By Marie Lopez, Staff Writer
HARTFORD — It was a cramped space. But it attracted scores of patrons during openings, especially students from nearby schools. At times, the store-front library would be so crowded, the door had to be open to give it a sense of more space, customers say.
Well, today the Mark Twain Library, formerly of 256 Farmington Ave., will have a little bit more space in another venue: Hartford Public High School, just a couple of blocks down the street.
For the next five years, the library will be located at Hartford Public High School in the school’s Lewis Fox Media Center at 55 Forrest St. in the Asylum Hill neighborhood.
Mayor Pedro Segarra will join Hartford Public Library CEO Matt Poland at the new, temporary home of this marquee branch.
The plan is to relocate the Mark Twain branch to West Middle Elementary School on Asylum Avenue in 2016.
Earlier this year, the $55 million renovation project was approved by the board of education. The project is contingent on state funding.
Library hours at the high school will be 12:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday; 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday; 12:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Friday; and 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday.