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Omar Sosa--title image.jpg       Expressions in Sound and Motion:
Maurice Robertson

Opening Reception: Friday, January 22, 6:00 PM, Artwalk
Photographer Maurice Robertson has an affinity for professionally documenting music, particularly jazz and dance and theater performances, as well as candid street portraiture in the United States, the Caribbean, Brazil and North Africa.
Read The Hartford Courant's profile of Maurice Robertson here

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LAUWvita.jpg The VITA Program at Hartford Public Library
The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers free tax help for households with an annual income of less than $54,000.
Tuesdays-Thursdays 4:00-6:00 PM, and Saturdays 10:00 AM-2:00 PM
Call (860) 695-6295 to make an appointment. Appointments required.
Read more

Ayako Higuchi.jpg  Baby Grand Jazz: Ayako Higuchi
Sunday, January 24, 3:00 PM, Downtown Library Atrium
Ayako is a composer, producer, and pianist based in NYC. She is originally from Fukuoka, Japan and started playing the classical piano at the age of 5, and started composing music at the age of 7.
Click here to read more about Baby Grand Jazz.

NW1hOk3.jpg  Feeling the need to get away?
Did you know Hartford Public Library is a full-service passport center?
Apply for your passport at HPL!
Monday-Thursday, 3:30-7:00 PM and Saturday, 10:00 AM-3:00 PM
The American Place, Downtown Library, 1st floor.
Click here for more information.

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A do-it-yourself social impact project
Listen to HPL Board member Thea Montanez describe The Road Not Takenproject. She worked with Eddie Delberto, her cousin, who is serving 60 years at Cheshire Correctional Institution. He is a member of the Lifers Group. They took childhood photos of lifers and had them write descriptions of where they were and who they were when the photo was taken. Thea relates it to the One Book One Hartford project.
Look and listen here

venture-smith-03.jpg  C-SPAN interviews author Chandler Saint
Chandler Saint researched and wrote about the life of Venture Smith, an African prince sold into slavery in 18th century New England, who labored in bondage for 25 years and purchased his own freedom. His autobiography is the earliest known African American literary voice.
Tune in here.

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YOUmedia is where teens ages 13 to 19 go to Hang Out, Mess Around, and Geek Out!
Tricia George, Director of YOUMedia & Teen Services, and Gabbie Barnes, Teen Librarian, spent the first week of January in Austin, Tex., meeting with other YOUmedia specialists from libraries, museums, and community organizations across the US. They returned to do a week of planning for the future of YOUmedia Hartford. “We are bolstering our workshop offerings to include a more structured orientation to the space for youth and additional tech workshops in graphic design, Photoshop, and Illustrator,” George says.
Click here to view the YOUmedia program calendar
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Access more than 500 online classes- free!
Your HPL card can unlock a world of learning, wherever you are, for free! Universal Class offers more than 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 own schedule.
Click here and enter your library card barcode to begin!

ESL Classes
Downtown Library: Saturdays, 9:30 AM-1:00 PM, and Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
Dwight Branch: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:00-8:00 PM
Park Branch: Mondays, 5:40-7:30 PM
Free English language classes for speakers of other languages are offered twice a year for beginning levels only. Open to students age 17 and older. Presented in partnership with the Hartford Adult Education Center.
Click here for more information.
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