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Curator Talk – Beatrice Fox Auerbach: The Woman, Her World and Her Wardrobe 

Date:  Saturday, March 15, 2014, 2:00 p.m.          

Location: Hartford History Center, Downtown Library


Hear from Laura Crow, Director of Costume Design for the Department of Dramatic Arts at the University of Connecticut, on the the life of Beatrice Fox Auerbach as told through an exhibit of garments and personal items of the world traveler, influential philanthropist, and owner and CEO of America's largest privately owned department store, G. Fox & Co. The exhibit is free and open to the public during Hartford History Center hours, Tuesday through Saturday, 1 PM – 5 PM. On display through May 10, 2014. More info: 860-695-6297



Baby Grand Jazz: Warren Byrd

Date: Sunday, March 16, 2014, 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Location: Downtown Library, Atrium

Don't miss the next exciting performer in our Baby Grand Jazz Series, Warren Byrd! Pianist / vocalist / composer Warren Byrd is a Hartford native with an international touring schedule after many fruitful years playing Jazz throughout Connecticut, Southern New England, and New York.
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The Glass Ceiling: Cracked, Shattered, or Still Solid? 

A Panel Discussion

Date: Tuesday, March 25, 2014, 5:30 p.m.

Location: Center for Contemporary Culture, Downtown Library


The many women who have created change in our community have often not followed the "rules" society has set out for them. Hear from accomplished and committed Connecticut women about the challenges they faced and how they overcame them, and what we might learn from their experiences. Light refreshments at 5:30 p.m., panel discussion featuring First Lady Cathy Malloy, Connie Green, and other trailblazing women from Hartford's recent history to begin at 6:00 p.m.  

Connecticut Women's Hall of Fame Portraits

Date: On display March 17 – April 27, 2014

Opening Reception: Thursday, March 27,  5 p.m. – 7 p.m

Location: ARTWalk, Downtown Library, 3rd floor

The ARTWalk hosts a beautifully executed collection of 65 framed images and biographies honoring CWHF Inductees (1994-2002) of great achievement who have broken new ground or have emerged as leaders in their fields of endeavor. 



Last Chance! Dialogues: Impromptu Conversations in Color

Date: On display through March 15, 2014

Location: ARTWalk, Downtown Library, 3rd floor

Our winter ARTWalk season continues with a vibrant exhibit by Hartford artist and musician Carlos Hernandez Chavez, whose explorations in color reveal the intense beauty in seemingly everyday experiences. 
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Tourific Tuesdays @ HPL!

Date: Tuesday, April 1, 12:30 p.m.

Location: Downtown Library

Brenda Miller, chief cultural affairs and public programming officer, will discuss "The Way We Worked," an exhibit on loan from The Smithsonian Institute, and "Beatrice Fox Auerbach: The Woman, Her World and Her Wardrobe," highlighting women's evolving roles in the workplace. The tour will conclude with a sweet bite at our Kitchen @ HPL. Refreshments provided by Billings Forge Community Works. Tours depart at 12:30 p.m. from the security desk at the Main Street entrance. Reservations encouraged but not required.  Contact Dawn Zumbroski at 860-695-6351 or dzumbroski@hplct.org.  

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Hartford Loves Stories: Homegrown Literary Arts Fair

Date: April 5, 2014, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.,

Location: Downtown Library

Join HPL for a local, homegrown literary arts fair that celebrates creative expression in all forms, featuring award-winning author and Fulbright Scholar Oonya Kempadoo as keynote speaker and prose-writing workshop leader. An "author village," workshops in music, art, prose and poetry, and an oral history project will connect education to the arts and showcase the stories that continue to inspire us today.

Presented in partnership with Capital Community College and the Renzulli Academy of Hartford. For more info, contact 860-695-6377.


Master Plan for the Redevelopment and Revitalization of Hartford Regional Market  

Dates: Tuesday, March 18, 2014, 5:30 p.m.

Location: Center for Contemporary Culture, Downtown Library


The Hartford Regional Market was established in the late 1940s and is home to 15 wholesale food businesses, a restaurant, and the state's largest farmers' market. The Connecticut Department of Agriculture has engaged a team of consultants to develop a master plan that will seek to redevelop the Market into the best regional food hub in the country. Join us to learn about the team's research findings, as well as innovations from state-of-the-art facilities around the country and their community impacts in terms of access to fresh, healthy foods; job creation; business incubation; and education.

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Zone Hartford: A New Way to Zone Hartford for Positive Change 

Dates: March 11, 12 & 13, 2014, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Location: Center for Contemporary Culture, Downtown Library


Join us for three workshops where we will discuss land use, building form, and design. Your ideas will influence future zoning for the entire city. Presented in collaboration with Hartford 2000 and the City of Hartford Development Services.

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The People's Budget – A Two-Part Workshop 


Date: Part II: Saturday, March 22, 2014, 9:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Location: Center for Contemporary Culture, Downtown Library


Learn about the City of Hartford's budget process and provide direct input to Mayor Pedro Segarra and Council Members on the budget for the year July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015. Share your service priorities, hear from the Mayor about his vision and expectations, and prepare a balanced City budget, and present your budget recommendations to the Mayor and Council Members. Lunch provided. Click here for more information.


Tax Preparation Help Available

Date:  Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Location: Downtown Library, 2nd Floor 

Tax season is upon us! Visit the Library for assistance with filling out tax returns, file electronically, or to pick up forms. Call (860) 695-6295 to make an appointment, or walk in – first come, first served. Appointments recommended.

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Apply for your Passport at HPL!

Date:  Monday – Thursday, 4:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.; Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.; Sundays through April by appointment only

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.

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


Get 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.

Teen Tech Week

Date:  March 11 – March 20, 2014

Location: Various; for dates, times and locations, click here.
Ages 12 and up.  Join local artist Balam Soto as we celebrate Teen Tech Week.  Explore the fusion of low tech and high tech components to make a blinking light bracelet.  Participation is limited, so please register in advance by calling 860-695-7420. 

iWand Fairy Tales

Date: Thursday, March 27, 2014, 6:00 p.m. (Albany Branch); Thursday, March 27, 2014, 3:45 p.m. (Park Branch)

Location: Various

Ages 5 and up. Listen to the classic tale of Cinderella. Through writing and illustration, design your own wand app to make your dreams come true. For more information, call 860-695-6330.


Bone Up on Your Reading Skills with Gizmo!

Date:  Every first and third Saturday, 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Location: Downtown Youth Department

Children ages 5 and up are invited to read aloud one-on-one to Gizmo, a Paws to Read certified animal assisted reading dog, who loves every story and has no idea if a child makes a mistake. Young readers can relax and read at their own pace to a patient and willing listener. Registration encouraged. Call 860-695-6330 to register. 


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 


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 

Date: Wednesdays and Thursdays 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Location: Downtown Library


Open enrollment / Walk-ins welcome. Free.
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