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Banned Books Week: Celebrate the Freedom to Read

Date: Tuesday, September 23, 2014, 5:30 PM
Location: Downtown Atrium

Celebrate Banned Books Week at HPL, with an interactive performance by SeaTea Improv and a conversation with special guests Julia Pistell and David Hadju, author of the landmark book on graphic novel censorship: The Ten Penny Plague: The Great Comic Book Scare and How it Changed America. Presented in partnership with the ACLU of Connecticut.

Click here for more information.




Arts & Archives Master Classes

The Art of Storytelling with Dr. Raouf Mama
Date: Saturdays, September 27, October 4, 18, 25, and November 1, 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Location: Albany Branch

Pen & Ink with Artist Joe Young
Date: Saturdays, November 8, 15, 22, and December 6 and 13, 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Location: Hartford History Center, Downtown Library

Students of all skill levels are welcome to register for our progressive, five-session Master Artist Workshops. Registration is required; enrollment is limited. Click here for more information.

Wells Horace

Horace Wells Exhibit

Date: On display through October 5, 2014
Location: Hartford History Center, Downtown Library

Horace Wells was a Hartford dentist who pioneered the use of nitrous oxide gas to suppress pain during dental surgery. On December 11, 1844, history was made when Wells declared “a new era in tooth pulling has come….it is the greatest discovery ever made!”
But failure and tragedy would soon follow.
Hartford Public Library will showcase archival reproductions of Horace Wells’ pamphlets, photos and news articles in the Hartford History Center from September 11-October 5, to coincide with the Hartford Stage Company production “Ether Dome”, based on the life of the storied dentist.


Cuban Jazz Performance with the Damian Curtis Trio

Date: Saturday, September 20, 2014, 1:00 p.m.
Location: Downtown Library Terrace

Celebrate EnvisionFest 2014 with a free jazz performance by the Damian Curtis Trio. This one hour show will feature local jazz sensation Damian Curtis in a special outdoor show on the Downtown Terrace. Program made possible by the generous support of Envisionfest 2014. 


Bomba Plena Bomba y Plena Community Workshops

Date: Thursday/Jueves, September 18 & 25/18 y 25 de septiembre, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Location: Park Branch

Bomba y Plena are musical forms of “call and response” between the leader/singer and the chorus/dancer over many rhythmic patterns. Join local musician Hector Borrero as he introduces the dynamic history and rhythms of the two major genres of Afro-Puerto Rican music, also known as "el periodico cantado" (the sung newspaper). Please contact the Park Street branch at 860.695.7500 to register.


Bridging Cultures: Self and Society in Iranian Documentary Filmmaking

Date: Thursday, October 2nd, 2014, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Location: Downtown Library, 3rd Floor

Documentary filmmaker and Trinity College alum Persheng Sadegh-Vaziri leads us on a journey of discovering Iran through two films in the new personal documentary filmmaking style.

"Road to Kurdistan" (2013) 54 min. by Persheng Sadegh-Vaziri – The filmmaker and her family try to explore their heritage on a road trip to Kurdistan.
"Reading Salinger in Tehran" (2011) 30 min. by Pirooz Kalantari. A personal essay about a favorite park in downtown Tehran, and what it has meant to the filmmaker and the people who occupy it.
Co-sponsored by Trinity College. To RSVP, please email naficy@hplct.org.


Bomba Plena


Bomba y Plena Musical Presentation

Taller Folklorico Experimental Tambokén

Date: Thursday October 2, 2014, 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Location: Downtown Library Terrace

Join Victor Sterling, fellow percussionist, singer and dancers from the Cepeda family for an evening of Bomba y Plena; a percussion-driven musical tradition with African heritage from Puerto Rico that will move you to dance. 



Film Screening & Panel Discussion-“Julia Toda en Mi “

Date: Tuesday October 21, 2014 5:30-8:00 p.m.
Location: Center for Contemporary Culture, Downtown Library

This 2003 portrait by Ivonne Belen draws on the poet's letters and her family's testimony to tell the story of Julia de Burgos's life, illustrating it with archival footage and dramatic reenactments. Cast includes Jacobo Morales, Danny Rivera, Nydia Caro and more. Spanish with subtitles.  



Pedal and Path: Hartford & the Bicycle

Date: On display September 3 – October 7
Location: Downtown Library, 3rd Floor

Throughout September, Hartford Public Library will showcase vintage Connecticut bicycle maps and images from Hartford’s past association with the bicycle, as well as a 1924 velodrome “track bike,” featuring components manufactured by famous African-American cyclist Marshall “Major” Taylor.

This exhibit is part of Hartford Public Library’s participation in EnvisionFest Hartford festivities on September 20th. Click here for more information.


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


Date: Thursday, September 25, 4:00 p.m.
Location: Downtown Youth Department

Ages 8 and up. Enjoy cake and humorous poetry as we celebrate the birthday of the award-winning poet, Shel Silverstein.



Crowd YOUmedia Grand Opening Party!

Date: Friday, October 3, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Location: YOUmedia, Downtown Library

Teens ages 13-19 are invited to the YOUmedia Grand Opening Party. Get introduced to a space just for you to play games or produce music, make jewelry or design clothes. Dance, eat, play and make your Friday night awesome. Free to attend, age limits strictly enforced. For more information click here


choice Get School Choice Assistance @ HPL!

Tuesdays, 3:30 – 8:00 p.m.; Wednesdays, 3:00 – 8:00p.m.; Thursdays, 4:30 – 8:00 p.m.; Saturdays, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; Sundays, 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Location: Downtown Library Youth Department

Do you have questions about school choice applications, transportation, and school options? Visit the new School Choice Assistance desk and meet with our Youth Choice Coordinator to have your questions answered. Drop-ins or by appointment. For more information or to make an appointment, contact 860-695-6330.



Call to Artists! Exhibit during the ArtWalk 2015 Season

Art Gallery

ArtWalk at HPL offers one of the largest and most stunning exhibition spaces in Hartford, and we’re looking for artists to showcase in the 2015 ArtWalk series! Located on the 3rd floor of the Downtown Library in a space that looks down onto historic Main Street, the gallery offers unique visibility and exposure, adding to the increasing vibrancy of Downtown Hartford.

Artists from the Greater Hartford Area and beyond are invited to apply through October 1st. Click here for more information.

Cards Visit HPL During Library Card Sign-Up Month!

September is Library Card Sign-up Month, a time when Hartford Public Library (HPL) joins with the American Library Association and public libraries nationwide to make sure that every student has the most important school supply of all a free library card. Click here to learn more.


plane Apply for your Passport at HPL!

 Date: Monday – Thursday, 3:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.; Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Location: 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.


wc 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 https://www.rbdigital.com/hartfordct/worldcrunch



woman Small Business Workshop Series – Recursos Para Pequeñas Empresas Gratis!

Fecha: En espanol – empieza 18 de septiembere
Date: Workshops in English begin October 23
Location: Location: Downtown Library

The U.S. Small Business Administration, in partnership with Hartford Public Library and the Hartford SCORE chapter, hosts a 5-week small business workshops series at the Downtown Library. Subjects covered will include: What loan programs are available? How can I prepare a business plan? I want to start a business, what do I need to do? Free and open to the public. To earn a certificate of completion, attendance at all workshops is encouraged. Registration required, contact: 860.695.6334 or naficy@hplct.org

Click here for more information.


math Math Tutoring

Date: Wednesdays and Thursdays 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Location: Downtown Library

Open enrollment / Walk-ins welcome. Free. Click here for more information.


universal ESL Classes

Downtown Library: Saturdays beginning September 6, 2014, 9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays beginning September 9, 2014, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon

Dwight Branch: Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning September 9, 2014, 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.

diploma GED Support

Date: Wednesdays, 12:00 noon and 4:00 p.m.
Location: 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.


universal Access Over 500 Online Classes – Free!

Your HPL 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! To unsubscribe to this news letter click here: Unsubscribe



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