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Adrienne Rich

The Uncharted Path from Fear to Freedom: A Glimpse into the Life and Work of Adrienne Rich

Date: Saturday, March 28, 1:00 p.m
Location: Downtown Library

In recognition of Women’s History Month (March) and National Poetry Month (April), Hartford Public Library and the Connecticut Poetry Society present a lecture and discussion on the life and work of American poet Adrienne Rich (1929-2012) led by Sarah Rizzuto, President of the New Haven Chapter of the Connecticut Poetry Society.

Poet, essayist and feminist Adrienne Rich published over a dozen collections of poetry during a 60-year career that began in 1951, while attending Radcliffe College in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

The lecture is part of an ongoing series of the global and local implications of “The Four Freedoms: 2015-2016” at Hartford Public Library.



The PianistThe Pianist of Willesden Lane featuring Mona Golabek

Date: Date: Wednesday, April 1, 12:00 noon
Location: Downtown Library Atrium

In partnership with Hartford Stage, Hartford Public Library presents an author talk and musical selections based on the book The Children of Willesden Lane by Mona Golabek and Lee Cohen. An expression of hope and the life-affirming power of music, The Pianist of Willesden Lane tells the true story of a young Jewish musician, who was sent from Nazi-ruled Vienna to the relative safety of London during the Blitzkrieg. In this inspirational show, running through April 26 at Hartford Stage, piano virtuoso Mona Golabek performs some of the world’s most beautiful music as she shares her own mother’s riveting story of survival.


Poets on PoetryPoets on Poetry Discussion Series

Date: Saturday, March 28, 10:15 a.m.- 11:45 a.m.
Location: Downtown Library

Join us for “Poets on Poetry”, a series of monthly moderated book discussions of poetry collections, beginning March 28 at our Downtown Library, presented in partnership with the Connecticut Poetry Society. “Poets on Poetry” spotlights works of national acclaim and features local poetry enthusiasts to lead the way. HPL card holders can access books in advance of the scheduled discussions through the Library collections. Please visit here to learn more about each discussion.


Alvin CarterBaby Grand Jazz featuring Alvin Carter Project: Confluence of Influence

Date: Sunday, March 29, 3:00 p.m.
Location: Downtown Library

Join us this Sunday for a lively performance by the Alvin Carter Project! Alvin Carter is a multi-percussionist who had his musical beginnings on congas and later added drum set and many other types of percussion to his list. He currently focuses on Afrikan-American improvisational music but has been active in many different musical styles for many years.

Baby Grand Jazz Series is a series of 16 free jazz performances sponsored by the Charles H. Kaman Charitable Foundation. Click here for a complete series lineup.


beyond the PodiumBeyond the Podium: Lunchtime Conversation Series with the Connecticut Science Center

Date: Monday, April 6, 11:30 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.
Location: Hartford History Center, Downtown Library

HPL and the Connecticut Science Center are pleased to introduce a lunchtime conversation series about science. Join us for the first discussion: “Cheap Oil: At What Cost to the Environment?” featuring Teresa Eickel, Executive Director of the Interreligious Eco-Justice Network, an organization that seeks to inspire and inform religious groups in Connecticut to be stewards of the earth. Bring lunch, beverages will be provided.


heart CityWhat's Your Story? Heart City Story Club

Date: Tuesday, April 7, 6:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m.
Location: Downtown Library

Join the HCSC for a monthly open mic night series for telling true, personal stories live, on stage, and without notes. All are welcome to bring their stories and get up in front of the mic! Dates include: April 7, May 13, June 17, July 8, and August 12.


Cynthia BoyntonRemarkable Women of Hartford: Author Talk with Cynthia Boynton

Date: Wednesday, April 8, 6:00 p.m.
Location: Downtown Library, Hartford History Center

Connecticut's capital has served as home to some of the most influential women in the state's history, but few know the stories of their lives and their accomplishments. Through the stories of many inspiring profiles,author and journalist Cynthia Wolfe Boynton chronicles the struggles and triumphs of some of Hartford’s most remarkable women. Books will be available for purchase.


Letter From Italy 1944Open Mic for Veterans and Poetry Reading

Date: Saturday, April 11, 1:00 p.m.
Location: Downtown Library

Join us for a half hour open mic poetry reading for veterans, followed by a stunning musical and visual accompaniment to an author reading.Author Nancy Fitz-Hugh Meneely will read from her book Letter From Italy, 1944, a collection of poems that honors her father’s heroism during WWII as an army doctor, and the post-traumatic stress he felt after the war. This book was named one of the outstanding Connecticut books of the year by Carole Goldberg in The Hartford Courant. All veterans in attendance will be given a free copy of the book and its accompanying CD containing selections from the oratorio based on it.


Municipal buildingHartford On My Mind: Arts & Archives Workshop Series    

Date: Saturdays, April 11 – May 9, 10:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.
Location: Downtown Library

The second in a series of Arts and Humanities Classes for Older Adults, funded by the Ensworth Charitable Foundation, will combine digital photography with poetry and be led by master artists Kate Rushin and Hartford photographer Karen O’Maxfield.

Using the Municipal Building as its thematic fulcrum, participants will compose poetry inspired by the century-old beaux-arts Main Street landmark and explore its architectural intricacies and photograph details. This workshop has been developed to showcase the centennial anniversary of this important Hartford building and will culminate with an exhibition of work to be displayed in November 2015, marking the Municipal Building’s 100th birthday.

This workshop series consists of five progressive classes beginning April 11 and held every Saturday through May 9. A limited number of cameras are available to borrow for the duration of the workshop. Free and open to the public. Register at 860-695-6298 or in-person at any HPL branch.


David MillsArtWalk 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.


Murice RobertsonThe 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. 


Back to CollegeThinking of Going Back to College?

Date: Wednesday, April 15, 2015 6:00 7:30 p.m.
Location: Hartford Public Library Downtown Branch

Thinking of going back to college? Are you a working adult, parent or caregiver with limited time on your hands? Learn how to take that first step to continuing your education, achieving personal goals, as well as learning how flexible, and affordable a part-time college education can be! Join us for a panel presentation by representatives from area colleges.


Pardons ProgramPardon Program

Date: Monday, April 15 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Location: Downtown Library 

 Is a criminal record keeping you from getting a job? Did you know that a provisional pardon may help? Learn about pardons and the process from the Connecticut Pardon Team, a non-profit organization providing information and tools to help change lives. Call 1-860-823-1571 to register. 


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! 



ESL ClassesESL Classes

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

Dwight Branch: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 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 Flyerhere!

X-box 360  

Press Play

Date: Monday, March 30, 3:30 p.m.
Location: Goodwin Branch

Ages 12 and up! Show off your skills on the X-Box 360 console with a variety of games. Individuals welcome without registration, groups, please call to sign up ahead of time.

Homework club  

Homework Club

Date: Mondays-Thursdays, March 2-31, 3:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
Location: Downtown Children's Library

Ages 5 and up are welcome to continue sharpening great homework habits with a trip to the Library! Drop in after school for homework help and fun activities to get started. Homework supplies provided.


Stream MusicFREE streaming music and movies with your HPL card!

Your HPL card gives you access to free movies AND music with Freegal! Click here to learn more.



KidsSupport Your Public Library, Become a Monthly Giver!

Hartford Public Library depends on your support to help us serve our community by providing free resources to inspire reading, guide learning and encourage individual exploration. Become a monthly giver today, and your automatic donation will continue to sustain our work, hassle-free! Find out how.



Bears BBQBear’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!



Cooking classesCooking Classes at The Kitchen @ HPL

The Kitchen at Hartford Public Library offers various public cooking classes this spring at our second floor kitchen space at HPL Downtown. Classes include how to make pierogis, brunch basics, hosting parties, and more! Check here for a schedule of these classes and pricing for each class.



Kitchen CafeGet 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 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


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.

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Spoiled BratsOn the Under the Covers Blog: Get in Trouble by Kelly Link


Each week, Hartford Courant columnist Carole Goldberg reviews books in our collection. This week, sci-fi writer Kelly Link collection of short stories begin with at least one foot in reality and deftly move into wondrous tales of speculative fiction. Read more!






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