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Walter Doc Hurley

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

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

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.

   Eventscheat

Tarantino

Baby Grand Jazz presents: Tarantino/Terefenko Duo

Date: Sunday, Sunday, January 25, 3:00 p.m.
Location: Downtown Library

Arrive early to grab a seat for Sunday’s Baby Grand Jazz featuring the Tarantino/Terefenko Duo with West Hartford native saxophonist Alexa Tarantino and pianist Dariusz Terefenko. Presenting fresh takes on jazz standards and re-inventions of classical works, along with original music and improvisation, the duo released their first album, “Crossing Paths,” last fall, and will leave on an international tour in spring of 2015.

For our full BGJ lineup, click here. Baby Grand Jazz is sponsored by the Charles H. Kaman Chartibale Foundation.

Beacon Day

DIA:BEACON DAY TRIP
Hosted by Real Art Ways & Hartford Public Library

Date: Saturday, January 24, 2015, 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Location: Leaves from Real Art Ways, 56 Arbor Street, Hartford

Travel on a private coach to Dia:Beacon – home of one of the most innovative and important contemporary art collections in the world – for a guided tour featuring the retrospective exhibition Carl Andre: Sculpture as Place, 1958 – 2010. Andre’s Stone Field Sculpture resides in Downtown Hartford. Leave from Real Art Ways at 8:30 am, return at 5:30 pm. $70, or $50 for RAW members + HPL cardholders. Available online at www.realartways.org.

Click here for more information.

David Mills

Shakespeare in Harlem: The Poems and Stories of Langston Hughes

Date: Monday, February 2, 2015 (two shows!)
Location: Mark Twain Branch, 4:00 p.m.; Downtown Library, 6:00 p.m.

In recognition of Black History Month, Hartford Public Library presents actor and writer David Mills as Harlem Renaissance poet Langston Hughes, in two special performances at two HPL locations.

Mills takes the audience on an odyssey spanning five decades—from the 1920s-through the 1960s, of Hughes’ writings, notable characters and excerpts of the iconic poetry collection Montage of A Dream Deferred. Join us as Mills brings the voices of Hughes’ characters to life!

Bernard Lafayette

Nonviolence in a Time of Civil Unrest: A Conversation with Legendary Civil Rights Leader Dr. Bernard Lafayette, Jr.

Date: Thursday, February 5, 5:30 p.m.
Location: Downtown Library

Listen as the civil rights strategist who worked closely with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. speaks to the issues of ongoing conflict throughout the country, and discusses peaceful approaches to resolution. Free and open to all.

This Black History Month event is a part of the MLK Nonviolence Leadership Institute Kingian Nonviolence Conflict Reconciliation Training, presented in partnership with the Connecticut Center for Nonviolence and the City of Hartford Department of Families, Children, Youth and Recreation.

Diann Cook

“And My Journey Continues” by E. Diann Cook

Date: On display through April 10
Location: Downtown Library, 3rd Floor Youth Department Gallery

View original art works by Connecticut artist, author and musician E. Diann Cook. Most of the works are available for purchase and a portion of the proceeds benefit Hartford Public Library. On display through April 10, 2015.

Murice Robertson

The Best of Baby Grand Jazz Exhibit

Date: On display though April, 2015
Location: Downtown Downtown Library, 2nd Floor

Our widely acclaimed Baby Grand Jazz Series grooves into a second decade of high-caliber performances with an artistic look back at over ten years of Sunday magic at Hartford Public Library. A special exhibit of photographs, paintings and fiber art by local artists will showcase images specific to past performances in the series from 2004 – 2014.

Antonia Torres

Reception with the Artists! Art, History and Social Activism: CtFAC Honors Romare Bearden

Date: Saturday, January 17, 2015, 1:00 p.m.
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, his commitment to civil rights and his contributions to the African-American jazz and art communities. 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. Join us for a special reception with the artists!

Bound to maintain

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

Date: On display through March 31, 2015
Location: Downtown Library, Hartford History Center

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.

   Classescheat

GED online course 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.

 

ESL Classes 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.

 

Free Online Classes 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! 

 

Math Tutoring Math 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.
 

   Kidscheat

 

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

Story Time Snowflakes Story Times

Date: Tuesday January 27, 10:00 a.m.
Location: Downtown Children’s Library

Parents and caregivers! Come with your young ones ages 3-5 to enjoy seasonal rhymes, songs, finger plays, book-based activities, and – as always – the best in children's books! Individuals welcome without registration; groups, please register in advance by calling 860-695-6330.

Duct Tape Wrap Ductivity

Date: Thursday, January 29, 5:00 p.m.
Location: Albany Branch

Ages 10 and up. Learn how to make a duct tape wallet. Whether it’s a gift for Dad or your own personal bank account, a homemade wallet is durable, creative, and flat-out cool.

Homework Club  

Homework Club!

Date: Mondays-Thursdays through January 3:00-3:30 p.m.
Location: 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.

 

   Communitycheat

Hartford Through Time On Sale Now!

Hartford Through Time 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. On sale for $22.99. Proceeds benefit the Hartford History Center. Click here for more information.

Kitchen Cafe Get 10% off in The Kitchen with your HPL Card

The Kitchen now accepts HPL cards! Enjoy a 10% discount when you use your Library card anytime at The Kitchen!

 

 

Worldcrunch News 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

Apply for Passport 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.

   Our Blogscheat

Sweetland By Michael Crummey On the Under the Covers Blog: Sweetland By Michael Crummey

Hartford Courant columnist Carole Goldberg reviews new books in our collection each week. This week, poet and novelist Michael Crummey’s Sweetland is the story of Moses, a 70-year-old lighthouse keeper who refuses to leave his home in an all-but-abandoned Newfoundland village despite a generous offer from the government. Sweetland tells the story of Moses’ family, the town’s history, and other quirky residents. Read more!

 

 

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