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 Darko Tresjnak

An Evening with Darko Tresjnak 

Date: Thursday, October 23rd, 6:00 p.m. 
Location: Downtown Atrium

Join us Downtown for a special evening with Hartford Stage Artistic Director Darko Tresjnak as he discusses the power of the graphic novel in the art of storytelling. The conversation with HPL CEO Matt Poland will center around Art Spieglman’s In the Shadow of No Towers, a powerful, introspective visual account of the tragic events of 9/11 and its life-altering aftermath. A One Book One Hartford event.



School Building

Young Americans Exhibit

Date: On display October 27, 2014 – December 5, 2014
Location: Downtown Library, 3rd Floor

“Young Americans,” an exhibit by Atlanta-based photographer Sheila Pree Bright, explores the identities of U.S. citizens and immigrants pursuing citizenship by presenting portraits of Americans aged 18 to 25, each posing with an American flag. Four stunning photographs on diaplay are from the collection of the Amistad Center for Art and Culture. 

School Building

Education in Place: Hartford’s Urban Learning Environment

Date: Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 6:00 p.m.- 7:30 p.m.
Location: Center for Contemporary Culture, Downtown Library

How does location impact learning? Is there an architectural model that schools should use? How do transformed spaces impact the transformed roles and missions of public learning organizations? Schools and libraries are central elements of Hartford’s built environment, and this panel seeks to explore how the educational spaces we live with impact our experiences of learning and our understanding of the city around us. Click here for more information.


Reimagining Hartford: Creating the New City 

Date: Wednesday, November 5, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. 
Location: Center for Contemporary Culture, Downtown Library, 500 Main Street, 1st Floor 

What if we could time travel to visit the Hartford of the future? What would it look like? What issues will be solved and which will still need to be addressed? We can take a sneak peak at the new city—the city Hartford will become–the evening of November 5th, as panelists including: Hartford Mayor, Pedro Segarra, Cary Wheaton, Executive Director of Billings Forge Community Works, among others discuss the changes that Hartford will see in the future and how it will improve the capitol of Connecticut.

Art Class

Register Today! Arts & Archives Master Class

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.



Math TutoringMath Tutoring

Date: Thursdays, 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Location: Downtown Library

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

ESL ClassesESL 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.


GED online courseGED 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.

Free Online ClassesAccess 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




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

Dem BonesHydration Nation 

Date: Thursday, October 23, 4:30 p.m. 
Location: Downtown Children’s Library

Ages 10 and up are welcome to come learn about the importance of water and staying hydrated. Children will learn about how our bodies are made up of 60% water and enjoy trying a variety of infused waters and discuss the benefits. 

Fish FossilNational Fossil Day 

Date: Monday, October 27, 4:45 p.m. 
Location: Albany Branch

Ages 6 and up will discover prehistoric traces of life and make their own fossil to take home! 

CarnivalCarnival Days! 

Date: Tuesday, October 28, 5:00 p.m. 
Location: Blue Hills Branch

Ages 6 and up. Enjoy the onset of crisp autumn days with traditional carnival games and treats, inside the library! Win tickets for prizes, get a henna tattoo, and enjoy the season! 

Dem BonesDem Bones 

Date: Wednesday, October 22, 4:00 p.m.  
Location: Mark Twain Branch

Join us for a lively reading of Shake Dem Halloween Bones and create a spooky glow-in-the-dark door hanger! Ages 5 and up. 

Homework ClubHomework Club

Date: Mondays-Thursdays, October 1-30, 3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Location: HPL, Downtown Children’s Library

Ages 5 and up. Fall back into great homework habits with a trip to the library. Drop in after school for homework help and fun activities to get you started. Homework supplies provided. 

Mystery Story Writing ContestMystery Story Writing Contest

Date: Mondays-Thursdays, October 7-30, 4:00 p.m.
Location: Downtown, Children’s Library, 500 Main Street, 3rd Floor 

Ages 8-12. Write the scariest story and win a prize! Entries should be one to two pages long and are due no later than October 31. 

School ChoiceGet School Choice Assistance @ HPL!

Date: 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.


Bear’s Smokehouse BBQ discountBear’s BBQ Discount Days for HPL Customers!

Each Monday, stop by Bear’s Smokehouse BBQ at 89 Arch Street, Hartford and enjoy 10% off your order by showing your Hartford Public Library Card!


Small BusinessSmall Business Basics 5-Week Workshops

Date: Thursdays October 23-November 20, 2014 5:30 p.m.
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

RPI leadershipRPI Leadership Speakers Series at HPL

Date: October 23, 2014 5:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
Location: Downtown Library 

HPL will host the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Alumni Association’s third annual Leadership Speakers Series. This year’s theme is “High Performing Organizations-Leading Through Innovation”. Focusing on all areas of growth at the leadership level, the series will aim to illuminate the challenges key stakeholders face and how to succeed. A book signing and hors d’oevures will follow the speakers series. The cost to attend is $15 for Rensselaer Alumni and $20 for all others, proceeds benefit HPL’s Itty Bitty Hartford Project. Click here for more information and to register. 

Apply for PassportApply 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.

Worldcrunch NewsWorldcrunch 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, visithttps://www.rbdigital.com/hartfordct/worldcrunch



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