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Barbour Branch Moving to New Location!

Our Barbour Branch will be closed

Monday, January 13 – Sunday, February 9, reopening on Monday, February 10 as it moves to its new location at 259 Barbour Street.

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Library Hours

Downtown Library

500 Main Street

Hartford, CT 


Mon – Thurs
10 am – 8 pm

Fri & Sat
10 am – 5 pm

Sun (Nov – Apr)
1 pm – 5 pm


Branch Hours


NOTE: The Library will be closed Monday, January 20, 2014 in honor of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.


Author Talk with Novelist Kirstin Chen!  

Date: Saturday, January 25, 2014, 2:00 p.m.

Location:Center for Contemporary Culture, Downtown Library


Join us for an inspiring afternoon with author Kirstin Chen, who will discuss her new book Soy Sauce for Beginners, a funny and heartfelt novel exploring the intersections of food, family, and culture. Free and open to the public. Copies of Soy Sauce for Beginners will be available for purchase, and a book signing with the author will follow. A portion of all sales will benefit Hartford Public Library. Presented by Sneha, Inc.
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"Living Water" Performance by the About You Trio

Date: Saturday, January 18, 2014, 3:00 p.m.

Location:Atrium, Downtown Library


In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, join us and experience a moving original performance of a seven-part cantata depicting the lives of an African-American mother and son during slavery, and the struggles they endure. The About You Trio includes flutist Angela D. Griffin, soprano Jolie Rocke Brown, and pianist Laurie J. MacAlpine. The performance is free and open to all.  

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Baby Grand Jazz: Maxine Martin

Date: Sunday, January 19, 2014, 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Location:Downtown Library, Atrium


Don't miss the next exciting performance in our Baby Grand Jazz Series, Maxine Martin! Martin is a clarinetist and tenor saxophonist who grew up in Connecticut and enjoys performing with the large local jazz community, and genres including r&b, classical, folk, and rock.
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"American Promise" Film Screening and Discussion

Date: Saturday, February 8, 2014, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Location: Center for Contemporary Culture, Downtown Library


Join us for a screening of the PBS documentary "American Promise," a rare and compelling exploration of race, class and opportunity in America. A Community Conversation about race and education in our communities will follow, moderated by Fox CT's Stan Simpson.

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Date: On display through January 17, 2014

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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Inspirationsby 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 21, 2014. A portion of all sales will benefit Hartford Public Library.  





Hands at Work

Date:Saturdays, January 25 – February 22, 2014, 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. 

Location:3rd Floor Youth Program Room, Downtown Library


Join a Master Artist for a five-class sculpting workshop creating "Hands at Work" in plaster of Paris or terracotta clay. This is a progressive workshop, starting with the drawing of hands and ending with a fired sculpted piece. Please register online at www.hplct.org or call 860-695-6300, and plan to attend all five sessions.

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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, 12:00 noon- 2:00 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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Bone Up on Your Reading Skills with Gizmo!

Date: Every first and third Saturday, 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Location: Downtown Youth Department


Children ages 5 and up are invited to read aloud one-on-one to Gizmo, a Paws to Read certified animal assisted reading dog, who loves every story and has no idea if a child makes a mistake. Young readers can relax and read at their own pace to a patient and willing listener. Registration encouraged. Call 860-695-6330 to register. 

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Enter our "Winter Is:" Month-Long Writing Contest!

Date: Entries due Monday, January 27 at 5:00 PM.

Location: Blue Hills Branch   


Ages 8 and up. Finish the phrase, "Winter is…" in 100 words or less. Accompanying illustration is encouraged. Entries are due to the Blue Hills Branch by Monday, January 27, 2014, 5:00 p.m. Winner will be announced and rewarded on Friday, January 31, 2014. Winner need not be present. For more info, contact 860-695-7420.




Snowflakes Storytimes

Date: Tuesdays, January 7 – January 28, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Location: Downtown Youth Department, 3rd Floor


Ages 3-5, with adult friends. Enjoy seasonal rhymes, songs, games, finger plays and the best in children's books. Individual families welcome without registration; groups, please register in advance by calling 860-695-6330.




Youth Book Discussion: Voices

Date: Friday, January 17, 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Location: Mark Twain Branch  


Ages 14 and up. Join us for pizza and conversation about books that you love. Help create our Teen Book Tumblr. All ideas welcome! For more information, call 860-695-7540. 




Library Book Club: Native Son

Date: Sunday, February 9, 2014, 1:30 p.m.

Location: The Kitchen @ Hartford Public Library 


The Library Book Club kicks off 2014 with a reflection about the essential American novel Native Son by  Richard Wright. Then, stay for Baby Grand Jazz at 3:00 p.m.! For copies of the book or questions, contact 860-695-6377 or spelletier@hplct.org

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Vote for us as Hartford's Best Library!


Do you love HPL? Help us win Hartford Magazine's 2014 Best of Hartford Reader's Poll for Best Library! To cast your vote, click here to sign up and select the "Service" category on the left. Then, scroll down to "Library." Thank you!




Barbour Branch Moving to New Location!


Our Barbour Branch is packing up for a big move to a new, roomier space at 259 Barbour Street, two doors down from its current location. The branch will be closed Monday, January 13 – Sunday, February 2, reopening on Monday, February 10. The nearest branches for patron use during the closure are our Blue Hills Branch at 649 Blue Hills Avenue, and Ropkins Branch at 1750 Main Street.  As always, visit our virtual library, 24/7!




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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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