Join the annual celebration in June
Please show your support for Hartford Public Library by attending or sponsoring One Big Summer Night. This year the gala will be on June 20th.
One Big Summer Night is the Library’s annual gala, now one of the most anticipated events on Hartford’s social calendar. Each year, the gala brings authors to the City to delight and entertain guests. The gala is held at the beautiful Connecticut Convention Center overlooking the City and the Connecticut River. This gala has grown in popularity since it began as a small tented event in 2002 with 150 people to 630 people in 2012.
Gala attendees represent friends of the Library from a wide spectrum: government, politics, corporate, arts and culture, community-based organizations, foundations, individual donors and residents of the City who are invited as guests of the Library.
Previous featured authors were: Dominick Dunne, Jacques Pépin, Wally Lamb, Francine du Plessix Gray, Colin McEnroe, Nora Pollard, Paul Weidner, Malachy McCourt, Julie Powell, the author of the New York Times bestseller Julie and Julia, Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, stars of MSNBC’s Morning Joe, and Arianna Huffington columnist, president and editor-in-chief of the AOL Huffington Post Media Group. Our guest in 2013 is Henry Winkler, actor, director, producer, philanthropist, and New York Times best selling author.
The gala is a enjoyable evening where a true sense of community warms the room.
Hartford Public Library is the city’s greatest source of information and free entertainment. In challenging economic times, library usage increases dramatically. Our Library must raise significant private and grant funds to achieve and advance its mission as one of our truly democratic institutions. The print and electronic collections must be constantly refreshed to stay on the cutting edge of available materials. Proceeds from One Big Summer Night are used to purchase print and electronic resources and to sponsor wide-ranging literacy and learning programs to serve the thousands of men, women and children who visit, and depend on, us every day. The gala also allows the Library to maintain computer resources for Hartford residents who need access for information, learning, the needs of daily living, and to find work.
The dollars raised will also fund various programs to help us address the needs of our community: low literacy, high poverty, an achievement gap, youth violence and a widening digital divide, among others.
Your participation will offer you a unique way to experience the Library, while helping ensure that we advance our mission of providing essential, free services to the people of Hartford and beyond.
Contributions to events are tax deductible (excluding goods and services provided) and all proceeds benefit Hartford Public Library.
Contact Jane Penfield, development manager, at 860-695-6342.
Thank You To Our Sponsors