OUR MISSION

Hartford Public Library provides free resources that inspire reading, guide learning, and encourage individual exploration.


OUR VISION

The Library will be a national leader in redefining the urban public library in the 21st century as an innovative and stimulating place where people can learn and discover, explore their passions, and find a rich array of resources that contribute to a full life.


OUR CORE VALUES

  • Providing service excellence
  • Achieving results
  • Collaborating to achieve the Library’s mission


OUR VALUE PROPOSITION

Democratizing access to information and opportunity.

We serve the people of City of Hartford, our principal funders and customers. We are in and of the community…a place like no other. We are a gateway for immigrants and refugees…an early literacy center for preschoolers…a wifi hot spot and business office for area workers…an exhibit space for artists…a technology resource for residents and visitors…a lender of books and other educational and entertaining materials… a training center for the development of new skills…the repository of Hartford’s history…a gathering place for people to relax, explore, learn, and grow. 


ONE CORE IDEA

At Hartford Public Library, you will discover a place like no other.

Through its mix of enriching resources, you can find a place that provides the spark for your conversation, the power for your passion, the courage for your soul and the food for your mind.

It is more than just pages. It is the window to knowledge and understanding of the world.


OUR SIX PRIORITIES

  1. Community-wide service and branches
  2. Commitment to literacy
  3. Expanded presence, profile and partnerships
  4. Board governance and organizational excellence
  5. Development and financial sustainability
  6. Current technology


GENERAL GUIDELINES

Programs and exhibits are considered based on the Library’s strategic plan and mission and available library resources. All submissions will be reviewed by the Library’s programming staff.

 

PROGRAMS

Hartford Public Library sponsors programs that support our activities, mission, collections, and strategic plan at the Downtown Library and at neighborhood branches.

 

EXHIBITIONS

The Library showcases works of established and emerging artists—particularly from Hartford— and/or exhibitions that focus on Hartford and Hartford’s history, which educate, enlighten, challenge, and enrich people’s lives. All exhibitions will be curated by Library staff. Original work in all media will be considered.

Hartford Public Library is pleased to offer the opportunity for local writers to showcase their latest publication and connect with library visitors. HPL will publicize your appearance and will make available your book in the circulating collection. Hartford authors will be given first consideration. Please contact 860.695.6320 with any questions.

Hartford Public Library is looking for musical artists to perform as a part of our dynamic concert series. As an anchor institution, the Library plays an important role in the region’s cultural, social and economic development while contributing to the stability, safety and quality of life in Hartford. The Hartford Public Library supports artistic excellence by engaging local communities in new and exciting ways through an array of inspiring artistic programs.  

Currently, HPL has two grant-funded multi-year musical performance series, in addition to other events and programs throughout the year that have a musical component. Please indicate if you are submitting for a specific series (info below) or a general submission for consideration.  

Kaman Charitable Foundation Baby Grand Jazz Series

Hartford Public Library is looking for groups to play in our Baby Grand Jazz series, which runs 16 Sundays from January through April. These popular free concerts have been a staple of Hartford Public Library since 2004. Ensembles must include a pianist who will play the Library’s grand piano. HPL will livestream the concerts and post them for later viewing on its YouTube channel. Rolling submissions; deadline for next year's series is July 30, 2018. 

Evelyn W Preston Memorial Fund World of Sounds Series 

Hartford Public Library is looking for groups to play in our World of Sounds series, a free outdoor concert series in June through September at library branch locations around Hartford. World of Sounds showcases a wide array of performers who represent the diversity of musical cultures and ethnicities that exist in Hartford’s neighborhoods. Rolling submissions; deadline for the 2019 series is January 30, 2019. 

Other Performances

The Hartford Public Library is interested in featuring a variety of musical performances throughout the year.





 

Public Program or Exhibit Proposal

GENERAL GUIDELINES

Programs and exhibits are considered based on the Library’s strategic plan and mission and available library resources. All submissions will be reviewed by the Library’s programming staff. Most lectures, readings, exhibits, and performances are done on a volunteer basis.

 

PROGRAMS

Hartford Public Library sponsors programs that support our activities, mission, collections, and strategic plan at the Downtown Library and at neighborhood branches.

 

EXHIBITIONS

The Library showcases works of established and emerging artists—particularly from Hartford— and/or exhibitions that focus on Hartford and Hartford’s history, which educate, enlighten, challenge, and enrich people’s lives. The Library gives preference to exhibitions linked to program themes and initiatives, such as The Big Read. All exhibitions will be curated by Library staff. Original work in all media will be considered.

If you are interested in applying specifically for the Library’s ArtWalk, separate submission guidelines are available at http://hplct.org/classes-seminars-exhibits/artwalk/submission-guidelines.

 

APPLICATIONS

A completed application includes:

·       Public Program or Exhibit Proposal form (enclosed)

·       A bio and/or resume

·       At least three references

·       Required support materials:

  • Exhibits: Ten to twelve representative images. Images must be high-quality jpegs, at least 800x600 pixels but not larger than 1024x786 pixels. Include a corresponding image list.
  • Musical performances: Website, audio and video links.
  • Author talks/book promotion: Author’s name, Publisher, Publicist’s name and contact information, and book release date.

·       Any additional support materials