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Hartford Public Library's events, programs and classes provide new windows on learning, research, art, music and history, and new friends to share it all with. We're making the news like no other organization! Read the 'buzz' here. Then come join in the fun!

Press Releases

March 2015
03/30/2015 Hartford Families Invited to Participate in 2nd Annual StoryWalk
03/27/2015 Hartford Public Library Awarded $50,000 to Connect Heritage Collections with Civic Service
03/20/2015 Connecticut Science Center, Hartford Public Library Partner to Increase Engagement in Scientific Conversation, Inquiry
03/10/2015 The Connecticut Forum & Hartford Public Library Collaborate to Extend Forum Topics, Focus on Local

February 2015
02/25/2015 March 4th Event Explores Paris Terror Attacks and Modern Issues Facing Fundamental Freedoms
02/25/2015 Baby Grand Jazz Series at Hartford Public Library Welcomes Acclaimed Performers Throughout March
02/18/2015 “Hartford Renaissance” Event Celebrates Artist Romare Bearden’s City Ties

January 2015
01/30/2015 Winter Clothing Giveaway Provides Needed Supplies to Hartford Residents
01/22/2015 February Baby Grand Jazz Series Performers Heat Up Hartford
01/13/2015 Legendary Civil Rights Leader and Organizer of Landmark Selma Marches Will Visit Hartford Feb. 5 as Black History Month Event Keynote Speaker
01/08/2015 Life and Legacy of Hartford Educator 'Doc' Hurley Celebrated at Jan. 28 Book Launch

December 2014
12/29/2014 Channel 3 Host Kara Sundlun Will Discuss New Book at January Hartford Public Library Event
12/19/2014 January Performers Light Up Baby Grand Jazz Stage at Hartford Public Library
12/15/2014 Partnership Teaches Hartford Residents Martin Luther King Jr.’s Strategies for Nonviolent Community Leadership

November 2014
11/28/2014 Hartford Public Library Named Small Business Association Eagle Awardee
11/12/2014 Hartford History Center New Release is a Never-Before-Published Photographic Journey Through City History
11/12/2014 Upcycled Exhibit Opens December 5 at Hartford Public Library’s ArtWalk Gallery
11/05/2014 Author and Historian Matthew Warshauer Examines Mental Health Treatment of Civil War Veterans at “Soldier’s Heart” Book Talk

October 2014
10/27/2014 High-Caliber Talent Fills the Lineup for Hartford Public Library’s 2015 Baby Grand Jazz Series
10/22/2014 Hartford Public Library Welcomes New Board Members
10/16/2014 Hartford Public Library Receives Grants in Support of Civic Engagement, Cultural Integration, and Teen Program Development
10/16/2014 An Evening with Darko Tresnjak –Tony Award-Winning Director Discusses the Power of the Graphic Novel

September 2014
09/29/2014 Columnist and ESPN Commentator Doug Glanville Will Speak at Hartford Public Library’s Annual Meeting
09/29/2014 Historian Anne Farrow_Debuts New Book Examining Connecticut Connection to Slavery with Oct. 9 Launch Party and Reading
09/23/2014 The Travelers Foundation Funds Innovation Center at Hartford Public Library’s Teen Digital Learning Lab with $50,000 Grant
09/19/2014 Hartford Public Library Receives $248,000 Federal Grant to Expand Citizenship Services for Immigrant Residents
09/17/2014 Hartford Public Library’s Hartford History Center Receives National Leadership Grant to Support Multimedia Civic Engagement Initiative
09/15/2014 Hartford Public Library Hosts Performance and Author Talk During Banned Books Week
09/15/2014 Charles H. Kaman Foundation Makes Multi-Year Commitment to Fund Baby Grand Jazz Series at Hartford Public Library
09/13/2014 “BBQ for Books” Restaurant Grand Opening Celebration Raises Funds for Hartford Public Library
09/11/2014 Hartford Public Library Celebrates Library Card Sign-Up Month Throughout September
09/08/2014 “Family Traits” Exhibit by Isabel Acosta Opens September 12 at Hartford Public Library’s ArtWalk Gallery

August 2014
08/06/2014 Foundation Grant Provides Healthy Snacks and Supplies to Hartford Students at Homework Clubs

July 2014
07/31/2014 Hartford Public Library Partners with Connecticut Science Center To Promote Free Connecticut Science Center Admission for Hartford Residents During August
07/24/2014 Two Workforce Development Organizations Honored with Hartford Public Library Community Partnership Awards
07/24/2014 Memoir of a Fan Book Launch with Author and Editorial Cartoonist Bob Englehart at Hartford Public Library
07/15/2014 Foundation Grants Support Arts and Sciences Programming for Hartford Children and Adults

June 2014
06/29/2014 One Big Summer Night Sizzled with Support for Hartford Public Library
06/17/2014 Hartford Circus Fire Stories Retold at 70th Anniversary Hartford Public Library Performance Event

May 2014
05/29/2014 Hartford Public Library’s Summer Program Prevents Learning Loss in City Students
05/09/2014 “Life in Images” Exhibit by David Holzman Opens May 9 at Hartford Public Library’s ArtWalk

April 2014
04/28/2014 Hartford Public Library Receives Surprise $25,000 NewAlliance Foundation High Impact Literacy Award
04/24/2014 Hartford Public Library Selected for American Library Association Community Engagement Initiative
04/02/2014 Greater Hartford Community Invited to Celebrate National Library Week, April 13 - 19!

March 2014
03/20/2014 Hartford Families Invited to April 5th StoryWalk™ Kick-off
03/11/2014 March 18th Public Forum Will Address Redevelopment Plans for Hartford Regional Market
03/10/2014 City of Hartford Celebrates Poetry with 4/7 - 4/19 Multicultural Festival
03/07/2014 Hartford Public Library Board Announces Newly-Elected Officers
03/06/2014 Travelers to Serve as Presenting Sponsor for Hartford Public Library’s Gala Fundraiser
03/03/2014 Hartford Public Library Announced as Finalist for Nation’s Highest Honor

February 2014
02/27/2014 Global News Service Now Available to Hartford Library Cardholders
02/20/2014 Service for Visually, Physically Impaired Finds New Home at Hartford Public Library
02/19/2014 City Schools and Libraries Joining Forces To Maximize Services
02/11/2014 Foundation, Corporate and Public Funding Supports New Digital Learning Center at Hartford Public Library
02/06/2014 Library Events Honor Hartford's Immigrant Community

January 2014
01/21/2014 Join Hartford Artist Carlos Hernandez Chavez at the ArtWalk's Feb. 7 Opening of "Dialogues: Impromptu Conversations in Color"
01/14/2014 Award-Winning Documentary Screening and Discussion on Race and Education to be Held in Hartford on Feb. 8th
01/07/2014 Record-Breaking Attendance at Hartford Library's Baby Grand Jazz Kick-Off

December 2013
12/27/2013 Novelist Kirstin Chen Comes to Hartford January 25 for Special Library Event!
12/11/2013 Hartford Public Library Invests in 25 New Early Literacy Stations
12/04/2013 City Conversation Event Explores Intersection of Hartford’s Built Structures and Community Experiences
12/02/2013 Hartford Public Library Presents ArtWalk Exhibit Examining Contemporary Culture at Dec. 13 Opening Reception

November 2013
11/27/2013 City of Hartford Reveals Plans for Downtown Development at Hartford Public Library Event
11/22/2013 Rediscover Hartford and New England’s Forgotten Cities at Dec. 5 Library Event
11/20/2013 Library Announces 2014 One Big Sizzling Summer Night Featured Speaker, Author Ruth Reichl!
11/19/2013 Nov. 22 Day of Caring and Sharing Event Honors Hartford’s Homeless
11/15/2013 Nov 23., Award-Winning Author Angela Johnson Speaks at Hartford Public Library
11/14/2013 Library Film Series and Panel Discussion Explores Muslim Worlds
11/13/2013 Community Conversations About Mental Health to be Held at Hartford Public Library
11/12/2013 Hartford Public Library Hosts “Right to Libraries” Declaration Signing Event
11/08/2013 Hartford’s Poet Priest Shares Writings and Conversation in Special Library Event

October 2013
10/29/2013 Global Lens 2013 Premieres at Hartford Public Library
10/22/2013 Ellis A. Gimbel Trust awards Hartford Public Library Grant for One Book One Hartford
10/22/2013 Charles H. Kaman Foundation Funds 11th Season Of Baby Grand Jazz at Hartford Public Library
10/22/2013 Quality of Life Initiative – Celebrating Action!
10/08/2013 The Hartford History Center at Hartford Public Library & Hartford Preservation Alliance present author talk and book signing with Ron Tanner: From Animal House to Our House: a Love Story.
10/01/2013 Hartford Public Library Receives National Leadership Grant for Libraries from the Institute of Museum and Library Services

September 2013
09/18/2013 Hartford Public Library is First Public Library in the Nation to Receive Bureau of Immigrant Appeals Recognition and Accreditation
09/13/2013 Celebrate Your Right to Read at Hartford Public Library’s Banned Books Readout!
09/05/2013 Hartford Public Library Announces Angela Johnson's A Certain October as the 2013 One Book One Hartford Selection; Explores Loss and Grief Through a Teenage Lens
09/05/2013 Hartford Public Library received grant from Nutmeg Foundation for Arts and Archives: Master Classes in the Arts and Humanities for Older Adults

August 2013
08/28/2013 Billings Forge Community Works and Hartford Public Library Partner to Open Kitchen at Hartford Public Library
08/23/2013 New Vibe at Hartford Public Library’s Downtown Technology Center
08/22/2013 State of Connecticut Recognizes Partnership of Hartford’s Library and School District with a 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant
08/13/2013 Hartford Public Library Announces ArtWalk Exhibit Celebrating 50th Anniversary of Hartford Stage
08/09/2013 Hartford Public Library’s Teen Leaders Initiative receives Support from Travelers for fifth year
08/05/2013 Hartford Public Library Announces Third World of Sounds Summer Series

July 2013
07/18/2013 Health in Hartford Dialogue
07/17/2013 Bank of America awards Hartford Public Library Grant for Summer Teen Leaders Initiative
07/16/2013 Hartford Public Library Presents Wednesday Lunchtime Blues
07/15/2013 Beginners Guide to Salsa at Hartford Public Library
07/05/2013 Mayor, Police Chief join Hartford 2000 to Kick Off Quality Of Life Initiative
07/03/2013 The World’s Strongest Librarian Coming to Hartford Public Library!
07/02/2013 Hartford Circus Fire Scrapbook Project Kickoffs at Library - Community-Wide Effort to Honor and Remember City Story

June 2013
06/28/2013 Big Screen Blockbuster Summer Movie Series at Hartford Public Library!
06/25/2013 Hartford Youth Quilters’ Exhibition Opening at Hartford Public Library!
06/21/2013 Groundbreaking Kickoff to Summer Reading at Hartford Public Library - Step Right Up and Read All About It!
06/18/2013 Hartford Public Library honors World Refugee Day 2013 with an exhibit featuring the work of Andy Hart

May 2013
05/23/2013 Library Summer Reading Kickoff and Fun Fair
05/22/2013 HPL Celebrates National Award at Historic Old State House
05/15/2013 Library’s Homa Naficy Chosen ‘Champion of Change’
05/15/2013 Meet the Author who Helped Inspire Downton Abbey
05/15/2013 Beatlemania at the Library
05/08/2013 Special Program on Open Spaces and Public Planning
05/03/2013 Special May 8 Poster Show on Immigrant Life

April 2013
04/29/2013 We’ve Got the Power! Presentation on the Power of Age
04/23/2013 New Lace Exhibition to Open at Hartford History Center
04/22/2013 CL & P to Serve as Presenting Sponsor for Major Library Fundraiser
04/22/2013 New Partnership to Launch Community Information Hub
04/15/2013 Women on the Move at Hartford Public Library Featuring Film Screening of ¡Presente! about Puerto Rican Visionary Antonia Pantoja
04/02/2013 Author Walter Dean Myers Part of Library’s Naturalization Event
04/01/2013 ArtWalk Photographs of Nature to Link with HSO Performance

March 2013
03/27/2013 Hartford Public Library Wins Library Aware Award
03/20/2013 Fund for Greater Hartford Awards Grant to Library’s New Teen Digital Learning Center
03/19/2013 Bestselling Author Zane to Speak at Hartford Public Library
03/18/2013 Women on the Move: New Series Launches at Hartford Public Library with Shirley Chisholm Documentary Film Screening
03/13/2013 NewAlliance Foundation Awards Hartford Public Library Grant for Summer Reading Initiative
03/12/2013 Soap Opera Diva: Victoria Rowell Coming to Hartford Public Library
03/12/2013 Library Reorganizes to Expand Capacity
03/05/2013 Award-Winning Independent Films, Documentaries, and Shorts Available at Hartford Public Library
03/04/2013 Hartford Public Library and Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art Finalists for 2013 National Medal

February 2013
02/19/2013 Attention Writers! Come Pitch your Book
02/14/2013 Hartford Public Library a Finalist for 2013 National Medal
02/11/2013 Scratch Comes to Hartford Public Library
02/05/2013 Library to host Henry Winkler at One Big Summer Night 2013
02/04/2013 Hartford Public Library Receives Grant to Support Financial Literacy Initiative
02/01/2013 The Best Things in Life Are Free at Hartford Public Library

January 2013
01/29/2013 Hartford Public Library’s ArtWalk Showcases Three Women Artists
01/28/2013 The Edward C. and Ann T. Roberts Foundation Supports the ArtWalk at Hartford Public Library
01/25/2013 Pitney Bowes Foundation Awards Hartford Public Library Grant for Homework Clubs
01/07/2013 150 Digital Magazines in English and Spanish Available 24/7 at Hartford Public Library

December 2012
12/17/2012 Fisher Foundation Awards Hartford Public Library Grant for Homework Clubs
12/14/2012 Baby Grand Jazz Opens its 10th Season at Hartford Public Library
12/11/2012 Hartford Public Library’s ArtWalk exhibit, the Hog River Revival Collection Opens
12/05/2012 Hartford Public Library Celebrates Newly Renovated Dwight Branch with Ribbon Cutting
12/03/2012 Hartford Public Library Announces Baby Grand Jazz 2013

November 2012
11/26/2012 Hartford Public Library’s Newly Renovated Dwight Branch Opens
11/20/2012 Heather Maloney Band Opens Hartford Public Library’s New Indie Pop Series
11/19/2012 Hartford Public Library’s ArtWalk Exhibit Maps, Documents and Spotlights Hartford’s Darkest Passage
11/13/2012 Hartford Public Library Receives Donation from Fidelity Law Association
11/01/2012 Election Day is "Wipe Out Your Fines" Day at Hartford Public Library

October 2012
10/31/2012 Bank of America Awards Hartford Public Library Workforce Development Grant
10/18/2012 The McPhee Foundation Awards Hartford Public Library Grant for Homework Clubs
10/15/2012 CTWorks @ HPL, One-Stop Career Center at Hartford Public Library Helps Residents Land Jobs
10/10/2012 17th Annual Wallace Stevens Birthday Bash Features Poet, Novelist and Critic Jay Parini
10/09/2012 Reflections in Dust-ArtWalk Exhibit
10/04/2012 A Display for Youth at Hartford Public Library in Celebration of Banned Books Week
10/03/2012 Open House Celebration - Thursday, October 11th at 11am-CTWorks @ HPL, One-Stop Career Center at Hartford Public Library

September 2012
09/26/2012 ArtWalk Exhibit reflects inspiration, introspection and physical aspects of two-dimensional media
09/24/2012 Celebrating the Freedom to Read, October 1
09/24/2012 Leveraging Business Contributions and Investments to the Nonprofit Sector Panel Presentation
09/20/2012 2012 One Book One Hartford Selects A Wreath For Emmett Till
09/19/2012 Hartford Public Library’s Library-On-Wheels Campaign Enters the Home Stretch; The Hartford Donates Half the Funding Needed
09/17/2012 University of Hartford Donates Computers to Hartford Public Library
09/13/2012 From the Fundamental Orders to the Royal Charter to the Charter Oak
09/12/2012 The Harford Financial Services Group Inc spent the day beautifying Hartford Public Library’s Goodwin Branch
09/10/2012 CTWorks @ HPL, One-Stop Career Center at Downtown at Hartford Public Library Expands Hours

August 2012
08/28/2012 Hartford Public Library is awarded a Connecticut State Department of Education Grant
08/23/2012 World of Sounds Wraps-Up with A Caribbean Flavor
08/06/2012 Hartford History Center wins National Sparks! Grant

July 2012
07/25/2012 A Center Celebrating the Written Word Makes Change in Leadership and Venue
07/16/2012 The Stars Shined for Hartford Public Library’s One Big Summer Night Gala
07/09/2012 Author Discussion and Book Signing on Human Trafficking at Hartford Public Library
07/05/2012 Global Lens 2012 Regional Premiere at Hartford Public Library
07/02/2012 Hartford Public Library Receives Gift from the Polish Community
07/02/2012 Bruce DeSilva, crime fiction’s newest star, coming to Hartford Public Library

June 2012
06/29/2012 Working together to help Hartford Residents find jobs
06/19/2012 Hartford Public Library Awarded Grant to Increase Voter Engagement in Latino Community
06/07/2012 Hartford Public Library Joins Other Library Systems In ReadersFirst Initiative To Demand Better Service For E-Book Users
06/04/2012 Arinna Huffington featured at Hartford Public Library’s 2012 One Big Summer Night

May 2012
05/31/2012 Hartford Public Library Announces New World of Sounds Summer Series
05/30/2012 Library Summer Reading Kickoff and Fun Fair!
05/22/2012 Hartford Public Library Announces New Parent-Child Summer Reading Program
05/09/2012 Hartford Public Library Receives CT Main Street Award of Excellence
05/08/2012 Author/Illustrator Bryan Collier visits Hartford Public Library
05/07/2012 Family Friendly Comedian Performs at Hartford Public Library

April 2012
04/30/2012 Grand Finale: One Book One Hartford!
04/25/2012 The Aetna donates Zallinger Mural to The American Place at Hartford Public Library
04/16/2012 Library Hosts Forum on the Politics of Women’s Access to Reproductive Health Services
04/11/2012 Travelers continues support to Hartford Public Library’s Teen Leaders Initiative

March 2012
03/28/2012 The Best Things in Life Are Free at Hartford Public Library
03/27/2012 Library’s Art Exhibit Celebrates Latino Cultures from the Caribbean to Central and South America
03/20/2012 Eve Ensler’s "I am an Emotional Creature" chosen as the Spring 2012 One Book One Hartford Selection
03/19/2012 Hartford Public Library Launches Community Dialogue on Adult Learning
03/16/2012 NewAlliance Foundation Awards Hartford Public Library Grant
03/12/2012 New Library Cards Offer Customer Inspired Slogans

February 2012
02/10/2012 Jazz Series continues to heat up Hartford's sunday afternoons
02/03/2012 Race and Representation in Black Connecticut in Celebration of Black History
02/02/2012 Hartford: The Making of a City, 1890-1930

January 2012
01/31/2012 Celebrating the First Annual Take Your Child to the Library Day
01/17/2012 Love of Jazz Inspires Artist’s Paintings
01/03/2012 Baby Grand Jazz opens its 9th season at Hartford Public Library

December 2011
12/16/2011 Library to Host Arianna Huffington at One Big Summer Night in 2012
12/15/2011 Baby Grand Jazz at Hartford Public Library warms up cold sunday afternoons
12/07/2011 McPhee Homework Clubs Help Students Make the Grade

November 2011
11/29/2011 Literary Community Celebrates 10th Annual Connecticut Book Awards
11/28/2011 Exhibit Celebrates Radio Icon Bob Steele at Hartford Public Library
11/25/2011 Watercolor Paintings Reflect the Beauty of Nature with a Chinese Influence
11/09/2011 Downloadable eBooks now available at Hartford Public Library
11/08/2011 Hartford Students Give Voice to Social Justice Issues Through Art

October 2011
10/31/2011 Leadership Appointments at Hartford Public Library
10/26/2011 Celebrating 16 Years of the Wallace Stevens Birthday Bash in Hartford
10/24/2011 Hartford Students Give Voice to Social Justice Issues Through Art
10/24/2011 Hartford Public Library’s Dwight Branch Will Close for Renovation and Expansion
10/18/2011 Hartford students give voice to social justice issues through art
10/13/2011 Hartford Public Library’s New Albany Branch Opens
10/11/2011 Connecticut Book Awards Celebrate 10 Years of Connecticut’s Notable Authors and Illustrators

September 2011
09/29/2011 Hartford Public Library Receives Grant from the Department of Homeland Security
09/28/2011 Hartford Public Library’s Albany Avenue Branch will Close to Move to New Location
09/27/2011 Hartford Public Library Appoints New Chief Administrative Officer
09/23/2011 Transforming Old into New: Collage Exhibit at Hartford Public Library
09/22/2011 ENCORE for Hartford Public Library
09/08/2011 Hartford Public Library launches new web site
09/06/2011 Abraham Lincoln: Self-Made in America

August 2011
08/31/2011 Mark Twain Branch Opens At Hartford Public High School
08/18/2011 Hartford Public Library Appoints New Leadership
08/11/2011 Mark Twain Library Branch to close for move to Hartford Public High School
08/11/2011 My Hartford, My Neighborhood

July 2011
07/07/2011 The Stars Aligned for Library's "One Big Summer Night" Gala
07/05/2011 CEO of Hartford Public Library Elected to National Post

April 2011
04/29/2011 Hartford Public Library Celebrates Annual Days of Remembrance
04/26/2011 Get Noticed! Learn the inside scoop for getting your book published at Hartford Public Library
04/26/2011 Catch Up To Math at Hartford Public Library!
04/08/2011 Celebrate National Library Week at Hartford Public Library and Get Ready for Your Close-up on Snapshot Day

March 2011
03/24/2011 Classic Cars Come to Life at Hartford Public Library
03/02/2011 Author Talk Celebrates Women's History Month

February 2011
02/22/2011 Remembering the Old Neighborhood: Stories of Hartford's North End
02/04/2011 Pictures Worth 1,000 Words: Artist Cora Marshall Speaks at Library
02/02/2011 Author Talks Celebrate Hip-Hop Music and the Harlem Renaissance for Black History Month

January 2011
01/31/2011 Library’s Common Cent$ Fair Teaches How to Hang On to Your Money
01/29/2011 Books Discussions "Terrorism & Takeovers" Illustrate Strength of Human Spirit
01/10/2011 “Homeless Souls” to Open at Hartford Public Library with Slam Poetry Performance
01/04/2011 Library Offers "Success with Email Marketing" Series

December 2010 
12/29/2010 Local Jazz Legends Slated for Sunday Afternoon Jazz Series