide range of opportunities available and begin to plan an educational pathway toward your successful career! For more information, call 860-899-3455.


Job and Career – Computer Coaching for Job Seekers

Date: Monday – Thursday, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m.

Location: Downtown Library

Job seekers using the CTWorks@HPL job & career center will have access to a computer coach who will guide them through the online job searching process or resume creation using Word. You must have your Library Card with you in order to reserve a computer. The computer coach is available on a first-come, first-served basis for brief skills instruction. 
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Prepare for your GED

Date: Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 12:00 and 5:00 p.m.

Location: Downtown Library


Join this one-hour orientation to learn about a free online GED course along with other prep tools, and register for the course. You can then access the program anywhere, anytime. A Library card is required to register. For more information please call 860.695.6337


Math Tutoring 

Date: Thursdays 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Location: Downtown Library


Open enrollment / Walk-ins welcome. Free.
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Celebrate Kwanzaa with HPL!

Date: Saturday, December 28, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Location: Downtown Library Youth Department

Join us for a unique celebration of family, community and culture. Drumming, traditional African storytelling, arts & crafts workshops, zumba workshops, poetry slam, youth dance performances, food, and more for your family to enjoy!

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Help Us Fulfill Our Holiday Wish List!


Help support the Library's youngest customers this holiday season by contributing to our Youth Service Wish List! Needed items include: Gift cards for craft and educational materials, grocery gift cards, board games, puzzles, and more. Donations can be brought to the Downtown Youth Services Desk, 3rd floor. For more information, call 860-695-6330. Thank you!

For the full wishlist, click here.


War Horse Puppetry Workshop

Date:  Saturday, December 21, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon

Location: Center for Contemporary Culture, Downtown Library  
An exciting opportunity for kids ages 10+! Learn how War Horse master puppeteers create the magic of the show, then work with the artists to make your own puppet! All attendees will be entered to win a pair of tickets to see War Horse live at The Bushnell on January 28.

Free. Spots are limited. Please RSVP to our Downtown Youth Desk, 860-695-6330. Walk-ins may be available on a first-come, first-served basis. 


New AWE Stations Arriving at HPL!   

All HPL Youth Service Departments have received some new arrivals – digital Early Literacy Stations from AWE, Inc.! These fun, interactive stations provide over 60 programs and 1,500 activities for children ages 2 to 8, covering 7 curriculum areas, including reading, writing, phonics, math and problem solving, science, and social studies. The programs correlate with Common Core and State Education Standard requirements and will help our youngest visitors improve their reading abilities all on their own!

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For further information, please contact Rachel Gary,
Communications Manager, at

860.695.6352 or by email at rgary@hplct.org



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