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Charlie hebdo Four Freedoms

Charlie Hebdo and the Four Freedoms: Global and Local Implications

Date: Wednesday, March 4, 6:00 p.m.
Location: Hartford History Center, Downtown Library

Recent terrorist attacks in Paris heightened passions and concerns around freedom of speech and religious sensitivity.Susan Campbell will moderate a discussion exploring fundamental freedoms and what they mean to us in 2015, with panelists Dr. Saud Anwar, Chris Doucot, Dr. Reza Mansoor, and James H. Smith. More information


Romare Bearden

Hartford Renaissance: Celebrating the Art of Romare Bearden

Date: Saturday, February 28, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Location: Downtown Library

In celebration of Black History Month “Hartford Renaissance – Celebrating the Art of Romare Bearden,” is the first in a series of community conversations on art and culture. This free event is designed to honor the artist Romare Bearden and to provide a forum for public dialogue about his importance as an influential fine artist and his relationship to Hartford. Program includes a panel discussion with local artists and arts administrators, small discussion groups with event attendees, and a performance by The Iron Poets. Breakfast and lunch will be served. Presented in partnership with the Hartford Commission on Cultural Affairs. Register today!

Laszlo Gardony

Baby Grand Jazz featuring Laszlo Gardony

Date: Sunday, March 1, 3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
Location: Downtown Atrium

Laszlo Gardony is a critically-acclaimed artist who has brought his soulful improvisations and compositions to audiences in 24 countries.He is a winner of the Great American Jazz Piano Competition and has been called “a pianist worthy of praise within the highest pantheon of performers” by JazzReview.com.

Baby Grand Jazz is a series of 16 free Sunday afternoon performances, sponsored by the Charles H. Kaman Charitable Foundation. More information and full series lineup.

Gina Juliano

Couponing 101

Date: Thursday, March 19, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Location: Center for Contemporary Culture, Downtown Library

Everyone knows about coupons and how to use them, but not everyone knows how to use them effectively. Join instructor Gina Juliano, “The Connecticut Coupon Lady”, in this two-hour course on how to maximize your savings and use coupons to shop for FREE! Participants should have a basic understanding of computers and the Internet to fully benefit from this class. No materials are necessary to participate.

Explorers & Adventurers Connecticut

Explorers & Adventurers Connecticut: a special collaboration between HPL and The Connecticut Forum

Date: Wednesday, March 25, 6:00 p.m.
Location: Downtown Library

Join us as we partner with The Connecticut Forum to bring you an exciting evening of discovery, exploration and inspiration with Connecticut’s own explorers and adventurers! Stay tuned for panelist announcements. Space is limited, register now!

David Mills

ArtWalk at HPL Presents: Head to Toe by Joe Bun Keo

Date: On Display through April 8, 2015
Location: Downtown Library

Joe Bun Keo is an Asian-American artist who finds his ethnicity to be a “mixed blessing”. The phrase "head to toe" implies a sense of completion, a sense of a whole; something that Bun Keo has been trying to attain in regards to his cultural identity. This exhibition will explore both of the title's meanings in the form of installation, sculptural and conceptual works. Learn more.

Bearden Works

Bearden Works in Hartford History Center

Date: On display through April 15
Location: Hartford History Center, Downtown Library

Throughout his life, Bearden depicted many rituals and social customs of twentieth-century rural Black America. The images of spiritual ceremonies, baptisms and burial, industrial hardships, musical arrangements and daily life have become the themes that critics and collectors most frequently associate with his work. These six works are on loan to the Hartford Public Library through the generosity of Bill Katz, owner of Jubilee Fine Art of Hartford. On display until April 15, 2015 during Hartford History Center hours. Works may be available for purchase.

salsa Socials

Salsa Socials

Date: Every Third Tuesday, 6:00 p.m.
Location: Downtown Atrium

Salsa socials are back at HPL! Join us for an open session welcoming dancers of all levels, free of charge! No partner or experience needed. Dancing and teaching for over twenty years, Rey Bermudez will share his passion for salsa at these open dance sessions.

Antonia Torres

Art, History and Social Activism: CtFAC Honors Romare Bearden

Date: On display through 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, 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.

Bound to Maintain Them

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.

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.



Date: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 5:30-8:00 p.m. through June 9, 2015
Location: Downtown Library, Study Room 8, 2nd Floor

A new FREE class specializing in math to obtain your GED. Ongoing enrollment! Start Now! Online self-paced options also available.

Presented in partnership with the Hartford Adult Education Center. 

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.

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! 



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.

Presented in partnership with the Hartford Adult Education Center. 



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

Animal Hour  

Animal Hour

Date: Wednesday, February 25, 2:00 p.m.
Location: Park Branch

Ages 5 and up. Enjoy reading about elephants, horses, pigs, and other interesting facts about animals! Then enjoy some animal cookies too!

Pajama Day at the library  


Date: Wednesday, February 25, 4:00 p.m.
Location: Goodwin Branch

Ages 5 and up. Come to the library in your PJs and watch a movie on the big screen! (Don't forget your favorite stuffed animals!). We’ll make popcorn, have cookies, and set up a 'hot chocolate bar' where everyone can add marshmallows, chocolate sprinkles, and whipped cream to their cocoa.

World Kitchen  

World Kitchen

Date: Friday February 27, 3:30 p.m.
Location: Mark Twain Branch

Ages 5 and up! Come to the World Kitchen and help us make and eat an international delight!


Read Across America Celebration

Date: Tuesday, March 3, 4:45 p.m.
Location: Albany Branch

Ages 3 and up! Help us celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday by participating in Read Across America Day. Listen to some of Dr. Seuss’s most famous books, and pledge to read at least two books a night to receive a piece of Dr. Seuss’s birthday cake!

Festival of Colors  

Festival of Colors

Date: Thursday, March 5, 5:30 p.m.
Location: Camp Field Branch

Ages 5 and up! Celebrate Holi, an Indian festival marking the arrival of spring! Admire the colorful illustrations accompanying Indian folk tales and make a beautiful craft.

Homework club  

Homework Club

Date: Mondays-Thursdays, February 2-26, 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.



(3-part nonprofit workshop)

Presenter: Kathy Frederick, Frederick Consulting

Participants are expected to attend all three sessions.
This three part workshop will combine lecture, discussion, and exercises. It will focus on the basics elements of successful grantseeking and will offer up-to-date information on trends in foundation philanthropy.

Part 1:  Thursday, March 5, 10 am to noon. Grantmanship Basics The grantseeking process and current trends, how to put your best foot forward, identifying fundable projects, researching grant opportunities, setting up a grants office. We will begin to examine the elements of a grant proposal.

Part 2:  Thursday, March 12, 10 am to noon. Writing Winning Proposals—Step by step discussion of the parts of a grant proposal and how to complete each section to position your organization for success.

Part 3:  Thursday, March 19, 10 am to noon. Sustaining Grant-Funded Programs Focus on: Truths and myths about sustainability, creative ways to continue a program with reduced funding, various levels of planning to sustain grant funded programs. This workshop is offered in partnership with the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving

To register: Email your name and email address to dalexandre@hplct.org

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.

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the ways of the dead On the HPL Blog: YOUmedia Hartford Hosts Inaugural Words to Give By Session!

Words to Give By is a partnership between the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving and WNPR, which aims to discover how neighbors, friends, family – even strangers – have helped each other through tough times. The inaugural session of this program launched at YOUmedia Hartford this week! Read more



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