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Hartford Public Library Offers Security Officer Training Program

HARTFORD — Do you want another way to make money?

If so, the Hartford Public Library will be offering training for those who want to make money as a security guard.

The library will offer its popular eight-hour security officer training program on a monthly basis. The next training is on April 17 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 500 Main Street.

This is a required training to become a Certified Security Officer. The successful completion of this program will qualify candidates to apply for a Security Officer Identification Card.

The average pay for a Security Officer is $36,174 per year.

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Hartford Public Library Receives Grant to Address Opioid Overdose

By Fran Wilson, Staff Writer

HARTFORD — Hartford Public Library recently received a grant to arm staff with a lifesaving opioid reversal drug: naloxone.

Thanks to a $10,000 grant from the Cigna Foundation. The grant comes amid a spike in opioid-related deaths in the state. According to officials, more people are dying of accidental overdose of opioid than from homicide, suicide and motor vehicle crashes.

In 2017, 1038 people across the state died from opioid overdose. Hartford had the highest number of fatalities, 58.

Library officials took steps to join other city workers, including firefighters and police officers, to combat the problem. Police officers and firefighters are already armed with naloxone, which reverses the effect of opioid overdose.

“As a public institution, we see that our entire community is impacted by the opioid crisis; it was clear that a rapid and robust response to the problems caused by opioid drug crisis was imperative,” said HPL CEO Bridget Quinn-Carey in a statement. “Hartford police, fire and ambulance personnel have been wonderful in helping us deal with overdose situations, but we also want to be ready for instances when emergency services cannot arrive in time.”

The money will help train staff and provide naloxone and CPR supplies. Library officials said they will also provide opioid abuse awareness materials in all libraries across the city. They will also work with the Greater Hartford Harm Reduction Coalition to host workshops and forums.

“Libraries like HPL are increasingly innovating around health education. We are proud to support this potentially life-saving initiative and commend HPL for its efforts to battle substance use disorders in our communities,” said Mary Engvall, executive director of the Cigna Foundation.

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Adult Learning Academy Begins this Fall

HARTFORD — Hartford Public Library will be holding Saturday Adult Learning Academy beginning this fall.

The Asylum Hill branch will offer three free classes at West Middle Community School, 927 Asylum Ave.in Hartford.

Classes include basic Spanish, basic computer skills and citizenship classes. Each class will be held every Saturday from Oct. 6 to Dec. 17 10 a.m. to noon.

All three classes are free and open to the public. An $8 text book is required for the Spanish class.

Registration and orientation will be held on the first day of class.

For more information, call Hartford Public Library at 860-695-6337 or email learning@hplct.org.

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Hartford Library and Wadsworth Poised to Win National Medal

HARTFORD —  On this Valentine’s Day, the Hartford Public Library and the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art received a special kind of love–from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

IMLS on Thursday  announced Hartford Library and the Wadsworth Museum as finalists for the National Medal for Museum and Library Service. The National Medal is the nation’s highest honor conferred on museums and libraries for service to the community. The award as finalists, given to only 33 institutions nationally, celebrates libraries and museums that make a difference for individuals, families and communities.

The IMLS is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums.

“We are honored to be among the best libraries and museums in the nation,” said Matthew K. Poland, the Library’s chief executive officer. “Thanks to the staff, the board, and the amazing people of Hartford we have created this ‘place like no other’ – a  21st century center for learning and civic engagement.”

Congressman John Larson released a statement about the welcoming news:

“The Wadsworth Atheneum and Hartford Public Library provide a wealth of educational, cultural, and historical resources to communities in Hartford. For years their work has helped countless students, adults, and families who benefit from the programs and tools they offer. I am glad the Institute of Museum and Library Services has recognized their work in our communities, and wish each of them luck as the winners are chosen in the coming months,” Larson said.

Beginning today, the Institute of Museum and Library Services in Washington will begin collecting stories from community members who have visited the Hartford Public Library and have experiences to share about how the Library has made a difference in their lives. The way to share your story, which will be posted on the IMLS Facebook page, is to go to www.facebook.com/USIMLSRead more

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John E. Rogers Center Sponsors Black History Month Program

By Rose Henry, Staff Writer

HARTFORD — Ask Meryth Andrews and she can tell you about the founding of the grassroots organization now with renewed passion for community economic development through education and preservation: the John R. Rogers African-American Cultural Center.

That’s because Andrews is the granddaughter of John E. Rogers. Rogers was a local self-taught historian, who championed the teaching of black history. Like Andrews, the new JERAACC board members are dedicated to reviving the organization and cementing its status as “the root in the Greater Hartford community, always there to build up the community through pride and empowerment.”

Of the many activities slated for the 2012 agenda is a black history program: “Race and Representation in Black Connecticut: From Black Governors to Black Legislators in the Age of Barack Obama.”

The free event will be on Feb. 9, 5: 30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Hartford Public Library Atrium. Light refreshments will be served. The event will also feature an exhibit of nineteenth-century black governors and twentieth-century black leaders, including local members of the Tuskegee Airmen.  Historians Ann-Marie Adams of Rutgers University and Katherine Harris of Central Connecticut State University, will lead the community-wide discussion.

Andrews was bursting with enthusiasm about the exciting programs and activities slated for this year.

Citing Marcus Garvey often-quoted words that a people without knowledge of their history is like a tree without roots, organizers laid bare the essence of the organization.

“This is one of the many reasons why the John E. Rogers African American Cultural Center, Inc. is culturally relevant to the Greater Hartford community, particularly during Black History Month,” said Andrews, a local attorney.

This year, the national black history month theme is focused on the black female with Ida B. Wells as the iconic image representing the strength, beauty and resilience of black women across the African Diaspora.

Board members said the Cultural Center “hopes to be the root in the Greater Hartford community…always there to build up the community through pride and empowerment.”

“I think it’s important to build our present and future with the [JERAACC] collection,” said Eugene Green, long-time board chair and a 35-year veteran teacher in the Hartford Public School system. “We had the chance to study our past and then project our future.”

That’s where the new leadership team comes in, organizers said.

“Dr. Rogers was so very passionate about Black History, more specifically the history of Blacks in Connecticut,” Andrews said. “As a lifetime resident of the Greater Hartford area and the granddaughter of Dr. John E. Rogers, it is my responsibility and goal to see this project to fruition.”

The Howard University Alumni Club of Greater Hartford will underwrite a portion of the event.

Donations for black history month themed, school-aged books are being accepted by for the Howard University Alumni Club of Greater Hartford’s Read Across America Program. For more information about HUACGH reading program, contact: Kristen Clark at huaa_region_one@yahoo.com.

For more information about the Hartford Public Library black history month program, call Ira Revels at 860-695-6320.



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Mark Twain Library Finds New Home

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.


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Hartford Library Kicks Off Summer Reading Program

HARTFORD — The Hartford Public Library kicked off it’s summer reading series on Thursday at the downtown branch on Main Street with Sandra Rodriguez Barron (shown in featured photo).

Novel Destinations is the theme of Hartford Public Library’s 2011 summer reading program for adults. Participants borrow books, audiobooks, and magazines, read them, and then complete and submit an entry card for each item read. The more someone reads the more chances that person has a chance to win prizes. Residents should visit any of the Library’s 10 locations for more information.

Over the summer, area authors, including The Hartford Guardian‘s Ann-Marie Adams, will be reading from and discussing their books or upcoming books on Thursdays, June 30 through August 25, from 12:10-12:50 p.m., at the Downtown Branch, in the Café Space on the Main Floor.

Attendees are invited to bring their lunches and the Library will provide beverages. Each time that someone attends, he/she will receive an entry for the Library’s adult summer reading program, Novel Destinations, prize drawing.

All author events from 12:10-12:50 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

June 30 – Steve Liskow

July 7 – Patricia Sheehy

July 14 –Judith K. Ivie

July 21 – Okey Ndibe

July 28 – Dr. Ann-Marie Adams

August 4 – Silvio Support and Anthony Riccio


August 11 – José Garcia

August 18 – Judith Kappenman

August 25 – Cindy Brown Austin

Events are free and open to the public. If special accommodations to participate in an event are required, please contact Access Assistance at 860-695-6365 or TTY 860-722-6890, two weeks prior to the event.

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Hartford Library Set For One ‘Big’ Night

HARTFORD — MSNBC’s Morning Joe stars Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski will headline Hartford Public Library’s fundraiser event, One Fabulous Big Summer Night, at the Connecticut Convention Center on June 22.

The event will be from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. Reception, silent and live auctions and entertainment followed by a summer supper. Honorary Chairpersons Governor and Mrs. Dannel P. Malloy; Masters of Ceremonies Gerry Brooks, News Anchor, NBC Connecticut and Duby McDowell, President, Duby McDowell Communications, LLC.

MSNBC’s Morning Joe, the showTime Magazine calls “revolutionary” and the New York Timesranked as the top news program of 2008. Joe is a former Congressman from Florida who served as the publisher and editor of the award-winning newspaper The Florida Sun. This April, Joe was named to the prestigious Time 100 list of the most influential people in the world. In addition to his career in television, Joe is also the author of the New York Times bestseller,

Mika got her start in journalism as a reporter for local news stations right here in Hartford, before joining CBS news as ananchor of the CBS Evening News Weekend Edition and as a CBS News correspondent who frequently contributed to CBS Sunday Morning and 60 Minutes.

Her memoir, All Things At Once, became a New York Timesbestseller in January 2010. Mika has just published her second book, Knowing Your Value,which examines the role of women in the workplace and the fight to gain recognition and a fair salary.

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Hartford Mayor Segarra Skeds Town Hall Meeting

HARTFORD — In another push to engage the city in the 2011-12 budget process, Mayor Pedro Segarra will hold a town hall meeting on Tuesday at the Hartford Public Library.

Segarra is scheduled to unveil his budget plans before he submits it to the City Council on April 18.

Organizers of the town hall meeting said this gathering is an opportunity for the mayor to hear city residents’ ” ideas and suggestions about how to both balance the budget and make City Government more efficient, more effective and more transparent.”

They said residents are encouraged to ask questions and share thoughts on how best to achieve a a balanced budget that ” will improve the quality of life for all our residents in our diverse neighborhoods.”

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Hartford Library To Honor First Black Librarian

HARTFORD —   The Hartford Public Library will celebrate the life and work of Spencer G. Shaw, the first African American librarian in the city and who was designated  an “authentic and forthright spokesperson for children and youth librarians, contributing enormously in motivating and guiding the nation’s youth,” by the American Library Association.

The celebration will be from 2 to 4 p.m. on  Tuesday at The Hartford Public Library, 500 Main St. Tuesday’s program will be free to the public.

A native of Hartford, Shaw, was hired at the library 1941. After an illustruious career nationallly, he returned to Bloomfield, Connecticut in 2004. He died in June at the age of 93.

Shaw was a renowned Children’s and Academic Librarian with a professional career that spanned six decades. He  served as a Branch Manager in the Hartford Public Library. He was also program and storytelling specialist in the Brooklyn New York Public Library, a Consultant in Library Service to Children in the Nassau County Public Library System and Professor in the Information School at the University of Washington.

Throughout his career,  Shaw received numerous national and international recognition as an authority in his specialized field dedidcated to children.

For more information, call 860-695-6297.

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