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Baby Grand Jazz 2015 Kickoff

Baby Grand Jazz Series Kick-Off Opening Reception

Date: Sunday, January 4th, 2015 
Time: 3:00 p.m. FREE performance, ticketed reception
immediately following performance
Location: Performance in Downtown Atrium, reception Hartford History Center

The 12th Annual Baby Grand Jazz Series begins on Sunday, January 4th at 3:00 p.m with the Eli Yamin Jazz Quartet!

Join us after the performance to kick off the series with a special ticketed reception. Enjoy refreshments by La Petite France of West Hartford and meet and mingle with the opening performers. CDs will be available for purchase. Proceeds from the event benefit Hartford Public Library.

Click here to purchase tickets to the opening reception.

 All performances in this series are free and open to the public.




Music SheetLunch at the Library! Hartford Symphony Orchestra presents Musical Dialogues

Date: Wednesday, December 17, 12:00 noon – 1:00 p.m.
Location: Downtown Library

Bring your lunch and enjoy an hour of beautiful live music! The Hartford Symphony Jazz Ensemble will perform a program of holiday favorites in our Downtown Atrium. Musical Dialogues is a unique series of free concerts which not only presents music performed by Hartford Symphony Orchestra musicians, but also provides audience members an opportunity to engage in dialogue with the musicians. Free and open to the public. Sponsored by Travelers.


Antonia TorresArt, History and Social Activism: CtFAC Honors Romare Bearden

Date: On display December 17, 2014 – March 13, 2015 
Location: Downtown Library, 3rd floor

In honor of the recent arrival of two spectacular Romare Bearden murals at Hartford Public Library, The Connecticut Fiber Arts Collective (CtFAC) presents a special exhibit that pays homage to the stylistic works of Bearden. CtFAC has created a collection of works in textiles, fiber, mixed media and surface design celebrating and recognizing one of the greatest visual artists of the 20th century. A special reception to meet the artists of CtFAC will be held on January 17, 2015, 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. in the 3rd floor Hartford History Center. This event is free and open to the public.


Bound to maintainBound to Maintain Them: Prisoners of War and Humane Captivity in the German Empire, 1916-1917

Date: On display January 8 –  March 31, 2015
Location: Hartford History Center, Downtown Library

Hartford History Center at Hartford Public Library and The Watkinson Library at Trinity College present this unique perspective on the organization and operation of prisoner of war camps in Germany during the Great War. On display January 8 -March 31, 2015 at the Hartford History Center.


Robin LynchFirst Night Hartford at HPL!

Date: Wednesday, December 31, 2014, 3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
Location: Downtown Library Atrium

Join us and ring in the New Year with First Night Hartford! Our Downtown Atrium will be alive with family fun. Master Storyteller Andre Keitt will present “Warm Stories to Chase the Chills Away,” and aerial acrobat Robin Lynch will entertain from high above, performing acrobatic tricks 25 feet in the air! Presented in partnership with First Night Hartford: www.firstnighthartford.org


Kara Sundlun“Finding Dad” Author Talk with Kara Sundlun

Date: Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Location: Center for Contemporary Culture, Downtown Library

Emmy-award winning journalist, Channel 3 co-host and news anchor Kara Sundlun will discuss her newly-released book detailing her life growing up fatherless and building a relationship with her father, a legendary war hero and two-term governor, when she was a young woman. Thea Montanez will moderate the discussion and facilitate audience Q & A. Books will be available for purchase and signing.


Hunger in America“Hunger in America” Film Screening

Date: Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Location: Center for Contemporary Culture, Downtown Library

Join us for a screening of "Hunger in America" the acclaimed film documenting the lives of 50 million Americans who go to bed hungry every night. A discussion on food scarcity and hunger will follow the film. Presented in partnership with City of Hartford, Hartford Food System and Foodshare.


Doc HurleyThe Making of a Legend: The Life and Times of Walter J. Doc Hurley Book Launch

Date: Wednesday, January 28, 2015, 5:30 p.m.
Location: Hartford History Center

A new book on the life and legacy of legendary Hartford coach Walter "Doc" Hurley will be celebrated at our Hartford History Center with a special reception honoring book author Charles A. Teale, Sr., a former chief of the Hartford Fire Department. Free and open to all. Books will be available for purchase and signing.


Balkun ArtOn the ArtWalk: UPcycled Sampler

Date: On display through January 9, 2015
Location: Downtown Library

Stop by and visit our latest ArtWalk exhibit, UPcycled Sampler by Anita Gangi Balkun. Balkun’s work “reuses stuff headed for the recycle bin or trash and transforms it into unexpected forms.” The exhibit includes a large hanging installation piece designed specifically for the ArtWalk, and will be on display during regular Library hours through January 9, 2015.



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! 





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.


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.



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


Hour of CodeHour Of Code

Date: Wednesday, December 17, 4:00 p.m.
Location: Barbour Branch

Ages 7 and up are encouraged to come and join a global movement called Hour of Code to learn how computers work and think. BYOD (Bring your own device: smartphone, tablet, laptop) or share what we have and learn computer code with Angry Birds, Scratch or Popcorn! Let’s get techie!


Polar ExpressPolar Express

Date: Friday, December 19, 1:00 p.m.
Location: Blue Hills Branch

Ages 7 and up! Find out why the boy and his sister can hear the bell while their parents can’t in this classic holiday story. Make a Christmas ornament to take home as well!



Ginger BreadIllustrated Books

Date: Saturday, December 20, 2:30 p.m.
Location: Downtown Library, Children’s Library

Ages 5 and up come and warm up with a cup of hot cocoa and enjoy Jan Brett's illustrated tale The Little Gingerbread Baby and other great picture books found in the Library!



Drum KwanzaKwanza Festival

Date: Saturday, December 27, 11:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.
Location: Downtown, Children’s Library

Join us at the Downtown Children’s Library for a daylong Kwanza Festival! There will be Drumming, Traditional African Storytelling, Arts & Crafts Workshops, Double Dutch Workshop, Poetry Slam, Youth Dance Performances, Food, and more for your family to enjoy!

Volunteer to help make our Kwanza Festival a success! Find out how.


Ho Ho HomeworkHomework Club

Date: Mondays – Thursdays, December 1 – 23, 3:00-3:30 p.m.
Location: Downtown 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.


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.



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.


HPL KitchenThrough December: Library Cardholders Get 10% Off at the  Kitchen @ HPL!

Through the month of December, we’ve got a gift for you! Show your Hartford Public Library card at our Downtown Kitchen Café, and receive 10% off your order. The Café serves delicious breakfast items, baked goods, hot soups, salads and sandwiches, and is a program of Billings Forge Community Works.

Click here for cafe hours and menu.


Hartford Through TimeHartford Through TimeOn Sale Now!

This beautiful, brand new publication from our Hartford History Center explores the city’s changing landscape through never-before published photographs of historic Hartford, juxtaposed with full-color photos of the city today by Hartford News editor Andy Hart. Makes a wonderful holiday gift! On Sale for $22.99. Proceeds benefit the Hartford History Center. 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, visit https://www.rbdigital.com/hartfordct/worldcrunch





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